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India reports spike in black fungus infections amid COVID-19 crisis

India reports spike in black fungus infections amid COVID-19 crisis

Several hospitals in India have reported a spike in the number of patients developing black fungus infections, referring to a typically rare and hard-to-treat fungal infection that typically develops in people who have weakened immune systems. Around 300 cases of these fungal infections have been reported across four cities in India where COVID-19 vases remain at critical levels.

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Researchers use an algorithmic approach to understand how cancer changes histone markers

Researchers use an algorithmic approach to understand how cancer changes histone markers

Scientists at EPFL and UNIL have used a new algorithmic approach on cancer cells to gain knowledge and how changes in histone markers (H3K27ac) and induce repositioning of chromatin regions in the cell nucleus. The scientists have also described how modifications to local contacts between regulatory elements known as enhancers and promoters influence oncogene expression. The research is attempting to gain a new understanding of cancer and potential methods to fight it.

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Salmonella vaccine one step closer to reality with research breakthrough

Salmonella vaccine one step closer to reality with research breakthrough

A vaccine designed to help protect against salmonella bacteria is one step closer to reality thanks to research by scientists at the University of Florida. According to a newly published study from the team, particles called extracellular vesicles (EVs), which cells use to communicate with each other, may hold the key to new types of vaccines.

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US joins call to waive COVID-19 vaccine patent protections

US joins call to waive COVID-19 vaccine patent protections

The Biden administration has officially backed calls to waive COVID-19 vaccine intellectual property protections for the sake of the public, saying the pandemic represents 'extraordinary circumstances' that require similarly extraordinary measures. Waiving the patent protections would boost production in developing countries.

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PSA: Fake COVID-19 vaccination cards could be a crime

PSA: Fake COVID-19 vaccination cards could be a crime

An FBI announcement made clear this late winter/early spring that fake COVID-19 vaccination record cards are illegal. If you make or buy a fake COVID-19 vaccination record card, wrote an FBI representative, "you endanger yourself and those around you, and you are breaking the law." Further, the FBI and HHS-OIG recommend that you do NOT post photos of your legitimate vaccine card to social media - people are using said photos to fake their own cards and commit fraud.

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Older vaccinated adults are much less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19

Older vaccinated adults are much less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19

A new CDC assessment has been published that found fully vaccinated adults 65 and older are 94 percent less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19. The CDC says that both mRNA COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna that are authorized and recommended in the US have been shown to protect against COVID-19 related hospitalizations among adults 65 and older.

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Galaxy Fold with under-display health sensors seen in patent

Galaxy Fold with under-display health sensors seen in patent

Before smartwatches became the portable health labs that they are today, smartphones were the ones that bore some of the sensors and algorithms needed for checking one's health. Samsung's phones, in particular, once had heart rate monitors and even blood oxygen tracking that it has removed in its most recent models. That, however, doesn't mean that Samsung has given up that idea, and, apparently, it was toying with the possibility of putting such health sensors beneath the screen of a foldable phone.

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Researchers discover a way to make wounds heal without forming scar tissue

Researchers discover a way to make wounds heal without forming scar tissue

A group of researchers has been conducting work in an attempt to figure out why we form scar tissue after healing from surgery or an injury. Many people don't like the appearance of scars, and scar tissue is weaker and lacks some of the functionality of normal skin. For instance, scar tissue has no hair follicles, no sweat glands, and is inflexible.

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Study finds CBD’s pain relief effect is real, but the mind plays a role

Study finds CBD’s pain relief effect is real, but the mind plays a role

Many people who experience chronic pain report a degree of relief from using CBD, a non-psychoactive chemical found in cannabis. Though anecdotal reports often praise the substance for its pain relief effects, questions have remained over whether the drug is actually able to reduce pain itself. A new study from Syracuse University sought to answer the question, finding that the pain relief is real, but the user's mind plays a role in the process.

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Study finds no link between epidural and autism

Study finds no link between epidural and autism

It's routine when women are giving birth for epidural anesthesia to be administered. The epidurals are commonly given to help prevent pain during childbirth. A recent study refutes a previous study that claimed there was a link between epidural anesthesia and an increased risk for autism. Researchers on the new study found no link between epidural administration and an increased risk of autism later in life.

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Japanese researchers discover a method for regrowing teeth in mice

Japanese researchers discover a method for regrowing teeth in mice

Everyone is familiar with losing teeth because we all do it his children. However, once we become adults, tooth loss can create a significant problem. While children have adult teeth that come in to replace those they lose, an adult who loses a tooth simply goes without the tooth, which can make it more difficult to eat. A group of scientists from Kyoto University and the University of Fukui has discovered an antibody for a single gene that can stimulate tooth growth in mice.

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Engineers create a tiny wireless implant that measures tissue oxygen levels

Engineers create a tiny wireless implant that measures tissue oxygen levels

Engineers from the University of California, Berkeley have announced the creation of a very small wireless implantable to provide real-time measurements of tissue oxygen levels deep within the body. The device is very small at approximately the size of a ladybug, and is powered by ultrasound waves. Researchers believe the device could help medical professionals monitor the health of transplanted organs or tissue and provide them with early warning signs of tissue failure or organ rejection.

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