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Study warns THC in marijuana may have major impact on fertility

Study warns THC in marijuana may have major impact on fertility

A newly published study has found that consuming cannabis ("marijuana") or an edible containing its psychoactive compound THC may have a major impact on female fertility. The findings will be presented at the ENDO 2020 event, according to the Endocrine Society, which reported on Thursday that women who consume THC products may struggle to experience a viable pregnancy.

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Trump says CDC will recommend face masks: Here’s what that means

Trump says CDC will recommend face masks: Here’s what that means

During a press briefing on Friday, President Trump claimed that the CDC plans to recommend that all Americans nationwide wear face masks when in public. The recommendation would represent a change from current guidance, which advises that the public only wear face masks when they are sick or showing symptoms of the coronavirus. During the briefing, Trump repeatedly said that the new guidance will be a recommendation, not a requirement.

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FDA expands on 2 coronavirus treatment trials

FDA expands on 2 coronavirus treatment trials

The FDA announced expansions of clinical trials and potential for expanded access programs for two treatments for COVID-19. The FDA announced this latest national effort to bring blood-related therapies for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic this afternoon. The two potential treatment products are called convalescent plasma and hyperimmune globulin.

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Rare coronavirus case appears to stay infective 49 days in early preprint report

Rare coronavirus case appears to stay infective 49 days in early preprint report

A middle-aged man under observation for COVID-19 proved active for 49 days in an early (preprint) report from China. The signs were not severe - his immune cell indicators remained stable. It was his COVID-19 viral load that remained high for a previously unseen amount of time. NOTE: At the point at which this article was published, the original data had not been peer-reviewed - we will be keeping an eye on the original report and will update as necessary.

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Coronavirus tests: Understanding PCR, antigen and antibody

Coronavirus tests: Understanding PCR, antigen and antibody

Countries around the world are struggling to test their populations for the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the cause of the infectious disease called COVID-19. There are multiple testing options available, though the usefulness of each varies based on the time of testing and its accuracy level. Antibody tests have received ample attention in recent days, but what are they and how do they differ from antigen and PCR testing?

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That 2-minute coronavirus test FDA approval was a “misunderstanding”

That 2-minute coronavirus test FDA approval was a “misunderstanding”

After claiming they'd received FDA authorization for a 2-minute coronavirus antibody test earlier this week, a company called Bodysphere just changed their tune. They made clear in their press release released at the tail end of March, 2020, that the Food and Drug Administration had approved their coronavirus (COVID-19) testing kit. It all seemed too good to be true. Turns out, it was.

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FDA says throw this popular heartburn medicine away over cancer risk

FDA says throw this popular heartburn medicine away over cancer risk

A popular heartburn drug has been yanked from shelves, and the FDA has warned it should be thrown out of medicine cabinets, after testing revealed that it could contain a cancer-causing carcinogen. While the US Food and Drug Administration says it only discovered dangerous levels of NDMA in a small number of samples, it's enough to warrant a complete lock-down on production.

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FDA reportedly approves two-minute coronavirus antibody testing kit [Update: Hoax?]

FDA reportedly approves two-minute coronavirus antibody testing kit [Update: Hoax?]

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a coronavirus testing kit from Bodysphere, one that can detect antibodies related to the virus in only two minutes, the company announced today. The test will be deployed in states around the country, enabling healthcare facilities to test for signs that the patient had contracted the virus at some point. The testing kit is only intended for use by medical professionals, however. [Update: This announcement could well be a hoax, it's been reported; see the update at the end of the article]

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Coronavirus sneeze: Social Distancing study says 6 feet not far enough

Coronavirus sneeze: Social Distancing study says 6 feet not far enough

Research published this week showed official Social Distancing guidelines given by WHO and the CDC are based on outdated information on coughs and sneezes. Novel coronavirus / COVID-19 guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the USA Center for Disease Control (CDC) suggests that peoople around the world should stay approximately 6 feet apart. Unfortunately, according to MIT associate professor Lydia Bourouiba, "pathogen-bearing droplets of all sizes can travel 23 to 27 feet."

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CDC chief drops tough coronavirus truths: Masks, timelines and symptoms

CDC chief drops tough coronavirus truths: Masks, timelines and symptoms

Coronavirus is probably three times as infectious as the flu, according to the director of the US CDC, and more people could be carriers of the virus without showing symptoms than previously expected. Concerns about so-called asymptomatic infection rates - where people have COVID-19, are contagious, but do not show the usual signs of that and thus aren't necessarily in quarantine - have fueled calls for more widespread testing in America to identify the true rate of community spread.

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Coronavirus face mask shortage gets some GM good news

Coronavirus face mask shortage gets some GM good news

With the coronavirus pandemic exposing a huge shortfall in protective face masks, General Motors says its repurposed workforce and factories are on track to deliver its first 20,000 masks next week. The automaker gave an update on its progress this morning, having announced it would be shifting from car to PPE production just over a week ago.

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FDA approves Battelle tech for decontaminating N95 respirators

FDA approves Battelle tech for decontaminating N95 respirators

An important type of face mask called an N95 respirator is in critically short supply at the moment, putting medical workers in many countries at risk of contracting the novel coronavirus. Unlike surgical masks and ordinary paper masks, an N95 respirator features a tight fit and can filter out the majority of particles in the air. In light of the shortage, the FDA has granted emergency use authorization to new technology that can decontaminate used N95 respirators.

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