Seattle company says its spray treatment could make cloth masks more effective against COVID-19
SEATTLE — Cloth masks may be one of our best lines of defense against the novel coronavirus, but they’re far from perfect. Compared to gold-standard N95 respirators, fabric face coverings aren’t as good at filtering out the tiniest droplets and aerosols that can carry the pathogen from one person to another.But a small Seattle startup is hoping to boost the performance of cloth masks with a spray coating that uses minute electrical charges to capture viral particles and prevent them from passing through the fibers.The approach hasn’t been thoroughly vetted and some mask experts are skeptical, ...
The Seattle Times
Study helps predict which COVID-19 patients develop dangerous 'cytokine storm'
Some of those who get really sick with COVID-19 develop dangerous, systemic inflammation, triggered by an overactive immune response called a cytokine storm. But predicting who will go down that path, and how to prevent it, remains a challenge.A new Temple University study has identified a handful of chemical markers, easily measured with standard hospital blood tests, that may help.The authors started by measuring the levels of 62 such markers in hundreds of hospitalized COVID-19 patients, including proteins and other substances related to metabolism, the immune system, and other bodily funct...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Commentary: Joe Biden and the kinder, gentler war on drugs
How can Joe Biden, who championed the foundational federal laws of the war on drugs over the last 40 years, be so compassionate toward his son’s struggle with addiction?When President Donald Trump tried to hit Biden during their first debate by mocking his son Hunter for drug use, the former vice president had a clear answer: “My son, like a lot of people, like a lot of people you know at home, had a drug problem. He’s overtaken it. He’s fixed it. He’s worked on it. And I’m proud of him.”Based on content hacked by an unknown entity and provided by Rudy Giuliani to the New York Post — which cho...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Officials find Trump Tower dangler after he jumped out of ambulance transporting him, Chicago police say
CHICAGO — The man who dangled from Trump Tower for more than 13 hours from Sunday into Monday then jumped out of a private ambulance taking him to another hospital was later found after a missing person’s report was made, according to Chicago police.The man, 31, was being taken from Northwestern Memorial Hospital about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday just west of State Street on Washington Street in the Loop when he escaped, police said. He somehow jumped out of the ambulance.A missing person’s alert for the man was sent out about 10 p.m. Chicago police found the man by 1 a.m. Wednesday, according to a law ...
COVID-19 patients swamp rural hospitals
The nation’s pandemic hot spots have shifted to rural communities, overwhelming small hospitals that are running out of beds or lack the intensive care units for more than one or two seriously ill patients.And in much of the Midwest and Great Plains, hospital workers are catching the virus at home and in their communities, seriously reducing already slim benches of doctors, nurses and other professionals needed to keep rural hospitals running.Nationwide, positive coronavirus cases started rising in mid-September as children and college students returned to school, more businesses reopened and ...
Iris Ohyama sets up Thai unit for sales and sourcing in S.E. Asia
BANGKOK, NNA - Iris Ohyama Inc. has launched a unit in Thailand to increase product sales and material sourcing in Southeast Asian nations, the Japanese home appliance company said Tuesday.Iris Ohyama Thailand Co., set up in Bangkok in January, will be in full operation on Nov. 1 after a delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is Iris Ohyama's second Southeast Asian unit following one in Vietnam.The Thai company, currently with a capital of 10 million baht ($320,000) and five employees, is intended to raise sales of home electric appliances and other products and beef up the sourcing of such it...
NNA Business News
Pfizer says coronavirus vaccine won't be ready until Thanksgiving — at the earliest
Pfizer Inc., one of the many pharmaceutical companies racing to develop a coronavirus vaccine, said it hopes to have a treatment authorized for emergency use by the end of the year.CEO Albert Bourla in an open letter published Friday revealed that while scientists are working quickly to develop a vaccine, that it would not be ready by Election Day — a claim that has been repeatedly made by President Donald Trump. He added that the earliest the company would seek authorization from the Food and Drug Administration would be the third week of November.Pfizer expects to have preliminary numbers by...
New York Daily News
Baby to stay on life support after Texas Supreme Court denies Fort Worth hospital's petition
FORT WORTH, Texas — The Texas Supreme Court has denied the petition of a Fort Worth hospital on baby Tinslee Lewis, meaning she will be allowed to stay on life support, according to the state ruling.The case is scheduled to go to trial, according to WFAA-TV, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s media partner.Cook Children’s Medical Center had urged the Texas Supreme Court to make a swift decision in the life of Tinslee, a Fort Worth baby who has been on life support at the hospital.Tinslee’s medical treatment has been a subject of multiple trials. The 1-year-old was born in February 2019 with a rare...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Seattle-area man is the third person in the US confirmed to have been infected twice with coronavirus
SEATTLE — The Seattle-area nursing home resident first tested positive for the novel coronavirus in early March. He spent more than 40 days in the hospital with fever, pneumonia and difficulty breathing before testing negative multiple times and being discharged.Then, nearly five months later, he got sick again with COVID-19.Now, genetic testing by a team of Seattle physicians and scientists has revealed that sexagenarian’s second bout of the illness caused by the coronavirus in July wasn’t a relapse but a new infection with a slightly different variant of the virus.The patient is only the thi...
The Seattle Times
Japan, U.S. support Singapore's future work centre that prepares Asean workforce for new opportunities
By Celine ChenHaving mooted the idea last year for a regional centre to help Southeast Asia prepare its people for the changing nature of work, Singapore finally launched it last month (Sep. 29) as the region emerged cautiously from the throes of the coronavirus pandemic.When Asean member-states gave their stamp of approval for the centre last year, their economies were still flourishing and attracting investments.But the world turned upside down when the COVID-19 contagion struck, forcing unprecedented country and travel shutdowns which resulted in the worst recession in decades for many coun...
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