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, ...
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US-run clinical trial of Eli Lilly antibody therapy to endEli Lilly & Co. said a clinical trial of its experimental antibody therapy in hospitalized COVID-19 patients will end, after the U.S. government-run study was paused earlier this month.The company said in a statement that the decision was based on data suggesting the treatment is unlikely to help hospitalized COVID-19 patients recover from the advanced stage of their disease.On Oct. 14, the Indianapolis drug giant said enrollment had been paused in the so-called ACTIV-3 trial of its neutralizing monoclonal antibody treatment sponsored b...
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Citing safety threats, Chinese researcher asks to be moved to new housing
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Citing “significant concerns” about the safety of the University of California, Davis Chinese researcher accused of lying about her ties to China’s military, her lawyers are asking a federal judge to let her move out of a Bay Area home where she is under house arrest and into an apartment.Dr. Juan Tang has been living since Sept. 10 in the home of Foster City attorney Steven Cui, an emigre from China who had never before met or spoken to Tang but offered to take her in to show that the U.S. justice system works fairly.A judge agreed to release Tang from the Sacramento Coun...
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Polls overwhelmingly show Biden leading Trump in Wisconsin and Michigan. But are they right this time?
CHICAGO — On Election Day 2016, the polls showed Hillary Clinton with a nearly 4 percentage point lead in Michigan and a 6-point lead in Wisconsin, but Republican Donald Trump would go on to win both states by less than 1 point.Of 28 Wisconsin polls conducted in 2016, all of them showed Clinton with the lead, according to polling data tracked by RealClearPolitics. In Michigan, 36 of 37 polls had Clinton ahead. And yet Trump’s victories in both states won him the presidency.“None of those Wisconsin polls had Trump ahead, and four or five of them were mine. My final poll was plus 6 for Clinton,”...
Will Bunch: Trump, TV pundits don't have a fracking clue about Pennsylvania and fossil fuels
Both President Donald Trump and a small army of TV talking heads were on full alert at Thursday night’s debate for a Joe Biden “gaffe” that could change the dynamic of an election that the incumbent seems to be losing by a large margin. And when the Democratic nominee said near the end of the 95-minute session that a Biden administration would “transition from the oil industry” while fighting climate change, Trump and the pundits pounced.An unusually animated Trump claimed that “basically what he’s saying is he’s going to destroy the oil industry. Will you remember that Texas? Will you remembe...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
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...
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Alaina Getzenberg: Panthers missed a 65-yard field goal, but 1 stat sums up loss to Saints
NEW ORLEANS — Coming into the Panthers’ first season under head coach Matt Rhule, a simple offseason analysis of the team pointed to an offense with potential under coordinator Joe Brady’s direction and a defense with a lot of young players that would need to develop as the year progressed.Leading up to the Panthers’ Week 7 NFC South contest in New Orleans, the defense had over-delivered in multiple games while the offense struggled to find consistency.Against the Saints, Teddy Bridgewater had one of his best games as a Panther in his return to New Orleans, but the defense’s inability to get o...
The Charlotte Observer
Tropical Storm Zeta puts 2020 hurricane season in the record books; path includes part of Florida Panhandle
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A portion of the Florida Panhandle is in the latest forecast track for Tropical Storm Zeta, the storm that put the 2020 hurricane season in the record books as only the second year in history to see 27 named storms.Zeta formed in the pre-dawn hours Sunday, just south of western Cuba, from the former Tropical Depression 28, which emerged Saturday evening in the western Caribbean.In rain-battered South Florida, the one-two punch of recent king tides and heavy rainfall has already caused coastal flooding woes and rough seas for boaters. Although Zeta remains hundreds of mi...
SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket packed with Starlink satellites
ORLANDO, Fla. — SpaceX launched another batch of the company’s Starlink satellites on Saturday, after an issue with a camera forced it to scrub an attempt earlier this week.Eight minutes into the mission, the first stage landed successfully on the ocean barge “Just Read the Instructions,” the third recovery for that booster and SpaceX’s 63rd recovery overall.The launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Launch Complex 40 transported about 60 Starlink satellites, packed inside the fairing of a Falcon 9 rocket, into low Earth orbit. This launch brings the total launched by SpaceX to almost ...
Grocery prices are down from their COVID-19 summer peaks. But here's why your food bills are still stubbornly high.
Eva Rosol was stunned during the summer when a rotisserie chicken that she could normally find on sale for $6 suddenly set her back $15.Rosol, a resident of the Chicago suburb Westmont, Ill., who lost her job as a substitute teacher when COVID-19 shut schools in March, could afford it thanks to the extra $600 per week in unemployment benefits the federal government offered during the first four months of the pandemic. But those extra benefits expired in late July.Now Rosol, 54, who has a business degree and is seeking a job in sales, receives $108 weekly in unemployment aid. Meanwhile, her hus...