Why is COVID-19 so deadly to elders?
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Today, like every day, Eric Verdin will cycle the steep hills of Marin County. He’ll wait until noon to eat his first meal. He’ll wear a mask and stay socially distanced. He’ll be asleep no later than 11 p.m.Despite his excellent health, the 63-year-old scientist and CEO of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging knows he must do everything he can to protect himself from this hard truth: As we age, our body’s elegant symphony of immune cells turns dissonant. We may feel fine. But our hidden defenses no longer fully shield us — and may turn against us.As COVID-19’s case coun...
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Warming waters endanger up to 60% of fish species: study
A new study examining fishes’ reactions to heat at different stages of their life process has revealed that warming waters could impede reproduction in up to 60% of species.Saltwater and freshwater fish are most sensitive to heat as spawning adults and embryos, researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute and the Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research found.With medium-level human-caused climate change expected by the end of the century, the world’s oceans, rivers and lakes will be too hot for about 40% of the world’s fish species in the spawning or embryonic life stages, said a study i...
New York Daily News
Hydroxychloroquine lowers COVID-19 death rate, study finds
DETROIT — A Henry Ford Health System study shows the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine helps lower the death rate of COVID-19 patients, the Detroit-based health system said Thursday.Officials with the Michigan health system said the study found the drug “significantly” decreased the death rate of patients involved in the analysis.The study analyzed 2,541 patients hospitalized among the system’s six hospitals between March 10 and May 2 and found 13% of those treated with hydroxychloroquine died while 26% of those who did not receive the drug died.Among all the patients in the study, there wa...
The Detroit News
Erika Ettin: Women more likely to swipe left on men with cats … fur real
It turns out that your beloved kitty does not make the purr-fect dating profile picture.There have been countless studies on what makes people more attractive in their online dating profiles, but new research from Colorado State University suggests that men should leave their pet cats out of their photos if they want to increase their “date-ability.”The study was fairly simple: two men were photographed both with and without a cat in their arms, and 708 women between ages 18 and 24 were asked a series of questions regarding the subjects’ attractiveness.For the first man, 38% of the women surve...
Tribune News Service
Coronavirus could be the turning point for genetic vaccines, a 30-year-old technology that has not fulfilled its promise
David B. Weiner is known in scientific circles as “the father of DNA vaccines.” The tag pays homage to his pioneering work over 30 years, but it’s also a reminder that his baby is still aborning.Not a single human DNA vaccine has made it to market anywhere in the world, and the technology is still rapidly evolving.The pandemic may be the moment of truth. Genetic code vaccines — built with DNA or RNA — are strong front-runners in the global race to develop an immunization against the coronavirus that has claimed nearly half a million lives worldwide since it emerged in China seven months ago.In...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
New flu with 'pandemic potential' found in China
As if one pandemic wasn’t enough, Chinese scientists are now raising alarms about a newly discovered flu virus that has the potential to trigger a global outbreak.The virus is currently carried by pigs, but in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers argued that it has “all the hallmarks” of being able to adapt and infect humans. Scientists recommend that measures should be taken to control the virus in its current form, and that anyone who works with pigs should be closely monitored for the disease.The fact that humans would have little or no immunity to this n...
New York Daily News
Number of people buying prescription medications outside U.S. could rise with unemployment, uninsured rates
Buying prescription drugs from outside the United States could become more common with millions of Americans unemployed and uninsured because of the coronavirus pandemic.About 2 million Americans — 1.5% of adults — purchase medications outside the country to save money, according to a study by researchers at the University of Florida published online Wednesday in JAMA.Researchers found that older adults, immigrants, and people with inadequate health insurance are most likely to turn to online pharmacies or drug stores outside American borders, where medications often cost a fraction of the dom...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
How Trump's visa suspension could affect California businesses, universities
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Mehmet Dogan expected to spend the next few months working for a University of California, Berkeley computational physics lab, crunching numbers, collaborating with other scientists and making up for losses from the coronavirus pandemic.Now, in the wake of President Donald Trump’s latest executive proclamation, Dogan — a Turkish immigrant and a Yale graduate — must find a new way to convince the government that he deserves to stay in the United States.Trump’s order promises to cut down on foreign competition for the jobs Americans have lost in the wake of the coronavirus p...
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Family of late Dolphins great Jim Kiick donates his brain; starts fundraiser for CTE research
Allie Kiick, daughter of late Miami Dolphins great Jim Kiick, said she never had any discussions with her father about donating his brain to science.It was a tough conversation for their family to have, she said, before Kiick — a charismatic and instrumental member of the Dolphins teams that won back-to-back Super Bowl titles under Don Shula in 1972 and 1973 — died on June 20 at the age of 73.But she knew her dad would want to help others dealing with the effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the progressive and degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head.Along with ...
Even moderate drinking can be bad for your health, study says
Heavy drinking comes with numerous documented health risks, but what about moderate drinking? According to a new study, even “low-risk” drinking can be harmful.According to a new study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, even consuming alcohol within weekly low-risk drinking guidelines can result in hospitalization and death.Researchers led by Adam Sherk, Ph.D., of the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada discovered that a significant portion of alcohol-caused death and disability was experienced by those ...
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