Medicine


Unsafe new 'Benadryl Challenge' on TikTok 'puts teens in hospital' Unsafe new 'Benadryl Challenge' on TikTok 'puts teens in hospital'
- September 26, 2020

At least one death has been reportedly linked to the challenge, according to local media reports in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The federal agency's issuance comes almost a month after Benadryl manufacturer Johnson & Johnson told TooFab that the social media challenge was "extremely concerning" and "dangerous". (more...)
Novavax to start late-stage trials for COVID-19 vaccine in UK Novavax to start late-stage trials for COVID-19 vaccine in UK
- September 26, 2020

This may be because there is, as yet, not proper understanding of the virus that causes this deadly disease. In July, the NIH's vaccine working group published a paper in The New England Journal of Medicine pointing out the risks of doing a challenge study with a virus that so far has no good treatment and is wildly unpredictable, occasionally killing even some young, otherwise healthy people. (more...)
Scottish uni students are now being banned from going to the pub Scottish uni students are now being banned from going to the pub
- September 25, 2020

The university said they are being supported with food and supplies and affected areas of the building are being given a deep clean. Professor Jonathan Ball from Nottingham University said its scheme had potentially prevented an outbreak. (more...)
Florida Reopens Phase 3: DeSantis Lifts Restrictions On Restaurants, Other Businesses Florida Reopens Phase 3: DeSantis Lifts Restrictions On Restaurants, Other Businesses
- September 25, 2020

Almost 700,000 people have been infected with COVID-19 in Florida since the virus reached the state in March. There are no restrictions on the number of people who can attend outdoor sporting events in Florida, according to the governor, who added that the state hopes to host what he called "a full Super Bowl" in Tampa in February. (more...)
COVID-19 testing in some Ontario pharmacies begins; many not eligible COVID-19 testing in some Ontario pharmacies begins; many not eligible
- September 25, 2020

There has now been, cumulatively, 238 school-related COVID-19 cases in Ontario: 110 students, 50 staff and 78 categorized as "individuals not identified". Today, for the second-consecutive day, Public Health Ontario reported 409 new COVID-19 cases. The news comes as the province's network of labs processed 41,800 tests for the novel coronavirus, though that figure includes tests that were left out of yesterday's update due to a temporary outage at Public Health Ontario. (more...)
Coronavirus mutating to survive and spread faster, scientists believe Coronavirus mutating to survive and spread faster, scientists believe
- September 25, 2020

It, however, needs to undergo a review by the peers. Nearly all coronavirus strains in the second wave have what scientists termed a Gly614 variant in the spike protein , which is the projections on the surface of the coronavirus that gives it that crown-like appearance. (more...)
Canada's top doctor urges immediate action to get COVID-19 under control Canada's top doctor urges immediate action to get COVID-19 under control
- September 25, 2020

As of Wednesday morning, the country had recorded 146, 663 cases and 9,234 deaths. Canada already signed in August agreements in principle for candidate vaccines with American firms Novavax, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna. Anand says Canada remains committed to COVAX and more details will come soon. COVAX has two groups: one any country can join to get access to vaccines, and a second to help low-income countries join. (more...)
50000 residents download Pennsylvania's covid app in 24 hours 50000 residents download Pennsylvania's covid app in 24 hours
- September 25, 2020

Simon Thompson, Managing Director of the NHS COVID-19 app, described it as so much more than just a contact-tracing app, with a range of features to alert users to the risk of coronavirus . Separate QR codes must be created for each business location. Information in an FAQ on the app's support pages makes clear that this decision is part of the design of the app, and that human contact-tracers will follow up and may then instruct you that the warnings about being potentially at risk could ... (more...)
Kim Jong Un apologises for 'disgraceful' shooting of South Korean fisheries official Kim Jong Un apologises for 'disgraceful' shooting of South Korean fisheries official
- September 25, 2020

It was the first killing of a Southern citizen by North Korean forces for a decade, and provoked outrage in the South. In a formal letter sent to Seoul , the North conveyed Kim's message that he felt " very sorry " for " disappointing " South Korean President Moon Jae-in. (more...)
Donegal to move into Level 3 restrictions for three weeks Donegal to move into Level 3 restrictions for three weeks
- September 25, 2020

IRELAND has been warned that it has two weeks to stop a second nationwide lockdown as Covid-19 cases continue to rise. The Department of Health has confirmed that three more people with Covid-19 have died in the Republic, and there have been 324 new confirmed cases of the disease. (more...)
Bentonville high school students get OK to work from home Bentonville high school students get OK to work from home
- September 25, 2020

With two classes of Sunningdale Public School students in self-isolation at home because of the Covid-19 positive test results of two students reported last week, the head of the local public elementary teachers union is "deeply concerned" that teachers of those students were told to return to work. (more...)
Supercomputer Fugaku: Face Shields not effective in blocking Coronavirus from spreading Supercomputer Fugaku: Face Shields not effective in blocking Coronavirus from spreading
- September 25, 2020

Makoto Tsubokura, team leader, Centre for computational science, Riken, explained that the simulation model integrated airflow with the replication of droplets of tens of thousands of sizes-from below 1 micrometer to hundreds of micrometers. (more...)
AHS confirms 150 new COVID cases in Alberta AHS confirms 150 new COVID cases in Alberta
- September 25, 2020

The Calgary zone represents about 31 per cent. According to the university, the affected individuals are now isolated and the 14 remaining students at the St. The university said all of its other residences are safe and the risk of exposure is low. AHS did not identify which health unit was affected, but did say outbreak control measures have been implemented, which means visitation is restricted to end-of-life situations until further notice. (more...)
Fauci Schools Rand Paul Over COVID Lockdowns: 'You Are Not Listening' Fauci Schools Rand Paul Over COVID Lockdowns: 'You Are Not Listening'
- September 25, 2020

Sources say the US Food and Drug Administration is considering new rules for authorizing a Covid-19 vaccine. When Paul compared high rates of COVID-19 cases in NY and New Jersey early into the pandemic to Sweden, which avoided instituting a lockdown, he criticized Fauci for his mitigation recommendations, which included halting sports games and closing restaurants and movie theaters that "have led to this economic lockdown". (more...)
Amazon says the $500 Peloton knock-off isn't from Amazon after all Amazon says the $500 Peloton knock-off isn't from Amazon after all
- September 25, 2020

The bike went on sale exclusively to Amazon Prime members. This week has been action packed in the indoor cycling world, after Echelon stirred things up by announcing a "Peloton Killer" smart bike, called the Prime Bike , that it said it had developed with Amazon and would retail for $500 on that site. (more...)
CDC Publishes - Then Withdraws - Guidance On Aerosol Spread Of Coronavirus CDC Publishes - Then Withdraws - Guidance On Aerosol Spread Of Coronavirus
- September 25, 2020

The criteria for making such changes are now under review, he added. The website was changed over the weekend, according to multiple media reports , to reflect several updates to their guidance about how COVID-19 spreads and preventative measures to take. (more...)
Man died from eating excessive amounts of black licorice: Doc Man died from eating excessive amounts of black licorice: Doc
- September 25, 2020

For perspective: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that if you're 40 years of age or older, eating 2 ounces of black licorice a day for at least two weeks could "land you in the hospital with an irregular heart rhythm or arrhythmia" due to the presence of the compound glycyrrhizin in the candy. (more...)
Suffolk told to download track and trace Suffolk told to download track and trace
- September 25, 2020

Matthew Hicks, leader of Suffolk County Council, said: "With Covid-19 cases rising nationally, we all need to play our part to reduce the spread of the virus". It will also enable them to check symptoms, book a free test if needed and get the test results. Some 160,000 businesses have already downloaded QR codes for use in their facilities. (more...)
Simcoe region pharmacies not included in first phase of COVID-19 testing Simcoe region pharmacies not included in first phase of COVID-19 testing
- September 25, 2020

Ontario is reporting 409 new cases of the coronavirus Thursday, bringing the provincial total to 48,496. I have COVID-19 symptoms. "In fact, what we found when there's very little COVID in that group, is it produces false positives which complicates things even more which causes a lot of concern". (more...)
COVID-19 Patients May Have Higher Risk of Kidney Damage COVID-19 Patients May Have Higher Risk of Kidney Damage
- September 25, 2020

The authors then analysed 79 studies reporting empirical data on 6,616 people, 1,287 of whom were defined as asymptomatic, in order to determine the proportion of infected people who never developed symptoms. "The suggestion is that children have a more robust, earlier innate immune response to the virus, which may protect them from progressing to severe pulmonary disease", said co-senior author Professor Betsy Herold. (more...)

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