Medicine


Nobel Prize: Trio of scientists honored for discovering Hepatitis C virus Nobel Prize: Trio of scientists honored for discovering Hepatitis C virus
- November 18, 2020

Raymond Chung, liver disease chief at Massachusetts General Hospital. An estimated 71 million people now live with chronic hepatitis C, according to the World Health Organization. It is, he added, "a success story for team science ". Although blood tests for the newly-discovered Hepatitis B virus reduced the number of cases of transfusion-related hepatitis, Alter and colleagues worryingly demonstrated that a large number of cases remained. (more...)
Pelosi wins bid to lead Democrats in US House Pelosi wins bid to lead Democrats in US House
- November 18, 2020

Richmond will leave his Louisiana congressional seat to fill the White House job. The president-elect also announced that Mike Donilon, a longtime confidant, will serve as a senior advisor and Dana Remus, the campaign's current general counsel, will be counsel to the president. (more...)
US approves first rapid home Covid-19 test US approves first rapid home Covid-19 test
- November 18, 2020

Lucira Health said the tests were expected to initially roll out in California and Florida "in the near future". In addition to home use, the product is also authorized for use in doctor's offices, hospitals and emergency rooms. The U.S. gave the greenlight for the first COVID-19 diagnostic kit for self-testing at home, adding an additional tool to battle the pandemic as nationwide testing capabilities come under more strain. (more...)
North Dakota covid-related deaths increase to 304 North Dakota covid-related deaths increase to 304
- November 18, 2020

With COVID-19 trends worsening across the state, Gov. Roy Cooper is anxious. Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday warned North Carolinians that the unfettered spread of the novel coronavirus could result in snapping back statewide restrictions on businesses, but for now, endorsed the idea of a more regional approach. (more...)
Pfizer and BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine is 95% effective, full results show Pfizer and BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine is 95% effective, full results show
- November 18, 2020

Clinical trial results have found the Moderna vaccine to be over 94 per cent effective and the Pfizer-BioNTech product over 90 per cent effective in protecting people from the Covid-19 infection and bolstered hopes for early vaccine roll-outs. (more...)
Covid: Mouthwash 'can kill virus in lab in 30 seconds' Covid: Mouthwash 'can kill virus in lab in 30 seconds'
- November 18, 2020

While the mouthwash may be able to kill coronavirus in the saliva, there is no evidence that it can be used for treatment for Covid-19 as it would never reach the lungs or respiratory tract. The BBC reports the United Kingdom study has been submitted for publication in a journal to be reviewed by other scientists. The researchers stressed that the findings are preliminary, and people should still follow the preventive measures outlined by public health experts, including physical ... (more...)
Melbourne vaccine manufacturing facility announced as hope for coronavirus vaccine continues Melbourne vaccine manufacturing facility announced as hope for coronavirus vaccine continues
- November 18, 2020

Seqirus is presently the only company making influenza and Q fever vaccine in Australia, and the only one in the world making life-saving antivenom products against 11 poisonous Australian creatures, including snakes, marine creatures and spiders. (more...)
Dolly Parton's Vanderbilt donation supported Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine Dolly Parton's Vanderbilt donation supported Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine
- November 18, 2020

Parton probably won't need to beg people to take the COVID-19 vaccine she helped fund. In April, Parton announced on social media that she donated $1 million to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, for coronavirus research. (more...)
BA, American Airlines plan voluntary COVID-19 testing plan BA, American Airlines plan voluntary COVID-19 testing plan
- November 18, 2020

Passengers aboard United Airlines Flight 14 that took off Monday from Newark Liberty International Airport for London were the first to receive the airline's free coronavirus testing. The quarantine rules apply to anyone traveling to the United Kingdom from a country that isn't on the government's "safe" list, making most business and holiday travel unrealistic. (more...)
Amazon launches online pharmacy in new contest with drug retail Amazon launches online pharmacy in new contest with drug retail
- November 17, 2020

However, Amazon Pharmacy will not fill prescriptions for Schedule II-controlled medications, which includes many opioids. But Prime members who do not have insurance can also buy generic or brand name drugs from Amazon for a discount. The company founded as an online bookseller has disrupted industries including retail, computing and now potentially pharmaceuticals, drawing criticism of its size and power from labor groups and lawmakers along the way. (more...)
India to get 100 million AstraZeneca's vaccine shots by December 2020 India to get 100 million AstraZeneca's vaccine shots by December 2020
- November 17, 2020

The promising results of the trials so far give confidence that Covishield could be a realistic solution to the pandemic. He completed the registration of all 1,600 participants on 31 October. He added: "The pandemic has presented a chance to foster structural reforms in building robust public healthcare infrastructure". Covishield is being developed at the Serum Institute laboratory in Pune with a master seed from Oxford University/Astra Zeneca trial. (more...)
94% of California is under most restrictive reopening tier 94% of California is under most restrictive reopening tier
- November 17, 2020

Indoor operations of fitness centers and gyms, restaurants, places of worship, movie theaters, and museums and zoos are not allowed in the purple tier, according to the state COVID-19 reopening framework, officially known as the Blueprint for a Safer Economy . (more...)
Over 100 new COVID-19 cases in Winneshiek County in one week Over 100 new COVID-19 cases in Winneshiek County in one week
- November 17, 2020

In a social media post , Lewis County Public Health and Social Services says the abnormally high daily case total is partially due to a backlog in the state Department of Health's reporting of testing data . In some instances, persons who have been exposed to coronavirus and develop certain symptoms consistent with Covid-19 are listed as probable cases. Stearns County had 301 positive tests, Sherburne County had 159 positive cases and Benton County had 67. (more...)
Moderna's Covid Vaccine Interim Analysis Shows A 94.5 Percent Effectiveness Moderna's Covid Vaccine Interim Analysis Shows A 94.5 Percent Effectiveness
- November 17, 2020

The news comes exactly a week after similar results from Pfizer and BioNTech , which announced broadly similar results. If greenlighted, the shot could go into distribution that month, making it one of the first Covid-19 vaccines to go into distribution in the USA, where reported coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are surging. (more...)
Six More COVID-19 Related Deaths Reported in Manitowoc County Six More COVID-19 Related Deaths Reported in Manitowoc County
- November 16, 2020

The incident rate is calculated by taking the total number of unique cases in each county over the past seven days, divided by seven to get a daily average, divided by the US census bureau county population and multiplied by 100,000 to get the incidence per 100,000 people. (more...)
Newsom aide defends governor's attendance of 12 person party Newsom aide defends governor's attendance of 12 person party
- November 16, 2020

Earlier this month California Governor Gavin Newsom dined at "one of the world's most exclusive restaurants" with "people from several other households", Politico reported . Newsom did not have the authority to amend or change the state's law through an executive order, which mandated all registered voters get a mail-in ballot and allowed counties to reduce the number of polling locations if in-person voting is offered ahead of November 3, according to court documents . (more...)
COVID-19 surges as Canada approaches 300000 cases COVID-19 surges as Canada approaches 300000 cases
- November 16, 2020

In one of a series of tweets posted Saturday, Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer, urged Canadians taking part in Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas festivities, important to many in South Asian communities, to celebrate safely as Canada fights a rising number of COVID-19 cases. (more...)
Boris Johnson self-isolating after contact with COVID-positive MP Boris Johnson self-isolating after contact with COVID-positive MP
- November 16, 2020

Johnson's self-isolation also risks upsetting a busy week as the United Kingdom enters its third week of reimposed coronavirus restrictions and the prime minister was due to chair a series of key COVID-19 meetings. Johnson's confinement came as negotiations with the European Union over Brexit enter a decisive final sprint. Under the "hybrid" parliament arrangements, MPs can only take part in some proceedings by video link. (more...)
Moderna says COVID-19 vaccine 94.5 percent effective Moderna says COVID-19 vaccine 94.5 percent effective
- November 16, 2020

For the second time this month, there's promising news from a COVID-19 vaccine candidate: Moderna said Monday its shots provide strong protection, a dash of hope against the grim backdrop of coronavirus surges in the USA and around the world. (more...)
Maia Sandu on track to become Moldova's new president Maia Sandu on track to become Moldova's new president
- November 16, 2020

Dodon said he remained optimistic of victory, despite partial results which showed Sandu on 51.3% of votes compared to 48.67 for Dodon, with 91.6% of ballots counted. Caught off guard by the electoral setback in the first round, Dodon urged his supporters at a rally on Friday to vote and take to the streets after Sunday's ballot to "protect our victory". (more...)

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