University of California offers free COVID test kits for students

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New York – According to a ZDnet report University of California in San Diego has installed COVID-19 testing kits across its campus from where new students can pick up the kits for free. UC San Diego officials have decided to offer COVID-19 tests — used to determine if an individual is carrying the virus, whether or not they have symptoms …

WHO Director General Tedros calls for greater investments in public health

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Geneva – Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, World Health Organisation Director General has called on countries to make greater investment in public health systems to make the world better prepared for future epidemics and pandemics. In his message on world’s first ever International Day of Epidemic Preparedness, Ghebreyesus said: “History tells us that this will not be the last pandemic, and epidemics …

BioNTech CEO Sahin says Covid virus will stay with us for next decade

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London – BioNTech CEO Ugur Sahin has said the deadly virus is going to stay with us for the next decade at least. In a virtual press conference this week, Sahin told media persons about the potential virus deadline: “We need a new definition of normal. The virus will stay with us for the next 10 years.” BioNTech’s vaccine, developed …

Why some people cannot draw a mental picture?

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New York – A study published in the journal Cortex has revealed that some people cannot draw a mental picture because they have a recently-characterised condition that causes a lack of visual memory. It examined how this rare condition called aphantasia causes blind spots in the mind’s eye. The phrase, mind’s eye may be meaningless to aphantasic individuals, and this …

Swedish researchers say severe virus attacks on lungs

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London – A team of Swedish researchers at Karolinska Institutet have explained how different kinds of immune cells, called macrophages, develop in the lungs, and which of them may be behind severe lung diseases, a discovery that may contribute to future treatments for Covid-19, among other diseases. They used a model to study the development of lung macrophages directly in …

Apple Watch monitors your cardio fitness levels 24/7

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Los Angeles – Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer has recently informed that Apple watch users would be able to view their cardio fitness levels in the Health app on iPhone, and receive a notification if it falls within the low range due to the iOS 14.3 and watchOS 7.2 software updates. Jeff said: “Using its advanced sensors, Apple Watch …

Key protein Toll-1 tells developing cells to stick together

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Tokyo – A team of Japanese scientists at Tohoku University has revealed for the first time that a protein better known for its role in the immune system tells developing cells to stick together. Scientists have long observed that not-yet-specialised cells move in a way that ensures that cell groups destined for a specific tissue stay together. In 1964, American …

Mothers of newborns in 3rd trimester can pass on Covid infection

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Washington – A study, funded by the US National Institutes of Health, followed 127 pregnant women, admitted to Boston hospitals during the spring of 2020 found out that pregnant women infected with Covid-19 during the third trimester can pass the infection to their newborns. The Xinhua news agency reports among the 64 pregnant women who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, no …

Cell that can help track distance discovered in brain

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London – In a new study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, scientists have discovered that there is a type of brain cell that can track how far we have travelled and remember where things are, as it is added to our memory map. Lead researcher Steven Poulter from Durham University in Britain, said: “The discovery of vector trace cells …

People getting vaccinated to protect loved ones

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New York – A new study from the University of Michigan has found that appealing to people’s concerns for their loved ones can encourage people to get the vaccine. Some still resist but most of the people have listened to messaging about wearing a mask and following social distancing guidelines to limit spread of COVID-19. Study author Lawrence An, associate …