Thursday, January 21, 2021

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Expert Urges To Stop Distributing 5G Networks Until Safety Is Confirmed

Prof. John William Frank of the University of Edinburgh says we should be extra cautious and stop the global distribution of 5G networks until safety is confirmed. He says 5G networks emit high radiofrequency electromagnetic fields that may affect your health but it has no association with the spread of COVID.

Single Dose of Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Trials

A single dose of Johnson & Johnson has shown a strong, promising result in an early stage of trials. The experimental vaccine helped in developing an immune response in all 805 participants of the trials with just a single shot of the vaccine. However, experts said they have to confirm it after late-stage trials.

Biden Reveals His Economic Rescue Plan That May Cost $1.9 Trillion

President-elect Joe Biden revealed his plans for economic rescue from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The plan, called American Rescue Plan, may cost around $1.9 trillion. Biden also said he plans to boost the vaccination plan by launching community and mobile vaccination centers in remote areas.

Will The World Have To Live With COVID Forever? Yes, Says Moderna CEO

Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel said the world will have to live with COVID forever. During a panel discussion at the JPMorgan Healthcare Conference, he said COVID is likely to become endemic and the virus is not going away. He said we probably have to live with the virus forever.

Gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park Test Positive for COVID

Several gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park has tested positive for COVID-19, the infection caused by SARS-CoV-2. It is believed that the gorillas might have contracted the infection through a staff member who has been tested positive for COVID and has been in close contact with the animals.

Experts Fear That Capitol Hill Mayhem May Have Allowed the Coronavirus to Spread

Scientists have been expressing concerns over the last week’s Capitol Hill violence, fearing that it could be a super-spreading event given the fact that the number of COVID cases has been increasing in the nation. They said the rioters were shouting for longer periods, giving the opportunity for the virus to spread.

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Harry Brant, Supermodel Stephanie Seymour’s Son, Dies of Accidental Overdose at...

Harry Brant, son of Stephanie Seymour, died on January 17, 2021, due to an accidental overdose. He was 24. His family said in a statement to The New York Times that his life was cut short by the devastating disease. Brant was a rising model, who had appeared in Italian Vogue.

Ireland Pharmacist Says Availability of OTC Viagra Is a “Good Move”

Pharmacist Rose Murphy of Murphy’s Pharmacy, Cork, Ireland, welcomed the government’s move to make Viagra available without a prescription, calling it a “good move.” She said men with erectile dysfunction, aged 18 and above, can now have access to the blue pill without a prescription in Ireland.

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CDC Seeks Emergency Approval of Diagnostic Test from FDA to Detect 2019-nCoV

The CDC has been seeking for a special emergency approval from the FDA for its newly-developed diagnostic tool that can detect the mysterious new coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which started in Wuhan, China, in December. The new diagnostic test would help the states to detect the virus.

Rethinking Intelligence Is Necessary, Says Author of Different Minds

Dr. Marlo Payne Thurman, the author if Different Mind, has posted an article in Psychology Today, explaining the importance of rethinking intelligence in order to develop a new education model for children. She explains that it is important to re-open discussions about intelligence again.

Scientists Discover a Mechanism That Could Treat Friedreich’s Ataxia

Researchers from Tufts University have discovered a molecular mechanism that could reverse the genetic mutation responsible for causing a neurodegenerative disorder called Friedreich's Ataxia. The researchers explained this could help develop therapeutic strategies.

Scientists Say Personality Traits Are Changeable

A study, which will be published in American Psychologists, has found that personality traits can be changed if you catch people at the right and by putting an extra-sustained effort. They can also be changed by major life events and persistent interventions because they account for important life outcomes.

Scientists Develop Device to Control Brain Cells Using Smartphone

Researchers developed a wireless neural device that could control and manipulate brain cells using a smartphone. The researchers explained that the wireless neural device could be used to speed up to uncover certain brain disorders, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, pain and depression.

FDA Approves Samsung Bioepis’ Humira Biosimilar

On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a biosimilar version of Humira, a blockbuster rheumatoid arthritis drug, called Hadlima by Samsung Bioepis. In the United States, it will be commercialized by Merck & Co. Humira contains Adalimumab, the best-selling drug for rheumatoid arthritis.

Nerve Surgery Helps Paralyzed Man to Regain Movement and Function

Australian surgeons have successfully been able to perform innovative nerve transfer surgery on some paralyzed patients, which has helped them to regain movement and function. The surgeons performed the surgery on 16 paralyzed patients so that they can extend their elbow and hands to grab, open, and pinch.

COVID-19: Public Health Officials Urge People to Stay Home for Upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday

Public health officials across the United States have been urging people to stay home and stay safe during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, as the nation has been experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases, affecting nearly all states. The virus has affected over 12 million Americans and killed over 262,000.

Physicians Aren’t Advising Enough Smokers to Quit, Says US Surgeon General

US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams has revealed his detailed smoking cessation report in a press conference on Thursday. He said 40 percent of smokers are not encouraged to quit smoking by their doctors. In a detailed 700-page report, Dr. Adams mentioned the importance of counseling and medications when it comes to quitting smoking.

US To Screen Every Passenger from Wuhan for New Deadly Coronavirus

US health officials have said that they will screen every passenger coming from Wuhan, China, for a new respiratory virus, which has affected at least 45 people and killed two. The officials will screen all passengers at the three airports upon their arrival. If anyone is suspected, further testing will be done.

Lung Illness Related To Vaping Started Much Earlier Than Reported

Two studies, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, have found that e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury (EVALI) was surfaced as early as January 2017, long before June 2019, when the outbreak began, and the key culprit is vitamin E acetate found in vaping products.

Mumps Outbreak Reported On the University Of Arkansas Campus

The Arkansas Department of Health has reported that there has been a major mumps outbreak on the campus of the University of Arkansas. Health officials reported nine mumps cases at the university during the fall 2019 semester. More than 300 students were found to had their first dose of MMR vaccine.

Why U.S. Is Facing A Surge In STD Cases?

In 2018, the number of sexually transmitted disease (STD) cases has significantly increased in the United States. Health officials have identified a few factors responsible for causing the surge in STDs, such as lack of access to health care, poor public health infrastructure, poverty, drug use, the stigma of STDs, and a decline in condom use.

Deadly EEE Virus Confirmed in Poconos, Pennsylvania

Health officials in Pennsylvania have confirmed a deadly virus Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Monroe and Carbon Counties. The virus has been found in a pheasant and two horses, which can spread through mosquitoes in birds, animals, and humans. EEE is a rare but deadly virus that causes inflammation of the brain called encephalitis.

Diets High in Sugar Could Damage Your Gut, Increasing Colitis Risk

Researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center have found that mice fed with high-sugar diets developed severe symptoms of colitis. They also found that the mice developed colitis because sugary foods damaged their gut’s protective mucosal layer, causing inflammation of the intestines.

Study Finds 5G Networks Have Fewer Health Implications

A new study has found that 5G networks, which offer high download speed than 4G, have no significant impact on human health. The study researchers said 5G radiation is not that harmful that thought, and it is predominantly benign. However, the researchers said they need further investigations to dig deep.

Can Estrogen or Progesterone Help Treat COVID-19 In Men?

Researchers have been conducting two clinical trials to study the effects of female sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone, in men with COVID-19 patients. The trials are conducted on the hypothesis that women are less vulnerable to COVID-19 probably due to estrogen and progesterone.

UN Biodiversity Chief Calls for a Global Ban on Wildlife Markets

The United Nation’s biodiversity chief, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, has called for a global ban on wildlife markets or wet markets where animals are sold live or dead for human consumption. She said we can prevent future pandemics by banning the wildlife markets.

UK Furloughed Workers to Get 80% of Monthly Salaries under Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

All UK employers are set to entitled 80 percent of their employees’ monthly salaries under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. The scheme is meant to safeguard furloughed workers who are affected by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Researchers Identify 109 Genetic Variants Linked to Mental Health Disorders

New research has found a strong association between genetic variants and eight psychiatric disorders. Researchers identified 109 genetic variants that are linked to autism, ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCD, and Tourette syndrome.

Ro Online Pharmacy Plans to Test a New Prescription-Delivery Service at $5 a Month

Online pharmacy, Ro, will be testing a new medication service program that will allow the company to offer more than 500 generic medications at only $5 per prescription per month. The service will help Americans to get cheaper generic medications even if they do not have insurance.