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Study: Long COVID Less Likely With Omicron Variant

Ars Technica reports: Among adults vaccinated against COVID-19, the odds of developing long COVID amid the omicron wave were about 20 percent to 50 percent lower than during the delta period, with variability based on age and time since vaccination. The finding comes from a case-control observational study published this week in The Lancet by researchers at Kings College London. …

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New Test Measures Potential Immunity To Coronavirus

Changing America reports: Researchers have developed a new type of blood test to check for potential COVID-19 immunity. How the test works is explained in a study published this week in Nature Biotechnology. The test, called dqTACT, requires the mixture of a small blood sample with peptides, essentially a chain of proteins, from the COVID-19 virus. Once the mixture takes …

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NASA To “Examine Unidentified Aerial Phenomena”

Via press release from NASA: NASA is commissioning a study team to start early in the fall to examine unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs) – that is, observations of events in the sky that cannot be identified as aircraft or known natural phenomena – from a scientific perspective. The study will focus on identifying available data, how best to collect future …

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CDC Raises Monkeypox Alert: Wear Masks On Transit

NBC News reports: The CDC is raising its alert level for monkeypox to level two, all at an abundance of caution. This means health officials are recommending that travelers wear masks on planes and other public transits. “The number of cases of monkeypox has continued to increase to almost 1,000 people now with confirmed or suspected cases in more than …

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Experimental Drug Shows Promise In Alzheimer’s Study

The Daily Beast reports: In a study published Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine, a group of researchers led by neuroscientists at Yale University uncovered an experimental drug taken orally that appears to reverse brain damage in mice afflicted by Alzheimer’s, and could protect the brain from future damage for at least one month. If its success and remarkable …

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WHO: Monkeypox Is “Moderate Risk” To Public Health

Via press release from the World Health Organization: Since 13 May 2022, monkeypox has been reported to WHO from 23 Member States that are not endemic for monkeypox virus, across four WHO regions. Epidemiological investigations are ongoing. The vast majority of reported cases so far have no established travel links to an endemic area and have presented through primary care …

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Major Pharmas Rush To Develop Monkeypox Tests

ABC News reports: Abbott Laboratories said Thursday that it is working to develop a test that it would then provide to partners of its Pandemic Defense Coalition, a spokesperson said. Abbott’s announcement comes one day after Roche announced it had developed three kits to detect the virus. Roche, which is based in Switzerland, said one test detects orthopoxviruses, which is …

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CDC Issues Warning To Gay/Bi Men On Monkeypox

CNBC reports: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday alerted gay and bisexual men that monkeypox appears to be spreading in the community globally, cautioning people to take precautions if they have been in close contact with someone who may have the virus and to be on the lookout for symptoms. Dr. John Brooks, a CDC official, emphasized …

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SCOTUS Rejects Challenge From Christian Parents Over NY Ending Religious Exemption For Childhood Vaxxes

Bloomberg News reports: The US Supreme Court turned away a challenge to New York’s requirement that schoolchildren be vaccinated against serious diseases, refusing to question the state’s 2019 repeal of its longstanding exemption for families with religious objections. The justices without comment left in place a state court ruling that said New York wasn’t targeting religion when it eliminated the …

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US And Europe Investigate Monkeypox Cases [VIDEO]

CNN reports: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is collaborating with Massachusetts health officials on an investigation into a case of monkeypox, the agency said Wednesday in a statement. The case of monkeypox was confirmed in a man in Massachusetts who had recently traveled to Canada, state health officials announced earlier in the day. The patient is hospitalized …

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Pentagon Holds First Public Hearing On UFOs [VIDEO]

CBS News reports: A House panel held the first public congressional hearing on unidentified flying objects in more than half a century on Tuesday, with top Pentagon officials saying the number of “unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAP) reported by pilots and service members had grown to about 400. Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Ronald Moultrie and Deputy Director …

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Image Of Massive Milky Way Black Hole Revealed

Space.com reports: The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) has done it again. The scientists who in 2019 gave us our first-ever direct image of a black hole are back with results a little closer to home. During joint news conferences held around the world today (May 12), they unveiled our first view of the supermassive black hole at the heart of …

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Canada Lifts Restriction On Gay Men Donating Blood

CTV News reports: A policy change years in the making, on Thursday Health Canada approved Canadian Blood Services’ submission to eliminate the three-month donor deferral period for gay and bisexual men as well as some other folks in the LGBTQ2S+ community. Moving away from a blanket ban, the national blood donor organization will be able to screen all donors regardless …

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Bacteria Linked To Aggressive Prostate Cancer

Bloomberg News reports: Researchers have identified five types of bacteria that are linked to aggressive prostate cancer. The bacteria was common in urine and tissue samples from men with the condition, a new study found. It is hoped the findings could help pave the way for treatments that could target this bacteria and slow or prevent the development of aggressive …

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Legal Weed Reduces Demand For Prescription Drugs

The Cornell Chronicle reports: Legalization of recreational marijuana reduces demand for costly prescription drugs through state Medicaid programs, according to an analysis by a Cornell researcher and a collaborator. When states legalize marijuana, the volume of prescriptions within the drug classes that align with the medical indications for pain, depression, anxiety, sleep, psychosis and seizures significantly decline, the researchers found. …

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FDA Approves First Ever COVID-19 Breathalyzer Test

Via press release from the CDC: Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the first COVID-19 diagnostic test that detects chemical compounds in breath samples associated with a SARS-CoV-2 infection. The test can be performed in environments where the patient specimen is both collected and analyzed, such as doctor’s offices, hospitals and mobile …

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Brain Damage Behind COVID-Related Loss Of Smell

UPI reports: COVID-19 causes loss of sense of smell in some of those infected by not only damaging the tissue in the nasal cavity, but also the area of the brain responsible for controlling the senses, a study published Monday by JAMA Neurology found. The white matter region of the brain plays a key role in communication between cells in …

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Public May Now Search Database Of 1950 US Census

The New York Times reports: At 12:01 a.m. on Friday, precisely 72 years after enumerators began knocking on the doors of some 46 million American houses and apartments, the federal government made public what they learned: the ages, incomes, addresses, ancestry and a trove of other facts about the 150.7 million people who were counted in the 1950 census. Those …

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Study: Mild COVID Cases Can Result In Brain Injuries

Courthouse News Service reports: Brain injuries that result from Covid-19 infections, such as small bleeds and intense inflammation, are present in primates who have been infected, even when the infections were mild, according to a new study published Friday. This new finding from researchers at Tulane University was published in an article in the science journal, Nature Communications. It is …

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Brazilian Study Finds Ivermetcin Useless As Treatment

The New York Times reports: The anti-parasitic drug ivermectin, which has surged in popularity as an alternative treatment for Covid-19 despite a lack of strong research to back it up, showed no sign of alleviating the disease, according to results of a large clinical trial published on Wednesday. The study, which compared more than 1,300 people infected with the coronavirus …

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