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Study explains how a fat cell's immune response makes obesity worse

WASHINGTON D.C.: During obesity, a person’s own fat cells set off a complex inflammatory chain reaction that can drive to disrupt metabolism and weaken immune response. This can potentially place people at higher risk of poor outcomes from a variety of diseases and infections, including COVID-19. The study was led …

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Astronomers capture a pulsar 'Powering Up'

MELBOURNE: A Monash-University-led collaboration has, for the first time, observed the full 12-day process of material spiralling into a distant neutron star, triggering an X-Ray outburst thousands of times brighter than our Sun. The research, led by PhD candidate Adelle Goodwin from the Monash School of Physics and Astronomy will …

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Fitness wearables provide early-warnings for Covid symptoms, study finds

WASHINGTON DC: Preliminary research has found that constant stream of data from wearable devices such as Oura rings, Fitbits and Apple Watches reveal early-warnings for coronavirus symptoms, days before people could even realize that they have been infected by the contagious infection, The Washington Post reported. That means fitness trackers …

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Several drugs under trial for Covid-19, remdesivir leading contender: scientists

NEW DELHI: With a vaccine still a long distance away, efforts to repurpose old medications used for other ailments provide hope of an early counter to Covid-19, say scientists, placing the antiviral remdesivir on top of the list of possible contenders. As Covid-19 continues its spread — crossing 5.2 million …

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Pregnant women with Covid-19 show placenta injury in small study

The placentas of 16 pregnant women found to have Covid-19 during routine testing at a Chicago hospital all showed evidence of injury, indicating that women infected with coronavirus may need close monitoring during pregnancy, researchers said on Friday. ‘; var randomNumber = Math.random(); var isIndia = (window.geoinfo && window.geoinfo.CountryCode === …

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'How macaques resist coronavirus re-infection decoded, may help develop vaccine'

BOSTON: Researchers have revealed the components of the immune system in macaques which help them develop immunity to coronavirus re-infection, findings which have helped them uncover the likely protective function a potential vaccine should exhibit. While there are differences between SARS-CoV-2 infection in macaques and humans, the findings, published in …

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What we know about the Covid-related syndrome affecting children

NYT: For parents, one of the most reassuring aspects of the coronavirus has been that it largely spares children, only causing mild symptoms. But recent reports of a new life-threatening pediatric inflammatory syndrome are worrying many families. Children in Europe, Britain and now the United States are being hospitalized for …

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Six feet distancing not enough to stop virus transmission in light winds: Study

LONDON: The current physical distancing guidelines of 6 feet may be insufficient to prevent Covid-19 transmission, according to a study which says a mild cough in low wind speeds can propel saliva droplets by as much as 18 feet. Researchers, including those from the University of Nicosia in Cyprus, said …

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Study: World carbon pollution falls 17% during pandemic peak

KENSINGTON: The world cut its daily carbon dioxide emissions by 17% at the peak of the pandemic shutdown last month, a new study found. But with life and heat-trapping gas levels inching back toward normal, the brief pollution break will likely be “a drop in the ocean” when it comes …