When will there be a coronavirus vaccine?

The genetic code of the new coronavirus has been found: it is closely related to the SARS virus from 2003. Professor of Molecular Virology, Eric Snijder, has been researching coronaviruses for years. We asked him a few questions about the outbreak. We learned this week that the official name of the virus is SARS-CoV-2, and had already heard that it […]

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Vitamin C may shorten ventilation in critically ill patients

Vitamin C administration shortened the duration of mechanical ventilation in critical care patients, but the effect depended on the severity of illness. In five controlled trials including 471 patients requiring ventilation for over 10 hours, vitamin C shortened ventilation time on average by 25% according to a meta-analysis published in Journal of Intensive Care. Vitamin C has numerous biochemical effects. […]

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High blood pressure: The unexpected cause of your high reading – what to do to lower it

High blood pressure is a difficult to spot condition because it rarely has any noticeable symptoms. But finding out if you have it is very important as it can increase the risk of a number of serious and potentially life-threatening health problems, such as heart disease, kidney disease and stroke. READ MORE High blood pressure: Doing this much exercise could […]

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Study analyses potential global spread of new coronavirus

Experts in population mapping at the University of Southampton have identified cities and provinces within mainland China, and cities and countries worldwide, which are at high-risk from the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). A report by the University’s WorldPop team has found Bangkok (Thailand) is currently the city most at risk from a global spread of the virus—based […]

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The worst foods for cholesterol

The word “cholesterol” carries with it a scary urgency; we have to lower it lest we keel over from a heart attack. However, cholesterol is actually misunderstood (via Healthline). For instance, healthy, cholesterol-rich foods like eggs are good for you and won’t increase your risk of heart disease at all. Cholesterol is also important for producing hormones, vitamin D, and […]

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Characterizing RNA alterations in cancer

Researchers at EMBL-EBI were among the leaders of a large international consortium that carried out a joint analysis of data from over 1000 donors of more than 25 cancer types, studying data on their whole genomes along with tumor transcriptome data, which indicates the genes that are active within a tumor. These data represent the largest comparative resource to date […]

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US bars 100 Americans on ship from returning over coronavirus fears

More than 100 Americans still trapped on the Diamond Princess cruise CANNOT come home, US officials say: Passengers left behind must spend another two weeks quarantined in Japan after disembarking Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials said on Tuesday that they will not allow the remaining Americans on the Diamond Princess cruise ship and in hospitals in Japan […]

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Can inhaling helium gas harm you? Find out

Science says that when you inhale helium, it displaces the oxygen already present in your body. You must have seen people inhale gas from a helium balloon, only to sound like a jocular character straight out of a cartoon. Some of you may have tried it out, too. It is an incredibly funny activity that has taken over party scenes […]

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