Regeneron Drug Approved to Help Prevent Severe COVID in Vulnerable After Exposure

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 4, 2021 (HealthDay News) A preventive monoclonal antibody injection for people at high risk for developing severe COVID-19 after exposure to the coronavirus has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The first dose of Regeneron’s cocktail must be injected within 96 hours of exposure to the coronavirus, the FDA said in a statement. It contains the monoclonal antibodies casirivimab and imdevimab and is the first injectable coronavirus antibody treatment approved by the FDA to prevent COVID-19 after exposure to the virus, NBC News reported. However, the treatment should not be considered a substitute for vaccination

Children of heavy drinkers are at risk for a wide range of harms

Consuming alcohol can cause many harms to those other than the drinker. Credit: Rutgers Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies The children of parents who drink alcohol heavily have an elevated risk of a number of adverse experiences, including mental health disorders, hospitalizations and criminal behavior, according to a new review in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. “Within the last 10 years, there has been an expansion of research on consequences that extend beyond the drinker,” write the researchers. “Although some studies show that harm… Continue Reading News Source:

Unvaccinated Americans Think The Vaccines Are More Dangerous Than COVID-19, Survey Finds

A new survey has found that a number of Americans who remain unvaccinated against COVID-19 are strongly against the vaccines because they think the shots are more dangerous than the coronavirus.  The survey, published on the Kaiser Family Foundation’s website Wednesday, was conducted from July 15 to 27 as part of the organization’s ongoing COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor project that tracks the public’s feedback and experiences with the vaccinations. The health-centered nonprofit found that over half of Americans who are still unvaccinated believe the vaccines are more dangerous than the novel coronavirus disease. The same survey respondents indicated that the news

Researchers use tiny worm to trace the development of human brain

Researchers at Sinai Health have used a tiny worm to track how an animal’s brain changes throughout its lifetime, shedding new light on how human brains develop. In new research, out today in Nature, scientists from the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute (LTRI) at Sinai Health describe four basic patterns of how new connections are made in the brain of the nematode worm, Caenorhabditis elegans, or C. elegans. This is the first time that an entire brain’s structure is deduced and compared across developmental stages, from birth to adulthood. These new findings have powerful implications for the fundamental rules that allow

Bacteriophages named after Norfolk village of Colney could help combat C. difficile infections

Viruses have a menacing reputation for causing disease but some that target bacteria could actually benefit human health. These are called bacteriophages, and a group of them named after the Norfolk village of Colney could help combat C. difficile infections. Clostridioides difficile, also known as C. diff, is a species of bacteria that infects the human gut. It can become a major problem when our normal gut microbes are impaired, most commonly during a course of antibiotics. This leads to an overgrowth of C. difficile, with toxins it produces causing diarrhoea and severe inflammation. Treatment involves further courses of antibiotics,

Food security of millions living in 65 nations threatened by climate change

Scientists have projected that millions of people in 65 nations globally, including those in Africa and South-East Asia and the Pacific, could face increased malnutrition as climate change and overfishing take their toll on fisheries. According to a study that analysed over 800 fish species from more than 157 countries, climate change and overfishing could lead to acute shortages of vital micronutrients from the oceans. Countries whose fisheries are at increased risk include those in Sub-Saharan Africa such as Mozambique and Sierra Leone, and East Asian and Pacific countries including Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Timor-Leste, according to the study published

How Cells Use Memories of Past Inflammation To Respond to New Threats

Inflamed mouse stem cells located in the basal layer (red) of the epidermis and FOS (green), a near-universal stress response factor essential to inflammatory memory. Credit: Christopher Cowley When a tissue experiences inflammation, its cells remember. Pinning proteins to its genetic material at the height of inflammation, the cells bookmark where they left off in their last tussle. Next exposure, inflammatory memory kicks in. The cells draw from prior experience to respond more efficiently, even to threats that they have not encountered before. Skin heals a wound faster if it was previously exposed to an irritant, such as a toxin

A Dazzling Meteor Cluster Was Just Captured Live on Camera in Hawaii

In the small, pre-dawn hours of July 14, dozens of meteors blazed across the brilliantly clear starry skies above Maunakea, Hawai’i. The event was livestreamed to hundreds of people worldwide from the Subaru-Asahi’s Sky Camera.   “At first I thought it was just a series of small meteors,” explained livestream viewer Fukuro (night owl). “But when I double-checked for a tally, I was amazed to notice that several small meteors were visible coming from the same direction at the same time.” At 3:58 am local time, these meteors all streamed from the same point in the sky within 10 seconds.

An Orbital Sunset Reflection – SpaceRef

Thomas Pesquet: Good evening from space! A beautiful sunset reflection of our blue marble (well I think so at least, hope you like it too 😁). Au crépuscule l’océan baigne dans les tons chauds du soleil, si ce n’est pour quelques ombres de ☁️ à sa surface #whatelse Bonne soirée à tous depuis la Station ! Credits: ESA/NASA-T. Pesquet/A. Conigli Larger image Please follow SpaceRef on Twitter and Like us on Facebook. Continue Reading News Source:

Stars Are Exploding in Dusty Galaxies – We Just Can’t Always See Them

The image shows galaxy Arp 148, captured by NASA’s Spitzer and Hubble telescopes. Specially processed Spitzer data is shown inside the white circle, revealing infrared light from a supernova hidden by dust. This is one five hidden supernova documented for the first time in a recent paper. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Exploding stars generate dramatic light shows. Infrared telescopes like Spitzer can see through the haze and to give a better idea of how often these explosions occur. You’d think that supernovae – the death throes of massive stars and among the brightest, most powerful explosions in the universe – would be