Covid responsible for decrease in Hepatitis C testing: Study
The study, published in the Journal of Primary Care and Community Health, highlights the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic is having on hospital-wide and ambulatory HCV testing, and the ramifications of this decrease in identification of the virus.
New model shows promise to treat lung fibrosis in Covid patients
Experiments in mouse models of lung fibrosis showed that administering blockers of an epigenetic regulator called MBD2 via intratracheal inhalation protected the mice against fibrotic lung injury, highlighting a potential viable therapy.
SpaceX, NASA launch upgraded cargo Dragon spacecraft to ISS
Dragon is filled with supplies and payloads, including critical materials to deliver more than 6,400 pounds of science investigations and cargo to the orbiting laboratory. The mission marks the first launch for SpaceX under NASA's CRS-2 contract.
New data reveals early origins of solar system, life on Earth
In a new paper published in the journal Nature Communications Earth and Environment, researchers at the University of Rochester were able to use magnetism to determine, for the first time, when carbonaceous chondrite asteroids — asteroids that are rich in water and amino acids — first arrived in the inner solar system.
Pacman like game reveals origin of emotions in brain
The video game was specially developed to arouse different emotions depending on the progress of the game. The results, published in the journal PLOS Biology, confirm that emotions are the brain's synchronized response to events.
China completes 1st spacecraft rendezvous, docks in lunar orbit
The Chang'e-5 probe, comprising an orbiter, a lander, an ascender and a returner, was launched on November 24, and its lander-ascender combination touched down on the north of the Mons Rumker in Oceanus Procellarum, also known as the Ocean of Storms, on the near side of the moon on December 1.
Women with PTSD, depression at high risk of dying: Study
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Women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression have an almost fourfold greater risk of early death from cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, type 2 diabetes, suicide, and other causes than women without trauma exposure or depression, warn researchers.
This antiviral drug blocks Covid virus within 24 hrs: Study
In the study, the research team repurposed MK-4482/EIDD-2801 against SARS-CoV-2 and used a ferret model to test the effect of the drug on halting virus spread. The team believe ferrets are a relevant transmission model because they readily spread SARS-CoV-2, but mostly do not develop severe disease, which closely resembles SARS-CoV-2 spread in young adults.
Japan's Hayabusa2 capsule bringing asteroid sample to Earth
It was confirmed from telemetry and Doppler data that Hayabusa2 re-entry capsule separated from the Hayabusa2 spacecraft as planned at 14.35 local time on Saturday, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)) said.
Researchers develop sensor to detect fatty liver disease
It takes about 10 minutes to obtain the results, but the researchers are now working on improving the signal-to-noise ratio of the detector, which could help to reduce the amount of time it takes. The current version of the sensor can scan to a depth of about six millimetres below the skin, which is enough to monitor the mouse liver or human skeletal muscle.