Chicken pox symptoms: Why do we get chicken pox? Can you be immune?

Chicken pox is the name for that itchy red breakout of spots you might have had as a kid or even as an adult. It’s easily spread from person to person, but where does it come from? Can you be immune? Express.co.uk has all the details you need to know about the itchy infection. Chicken pox symptoms Chickenpox is common and affects […]

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New drug candidate found for hand, foot and mouth disease

A study appearing next week in the journal Nature Communications offers some good news in the search for antiviral drugs for hard-to-treat diseases. Researchers have identified a potential new drug candidate against enterovirus 71, a common cause of hand, foot and mouth disease in infants and young children. The compound of interest is a small molecule that binds to RNA, […]

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World sees record weekly number of COVID-19 cases, deaths down: WHO

The coronavirus pandemic appears to be accelerating worldwide, with new cases soaring last week to a new seven-day high of almost two million, even as new deaths decreased, WHO statistics showed. In a fresh global update, the World Health Organization said late Monday that during the week ending on September 20, 1,998,897 new cases of the novel coronavirus were registered […]

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As Europe faces 2nd wave of virus, tracing apps lack impact

Mobile apps tracing new COVID-19 cases were touted as a key part of Europe’s plan to beat the coronavirus outbreak. Seven months into the pandemic, virus cases are surging again and the apps have not been widely adopted due to privacy concerns, technical problems and lack of interest from the public. Britain, Portugal, and Finland this month became the latest […]

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Spain calls on Madrid residents to restrict movements due to virus

Spain’s health minister on Tuesday called on residents of Madrid to limit their movements and social contacts to the “essential” to put the brakes on a surge in COVID-19 infections, a day afer new restrictions came into effect in part of the region. Spain is struggling to contain a second wave of the virus, which has already infected over 670,000 […]

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Parental rejection of sexual orientation and gender identity ‘trigger’ for youth homelessness, new study finds

Parental rejection of sexual orientation and gender identity could be a key trigger in youth homelessness, according to new research. A report by UCD researchers, in conjunction with Focus Ireland and BeLonG To Youth Services, found that parents’ rejection of their children’s sexuality and gender identity is a contributing factor in young people’s decision to leave home. According to the […]

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Covid-19: New probe that mimics coronavirus may speed up drug discovery

Scientists have developed a new tool that mimics how the novel coronavirus which causes Covid-19 enters and infects cells, an advance that could potentially speed up the search for treatments against the deadly disease. The novel tool, described in the journal ACS Nano, is a fluorescent nanoparticle probe with the spike protein that is present on the surface of the […]

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Diabetes dramatically reduces the kidney’s ability clean itself

The kidneys often become bulky and dysfunctional in diabetes, and now scientists have found that one path to this damage dramatically reduces the kidney’s ability to clean up after itself. The natural cleanup is called autophagy, which literally means “self-eating,” and it’s a constant throughout our bodies as debris, like misfolded proteins and damaged cell powerhouses called mitochondria, get packaged […]

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