Is a banana as bad for type 2 diabetes as SIX spoons of sugar?

Is a banana as bad for type 2 diabetes as SIX spoons of sugar? Two top doctors disagree, but which of them is correct… Dr David Unwin believes cutting out bananas can help patients with diabetes  He suggests a single banana is the equivalent of eating six spoons of sugar Other experts claim the research is flawed as not all […]

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The role of perineural networks in disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

Juan Nácher, professor at the Department of Cell Biology at the University of Valencia, has conducted research on the role of perineuronal networks (PNN) in the adult brain and their incidence in psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, could facilitate new diagnostic tools or treatments for these diseases. Inhibitory neurons […]

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New study supports remdesivir as COVID-19 treatment

The news about remdesivir, the investigational anti-viral drug that has shown early promise in the fight against COVID-19, keeps getting better. This week researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Gilead Sciences reported that remdesivir potently inhibited SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19, in human lung cell cultures and that it […]

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Researchers survey food banks as pandemic bites

A new study is seeking feedback from Australasian food banks on how they are coping with growing demand in the wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic. The survey, led by University of Canterbury (UC) researchers, aims to find out more about the economic and social impacts of the virus. “Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for supplies from food banks […]

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Researchers uncover diabetes as a potential risk factor for COVID-19, and possible mechanisms

Researchers from the School of Biomedical Sciences of the Faculty of Medicine at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CU Medicine) have recently applied an advanced statistical approach to analyze risk factors that may be causally related to COVID-19 infection. Results suggested that diabetes may be a risk factor leading to increased susceptibility to or severity of COVID-19 infection through […]

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Australia locks down millions as US struggles to contain virus

Australia on Tuesday ordered millions of people locked down in its second-biggest city to combat a surge in coronavirus cases, as nations across the planet scrambled to stop the rampaging pandemic. While some countries are worried about second waves of infections, the worst-hit—the United States—was still “knee-deep” in its first, its top expert warned, with cases also surging in India […]

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Kazakhstan imposes ‘second wave’ of restrictions as coronavirus surges

Kazakhstan on Sunday imposed a second round of nationwide restrictions to counter a huge surge in coronavirus cases since the previous lockdown, which has overwhelmed the oil-rich country’s healthcare system. Shopping centres, gyms, swimming pools, hairdressers and beauty salons have all closed down for the next two weeks, a measure that authorities may choose to extend. An AFP correspondent saw […]

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Mexico reverses some openings as virus cases continue high

Mexico’s coronavirus outbreak rose by about 6,740 newly confirmed cases Friday for a second straight day, while 654 more deaths raised the country’s total to 29,843. The number of deaths is the sixth-highest highest in the world, and Mexico is just a few dozen from overtaking France for the fifth-highest death toll, though Mexico’s population is about double that of […]

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Britain eases virus quarantine as US under siege

Britain on Friday announced the first exemptions from its quarantine rules as the coronavirus outbreak slowed in Europe, but excluded the United States as the pandemic accelerates in the United States and across the Americas. With Europe reopening after an unprecedented lockdown, travellers arriving into England from more than 50 countries will from July 10 no longer be required to […]

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Florida under siege as pandemic accelerates

The US state of Florida posted a record 10,000 new coronavirus cases on Thursday as an acceleration of the deadly pandemic across the Americas undercut fragile gains in other regions. With Europe looking to turn the page on the biggest public health crisis in modern history—or its first wave, at least—cases have been skyrocketing across Latin America, contributing to a […]

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