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Why Some Prostate Cancers Are More Aggressive

Mar 23 2020 - 08:03

Why are some prostate cancers are more aggressive and result in death when others can be treated? The answer could mean more optimal treatment; aggressive forms could still get the full treatment while less harmful forms can get a less damaging approach.

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UK Bases Coronavirus Policy On Hypothetical Flu Model - WHO Recommendations Evidence Based Using COVID19 Lessons Learnt And Data

Mar 22 2020 - 13:03

Few in the UK seem to realize that our country has a radically different policy for controlling COVID-19 from the WHO. The WHO say we need to test all suspected cases, quarantine them, trace all close contacts and ask them to self isolate. The UK was doing that until the 12th March when they decided to stop testing for mild cases and they also no longer screen people who enter our country with the disease. Indeed they now say that if you think you have the disease, to not ring them up to ask for testing but just self isolate for up to 7 days and see if it gets better and only contact them if it gets worse. As we'll see 7 days quarantine is nowhere near enough for COVID-19 though it would work for 'flu.

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45 Minutes: Cepheid Gets Approval For First Point Of Care SARS-CoV-2 Test

Mar 22 2020 - 13:03
Diagnostics company Cepheid has received emergency authorization from FDA for the first point-of-care SARS-CoV-2 test. Unlike existing tests, it can provide results in about 45 minutes, which means we have a better chance of reducing the spread of the virus which leads to COVID-19, which has killed nearly 14,000 across the world.

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COVID-19 Update: 13,599 Deaths and 94,176 Recoveries Worldwide, America Has 3X As Many Ventilators As Diseases

Mar 22 2020 - 12:03
COVID-19, caused by the 2019 form of coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, has the world thinking about how prepared governments are for pandemics. Some, such as Italy and Spain, were clearly unprepared, while China and Singapore have been able to take Draconian steps due to totalitarian governments.

What about the U.S.? Our concern was warranted and the steps we took, such as travel restrictions, while initially criticized were later adopted by Canada and numerous other countries. We declared an emergency for the first time since H1N1 in 2009 (we dodged the MERS coronavirus bullet in 2012).

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The Army Has Developed A Quantum Sensor That Covers The Entire Radio Frequency Spectrum

Mar 22 2020 - 09:03

The US Army has developed a quantum sensor that can detect communication signals over the entire radio frequency spectrum, from 0 to 100 GHz, using a single antenna. That is currently impossible with a traditional receiver system, and would require multiple systems of individual antennas, amplifiers and other components.

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FDA is Cutting Red Tape for Hand Sanitizer "Approval" - Why Is There Red Tape At All?

Mar 22 2020 - 08:03
FDA is streamlining labs to allow independent coronavirus testing after CDC showed they were just as cumbersome and incompetent as I'd worried for years, they're cutting red tape for hand sanitizer "approval", getting treatments to market without 90-day comment periods where activists can insist science is a vast corporate conspiracy.

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WHO COVID19 Mar 20 - Message Of Courage And Hope In Difficult Times - First Pandemic In History With Power To Change Way It Goes

Mar 21 2020 - 23:03

The director general gave a really good speech on Friday, and I am sharing it here, to help people have more courage in what are going to be difficult times.

Up until March 20th, the WHO said this is the first pandemic we can stop.

Now the WHO say that Wuhan has its first day with no cases which shows the world that even the most severe situation can be turned around.

They are particularly concerned about the effects if it reaches vulnerable populations of malnourished children and people with AIDS which is endemic in parts of sub Saharan Africa.

He says however none of this is inevitable. This is the first pandemic in history where we have the power to change the way it goes.

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Yes Your Country Can Stop COVID-19 - Singapore Shows How

Mar 21 2020 - 10:03

Singapore is controlling its outbreak with case finding and contact tracing. Any other country can do the same. Singapore is a particularly clear case. They test everyone for COVID-19 if they go to a doctor or clinic for treatment with symptoms of a respiratory disease. For instance if you are living in Singapore, and get a cough or fever, and go to see your doctor - he or she will take a swab which is automatically tested for COVID-19. That's in a country of over 5 million, as large as Scotland.

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Here's How Long Coronavirus Remains Infectious On Cardboard, Metal And Plastic

Mar 21 2020 - 09:03
A new study claims the recent form of coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, that causes the COVID-19 disease remains far longer in aerosol form than other experiments showed and up to 3 days on some surfaces.

The study says the virus is detectable for up to three hours in aerosols, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two days on plastic and stainless steel. This is far longer than other studies of viruses in aerosols, which found them for 45 minutes.

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Pandemics Don't Remind Us Of Our Common Humanity - Bias Is Exposed More Than Ever

Mar 21 2020 - 08:03
If you want to be reminded that a worldwide pandemic won't bring people together, go to Amazon and search for "Purell."

In California, where I live, despite no disruption to the supply chain, no disaster, barely more than a dozen dead in a state of 40,000,000 people, wealthy elites are emptying grocery store shelves. Who is being penalized? Kids in WIC programs, the same poor people California listed as the reason to choose Senator Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary just a few weeks ago. Because he is the most socialist.

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WHO Recommendations On COVID-19 Not Followed By UK - Need To Get Back On Track Swiftly To Save Lives - Paradigm Shift Inertia?

Mar 20 2020 - 11:03

Everyone in the UK - please share this widely, this and other posts that explain what is happening in the UK. We are no longer trying to contain COVID-19 in the UK, only to slow down its spread. Also, we no longer try to keep track of who in our society has the virus, as people with mild symptoms are not tested to see if they have COVID-19. This would be good advice for influenza which is a very different disease. Sadly the Netherlands have also joined us in declaring a similar policy.

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Coronavirus Shows The Precautionary Principle Blocking Science Advances Has Failed - We Need To Stop It

Mar 20 2020 - 10:03
California Governor Gavin Newsom has gone just this side of declaring martial law due to a .000008 risk of death from COVID-19. His promotion of panic has led to depletion of essential goods nationwide. With 40,000,000 people and the fifth largest economy in the the world (if it were its own country), California can vacuum up the nation's short-term stores easily. And has. Forget survey results about equality, social justice, and kindness, in reality America's most progressive state is just as greedy and selfish as anyone when it comes to personal behavior.

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18% Fewer Deaths Since 2013: Melanoma Treatment Has Been A Huge Public Health Victory

Mar 19 2020 - 18:03
In the 1980s, as tanning beds became a craze, melanoma rates began to climb. Since cancer often takes time to develop deaths due to melanoma peaked in 2013 but thanks to immunotherapy, less risky behavior, and earlier detection, rates dropped 18 percent within three years after.

This is a fantastic public health victory. People still die, but that is from metastatic melanoma, the aggressive form that spreads from the skin to other organs, such as the lung, liver, or brain.

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The Virus That Turns Physicists Into Crackpots

Mar 19 2020 - 17:03
First off, let me say I do not wish to sound disrespectful to anybody here, leave alone my colleagues, to most of which goes my full esteem and respect (yes, not all of them, doh). Yet, I feel compelled to write today about a sociological datum I have paid attention to, in these difficult times of isolation, when all of us turn to the internet as our main outlet for rants, logorrhea, or to make the impending threat of a global catastrophe less heavy by sharing it with our peers, to exorcise our fears.

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Wash Your Hands But Stop Touching Your Face So Often Too - Here's How

Mar 19 2020 - 13:03

Public health officials consistently promote hand-washing as a way for people to protect themselves from the COVID-19 coronavirus. However, this virus can live on metal and plastic for days, so simply adjusting your eyeglasses with unwashed hands may be enough to infect yourself. Thus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have been telling people to stop touching their faces.

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Social Bonding, Vampire Bat Style: They Groom And Share Blood

Mar 19 2020 - 13:03
Social bonding in vampire bats is no surprise, they have roommates. What is uncommon is that they demonstrate behavior some might call friendship; unrelated vampire bats engage in social grooming and food sharing to form life-saving bonds that can last a lifetime. 

Vampire bats sustain themselves on only blood, and if a bat is unable to feed for 3 days, it runs the risk of starving. Like early man, they have a 'boom and bust' foraging lifestyle, so they either hit it big and get a large blood meal or they're starved for that night.

If they starve three nights in a row there is a high chance they'll die but vampire bats with close social ties can be rescued from the brink. 

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Elpistostege Fish Fin Fossil And Evolution Of The Human Hand

Mar 19 2020 - 12:03

An ancient Elpistostege fish fossil has revealed how the human hand evolved from fish fins, the missing evolutionary link in the 'fish to tetrapod transition', as fish began to foray in habitats such as shallow water and land during the Late Devonian period millions of years ago.

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What The Coronavirus Government Lockdown Might Mean For The Future Of Employment

Mar 19 2020 - 11:03
Because of concerns about spreading coronavirus, tens of millions of people are working from home that didn't before. 

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Parasitic Worms In Sushi: A Dramatic 283X Increase Since The 1970s

Mar 19 2020 - 09:03
A new review finds a dramatic increase in the abundance of a worm that can be transmitted to humans who sushi - 283-fold more since the 1970s

But is that due to better detection or a real increase? And what implications does it have for humans and marine mammals?

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Organic Food Activists Are Using Coronavirus To Claim Regular Farmers Are Making People More Susceptible To Disease

Mar 19 2020 - 08:03
It's no surprise that Twitter is a hotbed of misinformation and disnformation about science. They have no barrier to entry whereas a journal article must survive peer review and if you want to promote your clients in The Guardian you at least have to cut them a check.

What is interesting is how these deniers for hire are using the public's newfound resolve to mitigate risk for people with preexisting conditions from coronavirus to advance their agenda against normal agriculture. This, they argue, is the "precautionary principle" in action and if it's right for infectious disease, why not use it against food sold by competitors to their clients and spiritual leaders? 

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