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Scientists Object After Paper Takes a Shot at Researchers

German tabloid placed blame for pandemic holiday restrictions, with photos

(Newser) - A group representing Germany's main scientific organizations has accused the country's biggest-selling newspaper of contributing to public hostility against scientists during the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement Monday, the Alliance of Scientific Organization criticized a recent report by the Bild tabloid for singling out three researchers who had...

Rise in Younger Colon Cancer Patients Is a New Worry

Patients under 50 are at least as likely to die from the disease as older people: study

(Newser) - This spring, the US Preventive Services Task Force lowered the recommended age at which Americans should begin colon cancer screening from 50 to 45, citing an increase in cases in younger adults. As HealthDay News reports, cases in Americans under the age of 50 rose from 6% in 1990 to...

2 Deadliest Infectious Diseases Have This in Common

Tuberculosis, COVID-19 spread in aerosol particles generated by breathing: study

(Newser) - Masks and better ventilation could be key in preventing the spread of the world's second-most deadly infectious disease , just as with the first. Coughing has long been thought to be the main way in which tuberculosis, which claimed 1.5 million lives in 2020, spreads from person to person....

Aspirin Advice for Seniors Is Changing

Suggestion to take daily dose to prevent first heart attack is getting shelved

(Newser) - Older adults without heart disease shouldn't take daily low-dose aspirin to prevent a first heart attack or stroke, an influential health guidelines group said in preliminary advice released Tuesday. Bleeding risks for adults in their 60s and up who haven't had a heart attack or stroke outweigh any...

Researchers Say a Shot Might Prevent Lyme Disease

Lyme PrEP is currently in clinical trials

(Newser) - Lyme disease is becoming more and more common. Once a rare affliction found in just a few parts of the US, mainly in the Northeast and Great Lakes, it has now turned up in all 50 states. The ticks that carry it have spread farther south and west. Scientists have...

One Vaccine Dose May Not Protect Against Delta—'at All'

But fully vaccinated people should be OK, say researchers

(Newser) - A single dose of the two-dose Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines is "poorly or not at all efficient" against the fast-spreading Delta variant, say French researchers in a peer-reviewed study published Thursday. The study identified mutations with the Delta and Beta variants of COVID that allow them to evade antibodies...

Vaccine Researchers: We've Unlocked Blood Clot Mystery

Delivery of adenovirus vector vaccines can trigger mutant proteins: study

(Newser) - German scientists say they've figured out why certain coronavirus vaccines trigger rare and potentially deadly blood clots. Experts urge caution because the theory—that the issue lies with how the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson "adenovirus vector" vaccines are delivered—isn't proven or peer-reviewed, and there are...

Mixing Vaccines Could Provide 'Better Antibody Response'
New Study Looks
at Mixing Vaccines

New Study Looks at Mixing Vaccines

Human trial will attempt to replicate results found in mice

(Newser) - There have been limited cases of people receiving one coronavirus vaccine for their first dose, and a different vaccine for their second. So how will that affect their immunity? That's now the subject of a trial in the UK, seeking to discover whether a mix of vaccines proves effective...

At One Hospital, 80% of COVID Patients Had This in Common

Treating vitamin D deficiency 'might have beneficial effects'

(Newser) - The results of a new study on COVID-19 patients may have you seeking the sun. Researchers in Santander, Spain, examined 197 patients admitted to hospital for coronavirus treatment between March 10 and March 31, and found 82% had vitamin D deficiency. Comparatively, just 47% had the same deficiency in a...

Antibody Findings Encourage Scientists

Levels decline but could still be enough, scientists say

(Newser) - New research has scientists more hopeful that lingering antibodies will help COVID-19 patients—even those who had only mild cases—fight off future coronavirus infections. The studies show that months after recovering, patients have antibodies in their blood still able to defeat the virus, the New York Times reports. "...

'On Verge' of Coronavirus Findings, He Was Shot Dead

University of Pittsburgh's Bing Liu killed in murder-suicide

(Newser) - A researcher on the cusp of making "very significant findings" related to the novel coronavirus was shot dead in Pennsylvania over the weekend. Bing Liu of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine was killed around noon Saturday inside his home north of Pittsburgh in what authorities describe as...

Transplant Programs May Be Discarding Too Many Kidneys
US May Be Tossing
Too Many Donated Kidneys
NEW STUDY

US May Be Tossing Too Many Donated Kidneys

US discards more than France, despite the big waiting list

(Newser) - Every day, 12 Americans die while waiting for a kidney transplant. In what will be an especially hard pill to swallow for the 93,000 Americans currently on the waiting list, about 10 donated kidneys are discarded in that same period, reports USA Today . A study published Monday in JAMA ...

Feds Growing Largest Marijuana Crop in 5 Years

Ole Miss is growing more potent strains

(Newser) - The US government is growing the largest crop of research marijuana in five years, responding to interest in varieties with high levels of THC and CBD. The government is the only source of pot for nearly all research in the US, while it still considers it illegal and dangerous. Scientists...

Researchers Say They've Just Proved HIV Is Curable
Results of Mice Study
Bring Big HIV News
new study

Results of Mice Study Bring Big HIV News

Researchers eradicated HIV from the DNA of 9 infected mice

(Newser) - Researchers tell CNBC they have for the first time shown "that the HIV disease is a curable disease" A study published Tuesday in Nature Communications details how they got to such a statement: essentially by putting the brakes on HIV's spread in mice and then editing it out...

A Cancer Cure in the Next Year? Not Exactly

Israeli biotech company makes a bold claim

(Newser) - There's a decent chance you saw the headline, which quickly made its way across the Internet on Tuesday: "A Cure for Cancer? Israeli Scientists Say They Think They Found One." The Jerusalem Post article contains bold quotes from the biotech company behind the treatment: "We believe...

These Slices of Human Brains Revealed an Alzheimer's Clue

Study finds potential link between 2 herpes viruses and Alzheimer's

(Newser) - It's not a we-figured-it-out moment, but it may be a clue. Scientists have discovered that two highly common herpes viruses tend to be present in an "increased" way in the brains of people who suffered from Alzheimer's, according to a study published Thursday in Neuron of nearly...

CTE Can Develop in Those Who've Never Had a Concussion

A single hit to the head can initiate changes in the brain, scientists say

(Newser) - When a person has a concussion, headaches, memory impairment, and loss of balance usually make the injury obvious. But there are "many more people who are getting hit and getting hurt" without much attention, CTE researcher Lee Goldstein tells NPR . His latest study puts a spotlight on them, providing...

Doctors Thought He Had CTE. His Death Gave Confirmation
First CTE Diagnosis in
Living Patient Confirmed
NEW STUDY

First CTE Diagnosis in Living Patient Confirmed

Fred McNeill's brain showed clumps of tau proteins before 2015 death

(Newser) - In a potentially groundbreaking first, doctors say they detected chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease associated with repeated head injuries, in a living patient. Just weeks after Boston University researchers announced CCL11 proteins in the brain could indicate CTE in living patients, researchers in Chicago say they identified CTE...

To Keep Your Brain 10 Years Younger, Do a Crossword

Daily puzzling is linked to better memory and reasoning

(Newser) - Use it or lose it, right? Researchers may not be ready to claim that word puzzles can help stave off age-related neurological diseases like Alzheimer's, but a major new study shows that there does appear to be a link between word puzzle play and improved cognition. Analyzing data from...

Couple Quit Jobs, Became Scientists to Save Her Life

'You're healthy, and then you're falling off a cliff'

(Newser) - When Sonia Vallabh watched her mother die a horrible death in 2010, caught in limbo between sleep and wakefulness that led to severe dementia, she and her husband, Eric Minikel, wanted answers. The autopsy revealed a harrowing diagnosis: a prion disease called fatal familial insomnia, or FFI, reports the Boston ...

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