US reports show racial disparities in kids with COVID-19

Racial disparities in the the U.S. coronavirus epidemic extend to children, according to two sobering government reports released Friday. One of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports looked children with COVID-19 who needed hospitalization. Hispanic children were hospitalized at a rate eight times higher than white kids, and Black children were hospitalized at a rate five times higher, […]

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1.4 million less than projected: how coronavirus could hit Australia’s population in the next 20 years

In the early stages of COVID-19, much of the focus of demographers – who study populations—has understandably been on mortality and morbidity. But as the pandemic rolls on, attention is also now turning to the impact of COVID-19 on population size, structure and distribution. Our new modelling shows that under a worst-case scenario, Australia will be 1.4 million people—or 4% […]

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New study may refine predicted survival outcomes and treatment in younger adults with acute leukemia

The findings of a new study led by researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center—Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC—James) could refine an important set of prognostic and treatment recommendations for younger adult patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The retrospective study evaluated the molecular characteristics and outcomes of 863 patients with […]

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Fears grow in Turkey as daily virus cases top 1,000

Turkey has expressed concern over the rising number of coronavirus cases as the daily infection toll exceeded 1,000 for the second day in a row on Wednesday. Ankara has eased most of the restrictions that were in place since the first case was recorded in March, rising to a peak of more than 5,000 daily infections in April. But after […]

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Another cruise ship in Norway stalled amid infection fears

A cruise ship with 123 passengers on board and a crew of 85 docked Wednesday in the Norwegian harbor of Bodoe but no one could disembark after a former passenger from Denmark tested positive for the coronavirus upon returning home. “We take the situation very seriously,” Mayor Ida Pinneroed told Norwegian broadcaster NRK, adding that authorities were in contact with […]

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Iran records highest COVID-19 cases in over month

Iran confirmed Tuesday over 2,700 new COVID-19 infections, its highest single-day count in more than a month, as the health ministry called for those without masks to be fined. Deaths and infections from the novel coronavirus have been on a rising trajectory in the Islamic republic since hitting a months-long low in May. This has prompted Iran to make wearing […]

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A targeted treatment for emphysema? Small engineered peptide maintains lung tissue in animal models

Emphysema is a progressive, debilitating lung disease in which the lung’s breathing sacs, or alveoli, enlarge, get thinner, and eventually are destroyed as the cells die off. It can be fatal, and there is currently no cure. New research at Boston Children’s Hospital, using lung cells and mouse models of emphysema, offers hope in the form of a small, engineered […]

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Tests: 2.5% of Italians had COVID-19, far more in the north

Antibody testing in Italy indicates that nearly 1.5 million people, or about 2.5% of the population, have had the coronavirus. But officials said Monday that huge geographic variations in the results confirmed a nationwide lockdown was “absolutely crucial” to preventing the country’s south from getting slammed as badly as its north. The Health Ministry and the national statistics agency based […]

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