Reeling from coronavirus, Asia's poultry farmers battle bird flu outbreak
(This Jan. 13 story corrects title of Filip Claes in para 14 to include region) (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

No spread of bird flu in poultry in Delhi, all samples taken from Ghazipur market negative: Official
Civic authorities had on Wednesday imposed a temporary ban on sale and storage of poultry or processed chicken meat in view of the bird flu situation here. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - January 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Avian flu confirmed: 1,800 migratory birds found dead in Himachal, India
Bird flu virus was detected in around 50 crows whose carcasses were found in Indore in Madhya Pradesh last week, prompting authorities... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Campylobacter jejuni chemoreceptor Tlp10 has a bimodal ligand-binding domain and specificity for multiple classes of chemoeffectors
Campylobacter jejuni is a bacterial pathogen that is a common cause of enteritis in humans. We identified a previously uncharacterized type of sensory domain in the periplasmic region of the C. jejuni chemoreceptor Tlp10, termed the DAHL domain, that is predicted to have a bimodular helical architecture. Through two independent ligand-binding sites in this domain, Tlp10 responded to molecular aspartate, isoleucine, fumarate, malate, fucose, and mannose as attractants and to arginine, galactose, and thiamine as repellents. Tlp10 also recognized glycan ligands when present as terminal and intermediate residues of complex str...
Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment - January 5, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Elgamoudi, B. A., Andrianova, E. P., Shewell, L. K., Day, C. J., King, R. M., Taha, , Rahman, H., Hartley-Tassell, L. E., Zhulin, I. B., Korolik, V. Tags: STKE Research Articles Source Type: news

Egypt reports bird flu outbreaks in rural area
Local authorities in rural Egypt have declared a state of emergency after detecting two outbreaks of bird flu (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A (H7N3) Virus in Poultry Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A (H7N3) Virus in Poultry
How was an outbreak of avian influenza on commercial turkey farms linked to wild birds?Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Listen to the birds: illegal diet pill DNP might kill you on the long run
(University of Turku) DNP, a weight loss agent withdrawn from the market in the late 1930s due to acute toxicity, has become increasingly popular in recent years through online illegal sales. A new study using a lifelong DNP treatment in an avian model found that while no obvious toxic effects were detected on the short to medium-term, DNP reduces lifespan by 20% on the long run. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - December 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Bird flu: All captive birds in Britain to be kept indoors amid outbreak
The virus - said to be "low risk" to humans - has been identified at sites across Great Britain. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Avian Influenza, H5N8, Spreading Rapidly In Europe, What To Do About The Bird Flu
Multiple European countries, including Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, have already reported outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) viruses. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 29, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Senior Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Science /science Editors' Pick editors-pick business pharma Source Type: news

Norway makes its first discovery of highly pathogenic bird flu, H5N8
Norway has detected its first case of the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain of bird flu, the country's Food Safety Authority (FSA)said in a... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Norway makes its first discovery of highly pathogenic bird flu
Norway has detected its first case of the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain of bird flu, the country's Food Safety Authority (FSA)said in a... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Roche announces FDA approval of Xofluza for the prevention of influenza following contact with an infected person
             Basel, 24 November 2020 - Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for Xofluza ® (baloxavir marboxil) as a treatment to prevent influenza in people 12 years of age and older following contact with someone with influenza (known as post-exposure prophylaxis). Xofluza is the first single-dose influenza medicine approved for post-exposure prophylaxis.“With today’s approval, Xofluza is now available as the first single-dos...
Source: Roche Media News - November 24, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Roche announces FDA approval of Xofluza for the prevention of influenza following contact with an infected person
             Basel, 24 November 2020 - Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for Xofluza ® (baloxavir marboxil) as a treatment to prevent influenza in people 12 years of age and older following contact with someone with influenza (known as post-exposure prophylaxis). Xofluza is the first single-dose influenza medicine approved for post-exposure prophylaxis.“With today’s approval, Xofluza is now available as the first single-dos...
Source: Roche Investor Update - November 24, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Hundreds of new genomes help fill the bird ‘tree of life’
Avian genetic tool kits could let scientists unravel 150 million years of evolutionary history. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jake Buehler Source Type: news

Priti Patel bullying report: head of civil servants' union accuses PM of failure of 'moral authority' – live
Latest updates: general secretary of FDAaccuses Boris Johnson of failure of ‘political leadership’ after ministerial code adviser quitsas PM stands by home secretaryJohnson adviser quits after being overruled on bullyingPatel inquiry: why was it held and what did it find?How Johnson found grounds to ignore bullying verdictUK sourced PPE from factories secretly using N Korean slave labourNHS prepares dozens of mass vaccination centresCoronavirus – latest global updates4.00pmGMTBoris Johnson ’s dismissal of an official inquiry finding evidence that Priti Patel bullied civil servants, could further jeo...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 20, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Amy Walker (now) and Damien Gayle (earlier) Tags: Politics Coronavirus UK news Rishi Sunak Boris Johnson Priti Patel Infectious diseases Medical research House of Commons Conservatives Public finance Tax and spending NHS Source Type: news

Healthcare workers are at risk of acute or post-traumatic stress and psychological distress during emerging virus outbreaks
Viral diseases represent a serious threat to public health, with novel viruses continuing to emerge. In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic which took hold during 2020 there have also been recent outbreaks of new influenza strains such as H1N1 that emerged in North America in 2009, a novel virus of avian origin (H7N9) 4 years later in China and the largest outbreak of Ebola virus disease was in West Africa from 2013 to 2016, but the virus was first discovered in 1976 after an outbreak in Central Africa. Each of these past outbreaks raised similar problems for both health services and staff in terms of the psychological impac...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - November 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cameroon: Tackle the Threat Head-On
[Cameroon Tribune] News that a dangerous bird flu is looming across the globe and touching countries and continents where Cameroon imports chicks for local poultry production is utterly disturbing. The avian influenza, as the deadly disease is called, is already reportedly causing a scare in Europe and fears that such could hit Africa and Cameroon are very rife. Obviously so as globalisation easily shares problems. The ravaging Coronavirus pandemic, that broke out in Wuhan, China but quickly spread to the rest of the world, (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 18, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Avian Influenza A(H5N1)- Lao People's Democratic Republic
The Ministry of Health in Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR) reported a human case of infection with an avian influenza A(H5N1) virus. The case is a one-year-old female who developed symptoms of fever, productive cough, difficulty breathing and runny nose on 13 October 2020. She was hospitalized for her illness on 16 October and discharged on 19 October. As part of severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) sentinel surveillance, a specimen was collected on the date of hospitalization and confirmed to be positive for avian influenza A(H5N1) on 28 October by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) at the...
Source: WHO Avian Influenza - November 17, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: avian influenza [subject], bird flu, avian flu, fowl plague, influenza in birds, avian bird flu, h5n1, avian influenza [subject], bird flu, avian flu, fowl plague, influenza in birds, avian bird flu, h5n1, avian influenza [subject], bird flu, avian flu, f Source Type: news

South Korea confirms H5N8 bird flu in wild birds, issues warning
The highly pathogenic virus was found in wild bird samples 84km from Seoul.. Read more at straitstimes.com. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scotland on 'high' alert over bird flu
THE RISK from bird flu has been raised to high in Britain following confirmed cases. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chickens to be culled after bird flu found on Dutch farm
The Dutch agriculture ministry says that more than 35,000 chickens are to be culled at a farm after a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu was discovered there (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Protecting nature is vital to escape 'era of pandemics ’ – report
Halting destruction of wild places could slow frequency of deadly outbreaks, say scientistsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe world is in an “era of pandemics” and unless the destruction of the natural world is halted they will emerge more often, spread more rapidly, kill more people and affect the global economy with more devastating impact than ever before, according to areport from some of the world ’s leading scientists.The emergence of diseases such as Covid-19, bird flu and HIV from animals was entirely driven by the razing of wild places for farming and the trade ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 29, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Damian Carrington Environment editor Tags: Wildlife Conservation Coronavirus Environment Infectious diseases Science World news Natural disasters Animals Source Type: news

South Korea faces outbreak of 'highly contagious' bird flu as 2 cases confirmed
A new strain of bird flu was first detected last week in the Gyeonggi Province of South Korea before a second case was recorded days... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UK pandemic preparedness, DHSC (published 20th October 2020)
This document sets out how the UK prepares for and responds to an infectious disease pandemic, particularly a potential outbreak of pandemic influenza, and how exercises carried out as part of pandemic preparedness have informed UK's COVID-19 response. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bird reportedly flies 12,000 km non-stop from Alaska to New Zealand, breaking record
A shorebird has reportedly broken the record for non-stop avian flight after flying more than 12,000 kilometres from Alaska to New... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Infected Covid-19 Brits should get Netflix to self isolate at home, SAGE papers reveal 
The Independent Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours (SPI-B) has urged health chiefs to consider a self-care package to boost self isolation rates considering they are dismally low. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The surprising organization of avian brains
(Ruhr-University Bochum) Some birds can perform amazing cognitive feats - even though their forebrains seem to just consist of lumps of grey cells, while mammalian forebrains harbour a highly complex neocortex. A study conducted by a research team at Ruhr-Universit ä t Bochum (RUB) and researchers from D ü sseldorf, J ü lich and Aachen reveals for the first time amazing similarities between the neocortex of mammals and sensory brain areas of birds: both are arranged in horizontal layers and vertical columns. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A neural correlate of sensory consciousness in a corvid bird
Subjective experiences that can be consciously accessed and reported are associated with the cerebral cortex. Whether sensory consciousness can also arise from differently organized brains that lack a layered cerebral cortex, such as the bird brain, remains unknown. We show that single-neuron responses in the pallial endbrain of crows performing a visual detection task correlate with the birds’ perception about stimulus presence or absence and argue that this is an empirical marker of avian consciousness. Neuronal activity follows a temporal two-stage process in which the first activity component mainly reflects phys...
Source: ScienceNOW - September 23, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Nieder, A., Wagener, L., Rinnert, P. Tags: Evolution, Neuroscience reports Source Type: news

A cortex-like canonical circuit in the avian forebrain
Although the avian pallium seems to lack an organization akin to that of the cerebral cortex, birds exhibit extraordinary cognitive skills that are comparable to those of mammals. We analyzed the fiber architecture of the avian pallium with three-dimensional polarized light imaging and subsequently reconstructed local and associative pallial circuits with tracing techniques. We discovered an iteratively repeated, column-like neuronal circuitry across the layer-like nuclear boundaries of the hyperpallium and the sensory dorsal ventricular ridge. These circuits are connected to neighboring columns and, via tangential layer-l...
Source: ScienceNOW - September 23, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Stacho, M., Herold, C., Rook, N., Wagner, H., Axer, M., Amunts, K., Güntürkün, O. Tags: Evolution, Neuroscience, Online Only r-articles Source Type: news

Farm animals and pandemics: nine diseases that changed the world
Covid has got experts thinking urgently about the risk of diseases passing from farmed animals to humans. We examine the major outbreaks of the past two centuriesContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 15, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Tom Levitt Tags: Environment Infectious diseases Farm animals Meat industry Food Farming Cattle BSE Bird flu Sars Swine flu Rural affairs Health World news UK news Medical research Source Type: news

Bird Flu Viruses Can Remain Infectious for Months in US Wetlands
Lab and field experiments indicate that aquatic environments could act as reservoirs for the pathogens, which typically do not represent a direct risk to humans. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - September 10, 2020 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Navigating Safely Through The Pandemic
By Stephen LeahySep 2 2020 (IPS-Partners) Having reported on SARS, Ebola, Bird Flu (H5N1) outbreaks, as well as writing about efforts to combat HIV, I was horrified by what was going on in Wuhan, China last Jan mainly because of how fast this new SARS-CoV-2 virus spread. By early Feb it seemed likely there’d be a global pandemic and by the end of Feb I started to freak out as the pandemic took hold. I’ve never been to Wuhan or China nor seen anyone who had; and I hadn’t travelled any where recently. It was nearly impossible for me to have encountered the virus but that didn’t keep me from getting si...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stephen Leahy Tags: Health Humanitarian Emergencies Source Type: news

U.S. Will Revive Global Virus-Hunting Effort Ended Last Year
A federal agency is resurrecting a version of Predict, a scientific network that for a decade watched for new pathogens dangerous to humans. Joe Biden has also vowed to fund the effort. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald G. McNeil Jr. and Thomas Kaplan Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) United States Politics and Government Disease Rates Epidemics Presidential Election of 2020 Livestock Diseases Avian Influenza Ebola Virus Centers for Disease Control and Prevention EcoHealth Alliance Epidemic I Source Type: news

The Guardian view on studying dinosaurs: ancient creatures, cutting-edge science | Editorial
A discovery in the Isle of Wight should remind us that we are living in a golden age of palaeontologyIt could be said that we live in the age of the dinosaurs. It is, of course, 66m years since agreat extinction wiped out three-quarters of the animals on Earth, including non-avian dinosaurs. The first fossil was described in scientific literature around two centuries ago, and Richard Owen coined the term dinosaur, or terrible lizard, soon afterwards. The scientific “dinosaur renaissance” of the 60s renewed public interest.But in the last 25 years, the pace of palaeontological discoveries has acceleratedto dizzy...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 28, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Editorial Tags: Dinosaurs Fossils Biology Evolution Science Palaeontology Source Type: news

Farmers' quick sale of poultry during outbreaks may increase deadly virus transmission
(Penn State) Small-scale poultry farmers in Vietnam tend to respond to viral outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) by rapidly selling their birds as a way to avoid financial loss, according to a new study by an international team of researchers. As these birds are commingled with other birds in markets and trading networks, this practice may increase the likelihood of widespread disease transmission. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 28, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Exclusive: The Scientist Who Sequenced the First COVID-19 Genome Speaks Out About the Controversies Surrounding His Work
Over the past few years, Professor Zhang Yongzhen has made it his business to sequence thousands of previously unknown viruses. But he knew straight away that this one was particularly nasty. It was about 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 3 that a metal box arrived at the drab, beige buildings that house the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center. Inside was a test tube packed in dry ice that contained swabs from a patient suffering from a peculiar pneumonia sweeping China’s central city of Wuhan. But little did Zhang know that that box would also unleash a vicious squall of blame and geopolitical acrimony worthy of Pandora herself....
Source: TIME: Health - August 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Charlie Campbell / Shanghai Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 overnight Source Type: news

Exclusive: The Chinese Scientist Who Sequenced the First COVID-19 Genome Speaks Out About the Controversies Surrounding His Work
Over the past few years, Professor Zhang Yongzhen has made it his business to sequence thousands of previously unknown viruses. But he knew straight away that this one was particularly nasty. It was about 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 3 that a metal box arrived at the drab, beige buildings that house the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center. Inside was a test tube packed in dry ice that contained swabs from a patient suffering from a peculiar pneumonia sweeping China’s central city of Wuhan. But little did Zhang know that that box would also unleash a vicious squall of blame and geopolitical acrimony worthy of Pandora herself....
Source: TIME: Science - August 25, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Charlie Campbell / Shanghai Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 overnight Source Type: news

Exclusive: The Chinese Scientist Who Sequenced the First COVID-19 Genome Speaks Out About the Controversies Surrounding His Work
Over the past few years, Professor Zhang Yongzhen has made it his business to sequence thousands of previously unknown viruses. But he knew straight away that this one was particularly nasty. It was about 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 3 that a metal box arrived at the drab, beige buildings that house the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center. Inside was a test tube packed in dry ice that contained swabs from a patient suffering from a peculiar pneumonia sweeping China’s central city of Wuhan. But little did Zhang know that that box would also unleash a vicious squall of blame and geopolitical acrimony worthy of Pandora herself....
Source: TIME: Health - August 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Charlie Campbell / Shanghai Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 overnight Source Type: news

Meet hedge fund managers of avian world
(Washington University in St. Louis) New research from Washington University in St. Louis finds that brood parasites living in more variable and unpredictable habitats tend to parasitize -- or squat and drop their eggs in -- the nests of a greater variety and number of hosts. The study is published Aug. 21 in Nature Communications. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 21, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Vaccine additives can enhance immune flexibility -- Implications for flu and SARS-CoV-2
(Emory Health Sciences) A vaccine additive known as an adjuvant can enhance responses to a vaccine containing the exotic avian flu virus H5N1, so that both rookie and veteran elements of the immune response are strengthened, according to results from an Emory Vaccine Center study. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 16, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Invasive hedgehogs and ferrets habituate to and categorize smells
(Ecological Society of America) A new study published in the Ecological Society of America's journal Ecological Applications examines how invasive mammalian predators both habituate to and generalize avian prey cues. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 15, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Evolution after Chicxulub asteroid impact: Rapid response of life to end-cretaceous mass
(Geological Society of America) The impact event that formed the Chicxulub crater (Yucat á n Peninsula, M é xico) caused the extinction of 75% of species on Earth 66 million years ago, including non-avian dinosaurs. One place that did not experience much extinction was the deep, as organisms living in the abyss made it through the mass extinction event with just some changes to community structure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 14, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Avian speciation: Uniform vs. particolored plumage
(Ludwig-Maximilians-Universit ä t M ü nchen) Although carrion crows and hooded crows are almost indistinguishable genetically, they avoid mating with each other. Researchers from Ludwig-Maximlian-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich have now identified a mutation that appears to contribute to this instance of reproductive isolation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 14, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

The Coronavirus Pandemic Has Disrupted Big Agriculture. Here ’s What That Means for the Planet
On April 12, a meat-processing plant in Sioux Falls, S.D., owned by Smithfield Foods shut down after hundreds of employees contracted coronavirus. The closure was hardly unique. Food-processing plants are tinderboxes for infection because employees work in close proximity and often need to shout, spraying droplets that can be laced with the virus. Cargill, Tyson and other major industry players closed about two dozen poultry-, pork- and beef-processing centers over the following weeks as workers fell ill. In April and May, more than 17,000 industry workers tested positive for COVID-19 and 91 died, according to the U.S. Cen...
Source: TIME: Health - July 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emily Barone Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature Food & Drink Magazine Source Type: news

Dinosaurs wiped out by asteroid, not volcanoes, researchers say
Study says surge in volcanic activity could not have caused Cretaceous/Paleogene extinction eventA 66m-year-old murder mystery has finally been solved, researchers say, revealing an enormous asteroid struck the killer blow for the dinosaurs.The Cretaceous/Paleogene extinction event resulted in about 75% of plants and animals – including non-avian dinosaurs – being wiped out. But the driving cause of the catastrophe has been a topic of hot debate.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 30, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Dinosaurs Palaeontology Fossils Source Type: news

England 'risks Covid-19 surge' without test-and-trace safety net
One scientist says Cummings affair ‘not a recipe for public trust’ at key stage of lockdownCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government is facing increasing pressure from its scientific advisers over the decision to ease England ’s lockdown, with one warning that the Dominic Cummings affair has eroded trust in its authority.Prof Robert West, a member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours (SPI-B) that advises the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), emphasised on Saturday that about 8,000 infections, and 400 deaths, are still happening eac...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 30, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Nazia Parveen Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Politics UK news Science Boris Johnson Source Type: news

Politics, Profits Undermine Public Interest in Covid-19 Vaccine Race
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, May 26 2020 (IPS) With well over five million Covid-19 infections worldwide, and deaths exceeding 340,000, the race for an effective vaccine has accelerated since the SARS-Cov-2 virus was first identified as the culprit. Expecting to score politically from being ‘first’ to have a vaccine, US President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed promises to get 300 million doses to Americans by January, after the November polls, following several failed attempts to monopolize vaccines being developed by European companies. Anis Chowdhury More than 115 vac...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 26, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Aid Economy & Trade Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Jomo Kwame Sundaram & Anis Chowdhury Source Type: news

How Remdesivir Moved From Back Shelf to Best Hope for Treating COVID-19
This study showed that a five-day regimen is as effective as 10 days–that’s important, doctors say, since it could mean shorter stays in the hospital, which could alleviate some of the burden on the health care system. “Of course we will have to wait for the final review of all the data, but it would be very nice to have an anti-viral that’s efficacious in this terrible illness,” says Dr. Aruna Subramanian, a clinical professor of medicine at Stanford and an investigator on the study. “At least we know that we can help patients with this, and that’s really the bottom line.” T...
Source: TIME: Health - May 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature Magazine Source Type: news

New technology can detect anti-virus antibody in 20 minutes
(Hokkaido University) Researchers have succeeded in detecting anti-avian influenza virus antibody in blood serum within 20 minutes, using a portable analyzer they have developed to conduct rapid on-site bio tests. If a suitable reagent is developed, this technology could be used to detect antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, the causative virus of COVID-19. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Beat the Common Cold
Researchers in Canada and China are testing a powerful immune booster that provides broad-spectrum protection against the common cold and a number of viruses including SARS, Ebola and H1N1. They’re currently running clinical trials to prove its effectiveness against coronavirus. I’m talking about quercetin – a powerful antioxidant that is already available as a supplement. Previous research shows that quercetin’s antiviral capacity works in three ways. Quercetin can: Stop the virus from infecting cells Reduce the reproduction of cells that are already infected And reduce infected cells resistance t...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - May 6, 2020 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Dr.A.Sears Tags: Health Source Type: news