UK children aged 16 and 17 expected to be offered Covid vaccine
Minister says JCVI experts to update advice ‘imminently’ on widening access to vaccine to more teenagersCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid vaccines are expected to be offered to children in the UK aged 16 and 17, in line with many other countries, after a minister confirmed government experts will update their advice “imminently”.Michelle Donelan, the universities minister, said the government was expecting an announcement from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on widening access to the coronavirus vaccine to more teenagers.Continue readi...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 4, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Rowena Mason Deputy political editor Tags: Coronavirus Vaccines and immunisation UK news Health Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology World news Science Source Type: news

NHS urged to redistribute near-expiry vaccines as take-up slows in young
Doctors across England raise alarm as 170,000 Moderna doses at risk of expiry within fortnightCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe NHS is facing pressure to redistribute tens of thousands of vaccine doses nearing expiry as demand from younger adults drops.An internal email seen by the Guardian warned of 170,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine at risk of expiry within the next fortnight, as doctors across England have raised alarm at the unpredictability of vaccine take-up among young people meaning more doses will go to waste.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 1, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Jessica Elgot Tags: Vaccines and immunisation Coronavirus Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Science Health Society NHS Source Type: news

NSW records 239 new cases as Queensland reports nine – as it happened
Australia administered4.5m vaccine doses in July; three million people across Queensland in first full day in lockdown;Victoria records four new local Covid cases.This blog is now closedFollow our Covid live blog for the latest updatesNSW reports 239 new cases and seven ICU patients in their 20sNSW restrictions;NSW hotspots;Qld Covid hotspots;Qld restrictionsOther restrictions:Vic;SA;border restrictionsHow do you convince someone to get vaccinated?‘A lottery who ends up in hospital’: Australian Covid survivors speak outVaccine rollout tracker;get our free news app;get our morning email briefing9.38amBSTOK, last...
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Australia Covid live update: NSW records 239 new cases as Queensland reports nine; 4.5m vaccine doses administered nationwide in July
Australia administers4.5m vaccine doses in July, Prof Michael Kidd says. Queensland reportsnine new cases of Covid-19 as three million people across the state begin their first full day in lockdown;Victoria records four new local cases. Follow all the day ’s newsNSW reports 239 new cases and seven ICU patients in their 20sNSW restrictions;NSW hotspots;Qld Covid hotspots;Qld restrictionsOther restrictions:Vic;SA;border restrictionsHow do you convince someone to get vaccinated?‘A lottery who ends up in hospital’: Australian Covid survivors speak outVaccine rollout tracker;get our free news app;get our morni...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 1, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Justine Landis-Hanley (now) and Calla Wahlquist (earlier) Tags: Gladys Berejiklian Queensland Brisbane Sydney Melbourne Coronavirus Australia news Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Science Health New South Wales New South Wales politics Victoria Source Type: news

Researchers in Germany Sequence Genome of Bubonic Plague Bacteria Taken from Remains of Man who Lived More than 5,000 Years Ago
Advancements in genetic sequencing continue to enable microbiologists and genetic scientists to explore the origins and mutations of deadly diseases Microbiologists and researchers can now study the gene sequence of 5,000-year-old bubonic plague bacteria. The scientific team that achieved this feat of gene sequencing believes this is the oldest case of the ancient strain of […] The post Researchers in Germany Sequence Genome of Bubonic Plague Bacteria Taken from Remains of Man who Lived More than 5,000 Years Ago appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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How the Delta Variant Overtook Missouri: A Lesson for the Rest of the U.S.
In mid-June, U.S. maps tracking the spread of COVID-19 began showing a cluster of cases growing in the middle of the country. The epicenter lay in Missouri, particularly its more rural and remote areas. At the time, Missouri had something that other states didn’t: the Delta variant. To be fair, the highly transmissible Delta variant had at that point already crept into other states. But it had truly established itself in Missouri. Among the 25 states the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s website reported on at the time, Delta was showing up in less than 5% of swab samples in 15 of them. Co...
Source: TIME: Health - July 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emily Barone Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

AstraZeneca sales of Covid vaccine triple to $1.2bn in first half of 2021
Not-for-profit pledge sees British firm ’s sales revenue fall significantly short of US rival PfizerCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAstraZeneca ’s Covid-19 vaccine has brought in $1.2bn (£900m) in the first half of this year, with sales tripling in the second quarter from the first – but its earnings remained significantly below those of its US rival Pfizer.Britain ’s biggest drugmaker revealed that it had generated $894m from Covid-19 vaccine sales in the three months to the end of June, following$275m in the first three months of the year. It has pledged to ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 29, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Julia Kollewe Tags: AstraZeneca Vaccines and immunisation Coronavirus Business Pharmaceuticals industry Health Infectious diseases Microbiology World news Pfizer Science Medical research UK news Source Type: news

Genetic engineering test with mosquitoes ‘may be game changer’ in eliminating malaria
UK scientist says gene-drive study rendering female insects infertile may lead to ‘self destruct mosquito’ field tests within 10 yearsScientists have successfully wiped out a population of malaria-transmitting mosquitoes by using a radical form of genetic engineering to render the females infertile – in the most advanced and largest ever test of use of the technology to fight the disease.As well as bringing fresh hope in the fight against one of the world ’s biggest killers, the study lays the foundations for further trials of gene-drive technology which could mean self-destroying mosquitoes being r...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 28, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Linda Geddes Tags: Malaria Genetics Gene editing Insects Imperial College London Microbiology Africa Burkina Faso World news Science Medical research Wildlife UK news Source Type: news

Covid vaccine map: how are countries around the world doing?
More than 2bn Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered worldwide. Find out which countries are vaccinating the mostCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSince the first Pfizer vaccine against Covid-19 was injected into the arm of a British woman in December 2020, hundreds of millions of vaccine doses have been administered worldwide.Dozens of countries now have advanced vaccination campaigns as they rush to protect their people and get their economies back up and running. Many are in a position where the most vulnerable people are fully vaccinated, raising hopes that the pandemic ’s w...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 28, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Pablo Guti érrez, Seán Clarke and Ashley Kirk Tags: Coronavirus Vaccines and immunisation World news Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Health Society Source Type: news

CDC Announces Presence of Rare, Tropical Illness in Three Non-adjacent States and Genetic Testing Indicates There May Be a Common Source of Exposure
Microbiologists will want to take note of the CDC’s statement that the illness can masquerade as other diseases It is the latest example of a bacterium uncommon in the United States that has infected patients in this country—one of whom has died. The three infected patients live in separate states, but genetic analysis indicates their […] The post CDC Announces Presence of Rare, Tropical Illness in Three Non-adjacent States and Genetic Testing Indicates There May Be a Common Source of Exposure appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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Jeremy Farrar: ‘A September 2020 lockdown would have saved a lot of lives’
The Wellcome Trust director and Sage member on what politicians and scientists got right and wrong on Covid and why we need an immediate public inquiryCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageJeremy Farrar is the director of the Wellcome Trust, a former professor of tropical medicine at the University of Oxford and a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage). He has just published his account of the Covid crisis –Spike: The Virus vthe People - in which he attacks the government for delaying a lockdown last autumn and describes the scientific and medical efforts that went ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 25, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Andrew Anthony Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Microbiology Medical research Science Politics books Chris Whitty Patrick Vallance Source Type: news

Under-30s reluctant to take Covid vaccine cite fertility and side-effect concerns
Fears over ‘experimental’ inoculation show that more needs to be done to counter harmful misinformationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSince the vaccine rollout began last year, the journey has been relatively smooth. The few bumps that the jab juggernaut has encountered, mostly hiccups in the supply chain, have been successfully navigated.Yet there are now concerns about the final stages, with under-30s showingmarkedly more reluctanceto get their first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines than older people.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 24, 2021 Category: Science Authors: James Tapper & Alex Mistlin Tags: Vaccines and immunisation Coronavirus Young people Health Infectious diseases Microbiology Science Society UK news Source Type: news

Limited number of critical workers to be allowed to avoid self-isolation
Policy will only apply to named staff in approved workplaces who are fully vaccinatedWorkers from 16 key services including health, transport and energy will not have to isolate after being pinged by the NHS Covid app, as it was revealed that more than 600,000 people in England and Wales were sent self-isolation alerts last week.The raft of changes, after days of frantic talks with industry leaders, came amid open Conservative revolt over the so-called “pingdemic” with theformer health secretary Jeremy Hunt warning the government that it was facing a crisis of public trust in the system.Continue reading... (Sou...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 22, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Richard Partington, Jessica Elgot and Sarah Butler Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Economic policy Politics Business UK news Source Type: news

AI firm DeepMind puts database of the building blocks of life online
AlphaFold program ’s prediction of nearly 20,000 human protein structures now free for researchersLast year the artificial intelligence group DeepMind cracked a mystery that has flummoxed scientists for decades: stripping bare the structure of proteins, the building blocks of life. Now, having amassed adatabase of nearly all human protein structures, the company is making the resource available online free for researchers to use.The key to understanding our basic biological machinery is its architecture. The chains of amino acids that comprise proteins twist and turn to make the most confounding of 3D shapes. It is t...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 22, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Natalie Grover Science correspondent Tags: DeepMind Artificial intelligence (AI) Medical research Microbiology Science UK news Technology Source Type: news

Non-Antimicrobial Drugs Tied to Drug-Resistant Bacterial Infection
MONDAY, July 19, 2021 -- Exposure to commonly prescribed non-antimicrobial drugs is associated with infection with antibiotic-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, according to a study presented at the annual European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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You ’re Missing Microbes. But Is ‘Rewilding’ the Way to Get Them Back?
The science behind the idea of restoring the intestinal microbiome to an ancestral state is shaky, skeptics say, and in some cases unethical. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Gina Kolata Tags: Hadza Tribe Microbiology Digestive Tract Diet and Nutrition Feces Bowels Obesity Fiber (Dietary) Immune System Sonnenburg, Justin L Leach, Jeff Tanzania Research Probiotics Bacteria Science (Journal) Source Type: news

What is the Covid workplace testing scheme Downing Street is part of?
Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak were due to be part of a pilot trialling tests instead of self-isolationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt emerged on Sunday morning that Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak could have avoided the need to self-isolate for 10 days despite being contacts of the health secretary, Sajid Javid, who tested positive for Covid-19.They were due to be part of a workplace pilot scheme trialling tests instead of isolation. An abruptU-turn in the face of public anger means the prime minister and chancellor will now self-isolate.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 18, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Ben Quinn Tags: Boris Johnson Coronavirus Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Rishi Sunak Politics UK news Source Type: news

Outpatient Antibiotic Prescribing Down in VA System
FRIDAY, July 16, 2021 -- In the Veterans Affairs (VA) system, outpatient antibiotic prescribing decreased from 2011 to 2018, according to a study presented at the annual European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, held... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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If Covid-19 is a seasonal virus, why is it spreading during the summer? | Francois Balloux
Understanding seasonality can help us to work out when the pandemic is likely to be overThere is a paradox at the heart of Sars-Cov-2 transmission that has yet to be fully explored. While it ’s firmly established that the virus transmits best in winter, in common with most other respiratory viruses, the UK is currently experiencing asummer surge. There have also been major Covid-19 epidemic waves in regions such as South America and India outside winter. Why is this?From the beginning of the pandemic, one major question was to what extent Covid would display a seasonal behaviour with higher case numbers in winter. Mo...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 16, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Francois Balloux Tags: Coronavirus Vaccines and immunisation Health Infectious diseases UK news World news Microbiology Source Type: news

National third wave unlikely as majority Indians already exposed, says veteran virologist Jacob John
“The extent of population that is unexposed to the virus during the last two waves and vaccination coverage will determine the next wave,” former head of departments of clinical virology and microbiology at Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, told ET. (Source: The Economic Times)
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The two-thousand-year-old mystery of the havoc-wreaking worm
(University of Massachusetts Amherst) Humans have known for over two thousand years that shipworms, a worm-like mollusk, are responsible for damage to wooden boats, docks, dikes and piers. Yet new research from the University of Massachusetts Amherst published in Frontiers in Microbiology reveals that we still don't know the most basic thing about them: how they eat. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 13, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Hygiene theatre: how excessive cleaning gives us a false sense of security
Covid-19 is a mainly airborne disease. So does our endless disinfecting and hand sanitising serve any purpose – or could it be worse than useless?Claudia, a 26-year-old beauty worker, dreads it when her clients ask to go to the toilet. “It’s a whole other thing to clean,” she says. “They could have touched anything in there. I have to wipe down the whole thing with antibacterial spray and wipes.”It is her job to maintain stringent cleaning protocols at the London skincare clinic where she works. When clients arrive for their appointments, Claudia checks them in, offers them a drink &ndas...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 12, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Sirin Kale Tags: Hygiene Coronavirus Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Science World news Source Type: news

Health campaigners call for an end to the use of the word leper
Derogatory use of the “L-word” has increased during Covid and is said to be further marginalising people with the curable diseaseHealth campaigners are calling for an end to the use of the word leper, saying the language frequently used by politicians and others during the pandemic has made people with leprosy even more marginalised.The metaphor of the socially outcast “leper” has been used often, whether in media reports on stigma againstearly Covid-19 patients or by politicians inItaly andBrazil complaining about being seen as “leper colonies”. Campaigners now want an end to the use of...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 12, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Kaamil Ahmed Tags: Global development Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Science Philippines World Health Organization Asia Pacific Source Type: news

Covid live news: UK reports 31,772 daily infections and 26 new deaths; new restrictions in Libya after record cases
This blog is now closed. Catch up withall our coverage of the pandemic here.11.53pmBSTThis blog is closing now. We ’ll be back in a few hours with more rolling coverage of the pandemic from all around the world.In the meantime you can catch up withall our coverage of the pandemic here.11.25pmBSTHere are the key developments from the last few hours:Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 11, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Miranda Bryant (now) and Alexandra Topping (earlier) Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Science World news Politics UK news Source Type: news

Covid live: public in England expected to wear masks when measures lift; Indonesia reports 1,007 daily deaths
UK minister saysmask guidance indoors is set to stay in England; Indonesian death tollrises to total of 66,464 after deadly dayTory MP fears Boris Johnson will delay winter Covid restrictionsZahawi: England reopening going ahead, but mask wearing ‘expected’Surge in Sydney cases leads to first locally acquired Covid death of yearWoman, 90, infected with Alpha and Beta Covid variants at the same timeSee all our coronavirus coverage3.15pmBSTVaccinations at a site in Brighton have been postponed following anti-lockdown demonstrations in the city.The Press Association reports:As we have rising cases, it is incredibl...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 11, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Alexandra Topping Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Science World news Politics UK news Source Type: news

Care home residents are at risk of COVID-19 even after being fully vaccinated
(European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases) Care homes need to be vigilant for outbreaks of COVID-19, even after residents have received two doses of the vaccine, according to new research being presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology& Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) held online this year. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Outbreaks of COVID-19 in French nursing homes traced back to staff
(European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases) COVID-19 outbreaks in French nursing homes almost certainly started in staff - and none of measures put in place stopped the virus from taking hold, new research being presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology& Infectious Diseases (ECCMID), held online this year, shows. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Flu jab protects against some of the severe effects of COVID-19, including
(European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases) The flu vaccine may provide vital protection against COVID-19, new research being presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology& Infectious Diseases (ECCMID), held online this year, concludes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Hepatitis C vaccine could be rolled out within five years, says Nobel Prize winner who discovered virus
(European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases) A vaccine to protect against infection with hepatitis C could be in use within 5 years, says Professor Sir Michael Houghton, who won the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology along with three other scientists for discovering the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in 1989. Sir Michael will discuss the development of a vaccine in a special presentation at this year's European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

High-tech toilets could spread antibiotic-resistant superbugs in hospitals, Japanese study suggests
(European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases) Water-jet nozzles in electric toilets--commonly used in Japan and other parts of Asia--may be reservoirs for multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa (MDRP) in hospitals, increasing the risk of dangerous germ transmission among patients, according to new research being presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology& Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) held online this year. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New study shows that silver foil could reduce the risk of infection in hospitals
(European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases) New research presented at this year's European Congress of Clinical Microbiology& Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) taking place online (9-12 July) shows that covering high-touch (the most regularly touched) surfaces in hospitals with silver-impregnated foil could significantly reduce levels of contamination by clinically important bacterial pathogens. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Resistance to last-resort antibiotic may be passing between pet dogs and their owners
(European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases) The dangerous mcr-1 gene, which provides resistance to the last-resort antibiotic colistin, has been found in four healthy humans and two pet dogs. In two cases, both dog and owner were harbouring the gene, according to new research being presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology& Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) held online this year. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 10, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

90-year-old woman infected with UK and South African COVID-19 variants at the same time
(European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases) Researchers in Belgium report on the case of a 90-year-old woman who was simultaneously infected with two different variants of concern (VOCs) of COVID-19, in a Case Report being presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology& Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) held online this year. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 10, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Dog food sold across Europe contains antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including 'superbugs' found in hospital patients
(European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases) New research being presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology& Infectious Diseases (ECCMID), held online this year, reveals raw dog food to be a major source of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, making it an international public health risk. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 10, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study of antibodies produced in saliva after Pfizer COVID vaccine shows both importance of second vaccine dose and updating vaccines to combat new variants of concern
(European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases) New research presented at this year's European Congress of Clinical Microbiology& Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) shows the importance of receiving the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and also the need to constantly review and update vaccines to deal with new variants of concern. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Highly mutated SARS-CoV-2 emerged from someone living with advanced HIV who could not clear SARS-CoV-2 until their HIV infection was suppressed with effective antiretroviral therapy
(European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases) A presentation at this year's European Congress on Clinical Microbiology& Infectious Diseases (ECCMID), held online this year, will discuss how failure to clear SARS-CoV-2 infection in a patient with advanced HIV creates conditions that can lead to evolution of dangerous mutations in SARS-CoV-2. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Computer-assisted biology: Decoding noisy data to predict cell growth
(Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo) Researchers from The University of Tokyo Institute of Industrial Science used artificial intelligence to obtain a more objective understanding of cell growth and division without preconceived assumptions. Using a deep-learning neural network, they were able to more accurately model the complex processes that affect cell size over time. This work may lead to advances in microbiology and industrial production of microorganisms. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 9, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Covid Lambda Variant of Peru: What Scientists Know
Spreading fast in South America, the variant is still a mystery. No one knows whether it is more contagious than other variants or if it affects vaccines. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emily Anthes Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Genetics and Heredity Research your-feed-science your-feed-healthcare Vaccination and Immunization Microbiology Peru South America Source Type: news

I Got a J & J Vaccine. Should I Get a Booster Shot as Delta Spreads?
Welcome to COVID Questions, TIME’s advice column. We’re trying to make living through the pandemic a little easier, with expert-backed answers to your toughest coronavirus-related dilemmas. While we can’t and don’t offer medical advice—those questions should go to your doctor—we hope this column will help you sort through this stressful and confusing time. Got a question? Write to us at covidquestions@time.com. Today, N.C. in Washington, D.C., asks: I got a Johnson & Johnson vaccine. With the Delta variant spreading, I’ve heard that some people in my position are also getting s...
Source: TIME: Science - July 8, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized COVID Questions COVID-19 Source Type: news

I Got a J & J Vaccine. Should I Get a Booster Shot as Delta Spreads?
Welcome to COVID Questions, TIME’s advice column. We’re trying to make living through the pandemic a little easier, with expert-backed answers to your toughest coronavirus-related dilemmas. While we can’t and don’t offer medical advice—those questions should go to your doctor—we hope this column will help you sort through this stressful and confusing time. Got a question? Write to us at covidquestions@time.com. Today, N.C. in Washington, D.C., asks: I got a Johnson & Johnson vaccine. With the Delta variant spreading, I’ve heard that some people in my position are also getting s...
Source: TIME: Health - July 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized COVID Questions COVID-19 Source Type: news

Oxford drugs firm gains $1.5m Gates grant for Covid-19 therapy
Exclusive: Exscientia to use AI in proposed fast-track development of ‘low-cost’ pill for Sars virusesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageExscientia, anOxford-based firm that uses artificial intelligence to develop medicines, has won a $1.5m grant from the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation to create a Covid-19 treatment that also works for new mutations or other Sars viruses.The company, a spin-off from the University of Dundee, is based at the Oxford Science Park. It counts Japan ’s SoftBank, the fund manager BlackRock, and the US drug firm Bristol Myers Squibb among its fi...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 8, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Julia Kollewe Tags: Pharmaceuticals industry Medical research Coronavirus Sars Artificial intelligence (AI) Microbiology Infectious diseases Science Business UK news World news Source Type: news

To mask or not to mask: what will Johnson and others do after 19 July?
The PM says he will keep his covering in crowded places after England ’s rules change but what do his ministers and experts think?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson has said he will continue to wear a mask in “crowded places” aftermandatory requirements are dropped in England on 19 July.“What we’re trying to do is move from a universal government diktat to relying on people’s personal responsibility,” he told Monday’s Downing Street press conference. “Clearly there’s a big difference between travelling on a crowded Tube...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 6, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Amelia Hill Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology UK news England Boris Johnson Conservatives Source Type: news

How ethane-consuming archaea pick up their favorite dish
(Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology) Hot vents in the deep sea are home to microbes that feed on ethane. They were discovered recently from scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology. Now the researchers from Bremen succeeded in finding an important component in the microbial conversion of the gas. They were able to decode the structure of the enzyme responsible for the ethane fixation. The results have now been published in the renowned journal Science. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 2, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Covid ‘perfect storm’ as more patients hit by fungal infections
Weakened lungs and immune systems make people increasingly vulnerable, warn scientistsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA rash of cases of a rare “black fungus” infection affecting thousands of critically ill Covid patients in India caused alarm last month. Now scientists are warning that other dangerous or even deadly fungal infections have spawned in critically ill coronavirus patients globally, including in the UK.Fungi are ubiquitous – in soil, water, air, faeces and human skin. Usually, people ’s elaborate, adaptive immune systems are enough of a repellent b...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 1, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Natalie Grover Science correspondent Tags: Infectious diseases Coronavirus Medical research Science World news Global health India UK news US news Microbiology South and Central Asia Fungi Source Type: news

Pet owners urged to avoid their cats and dogs if they have Covid
Potential risk domestic animals could act as ‘reservoir’ for virus and reintroduce it to humans, study showsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCat or dog owners who have Covid-19 should avoid their pets while infected, experts have said.Scientists in the Netherlands have found coronavirus is common in pet cats and dogs where their owners have the disease. While cases of owners passing on Covid-19 to their pets are considered to be of negligible risk to public health, the scientists say there is a potential risk that domestic animals could act as a “reservoir” for coron...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 1, 2021 Category: Science Authors: PA Media Tags: Coronavirus Cats Dogs Pets Animals Infectious diseases Life and style Medical research World news Science Microbiology Source Type: news

Covid: Sage scientist fears England could repeat ‘mistakes of last summer’
Prof Stephen Reicher says restrictions may have to be reimposed if reopening leads to surge in infectionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA scientific adviser to the government ’s Covid-19 response has expressed fears England could be in danger of repeating “the mistakes of last summer”.Prof Stephen Reicher, from the University of St Andrews and a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) subcommittee on behavioural science, said the government may have to reimpose restrictions if the reopening leads to a surge in infections.Continue reading... (Source...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 30, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Alex Mistlin Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Science World news England UK news Source Type: news

Cambridge hospital ’s mask upgrade appears to eliminate Covid risk to staff
Hospital infection study shows use of FFP3 respirators at Addenbrooke ’s ‘may have cut ward-based infection to zero’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAn NHS hospital that upgraded the type of face masks used by staff on Covid-19 wards recorded a dramatic fall of up to 100% in hospital-acquired coronavirus infections among those workers, research shows.Addenbrooke ’s hospital in Cambridge upgraded the masks from fluid-resistant surgical masks (FRSMs) to filtering face piece 3 (FFP3) respirators, with the change made in late December in response to its own staff testing...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 29, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis and Denis Campbell Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Science Hospitals NHS Health UK news Society Source Type: news

How to Wash Fruits and Vegetables
A food safety specialist offers tips on helping to keep your food safe. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sophie Egan Tags: Food Contamination and Poisoning Content Type: Service Hygiene and Cleanliness Fruit Vegetables Microbiology Water Cleansers, Detergents and Soaps Source Type: news

Training the Next Generation of Indigenous Data Scientists
A new workshop explores the right of Indigenous people to govern the collection, ownership and use of their biological and cultural data. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sabrina Imbler Tags: your-feed-science your-feed-health Data-Mining and Database Marketing Microbiology Genetics and Heredity Language and Languages Indigenous People Native Americans Navajo Indians Cherokee Indians Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) 23andMe Source Type: news

Mixing Covid vaccines offers strong immune protection – study
Oxford researchers say having AstraZeneca then Pfizer jabs is almost as potent as two shots of PfizerCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHaving different Covid vaccines for first and second shots produces a strong immune response to the virus, according to research that will help improve the resilience of vaccine programmes around the world.Scientists in Oxford looked at the impact of a mix-and-match approach to vaccinations where people were given either the standard two shots of Oxford/AstraZeneca or Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, or a combination of the two.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 28, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample and Natalie Grover Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Medical research Vaccines and immunisation Microbiology Science World news UK news Health Source Type: news