Immunity to the coronavirus lasts at least 8 months after infection, study says

 A study published in February in the journal Science shows that immunity to the Wuhan coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) lasts at least eight months after a person has contracted COVID-19. This finding is an optimistic sign that immunity can probably last for many years. “There was a lot of concern originally that this virus might not induce much memory,” Shane Crotty, an infectious disease … Continue reading Immunity to the coronavirus lasts at least 8 months after infection, study says

GET OUTSIDE: Sunlight inactivates Wuhan coronavirus 8 times faster than previously predicted, researchers found

Researchers found that sunlight inactivates the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) more than eight times more quickly than predicted. Paolo Luzzatto-Fegiz, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UC Santa Barbara), and his colleagues reviewed recent studies that explored the effects of different bands of ultraviolet (UV) light – namely, UVA, UVB and UVC radiation – on SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind COVID-19. … Continue reading GET OUTSIDE: Sunlight inactivates Wuhan coronavirus 8 times faster than previously predicted, researchers found

Modern bone healing: Scientists design device that helps accelerate bone regeneration

As many as 6.3 million cases of bone fracture are reported in the U.S. annually. While the body usually begins to repair itself within minutes of a fracture’s occurrence, that process can sometimes be impaired. This can result in debilitating injuries. As a way to address the latter, surgeons at the University of Michigan Medicine (U-M) are … Continue reading Modern bone healing: Scientists design device that helps accelerate bone regeneration

Discarded face masks, PPE are killing wildlife around the world

Millions of people around the world have been using single-use face masks, disposable gloves and other personal protective equipment (PPE) to avoid infection since the coronavirus pandemic began in March last year. But the increased use of such items has resulted in a new wave of litter, one that harms and even kills animals. Those are the findings of a … Continue reading Discarded face masks, PPE are killing wildlife around the world

New coronavirus variants in California reduce immune response from vaccines and therapies

Two new Wuhan coronavirus variants circulating in California may reduce antibodies produced in response to the pathogen. Their higher reproductive rate has led them to become the dominant variants circulating in the state. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has named them a “variant of concern” alongside similar strains found in Great Britain, South Africa and Brazil. Scientists … Continue reading New coronavirus variants in California reduce immune response from vaccines and therapies

Men with erectile dysfunction are at greater risk of being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat

Struggling to keep your erection up is bad news in itself, but men with erectile dysfunction may have more to worry about than just lack of sex. According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Medicine, men with erectile dysfunction are more likely to be diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AFib). Exploring the link between erectile dysfunction and irregular heartbeat … Continue reading Men with erectile dysfunction are at greater risk of being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat

Exposure to common plastics increases risk of diabetes, reveals study

A study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives shows that chemicals commonly found in plastics can increase diabetes risk. French and Australian researchers found that exposure to high levels of bisphenol A (BPA) and bisphenol S (BPS) is associated with a two times-higher risk of Type 2 diabetes. Exposure to plastic chemicals increases diabetes risk BPA is used in disposable water … Continue reading Exposure to common plastics increases risk of diabetes, reveals study

Newly discovered “swirlonic state” of matter bends the laws of physics

Researchers have discovered a new kind of active matter that bends the laws of physics. Dubbed “swirlon,” the new matter behaves similarly to how fishes swim in schools and birds fly in murmurations. The laws of physics apply to passive, nonliving matter, ranging from planets all the way down to the smallest atoms. But according to Nikolai Brilliantov, a mathematician … Continue reading Newly discovered “swirlonic state” of matter bends the laws of physics

5G Tech is a modern scourge that exposes humans and the environment to “untried, untested frequencies”

Many people assume that the government is looking out for us. They believe that the food we eat, the water we drink, the medicine we take and the air we breathe must all be safe, or some governmental agency would have done something about it. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth, and one … Continue reading 5G Tech is a modern scourge that exposes humans and the environment to “untried, untested frequencies”

Medications don’t fix the problem: At least one in three American adults suffer from acid reflux

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is incredibly common in the U.S., affecting a third of American adults each week. Because it is so prevalent, pharmaceutical companies have come up with several drugs that claim to address it, but a new study shows that these medications are simply not alleviating people’s symptoms – and they come with significant … Continue reading Medications don’t fix the problem: At least one in three American adults suffer from acid reflux