Study: Taking common drugs linked to impaired microbiome health and increased risk of obesity and intestinal infections

Researchers from the University Medical Center Groningen and Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands have found that 18 common drug categories can negatively impact the gut microbiome, the total population of microbes present in the gut and their collective genetic material. Many of these drugs, such as the diabetes drug metformin and the antidepressant selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), can disrupt … Continue reading Study: Taking common drugs linked to impaired microbiome health and increased risk of obesity and intestinal infections

Study tests 130,000 children for coronavirus, finds only 4 percent ever had it

A study led by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) shows that only four percent of the children tested in seven of the nation’s major pediatric centers were infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19. Published Nov. 23 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, the findings suggest that children are less likely to catch the disease and may be able to mount a better … Continue reading Study tests 130,000 children for coronavirus, finds only 4 percent ever had it

Researchers develop coronavirus vaccine that is INHALED through the nose or mouth… be careful where you BREATHE

Vaccine researchers are studying the effectiveness of a Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine that can be delivered intranasally (through the nose) or through the mouth. The researchers said there is evidence that this type of vaccine can better protect people against the virus. They also believe that a nasal or inhaled vaccine will be easier to distribute around the world. Most … Continue reading Researchers develop coronavirus vaccine that is INHALED through the nose or mouth… be careful where you BREATHE

SCIENCE FAIL: Portuguese court rules PCR tests are unreliable, unlawful “evidence” of alleged Covid-19 infections

Quarantining people based solely on a “positive” PCR test is no longer lawful in Portugal, thanks to a court decision ruling the test to be inherently unreliable, and thus fraudulent for policy-making purposes. Citing Jaafar et al. 2020, the court determined that the PCR test produces varying results depending on an individual’s viral load, as well as … Continue reading SCIENCE FAIL: Portuguese court rules PCR tests are unreliable, unlawful “evidence” of alleged Covid-19 infections

Study: People living in highly polluted areas have a higher chance of dying from coronavirus

A new study reveals that people who live in highly polluted areas are more likely to die from COVID-19, the disease caused by the Wuhan coronavirus. Researchers from Harvard University looked at the impact of particles less than 2.5 micrometers in size (PM2.5) from various sources, such as vehicle exhausts, on COVID-19 health outcomes. According to their findings, which appeared in the journal Science Advances, even … Continue reading Study: People living in highly polluted areas have a higher chance of dying from coronavirus

Study: N95 masks with exhalation valves cannot stop the spread of coronavirus

A new study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is warning the public against using N95 face masks that have built-in exhalation valves, as these allow unfiltered air to escape. This makes these kinds of masks useless at preventing the wearer of the mask from spreading the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) to others. NIST research engineer … Continue reading Study: N95 masks with exhalation valves cannot stop the spread of coronavirus

Coronavirus antibodies plummet by half in under 3 months after peaking – study

A U.K. study raises fresh concerns that immunity to the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) is short-lived and that people may be reinfected after recovering the first time. Researchers from the University of Oxford and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) found that the number of antibodies specific to SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19, drop by half less than three months after the peak reading and fall below … Continue reading Coronavirus antibodies plummet by half in under 3 months after peaking – study

Child care and COVID-19: Study reveals child care centers don’t drive COVID-19 infections

Child care centers that stayed open during the first three months of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. did not contribute to the spread of the disease, according to researchers from Yale University in Connecticut. In particular, the team found no evidence of child care being a contributor to COVID-19 transmission between children and adult providers. When the … Continue reading Child care and COVID-19: Study reveals child care centers don’t drive COVID-19 infections

Scientists: Handwashing gets rid of more germs than using hand sanitizers

Sanitizers and disinfectants may be convenient and easy to bring around, but they are not as effective as scrubbing your hands with soap and water. This is according to Roland Newman II, a family medicine physician at Penn State Health, who, in a statement, noted that traditional hand washing trumps sanitizers when it comes to keeping your hands clean. … Continue reading Scientists: Handwashing gets rid of more germs than using hand sanitizers

Taiwan celebrates over 200 days without locally transmitted case of coronavirus

Taiwan is celebrating that, as of Friday, Oct. 30, it has reached 201 days without a locally transmitted case of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). This represents a world record — the country’s last local case was recorded on April 12, and all of its subsequent cases were brought into the country by people arriving from overseas either for … Continue reading Taiwan celebrates over 200 days without locally transmitted case of coronavirus