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2-Deoxy-D-glucose may inhibit coronaviruses and rhinoviruses

In a recent article posted to the bioRxiv* preprint server, scientists demonstrated the use of 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) as a wide-spectrum antiviral agent targeting viruses such as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Study: Host-directed therapy with 2-Deoxy-D-glucose inhibits human rhinoviruses, endemic coronaviruses, and SARS-CoV-2. Image Credit: Andrii Vodolazhskyi/Shutterstock Background Endemic human coronaviruses (HCoVs) and rhinoviruses […]

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Researchers link sugar-studded protein to Alzheimer’s disease

In a bit of “reverse engineering” research using brain tissues from five people who died with Alzheimer’s disease, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they discovered that a special sugar molecule could play a key role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. If further research confirms the finding, the molecule, known as a glycan, could serve […]

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Exploring the effect of genetic variability on COVID-19 infection and severity

In a recent study posted to the medRxiv* pre-print server, researchers demonstrated how narrow-sense heritability (h2) leads to variability in the susceptibility to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection and severity among different individuals. Study: A Monte Carlo Estimation of the Narrow-Sense Heritability of COVID-19 Infection and Severity from AncestryDNA Survey Data. Image Credit: peterschreiber.media/Shutterstock Background […]

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Researchers discover immune system changes that support peanut allergy remission in children

Australian researchers have discovered the key immunological changes that support the remission of peanut allergy in children, paving the way for new, more targeted treatments. The research showed for the first-time specific gene networks are rewired to drive the transition from peanut allergy to clinical remission following a combination treatment of a probiotic and peanut […]

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Antipsychotic Safe, Effective for Resistant Depression

Cariprazine (Vraylar) is a safe and effective adjunctive treatment for adults with major depressive disorder (MDD) who have an inadequate response to antidepressant monotherapy, new results from a phase 3 study show. Already approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat adults with schizophrenia and manic, mixed, or depressive episodes of bipolar […]

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Parkinson’s: Coronavirus infection may raise risk

Worldwide Parkinson’s disease affects 1% of people over the age of 60. Researchers from Thomas Jefferson University found evidence via a mouse model suggesting SARS-CoV-2 infection leads to a higher risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. Scientists say the findings by no means suggest everyone with SARS-CoV-2 infection would get Parkinson’s disease. However, there is still […]