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More than 80% of intubated COVID patients die in Brazil

More than 80 percent of COVID-19 patients who have to be intubated in Brazil have died since the start of the second wave of infections ravaging the country, according to researchers. The mortality rate since February 15—83.5 percent—is far higher than in countries such as Mexico, Britain, Germany or Italy, highlighting how the South American […]

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Cytosurge’s FluidFM Technology Facilitates Multiplex CRISPR Editing and Monoclonal Cell Line Development in Less Than Three Weeks

In collaboration with University Children's Hospital, Tübingen, the genomic loci of several genes were simultaneously targeted by a multiplexed FluidFM nano-injection into single CHO cells, directly delivering gRNA/Cas9 RNP complexes into the nucleus Cytosurge, a leading global provider for precision single cell manipulation, announced today that its pioneering, patented FluidFM nano-probe enabled CRISPR multiplexing to […]

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Virus kills fewer African women than men: WHO study

Women in Africa are less likely to die from COVID-19 than men, but more likely to succumb to maternal complications due to limited access to reproductive services since the pandemic started, the UN said Thursday citing reports. A study of 28 African countries including Guinea, Mauritius and Uganda showed that on average women accounted for […]

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Exposure to superbacteria among visitors to the tropics more extensive than previously thought

Exploring exposure to superbacteria, researchers at the University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital got unexpected results from an international collaborative study conducted in real time among 20 travelers to Southeast Asia. All the participants were found to contract superbacteria within a week after arriving in the destination. A detailed sequence analysis showed that the […]

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COVID vaccines: Rich countries have bought more than they need – here’s how they could be redistributed

In a number of wealthy countries, the number of COVID-19 vaccines ordered vastly exceeds what’s needed, while many poorer countries will have to wait—possibly for years—for vaccines to become widely available. If these rich countries’ orders are fulfilled, what will happen to the excess vaccines? Will they be wasted, traded to the highest bidder, or […]

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Looking back decades shows hospitalized patients need more than movement to prevent dangerous clots

Based on a systematic review of scientific studies dating back nearly 70 years, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine and collaborating institutions suggest that ambulation—walking or exercising without assistance—is not sufficient alone as a preventive measure against venous thromboembolism (VTE), a potentially deadly condition in which a blood clot forms, often in the deep veins of […]

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Accidental awareness in women having pregnancy-related surgery under general anaesthesia is more frequent than expected

Accidental awareness occurs when a patient is temporarily conscious during a general anaesthetic and can remember things that happened during surgery, perhaps feeling pain or being unable to move. More commonly however, awareness occurs during the transition at the very start or end of a general anaesthetic (i.e. before and after surgery), as the patient […]

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Wearing a used mask 'can be WORSE than not wearing one at all'

Wearing a used mask ‘can be WORSE than not wearing one at all’, study suggests Researchers looked at the protectiveness of three-layer surgical masks against inhaling coronavirus-infected droplets They found that air, which contain tiny aerosols, don’t enter the mouth and nose at specific points, but through the entire mask surface at low speeds A computer […]