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The COVID-19 Pandemic – News and Features

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Metformin Use Linked to Reduced Blood Cancer Risk, Study Finds

A new study from Denmark has found that people taking the type 2 diabetes drug metformin are less likely to develop a myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN) – a rare type of blood cancer that can develop into acute leukemia.
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Study Sheds Light on Preventing PXR-Associated Drug Resistance

Scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital uncovered a route to blocking activity of protein notorious for eliminating drugs, offering a potential boon to cancer therapy.
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DNA Analysis Detects Hidden Ingredients in Commercially Available Supplements

A recent study reveal that some supplement companies may mislead customers with unproven health claims and undeclared ingredients.
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COVID-19 Virus Penetrates Blood–Retinal Barrier and Could Damage Vision

The blood-retinal barrier designed to protect our vision from infection can be breached by SARS-CoV-2, with potential long-term consequences in the eye.
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Water Analysis: A Pollution Solution?

Water represents a means to hydrate, wash, cook, clean and even to dispose of waste, but these activities are not without consequences. This article will discuss current areas of concern in water quality analysis and highlight some of the key techniques in detection and remediation efforts.
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Previously Undiscovered Nidoviruses Discovered Using Novel Computer-Assisted Analysis

Suddenly they appear and - like the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus - can trigger major epidemics: Viruses that nobody had on their radar. They are not really new, but they have changed genetically.
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Meltwater Is Now Fracturing Ice Shelves in Antarctica

Observed in the field for the first time, ponds of meltwater on Antarctic ice shelves are causing the ice to flex and fracture.
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Opioid Addiction Medication Could Bring Relief to Long COVID Patients

Researchers have identified a way to restore the function of faulty ion channels on immune cells using the addiction medication naltrexone. This offers hope for alleviating various long COVID symptoms, including brain fog and muscle fatigue.
Synthetic biologists inserted genes from the soap bark tree and other organisms into yeast to create a biosynthetic pathway for building a complex molecule called QS-21, a powerful adjuvant used in vaccines. The chemical structure of QS-21 is in the background.
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Vaccine Adjuvant Made in Yeast Could Lower Costs and Boost Availability

Many vaccines, including the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine, contain adjuvants that stimulate the immune system to mount a stronger defense. Producing one such adjuvant in yeast promises to make it less expensive and more widely available.
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The Role of Iron in Allergic Asthma Could Be Targeted in Potential New Treatments

Iron drives inflammation in the lungs during an allergic asthma attack, presenting a target for new treatments.
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