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Gene therapy can provide long-lasting therapeutic benefit in Huntington's disease

Gene therapy targeting the messenger RNA (mRNA) of the mutated huntingtin gene (HTT) can provide long-lasting therapeutic benefit in Huntington's disease after a single administration. An adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene therapy containing a primary artificial microRNA (pri-amiRNA) targeting HTT mRNA is described in the peer-reviewed journal Human Gene Therapy. The challenge of treating autosomal dominant […]

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Research shows depletion of extracellular vesicles weakens immune response towards SARS-CoV-2

Over the past several years, considerable effort has been made towards developing better diagnostic and prognostic tools. However, until now, the focus of research has mainly been on the virus itself or the immune response it triggers. To unify diagnostic and prognostic tools for COVID-19 analyses, researchers propose using extracellular vesicles (EVs) from serum liquid […]

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Development of synthetic molecules that can bridge T cells with SARS-CoV-2 infected cells

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has been caused by a rapid outbreak of a novel RNA virus, namely, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2). To date, this virus has claimed more than 5.6 million lives and caused a chronic debilitating condition called Post-Acute COVID-19 Syndrome (PACS) worldwide. Study: Targeting SARS-CoV-2 infection through CAR T […]

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Experts emphasise the role of wellbeing in human health

The importance of wellbeing and its role in health has been highlighted in a new paper by Swansea University academics. GENIAL Science, co-founded by Professor Andrew Kemp, of the School of Psychology, is a collaborative research project between Swansea Bay University Health Board (SBUHB) and the University. Comprised of academics, clinicians, Ph.D. and MSc students, […]

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Broad and potent neutralizing activity of human IgG1 LALA antibody against SARS-CoV-2 variants

The rapid outbreak of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) worldwide has resulted in the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. This pandemic has massively affected the healthcare system and economy globally. Scientists and policymakers have formulated many pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical strategies to contain the pandemic. Study: Discovery of a SARS-CoV-2 Broadly-Acting Neutralizing Antibody […]

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Rich Countries Access to Foreign Nurses Raises Ethical Concerns: Group

GENEVA (Reuters) – The Omicron-fuelled wave of COVID-19 infections has led wealthy countries to intensify their recruitment of nurses from poorer parts of the world, worsening dire staffing shortages in overstretched workforces there, the International Council of Nurses said. Sickness, burnout and staff departures amid surging Omicron cases have driven absentee rates to levels not […]

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So TEFCA is live. Now what?

This past week, the U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced that the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement is now live.   The announcement marks a major step forward toward nationwide interoperability, aimed at simplifying inter-organizational connectivity and ultimately giving individuals access to their healthcare information.   TEFCA has been in […]