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Whoever invents a coronavirus vaccine will control the patent – and, importantly, who gets to use it

With research laboratories around the world racing to develop a coronavirus vaccine, a unique challenge has emerged: how to balance intellectual property rights with serving the public good. Questions of patent protection and access to those patents has prompted an international group of scientists and lawyers to establish the Open COVID Pledge. This movement calls […]

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App will reduce high risk of falls during and after lockdown

A free app has been developed at the University of Manchester to help reduce the high risk of falls and physical decline in older people self-isolating during the COVID-19 lockdown. When used, the evidence-based app—called Keep-On-Keep-Up- will help reduce the thousands of injuries—which are often serious and sometimes fatal—in the over 65’s caused by falls. […]

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Coronavirus and other causes driving surge in US deaths

The U.S. has seen at least 66,000 more deaths than usual so far this year, according to government data, and the new coronavirus accounts for much—but not all—of the increase. Usually the nation sees about 1 million deaths by the end of April, meaning the rise is in the neighborhood of 7%. The Centers for […]

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How could COVID-19 and the body’s immune response affect the brain?

Although the most immediately threatening symptoms of COVID-19 are respiratory, neuroscientists are intently studying the pandemic from the perspective of the central nervous system. Clinical research and case reports provide mounting evidence of impacts on the brain. To get ahead of the possible long-term neurological problems from infection, multiple labs in The Picower Institute for […]