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Virus-drained nurses hang up uniforms for other jobs

One is a pastry-cook. Another dreams of becoming a bookseller. All have slammed the door on the hospitals where they used to work, exhausted by wave after wave of COVID-19 patients. Nolwenn Le Bonzec, a former nurse who moved from her native Brittany to the Belgian capital Brussels, recounted how she hung up her surgical […]

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Coronavirus and other deadly epidemics

The novel coronavirus pandemic, soon to pass the milestone of one million deaths, has a higher toll compared with other modern viruses although its ravages to date are far less than the Spanish flu a century ago. As the pandemic continues, the death toll from an AFP tally is only provisional, but it provides a […]

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A new strategy for the viral manipulation of interneurons in mice and other mammals

Large-scale studies examining RNA transcripts produced by genomes under specific circumstances or in specific cell populations, also known as transcriptomic studies, have recently led to fascinating new observations. These observations could help to understand where and when genes associated with specific neuropsychiatric disorders are expressed within different types of cells. To devise effective treatments for […]

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DDT, other banned pesticides found in Detroit-area black women: study

Over half of a cohort of 23-35-year-old black women from Detroit had detectable levels of organochlorine pesticides in their blood, possibly from tobacco, alcohol, and water. A new Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) study published in the journal Environmental Research finds detectable levels of DDE (what DDT becomes when metabolized in the body) […]

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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 […]