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AstraZeneca will test combination of its covid vaccine and Russia's

AstraZeneca will test a combination of its coronavirus vaccine and Russia’s Sputnik V shot in the hopes it will make the UK firm’s jab more effective Russia’s sovereign wealth fund announced the coming trial on Friday and AstraZeneca confirmed it will explore combining different vaccines Both shots use adenoviruses, but are formulated differently  Russia’s studies found […]

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Thailand urges calm after four test positive for virus

Thai authorities urged calm on Tuesday as they scramble to trace a potential coronavirus outbreak after at least four women tested positive on returning from neighbouring Myanmar. Since detecting the first case outside of China back in January, Thailand has managed to keep COVID-19 infections low, at just over 4,000 cases, in part by imposing […]

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COVID-19 puts ‘hygiene hypothesis’ to test

Indian researchers from the formidable Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and two other institutes have put to test the “hygiene hypothesis” with a study suggesting that areas with high prevalence of infectious diseases are likely to see fewer COVID-19 deaths. They cite the fact that Bihar state, notorious for the worst human development […]

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A blood test for Alzheimer’s? Markers for tau take us a step closer

A simple blood test for Alzheimer’s would be a great advance for individuals with—and at risk for—the disease, families, doctors and researchers. At the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2020, scientists reported results of multiple studies on advances in blood “tests” for abnormal versions of the tau protein, one of which may be able to […]

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Months into crisis, Americans face frustrating test delays

For two weeks, Rachel Weeks has stayed home, going without a paycheck while waiting and waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test from a pharmacy near Philadelphia. “I’m just so disappointed. I just don’t know how—with the resources and the people we have and the money we have—we can’t get this right,” she said. […]

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These coronavirus ‘carriers’ take test samples around London

Ben Gee carries the coronavirus all over London. A bicycle courier, Gee zips from the city’s hospitals and clinics with medical samples of the virus, taking them to laboratories for processing. Gee faces a two-fold fear: exposure to the coronavirus and whether he will have a job after the outbreak. The British government considers medical […]

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Dementia test to expand diagnosis across India

A standardised test that can now be used in the seven main languages in India will support the diagnosis of dementia and mild cognitive impairment. Researchers have adapted the Addenbrooke’s Cognitive Examination (ACE-III), a well-known screening instrument for dementia detection/diagnosis, to be used in Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Urdu, Tamil and Indian English. The work […]