SARS-CoV-2 turns on a cellular switch to build the tubes in this photo – called filopodia – that might help viral particles – the little spheres – spread more easily.
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Kinases are cellular control switches. When they malfunction, they can cause cancer. The coronavirus hijacks these kinases to replicate, and cancer drugs that target them could fight COVID-19.
Screening for symptoms can catch some cases of COVID-19, but about people who are infected but not showing any symptoms?
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There is a lot of confusion and concern around asymptomatic spread of SARS-C0V-2. An infectious disease expert explains how many people are asymptomatic and how they can spread the virus.
Today’s high-stress environment is an opportunity to reset how our brains deal with stressful situations.
With the county facing a crisis in emotional health, we may need two vaccines: one for COVID-19 and another for toxic stress. Here's a technique for dealing with all that stress.
Testing in cells is an important and exciting first step.
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Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, identified nine existing drugs that show promise to treat COVID-19. The proteins they target haven't been tried before.
One of the first babies born on 1 January 2020 in Lagos, Nigeria.
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Unfortunately, disrespectful and neglectful treatment of women during childbirth, including verbal, physical and emotional abuse is not uncommon.
Research participants want to know the results of the studies in which they participate.
Findings that are effectively communicated can go a long way to serve the interests of the public. They can help to address social injustices or improve treatments offered to patients.
A healthcare worker examining a pregnant woman.
Verbal and physical abuse appeared to be an expression of both helplessness and an exercise of power.
Il existe 20 000 médicaments approuvés par la FDA. Il en existe peut-être un qui pourrait combattre le COVID-19, mais encore faut-il trouver lequel.
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Parmi les 20 000 médicaments approuvés par la FDA, certains peuvent traiter le Covid-19. Une équipe de l’Université de Californie à San Francisco est en train d’identifier des candidats possibles.
There are 20,000 FDA approved drugs. One of them might fight COVID-19, if we can find it.
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Among the more than 20,000 drugs approved by the FDA, there may be some that can treat COVID-19. A team at the University of California, San Francisco, is identifying possible candidates.
Male pileated woodpecker.
Pecking holes in a solid wood tree trunk would give you a headache, if not serious brain damage. What special assets allow a woodpecker to do it?
Just a few millimeters across, organoids are clumps of cells that resemble the brain.
Madeline Andrews, Arnold Kriegstein's lab, UCSF
Brain organoids are tiny models that neuroscientists use to learn more about how the brain grows and works. But new research finds important differences between the model and the real thing.
Starting Feb. 6, 2020, California growers will be barred from using the insecticide chlorpyrifos on grapes and other crops.
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Starting Feb. 6, 2020, California farmers will be barred from using chlorpyrifos on their crops. The Trump administration says more study is needed, but other states are also moving ahead.
Most women feel they are unable to ask health professionals questions. And only half were consistently asked if they had questions.
Only one third of women in Madagascar get prenatal care in the first trimester.
Providing affordable pregnancy tests to women in low-resource countries is a critical, yet under-appreciated, way to improve their health.
Lab-grown organs may not be so easy to transplant into a patient.
The idea behind regenerative medicine is that the patient is both the donor and recipient of healthy tissue grown from stem cells. But sometimes the transplanted cells are rejected. Now we know why.
The tragedies in El Paso and Dayton bring sadness, grief and stress to many people.
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Many feel grief, despair and fear after the news of horrible mass shootings. A neuroscientist offers 6 tips on how to process these feelings.
Women report abuse during delivery.
Research in Ghana, India and Kenya shows that more women experience subtle forms of undignified care than they do physical and verbal abuse during childbirth.
Decoding all the DNA in a patient’s biological sample can reveal whether an infectious microbe is causing the disease.
Superfast DNA analysis is now being used to crack medical mysteries when physicians can't figure out whether an infectious microbe is causing the disease.
Recreación de las neuronas comunicándose en el cerebro.
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Una nueva tecnología ha permitido a los neurocientíficos examinar la química de las células cerebrales individuales. El hallazgo revela cómo los genes se regulan de manera diferente en las células cerebrales de las personas con autismo en comparación con las personas neurotípicas.
Artist impression of neurons communicating in the brain.
A new technology has enabled neuroscientists to examine the chemistry of individual brain cells. The finding reveal how genes are regulated differently in brain cells of people with autism compared to neurotypical people.