Wed.Feb 24, 2021

Moderna readies multi-pronged plan for coronavirus variants, ups vaccine production

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The biotech has delivered a newly developed booster shot to NIH scientists, and will test several other approaches to address emerging virus strains

The health care industry should also invest more preventative health

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SUMMARY: In a recent study by The Harris Poll on behalf of TIME, the overwhelming majority of Americans (78%) admitted to delaying routine medical services and health care appointments due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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FDA review supports safety, efficacy of J&J coronavirus vaccine

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Agency scientists noted the shot's strong protection against severe COVID-19, even for the virus variant first detected in South Africa and known to weaken vaccine potency

Sound-frequency map for inner ear created with advanced X-ray technology

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Credit: Hao Li Peer review/Experimental study/Cells Researchers at Uppsala University have created the first 3D map of the hearing nerve showing where the various sound frequencies are captured.

Icon to buy contract researcher PRA Health for $12B

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The cash-and-stock deal gives PRA shareholders roughly one-third ownership of the new company, which will be one of the larger providers of contract research support

COVID-19 vaccination axillary adenopathy detected during breast imaging

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Moderna, Pfizer ready multi-pronged plans for coronavirus variants

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Moderna has delivered a modified version of its vaccine to NIH scientists, while Pfizer has begun testing of an additional booster shot in a clinical trial, both precautionary steps against emerging strains

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HHS nominee Becerra backs price transparency, hospital competition at first Senate hearing

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President Joe Biden's pick for HHS chief will testify Wednesday in front of the finance committee, which will vote on sending the nomination to the full Senate

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Older women who ate more plant protein had lower risk of premature, dementia-related death

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Journal of the American Heart Association report DALLAS, Feb. 24, 2021 — Postmenopausal women who ate high levels of plant protein had lower risks of premature death, cardiovascular disease and dementia-related death compared with women who ate less plant proteins, according to new research published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association, an […]. Medicine & Health Cardiology Medicine/Health Stroke

HHS nominee Becerra backs price transparency, hospital competition at first Senate panel

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President Joe Biden's pick for HHS chief turns Wednesday to the finance panel, which will vote on sending the nomination to the full Senate

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NHS England to trial at-home smear testing kits

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Over 31,000 women in London to be offered the at-home tests

Merck Snaps Up Autoimmune-Focused Pandion in Massive $1.85 Billion Deal

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Merck said the acquisition adds a pipeline of drug candidates that target a broad range of autoimmune diseases

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Ocugen’s inherited retinal disease gene therapy OCU400 wins orphan status

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Orphan designation granted for the treatment of retinitis pigmentosa and Leber Congenital amaurosis

Humira Bags Another FDA Approval, This Time for Pediatric Ulcerative Colitis

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved AbbVie’s biologic therapy HUMIRA® (adalimumab) as a treatment for moderate-to-severe active ulcerative colitis in children aged 5 years and older

A-maze-ing pheasants have two ways of navigating

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Credit: Pip Laker Pheasants fall into two groups in terms of how they find their way around – and the different types prefer slightly different habitats, new research shows.

COVID-19 Vaccines Prove Potency in Real-World Studies

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As the vaccines against COVID-19 are being rolled out worldwide, numerous studies are being conducted to evaluate how the vaccines do under less controlled situations. Here’s a look

Allergy season starts earlier each year due to climate change and pollen transport

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Scientists in Munich study how pollen from far distances — sometimes hundreds of kilometers away — affects the length of allergy seasons in Germany Credit: A. Menzel and Y. Yuan, Technical University of Munich Allergy sufferers are no strangers to problems with pollen.

BEST haemorrhoids treatment UK [Reviewed]

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Haemorrhoids (haemorrhoids), also known as piles, is a common condition that causes rectal symptoms. Today I will review the best haemorrhoids treatment in the UK.

Study finds human-caused North Atlantic right whale deaths are being undercounted

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Experts Study Use of COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters to Fight Emerging Variants

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As scientists and vaccine manufacturers continue to test their products against the variants, researchers are seeing new variants cropping up that originated in the U.S.

New shape-changing 4D materials hold promise for morphodynamic tissue engineering

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Shape-changing scaffold for tissue engineering Credit: Yu Bin Lee New hydrogel-based materials that can change shape in response to psychological stimuli, such as water, could be the next generation of materials used to bioengineer tissues and organs, according to a team of researchers at the University of Illinois Chicago.

Parkinson’s UK creates Vivifi Biotech to research ‘promising’ experimental treatment

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Biotech company will be dedicated to accelerating development of potential treatment

Parker Solar Probe offers stunning view of Venus

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Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Naval Research Laboratory/Guillermo Stenborg and Brendan Gallagher NASA’s Parker Solar Probe captured stunning views of Venus during its close flyby of the planet in July 2020.

BMS, bluebird Publish Ide-Cel Data in NEJM, One Month Ahead of PDUFA Date

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Bristol Myers Squibb and bluebird bio said data from the Phase II KarMMa study evaluating the safety and efficacy of ide-cel (idecabtagene vicleucel) met the primary endpoint of overall survival and the key secondary endpoint of complete response rate

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CAR T-cell therapy generates lasting remissions in patients with multiple myeloma

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Protembis Announces Completion of 20 Cases in European CE Mark Study With the ProtEmbo® Cerebral Protection System

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Protembis Announces Completion of 20 Cases in European CE Mark Study With the ProtEmbo® Cerebral Protection System Protembis Announces Completion of 20 Cases in European CE Mark Study With the ProtEmbo® Cerebral Protection System Enrollment with advanced generation device for … Continue reading → Business Wire

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Scientists describe earliest primate fossils

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Credit: Andrey Atuchin A new study published Feb. 24 in the journal Royal Society Open Science documents the earliest-known fossil evidence of primates. A team of 10 researchers from across the U.S.

Genus plc Reports Interim First Half 2021 Fiscal Year Results

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Genus plc Reports Interim First Half 2021 Fiscal Year Results Genus plc Reports Interim First Half 2021 Fiscal Year Results Global biotechnology leader in animal genetics reports continued strong performance and good strategic progress for the six-months period ending December … Continue reading → Business Wire

Revive the map: 4D building reconstruction with machine learning

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Credit: Farella E.M, et al./ MDPI Applied Sciences A research team from Skoltech and FBK (Italy) presented a methodology to derive 4D building models using historical maps and machine learning.

PureTech Founded Entity Karuna Therapeutics Announces New England Journal of Medicine Publication of Data from EMERGENT-1 Phase 2 Trial Evaluating KarXT in Schizophrenia

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PureTech Founded Entity Karuna Therapeutics Announces New England Journal of Medicine Publication of Data from EMERGENT-1 Phase 2 Trial Evaluating KarXT in Schizophrenia PureTech Founded Entity Karuna Therapeutics Announces New England Journal of Medicine Publication of Data from EMERGENT-1 Phase … Continue reading → Business Wire

A gearbox for tumor cell identity changes

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Credit: Gargiulo Lab, MDC Cancer cells can experience stress. They have to contend with attacks by the immune system or with anti-cancer therapeutics.

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AHF Lauds News of 3 Million US COVID-19 Vaccines Daily by April

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AHF Lauds News of 3 Million US COVID-19 Vaccines Daily by April AHF Lauds News of 3 Million US COVID-19 Vaccines Daily by April World’s largest AIDS group urges administration to also deploy Ryan White clinics as vaccination sites to … Continue reading → Business Wire

Signal coupling between neuron-glia super-network may lead to improved memory formation

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Credit: Ko Matsui Tohoku University scientists have shown that neuronal and glial circuits form a loosely coupled super-network within the brain. Activation of the metabotropic glutamate receptors in neurons was shown to be largely influenced by the state of the glial cells.

All Three Independent Proxy Advisory Firms – ISS, Glass Lewis and Egan-Jones – Recommend NantKwest Stockholders Vote “FOR” the Pending Merger With ImmunityBio

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All Three Independent Proxy Advisory Firms – ISS, Glass Lewis and Egan-Jones – Recommend NantKwest Stockholders Vote “FOR” the Pending Merger With ImmunityBio All Three Independent Proxy Advisory Firms – ISS, Glass Lewis and Egan-Jones – Recommend NantKwest Stockholders Vote … Continue reading → Business Wire

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Many genes associated with the risk of coronary artery disease act through the liver

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Credit: UEF/Raija Törrönen. According to a new study published in The American Journal of Human Genetics, more than one third of genetic variants that increase the risk of coronary artery disease regulate the expression of genes in the liver.

Adamas Pharmaceuticals Announces Pricing of Follow-on Public Offering

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Adamas Pharmaceuticals Announces Pricing of Follow-on Public Offering Adamas Pharmaceuticals Announces Pricing of Follow-on Public Offering EMERYVILLE, Calif.–(BUSINESS –(BUSINESS WIRE)–Adamas Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Paul Alivisatos and Michael Grätzel win the Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Basic Sciences

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