Drug counterfeiters use fear of coronavirus epidemic

Drug counterfeiters are using the corona pandemic to make profits in Africa selling completely ineffective or even harmful medicines. In Cameroon and Congo, five different types of falsified chloroquine tablets have appeared in recent weeks, containing far too little active ingredient, or even completely different ingredients. The falsified medicines were…

CDC docs stress plans for more virus flareups

Advice from the nation’s top disease control experts on how to safely reopen businesses and institutions in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic included detailed instructive guidance and some more restrictive measures than the plan released by the White House last month. The guidance, which was shelved by Trump administration…

Tiny RNA that should attack coronavirus diminish with age, disease

A group of tiny RNA that should attack the virus causing COVID-19 when it tries to infect the body are diminished with age and chronic health problems, a decrease that likely helps explain why older individuals and those with preexisting medical conditions are vulnerable populations, investigators report. MicroRNAs play a…

More than 300 million cases of hip and knee osteoarthritis worldwide in 2017

There were more than 300 million cases of hip and knee osteoarthritis worldwide in 2017—predominantly in high income countries—with the figures set to rise further, reveals an analysis of international modelling data, published online in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. Women are disproportionately affected by the condition, while…

Biosynthetic capacity: The key to switch-off cancer stem cells

Tumours are not a uniform mass of cells. Colon cancers bear differentiated-like cells, similar to the functional cells of the intestinal wall, and pluripotent cells—the so-called tumour stem cells. The latter fuel tumour growth and cause metastasis. A group of scientists headed by Eduard Batlle, ICREA researcher, group leader at…

Acupuncture for digestive disorders?

An acupuncture treatment for four weeks relieved the symptoms in people who suffered regularly after eating digestive disorders. The positive effects of acupuncture persisted during the twelve-week follow-up period without a relapse. Researchers at the Beijing University of Chinese medicine have published results of a randomized clinical trial, suggest that…

UN says 7 or 8 ‘top’ candidates for a COVID-19 vaccine exist

The World Health Organization chief said Monday there are around seven or eight “top” candidates for a vaccine to combat the novel coronavirus and work on them is being accelerated. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a U.N. Economic and Social Council video briefing the original thinking two months ago…

Telehealth during COVID-19 may lead to better outcomes for diabetes patients

A new study has shown that for some patients with type 1 diabetes the close monitoring of their condition using telehealth protocols combined with appropriate technology may lead to better care during the COVID-19 pandemic, when patients are avoiding in-person visits. The study, which found that telehealth monitoring could help…