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No Improvement in Death Rate for COVID-19 Patients who Received Hydroxychloroquine

Posted: 23 May 2020 08:25 AM PDT

A research team led by investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital has evaluated real-world evidence related to outcomes for COVID-19 patients who were treated with hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine analogues (with or without a macrolide). Investigators found no evidence that either drug regimen reduced the death rate among patients. Patients treated with hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine regimens […]
How a male fly knows when to make a move on a mate

Posted: 22 May 2020 02:42 PM PDT

Much like people, fruit flies must decide when the time and place are right to make a move on a mate. Male fruit flies use cues such as age and pheromones to gauge their chances of success, but just how they do that on a molecular level was a mystery. New research suggests that the answer […]
Drought ‘refuges’ protect young coho salmon from summer heat

Posted: 22 May 2020 01:58 PM PDT

For young coho salmon, summer is not all fun in the sun: Extended heat and drought can sometimes dry up the small freshwater streams where the endangered fish spend the first year of their lives, leaving them trapped in small pools with limited food and oxygen. As climate change threatens to bring hotter and drier […]
Deep learning accurately stains digital biopsy slides

Posted: 22 May 2020 01:58 PM PDT

Tissue biopsy slides stained using hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) dyes are a cornerstone of histopathology, especially for pathologists needing to diagnose and determine the stage of cancers. A research team led by MIT scientists at the Media Lab, in collaboration with clinicians at Stanford University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School, now shows that digital scans […]
A clue as to why it’s so hard to wake up on a cold winter’s morning

Posted: 22 May 2020 01:57 PM PDT

Winter may be behind us, but do you remember the challenge of waking up on those cold, dark days? Temperature affects the behavior of nearly all living creatures, but there is still much to learn about the link between sensory neurons and neurons controlling the sleep-wake cycle. Northwestern University neurobiologists have uncovered a clue to […]
New urine testing method holds promise for kidney stone sufferers

Posted: 22 May 2020 01:55 PM PDT

An improved urine-testing system for people suffering from kidney stones inspired by nature and proposed by researchers from Penn State and Stanford University may enable patients to receive results within 30 minutes instead of the current turnaround time of a week or more. Kidney stones occur due to buildup of certain salts and minerals that […]
Reversing Fragile X Symptoms

Posted: 22 May 2020 11:23 AM PDT

MIT scientists have identified a potential new strategy for treating Fragile X syndrome, a disorder that is the leading heritable cause of intellectual disability and autism. In a study of mice, the researchers showed that inhibiting an enzyme called GSK3 alpha reversed many of the behavioral and cellular features of Fragile X. The small-molecule compound […]
Solar energy farms could offer second life for electric vehicle batteries

Posted: 22 May 2020 11:20 AM PDT

As electric vehicles rapidly grow in popularity worldwide, there will soon be a wave of used batteries whose performance is no longer sufficient for vehicles that need reliable acceleration and range. But a new study shows that these batteries could still have a useful and profitable second life as backup storage for grid-scale solar photovoltaic […]
Google search data reveals American’s concerns about abortion

Posted: 22 May 2020 11:12 AM PDT

Residents of states with limited access to contraceptives and high rates of unplanned pregnancies are more likely to turn to the internet for information about abortion. These are the findings of a new study of Google search data across all 50 states by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. The results suggest that policies that limit […]

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