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Rotavirus vaccine prevents diabetes in children – strong scientific evidence

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Two recent peer-reviewed papers have provided strong evidence that the rotavirus vaccine prevents diabetes in children. Basically, the research shows that a rotavirus infection increases the risk for type 1 diabetes and preventing that infection with the vaccine lowers that risk. These articles add to previous studies that have established linked between the vaccine and a lower risk of type 1 diabetes. So are we getting close to claiming that the rotavirus vaccine prevents diabetes in children? The evidence is very strong. What is diabetes? Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease which is characterized by parts of the immune […]

Austria to enter national lockdown, make vaccinations compulsory | Coronavirus pandemic News | Al Jazeera

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Austria will become the first country in Western Europe to reimpose a full coronavirus lockdown to tackle a new wave of infections and will require its whole population to be vaccinated as of February, its government has said. Roughly two-thirds of Austria’s population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, one of the lowest rates in western Europe. The government made the announcement on the lockdown on Friday. Its infections are among the highest on the continent, with a seven-day incidence of 991 per 100,000 people. Austria introduced a lockdown for all those who were unvaccinated on Monday but since then, infections […]

With federal sign-offs, all American adults now eligible for coronavirus vaccine boosters – The Washington Post

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Federal health officials hope a straightforward boosters-for-all policy will prompt millions more people to get the shots before they travel or gather with friends and family over the holidays. Many are concerned about the worsening picture as winter approaches. After new cases dipped to almost 69,000 on Oct. 25 — their lowest point in months — they began climbing again, with the seven-day average rising 40 percent to more than 96,000 on Thursday. The final piece of the booster-policy overhaul fell into place early Friday evening when Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accepted two […]

New approach to Alzheimer’s fight: Diabetes drugs

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Story highlights Dozens of large, costly clinical trials have shown no effect in treating Alzheimer’s Insulin does more than just control blood sugar; it is a “growth factor,’ which neurons need Trials of diabetes drugs in Parkinson’s patients have shown good protective effects Johnson and Johnson recently announced that it was halting a clinical trial for a new Alzheimer’s drug after safety issues emerged. This latest failure adds to the dozens of large, costly clinical trials that have shown no effect in treating this devastating disease. The growing list of failures should give us pause for thought — have we […]

Europe only region with increasing COVID deaths last week: WHO | Coronavirus pandemic News | Al Jazeera

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that Europe was the only region in the world where COVID-related deaths increased last week after a rise of 5 percent. In its weekly report on the pandemic issued on Tuesday, the WHO also said cases jumped 6 percent globally, driven by a rise in the Americas, Europe and Asia. WHO said COVID-19 deaths in all regions other than Europe remained stable or declined last week, totalling 50,000 worldwide. Of the 3.3 million new infections reported, 2.1 million came from Europe, it said. It was the seventh consecutive week that COVID-19 cases continued […]

Feds to lift coronavirus PCR test requirement for short trips | CP24.com

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Canadians making short trips out of the country could soon have an easier time coming back home. The federal government will be lifting the PCR test requirement for fully vaccinated travellers returning to Canada after short trips, CTV News has confirmed. The federal government has not released details so far, but has promised an announcement soon about changes to COVID-19 border measures. “Nov. 21 is the time at which these orders in council must be renewed and with the renewal will come announcements,” Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said Tuesday. All travellers into Canada– even those who are fully vaccinated – […]

Leveraging the secrets of hibernation to treat diabetes | WSU Insider | Washington State University

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By Joanna Steward, College of Arts and Sciences Washington State University evolutionary biologist Joanna Kelley studies genetic adaptation to extreme environments: tropical fish that thrive in waters thick with hydrogen sulfide; an Antarctic midge which can survive brutally cold temperatures of -50 degrees Celsius; and now, the charismatic grizzly bear, a species that is insulin-resistant—a metabolic state similar to diabetes in humans—during hibernation but insulin-sensitive during its active season. “They make this natural metabolic transition every spring and every fall without any negative health consequences, and we are trying to figure out how are they able to do that,” said […]

Covid 19 coronavirus Delta outbreak: Tauranga could have cases this week, health board says – NZ Herald

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Covid-19 may be in the community as early as this week but Tauranga is as ready as it can be, the health board says. The virus was detected in Taupō on Saturday and Rotorua on Sunday and was also detected in Tauranga wastewater samples from November 11 and Mount Maunganui from November 10 and 11. Epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker said this was a “critical week” if people wanted to be fully protected by Christmas. People need five weeks to be fully protected – three weeks between the first and second dose and two weeks after that to have maximum protection. […]

Covid 19 coronavirus: Austria orders nationwide lockdown for the unvaccinated – NZ Herald

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The Austrian government has ordered a nationwide lockdown for unvaccinated people starting at midnight Sunday (local time) to combat rising Covid-19 infections and deaths. The move prohibits unvaccinated people 12 and older from leaving their homes except for basic activities such as working, grocery shopping, going for a walk — or getting vaccinated. Authorities are concerned about rising infections and deaths and that soon hospital staff will no longer be able to handle the growing influx of Covid-19 patients. “It’s our job as the government of Austria to protect the people,” Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg told reporters in Vienna on Sunday. […]

Helen Murray Free Dies at 98; Chemist Developed Diabetes Test – The New York Times

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Helen Murray Free, a chemist who ushered in a revolution in diagnostic testing when she co-developed the dip-and-read diabetes test, a paper strip that detected glucose in urine, died on Saturday at a hospice facility in Elkhart, Ind. She was 98. Before the invention of the dip-and-read test in 1956, technicians added chemicals to urine and then heated the mixture over a Bunsen burner. The test was inconvenient, and, because it could not distinguish glucose from other sugars, results were not very precise. They faced two challenges. First, they needed to refine the test so that it would detect only […]