Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 26, 2020
Potential therapeutic effects of dipyridamole in the severely ill patients with COVID-19
Effective antivirals with safe clinical profile are urgently needed to improve the overall COVID-19 prognosis.

Trapping tiny particles: A versatile tool for nanomanipulation
Researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University have developed a novel device for single nanoparticle trapping, which has potential applications for drug discovery, disease monitoring, biomedical imaging, and more.

Developing a new strategy to selectively deliver therapies to the brain
Developing a new strategy to selectively deliver therapies to the brain

Wealthier men are more likely to develop high blood pressure
Working men with higher incomes are more likely to develop high blood pressure, reports a study presented at the 84th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Japanese Circulation Society (JCS 2020).

Cycad plants provide an important 'ecosystem service'
A study published in the June 2020 edition of the peer-reviewed journal Horticulturae shows that cycads, which are in decline and among the world's most threatened group of plants, provide an important service to their neighboring organisms.

NTU Singapore researchers speed up gold-standard COVID-19 diagnostic test
NTU Singapore has demonstrated a way to improve upon COVID-19 laboratory tests, yielding results in 36 minutes - ΒΌ of the time required by existing gold-standard tests.

Low plasma 25(OH) vitamin D level associated with increased risk of COVID-19 infection
An Israeli population-based study by a group of scientists from the Leumit Health Services and the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine of Bar-Ilan University discovered significant association of low plasma vitamin D level with the likelihood of COVID-19 infection among patients who were tested for COVID-19, even after adjustment for age, gender, socio-economic status and chronic, mental and physical disorders.

Existing evidence suggests face coverings do not lead to false sense of security
Existing limited evidence suggests that wearing face coverings to protect against COVID-19 does not lead to a false sense of security and is unlikely to increase the risk of infection through wearers foregoing other behaviours such as good hand hygiene, say researchers from the University of Cambridge and King's College London.
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