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Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

COVID variant spreads to more countries as world on alert

The new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in more European countries on Saturday, just days after being identified in South Africa, leaving governments around the world scrambling to ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

What is known so far about new COVID variant Omicron

South African scientists have discovered a new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, with multiple mutations that is thought to be highly contagious.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

COVID-19 : Measuring viral RNA to predict which patients will die

The amount of a SARS-CoV-2 genetic material—viral RNA—in the blood is a reliable indicator in detecting which patients will die of the disease, a team led by Université de Montréal medical professor Dr. Daniel Kaufmann ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

How Roquin controls the activity of immune cells

Ludwig Maximilians University Munich (LMU) immunologists have discovered how mutations in Roquin-1 trigger autoimmunity, but can also improve the body's fight against cancer cells.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Looking to the cell's power generators for clues to depression

Depression is a global issue. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 15 percent of people will experience a disabling bout of depression at some point in their lives. Despite an array of treatments that includes ...

Oncology & Cancer

Receptor structure reveals new targets for cancer treatment

A molecule known as anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) is a driver of several cancers, including pediatric neuroblastoma, B-cell lymphomas, and myofibroblast tumors. But for years much about this molecule—its role in the ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

New COVID variant raises fears of next delta, or worse

It is, scientists say, the most worrying COVID-19 variant since delta and perhaps ever. Here is what we know—and what we don't—about the strain thought to have originated in Southern Africa.

Health

Spicy substance from pepper gets into breast milk after eating

In part of a recent human study led by the Technical University of Munich (TUM), it was found that after breastfeeding women ate a curry dish containing pepper, piperine—an alkaloid responsible for the pungency of pepper—was ...