Brazilian study reveals the effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection on the central nervous system

A Brazilian study published in the journal PNAS describes some of the effects infection by SARS-CoV-2 can have on the central nervous system. A preliminary version (not yet peer-reviewed) posted in 2020 was one of the first to show that the virus that causes COVID-19 can infect brain cells, especially astrocytes. It also broke new … Read more

New study confirms that COVID-19 vaccines can temporarily affect menstruation

The study, published in the medical journal BMJ, looked at nearly 20,000 women around the world who self-reported their menstrual cycle through Natural Cycles, an FDA-cleared birth control app. Study participants who were vaccinated reported, on average, a nearly one-day day increase in the length of their menstrual cycle length after receiving their first COVID … Read more

Some pre-existing conditions matter a lot more when assessing COVID-19 outcomes

A new paper in Biology Methods & Protocols, published by Oxford University Press, indicates that some pre-existing conditions-;including degenerative neurological diseases, dementia, and severe disabilities-;matter a lot more than once thought when assessing who is at risk for death due to COVID-19. COVID-19 has changed lives dramatically. In the United States, the disease may result … Read more

IVF using frozen embryos may be linked with higher risk of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy

In vitro fertilization (IVF) using frozen embryos may be associated with a 74% higher risk of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy, according to new research published today in Hypertension, an American Heart Association journal. In comparison, the study found that pregnancies from fresh embryo transfers – transferring the fertilized egg immediately after in vitro fertilization (IVF) … Read more

New study shows reusable contact lenses could cause blindness

Don’t be blind to the risks of contacts! Wearing reusable contact lenses could lead to a rare infection that causes sight loss, according to eye-opening new research. People who wear multi-use lenses are nearly four times more likely to develop a corneal infection that causes blindness than people who use disposables, according to research published … Read more

Getting a consistent good night’s sleep supports immune function, study shows

Getting a consistent good night’s sleep supports normal production and programming of hematopoietic stem cells, a building block of the body’s innate immune system, according to a small National Institutes of Health-supported study in humans and mice. Sleep has long been linked to immune function, but researchers discovered that getting enough of it influenced the … Read more

Study shows anti-aging promise of taurine supplementation

Based on the compound’s known antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, researchers at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil set out to evaluate the effects of taurine supplementation as potential antiaging therapy in women between the ages of 55 and 70. “Preventing the buildup of free radicals that naturally occurs with aging probably prevents cardiovascular diseases, … Read more

Liz Truss keeps EU guessing with ‘good cop, bad cop’ Brexit routine – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article LONDON — One’s a smooth operator well used to dealing with Brussels. The other’s a Brexit hard-liner who’ll be working with a Tory agitator dubbed the “second horseman of the Apocalypse.” In picking James Cleverly as her foreign secretary and Chris Heaton-Harris as her Northern Ireland secretary, Britain’s … Read more

Macron heads to Algeria amid strained ties with former colony – POLITICO

ALGIERS — French President Emmanuel Macron will land in Algeria on Thursday — his first visit to the former colony in five years — aiming to improve tense relations with the gas-rich nation as the EU wrestles to diversify energy supplies away from Russia. Issues like security, economic ties and energy rank high on the … Read more

In Baffert Appeal, an Expert Weighs in on Betamethasone

On the third day of a hearing appealing the disqualification of Medina Spirit  from victory in the 2021 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), an expert witness for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission testified on the effects, potential effects, and unknown effects of low levels of corticosteroids on horses, but didn’t wade into specifics … Read more