But University of Berkeley researchers suggest smallpox is a likely cause for the mutation's spread. In a 2003 report in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, the scientists explained that smallpox was around far longer than the plague and killed far more people. And smallpox especially affected younger children, who were not yet old enough to reproduce. … [Read more...] about Immune to HIV: How Do They Do It?
Under the Food and Drug Administration's "compassionate use" guidelines, experimental drugs can be given to people outside of clinical trials, typically in emergency situations. Though the FDA doesn't play a role in drug approval in China, a similar principle was likely at play; In this case, the people who were given the plasma were "critically ill," according to the Times. … [Read more...] about Blood from cured coronavirus patients could help treat infection
Although the number of hospitalizations are typical for this time of year, officials are seeing higher-than-typical hospitalization rates among children, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said in a news conference today (Feb. 14). … [Read more...] about Flu season is getting weirder
"The increase in Mac endpoints with Malwarebytes installed only increased around 40 percent from 2018 to 2019. So, although this growth is definitely a factor, it is far too small to account for the growth in malware," Malwarebytes' Thomas Reed, director of Mac and mobile, told The Register. … [Read more...] about Macs saw almost double the number of malware threats than Windows PCs last year
So far, surveying the nefarious germs hitchhiking on a sick patient has not been a reliable way to diagnose illness, researchers reported at the workshop. New tests are really good at spotting specific germs, but just because a person is carrying a potentially harmful bacterium doesn’t mean that it’s the one causing an infection—or that there’s even an infection and not something else driving the symptoms. Humans can harbor small groups of bad bugs without any consequences. Some can even quietly blend into our benign microbial communities. … [Read more...] about FDA wants to stem antibiotic overuse, but diagnosis is remarkably hard