Top researchers think COVID-19 may have escaped from a lab

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently published a report, in collaboration with China, concluding that the origin of SARS-CoV-2 was most likely a transmission from bats to humans via a third animal. Additionally, the report concludes that a lab leak is “extremely unlikely” to be the originator by which caused the viral outbreak. Many researchers around the world believe these conclusions should be further investigated. … Continue reading Top researchers think COVID-19 may have escaped from a lab

New study suggests humans might be able to breathe through anus

The global respirator shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need for innovative and effective solutions for respiratory failure. Scientists have long known of the ability of aquatic species to absorb oxygen rectally, but not until recently have researchers felt the need to further study the mechanism by which this alternative gas exchange takes place. Researchers out of Tokyo Medical University and Cincinnati Children’s … Continue reading New study suggests humans might be able to breathe through anus

COVID found in penile tissue, can cause erectile dysfunction

A new study out of the University of Miami is the first to have found the COVID-19 virus in penile tissue. The study, published in the World Journal of Men’s Health, found that the virus caused widespread blood vessel dysfunction in the penile tissue, even months after recovering from the virus. The widespread blood vessel dysfunction, known as endothelial dysfunction, is described by when the … Continue reading COVID found in penile tissue, can cause erectile dysfunction

CDC labels 0.1 percent chance of infection as ‘less than 10 percent’

The CDC has been urging the public to “follow the science” for the better part of the last 18 months. But in order for the public to grab hold of this idea, they must be able to trust the science. At a recent White House press briefing, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director, reported data stating that “less than 10 … Continue reading CDC labels 0.1 percent chance of infection as ‘less than 10 percent’

1-2 drinks of alcohol daily lowers risk of fatal heart disease by 20%, Harvard study finds

A study out of Harvard looking at over 50,000 participants has found that those who drink alcohol daily in moderation are linked to having a 20% lower chance of dying due to cardiovascular disease (CVD). The group of researchers are set to present their findings at the American College of Cardiology’s 70th Annual Scientific Session on May 17th. The Harvard study is the first to … Continue reading 1-2 drinks of alcohol daily lowers risk of fatal heart disease by 20%, Harvard study finds

Scientists can now cause mice to form instant bond using wireless device

In a first-of-its-kind study published by a research group out of Northwestern University, researchers have shown that they are capable of programming and deprogramming mice to form social bonds amongst each other. The study, published May 10th in Nature Neuroscience, is the first study in optogenetics (the study of controlling neurons via light) that demonstrates an ability to control social interactions in animals. Until now, … Continue reading Scientists can now cause mice to form instant bond using wireless device

17 Dartmouth medical students accused of cheating thanks to Canvas

Administration at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine, has accused 17 of their students of cheating on exams. The school says that the learning management system on Canvas indicated that students had looked up questions while exams were being administered. At the core of theses accusations is the controversial topic of student browser history being tracked by Canvas without the student’s knowledge. 22 year-old Sirey Zhang, … Continue reading 17 Dartmouth medical students accused of cheating thanks to Canvas

A group of scientists claim drug, Ivermectin, could end the pandemic

A new peer-reviewed research study, published in the American Journal of Therapeutics, claims that regular use of the drug, Ivermectin, significantly protects against contracting COVID-19. The study compiled and analyzed data from several recently published peer-reviewed research papers. “Meta-analyses based on 18 randomized controlled treatment trials of Ivermectin in COVID-19 have found large, statistically significant reductions in mortality, time to clinical recovery, and time to … Continue reading A group of scientists claim drug, Ivermectin, could end the pandemic

Scientists train bees to sniff out COVID-19

Dutch researchers have found an unusual way of contributing to the fight against COVID-19- through trained bees. The researchers out of Wageningen University have trained 150 bees to sniff out the virus. In the university press release, which has yet to be published, the bees are trained using a sugar-water reward system. When exposed to the scent of a positive COVID-19 sample, the bees were … Continue reading Scientists train bees to sniff out COVID-19

New treatment zaps brain to relieve pain

Placebos can make us feel better. Mild electric zaps to the brain can make that effect even stronger, scientists report online May 3 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The finding raises the possibility of enhancing the power of expectations to improve treatments.  This is the first study to boost placebo and blunt pain-inducing nocebo effects by altering brain activity, says Jian Kong, … Continue reading New treatment zaps brain to relieve pain