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Early Alzheimer’s diagnosis: Progress and pitfalls

Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is characterised by brain lesions that can cause devastating memory loss and behavioural changes. It affects some 30 million people worldwide. Decades of research have failed to produce a cure, prevention or reliable treatment. On World Alzheimer’s Day, expert Bruno Dubois tells AFP why one of the most promising avenues for treatment ...

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Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine works in kids ages 5 to 11

Pfizer said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11 and that it will seek U.S. authorization for this age group soon — a key step toward beginning vaccinations for youngsters. The vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech already is available for anyone 12 and older. But with kids now back in school and ...

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Researchers Studying Cambodia bats to track origin of Covid-19

Researchers are collecting samples from bats in northern Cambodia in a bid to understand the coronavirus pandemic, returning to a region where a very similar virus was found in the animals a decade ago. Two samples from horseshoe bats were collected in 2010 in Stung Treng province near Laos and kept in freezers at the Institut Pasteur du Cambodge (IPC) ...

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About 25,000 Spanish students hold drinking party defying COVID rules

About 25,000 people took part in the biggest illegal drinking party in Madrid since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, police said on Saturday. The “macro-botellon,” as these outside drinking parties are called, started at the Complutense University in Madrid on Friday, reports Reuters. Madrid’s Municipal Police said because of the large numbers involved in the party, they were unable ...

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US panel backs COVID-19 boosters only for seniors, high-risk

Dealing the White House a stinging setback, a government advisory panel overwhelmingly rejected a plan Friday to give Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots across the board, and instead endorsed the extra vaccine dose only for those who are 65 or older or run a high risk of severe disease. The twin votes represented a heavy blow to the Biden administration’s sweeping ...

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‘Ebola is defeated’, says Congolese professor who discovered virus

Ebola has been defeated. Vaccines and medical treatments have brought the deadly and terrifying disease under control, says Jean-Jacques Muyembe, the Congolese professor who first discovered the virus more than 40 years ago. The 79-year-old virologist was speaking at a ceremony in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital Kinshasa marking the arrival on the market of the “Ebanga” treatment, which ...

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3rd COVID vaccine dose boosts immunity tenfold: Israeli study

The third vaccine dose against COVID-19 increases the immune protection from infection tenfold, the Israeli Ministry of Health said on Thursday, reports Xinhua. The ministry said that a new Israeli study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, examined the effectiveness of the third dose among those over the age of 60, who received the booster shot in August. ...

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Moderna says COVID vaccine protection wanes, makes case for booster

New data from Moderna Inc’s large COVID-19 vaccine trial shows that the protection it offers wanes over time, supporting the case for booster doses, the company said in a news release on Wednesday. “This is only one estimate, but we do believe this means as you look toward the fall and winter, at minimum we expect the estimated impact of ...

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6 feet distance may not be enough to prevent virus spread indoors: Study

Physical distancing of two metres – about six and a half feet – may not be enough to sufficiently prevent transmission of virus-carrying airborne aerosols indoors, according to a study. The results, published in the journal Sustainable Cities and Society, suggest that physical distance alone is not enough to prevent human exposure to exhaled aerosols and should be implemented with ...

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Bangladesh to get 24 crore COVID vaccine by March-April

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Wednesday sounded hopeful regarding procurement of Covid-19 jabs, saying Bangladesh is on track to get 24 crore vaccines by March-April next year. “Vaccine doses are coming under the COVAX facility, as gifts and from other sources,” the Foreign Minister told reporters on the sidelines of the ‘Fifth International Conference on Inclusive Business’ organiz/sed ...

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