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Singapore modelling study estimates impact of physical distancing on reducing spread of COVID-19 | Science Daily

As the world implements quarantines and social distancing measures, some people are wondering how much help this actually provides. A new study done in Singapore has shown that the measures currently being taken, such as school closings and working from home, truly does slow the spread of the virus. The study showed that the most effective measure included quarantine plus ... Read More »

New study on COVID-19 estimates 5.1 days for incubation period | Science Daily

A new analysis and study done on COVID-19 shows that 97.5% have a 5.1 day incubation period for the virus. This means that under the current quarantine period of 14 days, only 101 out of 10,000 people would show symptoms after the quarantine period. Cases from numerous countries were used, but many of those outside of China had traveled to ... Read More »

COVID-19 appears less severe in children | Science Daily

The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal has been studying the effects of the coronavirus on the world’s population. Similar and previous coronaviruses that have caused similar respiratory symptoms share the trait that children do not seem to be nearly as affected. While children are still just as likely to contract the virus compared to adults, they are more likely to have ... Read More »

Second patient cured of HIV, say doctors | BBC

Adam Castillejo from London has now been cured from HIV for over 30 months, making him the second patient cured from the virus. In 2011 Timothy Brown was declared cured after three and a half years of not having the virus following similar treatment. Both men received stem-cell treatment transplants that worked by replacing the patient’s immune cells with the ... Read More »

Your phone can carry the coronavirus for up to 9 days | Men’s Health

The CDC and other health officials have released information on how to correctly wash your hands, and that it needs to be done often. While washing your hands is the best defense against the coronavirus, sanitizing your phone is a must as well. A cellphone can carry a virus on it for up to nine days, even if you’re keeping ... Read More »

Is it safe to travel to Italy? Latest coronavirus travel advice after government shuts all schools | i News

7,375 people in Italy are currently confirmed to have the coronavirus, leaving many people to wonder if countries with a high infection rate are safe to travel to. Italy has now closed all schools and universities and locked down certain towns in an effort to contain the spread of the virus. There is no official travel ban to the country, ... Read More »

A dog in Hong Kong has a low-level infection of the new coronavirus | Science News

A pet dog in Hong Kong, China has tested positive for a low-level infection of the coronavirus, allegedly from its owner. Many are now concerned that canines and possibly other pets will be able to spread the virus. Scientists have stated, however, that this is the only known case in a pet and there is no evidence that canines can ... Read More »

Landmark study to transform cancer treatment | BBC

Picture for decorative purposes of microscope.

The Pan-Cancer Analysis of Whole Genomes Consortium has analyzed the genetic code of 2,658 different cancers and produced a picture of each. Creating a perfect picture of each cancer will now allow doctors to better understand how they work and enable them to diversify treatment to each patient. Dr. Lincoln Stein from the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research commented that ... Read More »

Cancer mortality continues steady decline, driven by progress against lung cancer | Science Daily

The largest single-year drop in cancer mortality took place between 2016 and 2017, with the death rate falling by 2.2%. With lung cancer being the leading cancer resulting in death, a decreased death rate since the 1990s has spurred the overall cancer mortality rate to fall. The death rate for men has fallen by 51% and the rate for women ... Read More »

Research identifies changes in neural circuits underlying self-control during adolescence | Science Daily

Toy model of the brain

Researchers from the Lifespan Brain Institute of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have been working to chart brain development throughout childhood and adolescence to better understand executive function and self-control. Learning about the anomalies that affect development can provide a better way to detect mental illness and to discover how to treat them before they ... Read More »