[Watch] FDA Discusses the Pros & Cons of Emergency Vaccine Authorisation

A health worker injects a person during clinical trials for a Covid-19 vaccine at Research Centers of America in Hollywood, Florida, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. Drugmakers racing to produce Covid-19 vaccines pledged to avoid shortcuts on science as they face pressure to rush a shot to market. Photographer: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg via Getty Images

According to a Science Magazine report, last week an advisory group to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  raised concerns that...


Mucus Thickness Regulation Helps in Breathing

According to an article published in Science Daily,a new improved mucus thickness regulation has been found to be effective in helping patients of chronic respiratory disorders to breathe properly.

New insights into the molecular mechanisms driving mucus viscosity were have been discovered. A discovery about how mucus thickness is regulated could help to improve airway-clearing treatment options for people with chronic respiratory conditions such as asthma, cystic fibrosis and chronic...


COVID19 Can Make Your Immune System Attack Its Own Cells

  • Researchers identify autoimmune response in some covid patients
  • This autoantibody attacks the immune system.
  • It might play a role in covid severity although they can’t be generated by vaccinations.
  • This vindicates why autoimmune medicines and treatments are working in covid.

Across the world, immunologists who retooled their labs to join the fight against SARS-CoV-2 are furiously trying to explain why some people get so sick while others recover unscathed. The pace is dizzying, but some clear...


Covid 19 Vaccine Distribution Depends on Supply Chain Players

  • As the air cargo industry gears up for Covid-19 vaccine distribution, there are concerns that the pharma sector is not fully engaging with its supply chain partners.
  • With pharma sector gear up airports must be central to any plans.
  • Competition to carry vaccines is rife – daily press releases announce that another airline is practising, or ready, or has gained qualification to carry vaccines.
  • But how can pharma companies and governments distinguish between them, and sort the marketing spiel...


CDC Says ‘No’ To Cruise Ship Travel During Covid 19

  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated its warning last week to travelers to defer all cruise travel worldwide.
  • The Level 3 warning was updated on October 21st due to, widespread ongoing spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been reported in some countries.
  • Other countries have reported sustained community spread.
  • The warning comes just days before the CDC will announce if the No Sail order that bans cruise ships from operating in North America will be lifted or extended.
  • The...


Cruise Ship Breaches Covid 19 Protocol, Unable To Reembark

  • A passenger traveling on AIDA Cruises’ AIDAblu was not allowed to reembark after disobeying cruise line protocol on an excursion.
  • A consequence that is to be implemented when cruising returns stateside, too, for passengers who don’t follow new restrictions.
  • AIDAblu departed from Civitavecchia, Italy, on Saturday for the line’s first sailing since the pandemic began.

‘Violated protocols’, cruiser on Carnival Corp. ship blocked from boarding over COVID-19 rules, writes Morgan Hines for USA Today...


MIT Develops COVID19 Virus Killing Heat Masks

A team of researchers from MIT now hopes to go one step further than conventional masks that filter out viruses and create a mask that inactivates viruses using heat, reports Anne Trafton from MIT for an article published in SciTech Daily. 

Virus Inactivating Masks

Face masks have been shown to be effective at filtering out viruses such as the SARS-CoV-2 virus, thereby reducing the risk of infection. A team of researchers from MIT now hopes to go one step further and create a mask that...


Studies Soil Blood Group Link With COVID Risk

According to a Science Alert report, research is coalescing around the idea that people with Type O blood may have a slight advantage during this pandemic. 

O Blood Group People Have Lower Risk?

Two studies published this week suggest that people with Type O have a lower risk of getting the coronavirus, as well as a reduced likelihood of getting severely sick if they do get infected.

One of the new studies specifically found that COVID-19 patients with Type O or B blood spent less time in an...


New Organ Discovered in the Human Body

You may think we’ve learned everything there is to know about human spit, but it turns out the well has not gone dry as scientists have found a new organ in your throat, says a Science Magazine report. 

Undiscovered Salivary Glands

Scientists may have identified a previously undiscovered pair of salivary glands near the center of our heads, The New York Times reports. 

According to standard anatomy textbooks, the body has just three major sets of salivary glands: one under the tongue, another...


[Watch] Masks Can’t Eliminate Contagion Risk Entirely, Says Researchers

Japanese researchers have shown that masks can offer protection from airborne coronavirus particles, but even professional-grade coverings can’t eliminate contagion risk entirely, reports Japan Times.

What does the study say?

Scientists at the University of Tokyo built a secure chamber with mannequin heads facing each other. One head, fitted with a nebuliser, simulated coughing and expelled actual coronavirus particles—the other mimicked natural breathing, with a collection chamber for viruses...