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Feb 27, 2020

Dragon Launch Set for March 6, Station Bone Research Benefits Earth

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health, space travel

SpaceX has announced March 6 for the launch of its 20th contracted cargo mission to the International Space Station. Its Dragon resupply ship will arrive March 9 with over 5,600 pounds of science hardware, research samples and supplies to the Expedition 62 crew.

Meanwhile, NASA Flight Engineers Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan are tending to a new experiment, which was delivered early last week aboard Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus cargo craft. The astronauts are exploring the differences between bone cells exposed to microgravity versus samples magnetically levitated on Earth.

Doctors will use the comparisons to gain a deeper understanding of bone diseases. Space-caused bone loss is similar to the symptoms of Earth-bound conditions such as osteoporosis. Astronauts exercise daily keeping track of their diet to counteract the effects of microgravity and maintain healthy bones and muscles.

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Feb 27, 2020

Artificial Intelligence In Your Toilet. Yes, Really!

Posted by in categories: health, robotics/AI

AI seems to be everywhere, but until recently, it wasn’t a part of your toilet. Companies are wanting to change that not only to appeal to people’s comfort levels with built-in access to Alexa, LED lights, and hands-free lids but also because smart toilets can serve as essential health trackers.

Feb 26, 2020

CDC confirms first possible community transmission of coronavirus in US

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Wuhan Coronavirus Pandemic — USA

California has the first case that cannot be traced back to a traveler from an area with an outbreak.

“It’s significant because it means that it’s also possible the infection is spreading untraced throughout the local community.”

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Feb 26, 2020

Top Iran health official gets virus as fears grow

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Iraj Harirchi, who has strongly denied any cover-up of a growing outbreak, has self-quarantined.

Feb 26, 2020

Coronavirus live updates: US confirms new case, Moody’s slashes auto forecast

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Wuhan Coronavirus Pandemic — new US case.

“U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar confirmed a new case of the coronavirus in the U.S. “Coming into this hearing, I was informed that we have a 15th confirmed case, the epidemiology of which we are still discerning,” he testified before a House panel. The new case brings the total number of cases in the U.S. to 60. The CDC has separated out 45 confirmed infections in people evacuated from a cruise ship in Japan or from Wuhan, China from its official case count.”


As of Wednesday, more than 81,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported, resulting in at least 2,764 deaths.

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Feb 26, 2020

How does this coronavirus outbreak end?

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This is a great outline of how the outbreak could end (from best to worst-case scenario): 1. Public health interventions control the 2019 n-CoV 2. The virus burns itself out (I love this analogy of viruses to fires) like the Spanish flu 3. It becomes a common virus like ex-pandemic H1N1 (swine) flu.


The World Health Organization has declared the growing coronavirus outbreak in China to be a global health emergency. It’s a recognition that the outbreak — now with nearly 10,000 cases — may continue to spread beyond China, and that the nations of the world should lend their assistance and be prepared.

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Feb 26, 2020

Brazil confirms first coronavirus case in Latin America

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Wuhan Coronavirus in Brazil in time for Carnival — what could possibly go wrong?


BRASILIA (Reuters) — Brazil’s Health Ministry on Wednesday confirmed the first case of a fast-spreading new coronavirus in Latin America, diagnosing a 61-year-old man in Sao Paulo who returned recently from Italy.

Feb 26, 2020

Korean Air flight attendant who flew to LA diagnosed with coronavirus

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I wonder how many passengers caught the Wuhan Coronavirus on this flight to LA, but don’t know it because they are asymptomatic.


LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A Korean Air flight attendant was diagnosed with coronavirus shortly after working on a flight to Los Angeles, South Korean media is reporting.

The flight attendant worked on a flight from Incheon to Los Angeles and may have spent time in Los Angeles before boarding a return flight. The same person also had recently worked on an Incheon-Tel Aviv route.

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Feb 26, 2020

Reduced stress associated with changes in plasma metabolite profile

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Reduced stress is linked to changes in the profile of plasma metabolites, a new study from the University of Eastern Finland shows. According to the researchers, the findings can shed light on the associations of psychological well-being with metabolism and the risk of disease. The study was published in Scientific Reports.

Psychological stress is known to be associated with obesity, low-grade inflammation and metabolic disorders, but the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood. In the newly published study, the researchers used metabolite profiling to study whether improved psychological well-being is associated with measurable changes in metabolism. The study is a sub-study of Elixir, a large multi-center lifestyle intervention study conducted by the Universities of Helsinki, Eastern Finland and Jyväskylä, and the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.

The study participants were obese individuals with perceived psychological stress symptoms at the onset of the study. They were divided into two groups: one group to undergo a psychological lifestyle intervention (60 individuals) and a control group (64 individuals). Both groups managed to lose weight, but reduced stress and improved psychological well-being were reported by the intervention group in particular. Using metabolomics techniques, the researchers performed an extensive analysis of fasting metabolites in all study participants at beginning of the study and again nine months later, after the intervention had ended. Stress and psychological well-being were assessed by surveys and heart rate variability measurements.

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Feb 25, 2020

Americans should prepare for coronavirus spread in U.S., CDC says

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Top U.S. public health officials said Tuesday that Americans should prepare for the spread of the coronavirus in communities across the country.

“It’s not so much a question of if this will happen any more, but rather more a question of exactly when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illness,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the head of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said during a media briefing Tuesday.

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