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Your questions about COVID-19, answered, with UNE expert Meghan May

Posted: 07 Apr 2020 06:50 AM PDT

From University of New England News For an expert’s view on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, UNE’s Office of Communications recently consulted by phone with our very own professor of microbiology, Meghan May, Ph.D. With degrees in microbiology, pathobiology, and bacteriology, May’s research primarily focuses on virulence – that is, a pathogen’s ability to infect a […]
Studying animal coronavirus defences is opening route to human treatments

Posted: 07 Apr 2020 06:39 AM PDT

A team that has spent the last five years developing a pipeline of technologies that can churn out a remedy for almost any newly emerging virus may have treatments ready for safety trials on Covid-19 patients by the end of the year.  The 20-strong private-public collaboration has been pooling and connecting a series of diverse […]
Housing prescriptions improve health outcomes in children, anxiety and depression in adults

Posted: 07 Apr 2020 06:33 AM PDT

Results of a study show that enrollment in a program that supports housing and health needs of medically complex families was associated with improved child health and parent mental health within six months. The program, Housing Prescription as Health Care (HPHC), helps families experiencing homelessness and housing instability in Boston and uses a multi-dimensional approach […]
Pancreatic cancer blocked by disrupting cellular pH balance

Posted: 07 Apr 2020 06:30 AM PDT

Scientists at Sanford Burnham Prebys have found a new way to kill pancreatic cancer cells by disrupting their pH equilibrium. The study, published in Cancer Discovery, reports how depleting an ion transport protein lowers the pH to a point that compromises pancreatic cancer cell growth. Pancreatic cancer cells–like all cancer cells–have a constant need for energy to […]
Engineered virus might be able to block coronavirus infections, mouse study shows

Posted: 07 Apr 2020 06:27 AM PDT

No vaccines exist that protect people against infections by coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, or the ones that cause SARS and MERS. As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc, many labs around the world have developed a laser-like focus on understanding the virus and finding the best strategy for stopping it. This week in mBio, a […]
Treatment relieves depression in 90% of participants in small study

Posted: 07 Apr 2020 06:25 AM PDT

A new form of magnetic brain stimulation rapidly relieved symptoms of severe depression in 90% of participants in a small study conducted by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The researchers are conducting a larger, double-blinded trial in which half the participants are receiving fake treatment. The researchers are optimistic the second trial will […]
Students who listened to Beethoven during lecture — and in dreamland — did better on test

Posted: 07 Apr 2020 06:21 AM PDT

College students who listened to classical music by Beethoven and Chopin during a computer-interactive lecture on microeconomics — and heard the music played again that night — did better on a test the next day than did peers who were in the same lecture, but instead slept that evening with white noise in the background. […]

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