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Do face masks help? Studies leaning towards yes

Enlarge / If only some of the public wears protective gear, is it helpful? Diego Puletto / Getty Images What’s the best way to protect yourself when you’re at risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2? It seems like a simple question, but many of the options—face masks, lockdowns, social distancing, etc.—have been politically controversial. In addition, …

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A fidget spinner to detect urinary tract infections

<figcaption class=”caption”><div class=”caption-text”>The diagnostic spinner in action.</div><div class=”caption-credit”><a rel=”nofollow” class=”caption-link” href=”https://bioengineeringcommunity.nature.com/users/400727-yoon-kyoung-cho/posts/a-fidget-spinner-for-point-of-care-diagnostics”>Yoon-Kyoung Cho (Nature </a></div></figcaption> </figure> Urinary tract infections have been called the “canary in the coal mine” of global antibiotic resistance. With more than half of all women having a UTI in their lifetime and men increasing in susceptibility as they age, UTIs are one of …

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Israel restricts COVID-19 phone tracking to ‘special cases’

Sponsored Links MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP via Getty Images Israel’s original plan to track the phones of COVID-19 sufferers won’t get very far. The country’s cabinet has restricted the use of the Shin Bet security agency’s phone surveillance to “specific and special cases” where officials can’t determine an infected person’s location using “other methods.” The government might …

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Crypto Healthcare Project Announces Telehealth Exchange for Remote Medicine

Cryptocurrency healthcare startup, Solve.Care, recently launched a blockchain remote medicine platform. According to an announcement sent to Cointelegraph on May 22, Solve.Care announced a new marketplace that allows users to consult medical practitioners anywhere in the world. It’s called the Global Telehealth Exchange, or GTHE. GTHE is meant to also provide physicians with a way …

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Survey of patients correlates COVID-19 severity with immune system changes

Enlarge / Warning sign outside a lab doing coronavirus testing. Bloomberg/Getty Images Why do some people appear to handle a SARS-CoV-2 infection without developing symptoms, while it’s fatal to others? Some factors, like age, have been easy to identify, but there’s still a broad spectrum of responses among younger individuals that remains unexplained. Is there …

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US Senators propose giving $2 billion to healthcare facilities for broadband

Sponsored Links simpson33 via Getty Images At the start of April, a bipartisan group of House lawmakers introduced the Healthcare Broadband Expansion During COVID-19 Act. The bill proposed to increase telehealth funding in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The legislation seems to be moving forward now that a group led by Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) …

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WHO will launch a COVID-19 app for countries that don’t make their own

Sponsored Links Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Numerous countries have COVID-19 symptom and tracking apps, but the World Health Organization wants to fill in those gaps for the countries that are too stretched to develop their own software. The WHO’s Bernardo Mariano told Reuters in an interview that the outfit planned to release a …

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Fired scientist back to peddling anti-vaxx COVID-19 conspiracy theories

Enlarge / After her research career effectively ended, Dr. Judy Mikovits has re-emerged as an anti-vaccine activist. YouTube Back in 2011, we covered the strange story of biochemist Judy Mikovits, who co-authored a controversial (and subsequently retracted) paper in the journal Science and eventually lost her prestigious position with a research institution. Now Mikovits is back …

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Coronavirus Monday update, May 4

Enlarge / Travelers wearing protective face masks stand around social distancing floor markers at “Gare du Nord” railway station as the lockdown continues due to the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) on May 04, 2020 in Paris, France. Chesnot / Getty Images <div class=”article-intro”>During the pandemic, Ars has done its best to keep you on top of …

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India requires all workers to use its COVID-19 tracking app

Sponsored Links Yawar Nazir/Getty Images COVID-19 contact tracing apps are frequently voluntary in those countries that have rolled them out so far, but India’s is effectively mandatory. The country’s home ministry will require that all workers, public or private, use its Aarogya Setu app starting May 4th. Company and government leaders will be responsible for …

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