Coronavirus: What’s happening in Canada and around the world on June 14

The latest:British Columbia is joining the list of provinces gradually easing restrictions this week. Premier John Horgan and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Monday the province will move to Step 2 on Tuesday, given a drop in COVID-19 case counts and...

AI predicts how patients with viral infections, including COVID-19, will fare

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine used an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm to sift through terabytes of gene expression data -- which genes are "on" or "off" during infection -- to look for shared patterns in...

New glial cells discovered in the brain: Implications for brain repair

Neurons, nerve cells in the brain, are central players in brain function. However, a key role for glia, long considered support cells, is emerging. A research group at the University of Basel has now discovered two new types of glial...

One step towards a daily-use deep UV light source for sterilization and disinfection

Researchers from the Graduate School of Engineering and the Center for Quantum Information and Quantum Biology at Osaka University unveiled a new solid state second-harmonic generation (SHG) device that converts infrared radiation into blue light. This work may lead to...

Vaccines effective at preventing hospitalization from Delta variant, studies suggest

TORONTO -- The novel coronavirus Delta variant, which has now been detected in 74 countries, is causing concern as it spreads, stalling re-opening campaigns abroad and raising questions in Canada. Reports suggest it is 60 per cent more transmissible than...

A new model of Alzheimer’s progression

Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia and is characterized by neurodegeneration in regions of the brain involved in memory and learning. Amyloid beta and tau are two toxic proteins that build up in disease and cause eventual...

Stents inspired by paper-cutting art can deliver drugs to the GI tract

Inspired by kirigami, the Japanese art of folding and cutting paper to create three-dimensional structures, MIT engineers and their collaborators have designed a new type of stent that could be used to deliver drugs to the gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract,...

As climates change, prepare for more mosquitoes in winter

In many parts of the world, mosquitoes are a common summertime nuisance. But in places on the front lines of climate change, these disease-spreading insects may one day be a year-round problem, according to new research from the University of...

New health benefits of red seaweeds unveiled

Red seaweeds have been prevalent in the diets of Asian communities for thousands of years. In a new study, published in Marine Drugs, researchers have shown how these algae confer health benefits. "In the past, people have wondered why the...

Introducing play to higher education reduces stress and forms deeper connection material

A new study found higher education students are more engaged and motivated when they are taught using playful pedagogy rather than the traditional lecture-based method. The study was conducted by University of Colorado Denver counseling researcher Lisa Forbes and was...
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