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What COVID-19 could mean for pediatrics

As COVID-19, the illness caused by a novel coronavirus, has reached pandemic status, many of us are following advice about hand-washing, social distancing and staying home when sick. These are the things that science has shown to be effective in preventing the spread of diseases. But in the case of a new virus, there are still many unknowns.And though current indications show that COVID-19 seems to most severely affect adults in their 60s and older, we also are learning more about […]

FDA approves Abbott Labs' 5-minute coronavirus test

Abbott Laboratories is unveiling a coronavirus test that can tell if someone is infected in as little as 5 minutes and is so small and portable it can be used in almost any health care setting.The medical-device maker plans to supply 50,000 tests a day starting April 1, said John Frels, vice president of research and development at Abbott Diagnostics. The molecular test looks for fragments of the coronavirus genome, which can quickly be detected when present at high levels. A […]

FDA approves Abbott Labs’ 5-minute coronavirus test

Abbott Laboratories is unveiling a coronavirus test that can tell if someone is infected in as little as 5 minutes and is so small and portable it can be used in almost any health care setting.The medical-device maker plans to supply 50,000 tests a day starting April 1, said John Frels, vice president of research and development at Abbott Diagnostics. The molecular test looks for fragments of the coronavirus genome, which can quickly be detected when present at high levels. A […]

Fever charting shows social distancing is 'breaking the chain' of coronavirus infections

Early evidence suggests closing bars, restaurants and other businesses to keep people apart in places including New York City, has slowed the incidence of fevers that are an early indicator of coronavirus, according to a new analysis of fevers and symptoms across the U.S.Data from health technology company Kinsa, which did the analysis using its digital thermometers, show the number of […]

Archaeology | Research collaboration sheds more light on Ohio’s ancient earthworks

The Hopewell culture created a series of gigantic earthworks across southern Ohio between A.D.1 and 400.One of the largest of these was the Hopewell Mound Group, now part of Hopewell Culture National Historical Park in Ross County. This is where archaeologists first recognized the distinctive characteristics of this ancient American Indian culture, which they named after the site.Get the news delivered to your inbox: […]

Archaeology | Research collaboration sheds more light on ancient earthworks

The Hopewell culture created a series of gigantic earthworks across southern Ohio between A.D.1 and 400.One of the largest of these was the Hopewell Mound Group, now part of Hopewell Culture National Historical Park in Ross County. This is where archaeologists first recognized the distinctive characteristics of this ancient American Indian culture, which they named after the site.The largest mound at the Hopewell Mound Group was Mound 25, a rather uninspired name for a […]

On its way to the moon and beyond, Orion spacecraft completes testing in Ohio

SANDUSKY — The Orion spacecraft, part of NASA’s Artemis program, represents a new era in American space exploration.About a year from now, the capsule will embark on the first unmanned test flight to the moon since the end of the Apollo program. It’s part of a series of planned missions that will put the first woman and the next man on the moon by 2024 and, eventually, send humans to Mars.But the Orion couldn’t fly into space without first going […]

Geology | Study of teeth reveals where dinosaurs called home

The phrase “You are what you eat” might be more appropriate as “You are where you eat.”Teeth are composed, in part, of enamel, which consists of microscopic crystals of a calcium mineral bound together by a protein. Strontium atoms are almost the same size as calcium atoms, and sometimes they sneak into the enamel in place of calcium atoms.Strontium comes in a couple of different varieties or weights, called isotopes. The relative […]

Biology: We need to use that extra brain power to learn from failures

Organisms and viruses — technically, viruses are not living organisms — have two ways to learn.Evolution through natural selection — the first way — acts on us all, even viruses such as COVID-19, the current coronavirus.How have trees learned to grow leaves in spring and drop them in fall? Evolution through natural selection gave rise to plant physiological mechanisms that sync with the seasons.Plants, animals — and viruses […]

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