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Less dream-stage REM sleep linked to higher risk of death, study says

Less dream-stage REM sleep linked to higher risk of death, study says

Spending less time in REM sleep is linked to a greater overall risk of death from any cause as well as from cardiovascular disease and other diseases except for cancer, a new study finds. “The effect of short REM time on mortality has not been previously shown,” said Dr. Vsevolod Polotsky, who directs Sleep Basic…

Regeneron starts Phase 3 trial of Covid antibody drug that might treat and prevent infection, company says

Regeneron starts Phase 3 trial of Covid antibody drug that might treat and prevent infection, company says

An antibody cocktail is now beginning late-stage clinical trials to evaluate the drug’s ability to prevent and treat coronavirus infection. The biotechnology company Regeneron announced the late-stage clinical trials of REGN-COV2, its investigational double antibody cocktail for the treatment and prevention of Covid-19, in a news release on Monday. Specifically the release noted that a…

Spain’s coronavirus antibodies study adds evidence against herd immunity

Spain’s coronavirus antibodies study adds evidence against herd immunity

Spain’s large-scale study on the coronavirus indicates just 5% of its population has developed antibodies, strengthening evidence that a so-called herd immunity to Covid-19 is “unachievable,” the medical journal the Lancet reported on Monday. The findings show that 95% of Spain’s population remains susceptible to the virus. Herd immunity is achieved when enough of a…

Here’s what pooled testing is and how it can be used for the coronavirus

Here’s what pooled testing is and how it can be used for the coronavirus

US health officials are increasingly proposing pooled testing — mixing several people’s biological samples and examining them in a single test — to drastically boost the country’s capacity to identify and contain coronavirus cases. The benefits could be plenty. Health experts say more surveillance testing — especially to find infected people who are without symptoms…

How to talk with your Black friends about race

How to talk with your Black friends about race

When #BlackLivesMatter trended in response to the deaths of Sandra Bland, Samuel DuBose and Jonathan Sanders, a weak link in one of my strongest friendships revealed itself. I’m Black and one of my close friends in 2015 was White. As protests unfurled and people posted and debated online about the controversial, oft-polarizing movement, my friend…

A family dog could help your preschooler learn social and emotional skills, study finds

With our busy schedules and reliance on technology for entertainment, it’s hard for little ones to get enough of the outdoor physical activity that’s crucial for healthy development. And during a pandemic when parents are especially crunched for time, it’s even harder to ensure that happens. But one solution could be lying right at your…

Coronavirus pandemic could lead to up to 500,000 fewer US births, study suggests

Coronavirus pandemic could lead to up to 500,000 fewer US births, study suggests

The coronavirus pandemic is more likely to lead to a baby bust than a baby boom in the United States — possibly leaving the nation with about half a million fewer births than otherwise would be expected, experts at the Brookings Institution and nonprofit March of Dimes predict. Researchers at Brookings in Washington, DC examined…

Asthma and coronavirus: Act now to decrease your chance of a serious outcome

Dr. Matt Dougherty isn’t waiting for his pediatric asthma patients or their parents to call him in a panic, frightened that a sudden cough or wheeze is due to the novel coronavirus. He’s reaching out to them, virtually, via telemedicine. “I look through my patient files, identify the ones in the past that I know…

Napster founder Sean Parker announces $250 million grant to fight cancer

Napster founder Sean Parker announces $250 million grant to fight cancer

By Robert Mclean, CNN The man whose file-sharing service terrorized the music industry is injecting $250 million into the fight against cancer. Silicon Valley billionaire Sean Parker announced a $250 million grant on Wednesday to establish the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, which aims to increase collaboration among researchers and accelerate the development of immune…