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How zika virus degrades an essential protein for neurological development, getting it to ‘eat itself’ – Medical Xpress

In a study published in Autophagy, researchers at the University of Maryland (UMD) shed new light on how Zika virus hijacks our own cellular machinery to break down a protein that is essential for neurological development and cellular communication, getting i…

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In a study published in Autophagy, researchers at the University of Maryland (UMD) shed new light on how Zika virus hijacks our own cellular machinery to break down a protein that is essential for neurological development and cellular communication, getting it to “eat itself”. By triggering this process known as autophagy, Zika virus is able to degrade an important protein, a process that may contribute to the development of neurological or brain deficiencies and congenital birth defects in the …

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Constant Covid cleaning carries its own dangers – Financial Times

Soap and disinfectant for the home are selling fast but not all microbes should be wiped out

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On Wednesday, Sophie Hinchliffe cleaned a toilet in her Essex home with Harpic Active Fresh liquid, and sprayed its gleaming flush plate with Dettol All in One disinfectant spray (“kills colds and flu viruses”). Then she shared the story with her 3.8m Instagram followers.
Mrs Hinch, as she is known, is the UK’s top “cleanfluencer” and a best-selling author, whose video tips, such as how to clean a washing machine with a sonic scrubber and the scented disinfectant Zoflora (to the sound of Christina…

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Preventive drugs halve malaria infections in African school children, major study finds – Telegraph.co.uk

Adopting the strategy could ‘prove a game changer’ amid stalling efforts to eliminate the deadly disease, experts say

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Utilising schools as a platform to deliver preventive treatment improves the feasibility of this intervention, said Dr Lauren Cohee, faculty member in the Malaria Research Program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and first author of the report. 
Preventive treatment of malaria could be added to existing school-based health programs, including nutrition and deworming, to further promote the overall health of the learner.
Prof Chico added that focusing on reducing transmission among…

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No, mouthwash will not protect you from the SARS-CoV-2 causing virus – Firstpost

Even if people coated the inside of their mouths with a coronavirus-killing chemical, a substantial amount of the virus would still remain in the body.

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Dr. Meyers said he hoped his team would undertake such studies soon, and noted that a handful of clinical trials had already begun investigating these questions.
The studys findings arent necessarily surprising, or even unprecedented. Other researchers have conducted similar experiments, including one that looked at the effects of mouthwash on the new coronavirus, with comparable results. And since the early days of the pandemic, scientists have stressed the effectiveness of hand-washing and disinfection…

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