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Viruses can “watch” you – wait to multiply and kill

Phages can detect bacterial DNA damage, causing them to replicate and jump ship. Viruses can “watch” you – some microbes wait until their hosts unwittingly give them the signal to start multiplying and kill them. Especially after more than two years of[{” attribute=””>COVID-19 pandemic, many people picture a virus as a nasty spiked ball – …

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At Elton John’s White House concert, tears and a trip down memory lane

At Elton John’s White House concert, tears and a trip down memory lane

When Donald Trump asked one of his favorite musicians, Elton John, to perform at his 2017 inauguration, the knighted singer politely declined in an email: “Thank you so much for the extremely kind invitation to play at your inauguration,” John wrote. “I have given it at lot of thought, and as a British National I …

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Hong Kong's Covid quarantine ending fuels hopes of relaxed Chinese rules

Hong Kong’s Covid quarantine ending fuels hopes of relaxed Chinese rules

Hong Kong leader John Lee – best known for overseeing a harsh and unpopular security crackdown – sent champagne corks flying around offices across the city on Friday. In a short announcement, Lee ended the quarantine policy that cut off the city from the rest of the world for two and a half years and …

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My 52 year old wife has just died.  My grief is so overwhelming that I can barely cope.

My 52 year old wife has just died. My grief is so overwhelming that I can barely cope.

It’s never a good thing when emergency room personnel know you by name. Diane had suffered from gastrointestinal problems for some time and had visited the emergency room 27 times in the past year for nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Over a period of nine months, her gastroenterologist performed two colonoscopies and one endoscopy. He eventually …

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A host of anti-censorship advocates dressed as books parade through Doylestown, Pa. Saturday Sept. 24, 2022 capping Banned Books Week.

A parade against book-banning in Doylestown, as Central Bucks School District targets “sexualized content”

One marcher was costumed as the cover of Lawn Boy, the Jonathan Evison book that was banned for its gay and lesbian content and because it was considered to be sexually explicit. Another was outfitted as All Boys Aren’t Blue, by George M. Johnson, which was banned for similar reasons. Others wore the oversized dust …

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Pfizer CEO tests positive for COVID for second time

Pfizer CEO tests positive for COVID for second time

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla attends a discussion at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland May 25, 2022. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Sept 24 (Reuters) – Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) CEO Albert Bourla said on Saturday he had tested positive for COVID-19. “I feel fine and symptom free,” …

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Common genetic variant linked to mortality

New research may explain why some people with COVID-19 have only minor flu-like symptoms and others have severe illness that can lead to death. This is perhaps the most confusing quirk of COVID: while some infected people show only minor, flu-like symptoms in others[{” attribute=””>COVID-19 can spiral into severe disease, disability, and even death. A …

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Elijah McClain died of ketamine shot from medics in 2019, report says

Elijah McClain died of ketamine shot from medics in 2019, report says

Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man whose death in 2019 after an encounter with police helped fuel calls for law enforcement accountability, died because paramedics injected him with a dose of ketamine that was too high for someone his size, according to an amended autopsy report publicly released Friday. The conclusion is a drastic departure …

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