China science database scraps paywall to aid virus battle

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – A major scientific database run by China’s Tsinghua University has made its contents available free of charge from Wednesday in order to help researchers work from home, following a virus outbreak in the central city of Wuhan. The death toll in the epidemic rose sharply to 132 and the first case appeared in the Middle East, as …

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China virus toll exceeds 130; Japan, U.S. evacuate citizens

BEIJING (Reuters) – The United States and Japan flew citizens out of the Chinese city at the epicentre of a new virus outbreak on Wednesday, as the death toll rose sharply to 132 and the first case appeared in the Middle East. A nurse takes the temperature of a woman in the reception area of the First People’s Hospital in …

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British Airways suspends all flights to China over coronavirus

FILE PHOTO: British Airways aircraft are seen at Heathrow Airport in west London, Britain, February 23, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay LONDON (Reuters) – British Airways has suspended all direct flights to and from mainland China after Britain warned against all but essential travel to the country due to the coronavirus outbreak. BA.com, the airline’s website, shows no direct flights to China …

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Russia screening all Russian tourists returning from China: watchdog

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has begun screening all Russian tourists returning from China to catch any potential cases of coronavirus, Russia’s consumer safety watchdog said on Wednesday. The watchdog began conducting the medical checks on Tuesday, it said. Russia has not had any confirmed cases of the new virus. Reporting by Andrey Kuzmin; writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Toby …

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Chinese students return to virus quarantine in Singapore

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Students in Singapore have been hurriedly clearing out dormitory rooms to be used as quarantine facilities for their peers as the city-state ramps up precautionary measures against the fast-spreading coronavirus. A worker clears rubbish in a dormitory area that is being used as a quarantine zone within Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, January 28, 2020. REUTERS/Feline Lim …

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Imaging Technique Tracks Down Stray Lung Cancer Cells for Surgeons

By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Combining an imaging technology with a new drug that “lights up” lung cancer cells may help surgeons spot hidden bits of cancer, a new study suggests. The small, preliminary study found that the new combo — dubbed intraoperative molecular imaging (IMI) — helped improve outcomes in surgeries of 1 …

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Health Tip: Understanding a Felon Infection

Latest Infectious Disease News (HealthDay News) – An infection on the tip of your finger can form an abscess, says Harvard Medical School. A painful bump on the fingertip abscess is known as a felon, and is usually caused by a bacterial infection. A felon can cause pain, swelling and redness. After getting the felon drained by a doctor, most …

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Coronavirus Deaths Top 100 in China, While U.S Issues Travel Alert

Latest Infectious Disease News TUESDAY, Jan. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) — As the death toll in China’s coronavirus outbreak surpassed 100 on Tuesday, the United States expanded its travel alert and prepared to evacuate American government workers who are in the center of the epidemic. Overnight, the number of cases of the 2019-nCoV coronavirus in China shot from 2,835 to …

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Health Tip: Preventing Ankle Sprains

Latest Prevention & Wellness News (HealthDay News) — Ankle sprains can occur when the ankle is rolled, twisted or turned the wrong way, says Mayo Clinic. Pain, tenderness and swelling are typical symptoms of a sprained ankle. To help prevent ankle sprains, Mayo Clinic suggests: Warm up before exercising or playing sports. Be careful when walking, running or working on …

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Americans Toss Out Nearly a Third of Food at Home

Latest Prevention & Wellness News TUESDAY, Jan. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Before you throw any leftovers away, heed new research that suggests the choice could hit you right in your pocketbook. It turns out that almost one-third of food in American households goes to waste, costing each household thousands of dollars a year, researchers report. “Our findings are consistent …

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Despite Obamacare, Number in U.S. Who Can’t Afford to See Doctor Keeps Rising

Latest Prevention & Wellness News By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Even though the Affordable Care Act expanded access to health insurance, the number of Americans who can’t afford to see a doctor keeps increasing, a new study shows. The researchers found that compared with two decades ago, more Americans today say they have skipped …

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At the Barbershop, a Trim — and a Diabetes Screening

By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Hundreds of black men recently discovered they could get more than a trim at their local barbershops. They were offered diabetes testing, too. A new study offered customers diabetes screenings at eight New York City barbershops. Among those who took the test, 10 percent learned they had average blood …

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Could a Common Diuretic Med Help Ease Autism Symptoms?

MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) — A prescription drug that’s long been used to treat the buildup of fluid in the body might do double duty as a means of easing autism symptoms in young children, new research shows. If replicated in future trials, the drug treatment might be a breakthrough, since current treatments for autism in preschool kids …

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Does Size Matter? Volume of Brain Area Not Always Tied to Memory, Thinking

MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) — When it comes to parts of your brain, bigger isn’t necessarily better. Experts long believed that a bigger hippocampus meant better memory. But new research finds that the size of this seahorse-shaped structure deep in the brain doesn’t always predict learning and memory abilities. Researchers looked at more than 330 older adults in …

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Poverty Could Drive Up Youth Suicide Risk

Latest Mental Health News MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) — New research shows that children and teens in U.S. areas with greater levels of poverty face a higher risk of suicide. “Our findings suggest that community poverty is a serious risk factor for youth suicide, which should help target prevention efforts,” said lead study author Dr. Jennifer Hoffmann. She …

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These Doctors Want to Write ‘Farmacy’ Prescriptions

Latest Prevention & Wellness News MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2020 (American Heart Association News) — Doctors are used to writing prescriptions for medicine. But three Boston-area cardiologists are working on a federal program that would focus on writing prescriptions for food. Varanda, which stands for Veterans Administration Repurposing Agriculture for Nutrition and Diet Awareness, would create a network of sustainable food …

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Colon Cancer Hits Poor, City Dwellers Hardest: Study

MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Young Americans who live in urban areas or live with low income or low education levels are more likely to die if they get colon cancer, a new study finds. “There are a lot of disparities in health care,” said lead investigator Dr. Ashley Matusz-Fisher, an internist at the Levine Cancer Institute in …

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Could You Save a Life From Opioid Overdose?

Latest Mental Health News MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) — As the United States grapples with an opioid abuse crisis, Americans are being urged to learn how to recognize and respond to overdoses from these and other drugs. A populace better prepared to spot and respond to opioid ODs could help reduce the nearly 200 U.S. deaths per day …

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Tencent extends holiday for China employees till Feb. 9

FILE PHOTO: People visit Tencent’s booth at the World 5G Exhibition in Beijing, China November 22, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese gaming giant Tencent Holdings said on Wednesday it will extend the Lunar New Year break for mainland China employees to Feb. 9, and will no longer require them to work from home from Feb. 3 till that …

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Toyota to keep China plants closed through Feb. 9 as virus spreads

FILE PHOTO: A Toyota Motor Corp logo is pictured in a showroom in Tokyo June 24, 2010. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao TOKYO (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp’s production plants in China will stay closed through Feb. 9, the Japanese automaker said on Wednesday, in response to the spread of a new coronavirus following a sharp rise in fatalities. Toyota, which runs plants …

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