Prototype COVID breathalyzer promises new way to test for coronavirus

Researchers have developed a breathalyzer claimed to be as effective as PCR testing in identifying COVID-19. The system is over 95 percent accurate at detecting both symptomatic and asymptomatic infections, delivering results in less than five minutes.

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Newly discovered HIV variant exposes myth of “mild” viral evolution

Researchers have discovered a novel highly virulent strain of HIV in the Netherlands. The evolution of the variant, which originally emerged over two decades ago, demonstrates how viruses don’t necessarily evolve to become less severe.

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What is the Omicron BA.2 variant and is it more dangerous?

You may have heard there is a new variant in town. Labeled everything from "son of Omicron" to "stealth Omicron," its real scientific label at the moment is simply BA.2. So what is BA.2 and should you be worried about this newly emerging variant?

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How to predict who is most likely to develop long COVID

A pair of new studies have homed in on key biomarkers that could identify those most at risk of developing long COVID. The studies suggest a combination of immune biomarkers and acute symptoms can be used to predict a person’s likelihood of long COVID.

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Zaamigo tooth-checking device puts an AI camera in your mouth

While there are camera-equipped toothbrushes that let users see how well they're cleaning their teeth, the Zaamigo goes considerably further. It uses AI to analyze the photos it shoots, in order to monitor the health of its user's teeth and gums.

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New whole-virus COVID vaccine may be effective against Omicron

An announcement from company Valneva indicates its experimental COVID-19 vaccine is effective at neutralizing the omicron variant. The vaccine is at the tail-end of Phase 3 trials and is the first inactivated whole-virus vaccine to be trialled in Europe.

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Oxford study detects cognitive deficits months after mild COVID

A novel study has investigated the lingering cognitive effects of mild COVID-19 in the months following infection. The research revealed minor deficits in attention and memory can be seen for up to six months following a mild infection.

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Long COVID patients show abnormal immune activity 8 months post infection

A study has reported that immune dysregulation persists in long COVID patients up to eight months after initial infection. The research found long COVID is characterized by elevated levels of specific immune biomarkers.

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Clinical trial finds ketamine-assisted therapy helps treat alcoholism

A first-of-its-kind clinical trial has shown that ketamine infusions, combined with psychotherapy, is more effective in helping people suffering from severe alcoholism avoid relapse than any other current treatment.

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Aktiia wearable uses light to monitor blood pressure, 24/7

People with hypertension often have to perform arm-cuff blood pressure readings multiple times per day. Not only is this a hassle, but it may not provide a complete picture of their problem – that's where the always-on Aktiia wearable comes in.

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