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Swiss to announce further relaxation of coronavirus rules: NZZ

ZURICH (Reuters) – Switzerland will decide on Wednesday on further relaxations of restrictions brought in to stem the spread of the new coronavirus, including how to reopen nightclubs and football stadiums, the Neue Zuercher Zeitung paper reported. FILE PHOTO: An employee of Zurich’s public transport operator Verkehrsbetriebe Zuerich (VBZ) hands out protective face masks to… Read More »

Sanofi plans to unload a $13B Regeneron stake. Is a rare disease buyout next?

Sanofi and Regeneron unveiled plans last year to restructure their longstanding partnership, and now there are bigger changes afoot, for Sanofi at least: The French drugmaker aims to sell most of its massive stake in its biotech partner. Sanofi detailed plans to unload about 22.8 million Regeneron shares, a stake worth some $ 13 billion. The sale would… Read More »

Paper Device Rapidly Measures Lithium Levels in Blood

Researchers at Hokkaido University in Japan have developed a paper-based point-of-care device which can measure lithium levels in a drop of blood. The device could help patients with bipolar disorder to keep track of their blood lithium levels. Lithium carbonate is used to treat bipolar disorder, but must be administered carefully as the concentration range… Read More »

Problems with alcohol? 29 gene variants may explain why

A genome-wide analysis of more than 435,000 people has identified 29 genetic variants linked to problematic drinking, researchers at Yale University School of Medicine and colleagues report May 25 in the journal Nature Neuroscience. “The new data triple the number of known genetic risk loci associated with problematic alcohol use,” said Yale’s Joel Gelernter, the… Read More »

Medical News Today: Cancer: Using copper to boost immunotherapy

An interdisciplinary group of scientists has successfully destroyed tumor cells in mice by using nano-sized copper compounds alongside immunotherapy. Importantly, the tumors did not return after the treatment ceased. According to the World Health Organization, cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide — in 2018, it was responsible for approximately 9.6 million deaths.… Read More »

Blood Vessels in Lungs Split in Response to COVID-19

William Li, MD, president and medical director, The Angiogenesis Foundation, Cambridge, MA.  Steven Mentzer, MD, professor, Division of Thoracic Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston. Todd Bull, MD, professor, Medicine-pulmonary sciences & critical care, The University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO The New England Journal of Medicine: “Pulmonary Vascular Endothelialitis, Thrombosis, and Angiogenesis in… Read More »