Bangladesh vaccinating Rohingya refugees amid virus surge

DHAKA,Bangladesh — Bangladesh’s government and aid agencies started vaccinating Rohingya refugees Tuesday as a virus surge raises health risks in the sprawling, cramped camps where more than 1 million people who fled Myanmar are sheltering. The highly transmissible delta variant is driving an infection surge across Bangladesh, with around 20,000…

Parkinson’s disease: Wearable sensors to track symptoms

EPFL scientists have developed algorithms that, combined with wearable sensors, could help clinicians to monitor the progression of Parkinson’s disease and assess the effects of medications commonly used by people with this neurodegenerative disorder. Parkinson’s disease affects neurons in an area of the brain that controls movement, causing tremors, difficulty…

A better treatment for sickle cell disease

Sickle cell disease is the most prevalent inherited blood disorder in the world, affecting 70,000 to 100,000 Americans. However, it is considered an orphan disease, meaning it impacts less than 200,000 people nationally, and is therefore underrepresented in therapeutic research. A team led by Abhishek Jain from the Department of…

COVID-19: Biomarkers linked to severe forms of the disease

Recent studies have shown that immune response plays a central role in the severity of COVID-19. Understanding the immune responses generated as the disease progresses is therefore key to determining which patients are at highest risk of developing serious complications or dying as a result. In a study published Feb….