New coronavirus variant surging in California

(HealthDay)—A coronavirus variant first identified in California is more contagious than previous forms of the virus and is spreading across the state, two new studies show. One study revealed that compared with other variants, this variant produces twice as many viral particles inside the body and may be better at…

New insights on how inflammatory molecule contributes to skin and pancreatic cancers

Chronic inflammation drives the development of various cancers, including those of the skin, colon and pancreas. Investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) who previously demonstrated high expression levels of an immune molecule called interleukin-33 (IL-33) during cancer-promoting inflammation have now uncovered the details behind the molecule’s effects. The research, which…

Southern california is origin of new COVID-19 variant

(HealthDay)—A new variant of COVID-19 found in Southern California is coursing across the United States and around the world, a new study finds. The variant—called CAL.20C—was first found in July in Los Angeles County. It reappeared in Southern California in October, then spread in November and December, with a regional…