An Unexpected Finding on What Might Drive Joint Disease

FRIDAY, Oct. 23, 2020 — High levels of a protein that lubricates the knee joint may actually be a harbinger of impending joint disease, a surprising animal study suggests. The researchers looked at the role of the protein, known as lubricin, in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in dogs because…

What are the treatment options for COVID-19?

What are the treatment options for COVID-19? There are several, and which one is best depends on how sick someone is. For example, steroids such as dexamethasone can lower the risk of dying for severely ill patients. But they may do the opposite for those who are only mildly ill….

What it means when you dream about being criticized

Falling from the sky, being chased by a tiger, finding a box in your house that’s teeming with hissing snakes: nightmares can take all shapes. For some of us, though, there’s nothing quite as terrifying as being criticized, and dreams about a verbal attack delivered by someone we respect can leave…

Trump tests positive for COVID-19: What are the risks?

U.S. president Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. This comes a month before the 2020 presidential election and a couple of days after Trump’s and former Vice President Joe Biden’s chaotic first presidential debate in Ohio. The 74-year-old president, who spent months…

American virus deaths at 100,000: What does a number mean?

The fraught, freighted number of this particular American moment is a round one brimming with zeroes: 100,000. A hundred thousands. A thousand hundreds. Five thousand score. More than 8,000 dozen. All dead. This is the week when America’s official coronavirus death toll reaches six digits. One hundred thousand lives wiped…

Contact tracing apps: Which countries are doing what

Several countries fighting the coronavirus outbreak are using—or debating—phone apps that trace a person’s movements and who they come into contact with, allowing authorities to keep track of infections and alert people in case of contagion risk. Health experts say the technology is a vital tool for governments hoping to…