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Coronavirus: Monoclonal antibodies to begin UK trial

Coronavirus: Monoclonal antibodies to begin UK trial

Health
A new antibody treatment is to be trialled on Covid-19 patients in UK hospitals.Monoclonal antibodies, which are potent, laboratory-made antibodies, will be given to about 2,000 people to see if they are effective against coronavirus.It forms part of the UK Recovery Trial, which found that a cheap steroid called dexamethasone could save lives.The first patients will be given the new drugs in the coming weeks. Prof Martin Landray from the University of Oxford, who is co-leading the Recovery Trial, said: “This is the first type of treatment that's targeted for this specific virus. “There are lots of good reasons for thinking it might well be effective - stopping the virus from reproducing, stopping the virus from causing damage, i...
Friends reunion could begin filming next month, David Schwimmer says

Friends reunion could begin filming next month, David Schwimmer says

Entertainment
The much-anticipated Friends reunion special could begin filming as soon as next month, David Schwimmer has revealed.The 53-year-old actor, who played Ross Gellar in the 90s sitcom, said the one-off episode could be shot in mid-August if it is safe to go ahead due to COVID-19 restrictions. During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Schwimmer promised the special would feature "surprise bits". Image: David Schwimmer said the Friends reunion could begin filming next month He said: "It's supposed to happen maybe in August, the middle of August, but honestly we're going to wait and see another week or two if we all determine it's really safe enough to do. And if not, then we'll wait until it's safe."The special, which...
Signs of Type 2 diabetes might begin to appear in childhood, study finds

Signs of Type 2 diabetes might begin to appear in childhood, study finds

Health
June 19 (UPI) -- People at risk for Type 2 diabetes as adults might start to show signs of the disease as early as 8 years old, a study published Friday by the journal Diabetes Care found. At that age, common signs of Type 2 diabetes, such as reduced HDL cholesterol levels and elevated LDL cholesterol levels, begin to appear, the researchers said. Advertisement By age 16, other warning signs such as increased inflammation and levels of amino acids in the blood are also apparent, they said. "Diabetes is most common in older age, but we see signs of disease susceptibility very early on -- about 50 years before it's usually diagnosed," study co-author Joshua Bell said in a statement. "Knowing what these early signs look like widens our window of opportunity to intervene much earlier and sto...
Italy to begin easing coronavirus lockdown on May 4

Italy to begin easing coronavirus lockdown on May 4

World
April 21 (UPI) -- Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced Tuesday that his nation will move to gradually lift its lockdown starting early next month. Conte explained that he will unveil details of the plan by the end of the week, with "a reasonable prediction" that it will begin May 4. "Let's stop being strict with our country," he wrote in a Facebook post. "The whole world is struggling. We can be proud of how we are facing this very hard test." The nation's 60 million citizens were placed under lockdown on March 9 when it had fewer than 10,000 confirmed cases, but the most in Europe. Restrictions were tightened two weeks later, banning movement within Italy and closing all non-essential businesses. Conte acknowledged the economic strain the lockdown has had on both business an...
Opioid victims can begin filing claims against Purdue Pharma

Opioid victims can begin filing claims against Purdue Pharma

Health
The federal judge overseeing the bankruptcy case of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma set a June 30 deadline to file claims against the companyBy GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated PressJanuary 24, 2020, 9:49 PM4 min read State and local governments have been leading the legal fight against the opioid industry, seeking payouts to help them deal with the fallout from the nation's addiction crisis. Average Americans are about to get their shot. On Friday, the federal judge overseeing the bankruptcy case of Purdue Pharma set a June 30 deadline to file a claim against the company. That includes governments, entities such as hospitals and, for the first time, individuals who have personal injury claims. It's not clear how much money might be at stake. Purdue reached an agreement with some states and local ...