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Coronavirus: Dexamethasone proves first life-saving drug

Coronavirus: Dexamethasone proves first life-saving drug

Health
A cheap and widely available drug can help save the lives of patients seriously ill with coronavirus.The low-dose steroid treatment dexamethasone is a major breakthrough in the fight against the deadly virus, UK experts say. The drug is part of the world's biggest trial testing existing treatments to see if they also work for coronavirus. It cut the risk of death by a third for patients on ventilators. For those on oxygen, it cut deaths by a fifth.Had the drug had been used to treat patients in the UK from the start of the pandemic, up to 5,000 lives could have been saved, researchers say. Media playback is unsupported on your device And it could be of huge benefit in poorer countries with high numbers of Covi...
Microneedle device could deliver “life-saving” treatment to diseased fruit plants

Microneedle device could deliver “life-saving” treatment to diseased fruit plants

Science
April 27 (UPI) -- Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have developed a precision injection system for plants to potentially help orange, olive and banana crops threatened by diseases. The new system uses silk-based biomaterials to fabricate a microneedle-like device, which can inject nutrients, antibiotics or other pesticides into plants' circulatory systems, according to a study describing the system, published this month in the journal Advanced Science. Researchers say the device could be used to start delivering "life-saving treatments" to orange, olive and banana crops under threat by diseases that affect their circulatory systems. "We wanted to solve the technical problem of how you can have a precise access to the plant vasculature," graduate student Yunteng Cao, who le...
What3words: ‘Life-saving app’ divides opinion

What3words: ‘Life-saving app’ divides opinion

Technology
A woman rescued from near Everest's base camp after a fall, a business traveller caught up in a terrorist attack in Somalia and a diving accident in the Maldives. Three successful rescues which relied on three simple words.What3words divides the world into three-metre squares and gives each one a unique three-word address in order for people to be easily found in emergencies, and to give the billions of people without a formal address access to one for the first time.But the start-up is also dividing opinion, and among the stories of rescues there are people questioning whether a mapping system which public services are increasingly relying on, should be in the hands of a technology firm.The London-based start-up was set up by Chris Sheldrick in 2013, following frustration at how difficul...
The lifesaving food 90% aren’t eating enough of

The lifesaving food 90% aren’t eating enough of

Health
If I offered you a superfood that would make you live longer, would you be interested?Naturally it reduces the chances of debilitating heart attacks and strokes as well as life-long diseases such as type-2 diabetes.And it helps keep your weight, blood pressure and cholesterol levels down.I should mention it's cheap and widely available in the supermarket.What is it?Fibre - it's not the sexiest thing in the world but a major study has been investigating how much fibre we really need to be eating and found there are huge health benefits."The evidence is now overwhelming and this is a game-changer that people have to start doing something about it," one of the researchers, Prof John Cummings, tells BBC News.It's well known for stopp...