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US man randomly gets vaccine while grocery shopping

A Washington law student ended up getting more than just groceries during a recent supermarket trip, after randomly receiving a COVID-19 vaccination. David MacMillan and his friend were at a Giant Food store in the US capital last week and were surprised when a worker in the supermarket’s pharmacy section offered them each a shot. […]

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Vaccination drive enters new phase in US and Britain

The first Americans inoculated against COVID-19 began rolling up their sleeves for their second and final dose Monday, while Britain introduced another vaccine on the same day it imposed a new nationwide lockdown against the rapidly surging virus. New York State, meanwhile, announced its first known case of the new and seemingly more contagious variant, […]

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How to motivate people to comply voluntarily with pandemic restrictions

An effective response to a pandemic like the COVID-19 will only be successful if people voluntarily follow the rules and guidelines of decision-makers and experts. Many of the required measures, such as avoiding social contact and significantly changing our daily habits require a strong commitment. Other necessary actions, such as regular hand washing, are often […]

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Using gene expression data to compare laboratory cancer models to real tumors

Cancer cell lines, grown from tumor cells and cultivated under laboratory conditions, are a mainstay of cancer research. They provide valuable insights into cancer genomics and biology, but for several reasons, scientists often struggle to compare data from cell line-based experiments with those from their complementary tumors, or select the best cell lines for modeling […]

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Single dose of the vaccine may be better than nothing at all

Researchers from Yale School of Public Health used a previously published model of a COVID-19 vaccination program to quantify the speed-versus-efficacy tradeoff of vaccination deployment. The model accounted for transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), COVID-19 disease severity, and recovery or vaccination leading to protective immunity. According to the authors’ analysis, a […]

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In-utero exposures associated with increased risk of thyroid cancer

A recent study by prof. Tone Bjørge, University of Bergen, and her team shows that thyroid cancer is related to in-utero exposures. Thyroid cancer is diagnosed at a younger age than most other malignancies and the incidence is higher in women than men. “The only established modifiable risk factors for thyroid cancer are childhood exposure […]