SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, can linger for days in sewage and water systems and remain infectious. Researchers call for new studies to determine if current water treatment methods are efficient and effective at killing SARS-CoV-2.
Preliminary results from a new model suggest the COVID-19 lockdown should last for more than six weeks. The advice is based on data which shows it takes countries almost three weeks to see a growth rate staying below 10% and doubling time over seven days. It takes a month to keep the growth rate under control and at 1%, and 45 days to achieve containment.
Male alcohol consumption before conception was linked to significant deficits in their offspring's brain development, specifically within the neocortex. For mothers-to-be who drink alcohol, the negative outcomes of prenatal alcohol exposure on fetal brain development can be reduced with choline supplementation.
Researchers have identified a potential new drug target for COVID-19. The scientists mapped the anatomical structures of two critical SARS-CoV-2 proteins in the nsp10/nsp16 complex. If a drug can be developed to inhibit nsp10/nsp16, researchers believe the immune system should be able to detect the infection and eradicate it faster.
Soybean oil, the most consumed cooking oil in the US, has been linked to neurological and metabolic alterations in mice. Soybean oil-fed mice showed decreased levels of oxytocin in the hypothalamus.
Children with the APOE E4 gene perform lower on verbal and general IQ tests than their peers without the genetic risk factor. APOE E4 is a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease. The study suggests the effects of the gene manifests before adulthood and could be the earliest biomarker for later vulnerability to Alzheimer's disease.
Researchers have identified a specific mechanism involved in how females inherit traits. The findings could help reduce susceptibility to Fragile X and Rett syndrome, the researchers report.
Findings could lead to the development of new treatments to reduce the effects of PTSD, researchers say.