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Ralph Turchiano

In short, I review clinical research on an almost daily basis. What I post tends to be articles that are relevant to the readers in addition to some curiosities that have intriguing potential.

As a hobby, I truly enjoy the puzzle-solving play that statistics and programming as in the python language bring to the table. I just do not enjoy problem-solving, I love problem-solving and the childlike inspiration and exploration of that innocent exhilaration of discovering something new.

Enjoy ;-)

COVID-19 Updated Nutritional Supplement Research

COVID-19 Updated Nutritional Supplement Research Dietary supplements an important weapon for fighting off COVID-19 Optimal Nutritional Status for a Well-Functioning Immune System Is an Important Factor to Protect against Viral Infections Nutrients 2020, 12(4), 1181; Ayurveda and yoga for COVID-19 prevention Public Health Approach of Ayurveda […]

COVID-19: The downside of social distancing

When faced with danger, humans draw closer together. Social distancing thwarts this impulse. Professor Ophelia Deroy from Ludwigs-Maximilians Universitaet in Munich (LMU) and colleagues argue that this dilemma poses a greater threat to society than overtly antisocial behavior. Source: COVID-19: The downside of social distancing

CUNY SPH weekly COVID-19 survey update week 5

The latest CUNY coronavirus tracking survey found that a majority of (77%) of New Yorkers who typically attend holiday services found alternative ways to practice their faith during Easter and Passover week. Among the observant, 43% reported watching or listening to services on TV or radio, while 29% […]

Neanderthal cord weaver

Contrary to popular belief, Neanderthals were no less technologically advanced than Homo sapiens. An international team, including researchers from the CNRS, have discovered the first evidence of cord making, dating back more than 40,000 years, on a flint fragment from the prehistoric site of Abri du Maras in […]

The four horsemen of the COVID-19 pandemic

It is clear that we must prioritize identifying and alleviating the conditions that made the Covid-19 pandemic possible. Even as it rages, scientists are already asking if it is more than just a virus, but rather a symptom emerging from something much deeper, a nonlinear dynamical system of […]

Consumption of 3-6 eggs/week lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease and death | EurekAlert! Science News

Restricted cubic spline curves of the associations between egg consumption and risk of incident cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality. A. Cardiovascular disease; B. All-cause mortality; C. Coronary Heart Disease; D. Stroke; E. Ischemic stroke; F. Hemorrhagic stroke. Adjusted for age, gender, cohort, urban or rural resident, per-capita household […]

COVID-19 pandemic may exacerbate childhood obesity

Public health scientists predict that school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic will exacerbate the epidemic of childhood obesity in the United States. Andrew Rundle, DrPH, associate professor of epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and colleagues expect that COVID-19-related school closures will double out?of?school […]

COVID-19 New Drug Concerns, Research Breakthroughs And Updated Mortality Statistics

COVID-19 New Drug Concerns, Research Breakthroughs And Updated Mortality Statistics A brief look at glucocorticoids, the Lancets updated mortality statistics, Hydroxychloroquine risks, lung treatments, viral treatment, and stem cell treatments The Lancet Infectious Diseases: Comprehensive COVID-19 hospitalisation and death rate estimates help countries best prepare as global pandemic […]

Is the coronavirus outbreak of unnatural origins?

Did coronavirus mutate from a virus already prevalent in humans or animals or did it originate in a laboratory? As scientists grapple with understanding the source of this rapidly spreading virus, the Grunow-Finke assessment tool (GFT) may assist them with determining whether the coronavirus outbreak is of natural […]

Astronaut urine to build moon bases

The modules that the major space agencies plan to erect on the Moon could incorporate an element contributed by the human colonizers themselves: the urea in their pee. European researchers have found that it could be used as a plasticizer in the concrete of the structures. Source: Astronaut […]

Quercetin and Herbacetin may inhibit the Coronavirus

Quercetin and Herbacetin may inhibit the Coronavirus We review the weaknesses in SARS-CoV-1, SARS-CoV-2, and MERS-CoV in relation to specific Flavonoids #covid19 #sarscov #flavonoids Novel coronavirus receptors show similarities to SARS-CoV, according to new analysis Evolution of Wuhan coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and modeling of spike protein for human […]

COVID-19 Infection and Mortality Rate Questions

COVID-19 Infection and Mortality Rate Questions Person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV-2 occurred between two people with prolonged, unprotected exposure while the first patient was symptomatic. Despite active monitoring and testing of 372 contacts of both cases, no further transmission was detected The RKI added: ‘We don’t consider post-mortem tests […]

Serine Shows Promise for Alzheimer’s and ALS

Serine Shows Promise for Alzheimer’s and ALS Scientists have also demonstrated that memorization functions in mice were restored by supplying nutritional L-serine. #serine #alzheimers #als Juliette Le Douce, Marianne Maugard, Julien Veran, Marco Matos, Pierrick Jégo, Pierre-Antoine Vigneron, Emilie Faivre, Xavier Toussay, Michel Vandenberghe, Yaël Balbastre, Juliette Piquet, […]

COVID-19: The immune system can fight back

Researchers at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute) were able to test blood samples at four different time points in an otherwise healthy woman in her 40s, who presented with COVID-19 and had mild-to-moderate symptoms requiring hospital admission. Source: COVID-19: The immune system can […]

Can traumatic memories be erased?

Tokyo, Japan – Scientists from Tokyo Metropolitan University have discovered that iDrosophila/i flies lose long-term memory (LTM) of a traumatic event when kept in the dark, the first confirmation of environmental light playing a role in LTM maintenance. The team also identified the specific molecular mechanism responsible for […]

HSV-2 Herpes Topical Curcumin holds Promise

HSV-2 Herpes Topical Curcumin holds Promise HSV-2 Herpes Topical Curcumin holds Promise “Curcumin can stop the genital herpes virus, it helps in reducing the inflammation and makes it less susceptible to HIV and other STIs,” Prof Garg says. #hsv2 #curcumin #herpes Danielle Vitali, Puja Bagri, Jocelyn M. Wessels, […]