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Finally, a potentially powerful treatment for COVID-19
At the present time, there are no blockbuster drugs that dramatically improve the outcome of patients infected with SARS-CoV-2. While remdesivir and steroids do improve time to recovery and mortality…
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Countys with high vaccination rates are fairing much better than those with low vaccination rates
The US is dividing into two worlds when it comes to COVID-19. Dane County has a vaccination rate of 80% for those 18 and over. Because of this SARS-CoV-2 cannot find enough hosts to replicate and can…
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Yet another warning. Please get vaccinated
The delta variant is continuing to be a problem in places with high levels of unvaccinated individuals. All evidence so far shows that vaccinated individuals are protected against this variant. I jus…
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COVID-19 - What happens after herd immunity?
Health experts have been encouraging everyone who can get the COVID-19 vaccine to get it. They want to reach a threshold called herd immunity. What does that mean? Herd immunity occurs when a large e…
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The delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 continues to spread. Only vaccination will protect you
More research on the delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 reports that this viral mutant is the most dangerous one to date. It spreads more easily and may cause more serious infections. It accounts for more t…
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Age-related muscle loss gains a new model for study


Age-related muscle loss, called sarcopenia, is a significant hazard of the aging process. Loss of muscle and strength decreases the quality of life and can increase the chances for life-threatening falls. The cause of this decrease is still under investigation and the lack of a low-cost model system to study sarcopenia hinders progress. Allen et. al describe a new model system using C2C12 myotubes in an in vitro system. When the tubes were tested and recover with blood from young vs old patients, it was possible to detect significant differences. Myotube diameter was significantly larger when exposed to young blood vs. old, mimicking the effects of sarcopenia. Use of this model system in future students may find the causes and remedies for muscle loss and lead to new treatments.