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Video Podcast – Barber Tested Positive – A Nation of Wussies – Don’t Trust the Numbers

by: Brent Smith

A barber working at a barbershop in a New York suburb that had been operating in defiance of the state’s close order has tested positive for Covid-19, according to Ulster Country health officials.

So what? What does even mean? What are the details?

Sunlight has been proven to shorten the life of coronavirus. But rather than encourage us to go outside, many would we stay locked up.

Don’t just take Covid-19 numbers at face value. They really tell us nothing. read more

Controlling When to Attack Cancer Cells

Researchers have discovered a way that cancer hides from the immune system – and how to counter it
Researchers have discovered a way that cancer hides from the immune system – and how to counter it

The immune system is already our best defense against cancer, but sometimes it needs help. After all, cancer has a knack for deceiving it and hiding from immune cells, giving itself time to grow and spread. Now, researchers at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Australia have identified one way it does so, and found a method to counter it in mouse tests. read more

How to Protect Transplanted Cells

MSCs (blue) wrapped in a microgel coating (purple) have proven to be effective at defending transplanted...
MSCs (blue) wrapped in a microgel coating (purple) have proven to be effective at defending transplanted bone marrow tissue from the immune system(Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University)

Bone marrow transplants are a common treatment for certain conditions related to the blood, but the patient’s immune system can often react badly to the foreign cells and attack them. Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) may help, but they too can be cleared out by immune cells. Now, a Harvard team has shown that coating MSCs in a thin hydrogel can protect them, making bone marrow transplants more successful. read more