Syphilis Cases in California Drive a Record-Setting Year for STDs Nationwide

New data released Tuesday from the CDC shows sexually transmitted infections reached an all-time high in 2019. The biggest spike was in syphilis cases, which rose 74% between 2015 and 2019. Leading the country in syphilis is California, where men who have sex with men make up half the cases.

Read more: https://khn.org/news/article/syphilis-cases-in-california-drive-a-record-setting-year-for-stds-nationwide/

New way to monitor and prevent nerve cell deterioration after TBI

Researchers have discovered a new way to prevent brain nerve cells from deteriorating after injury, which also revealed a potential mechanistic link between TBI and AD. Their discovery also yielded a new blood biomarker of nerve cell degeneration after injury, which is significant because there is an urgent need for mechanism-based blood biomarkers that can diagnose TBI and stage its severity.

Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210413124355.htm

COVID-19 in our dust may help predict outbreaks study finds

A study done in rooms where COVID-19 patients were isolated shows that the virus's RNA can persist up to a month in dust. The study did not evaluate whether dust can transmit the virus to humans. It could, however, offer another option for monitoring COVID-19 outbreaks in specific buildings, including nursing homes, offices or schools.

Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210413124342.htm

Gene therapy shows promise in treating rare eye disease in mice

A gene therapy protects eye cells in mice with a rare disorder that causes vision loss, especially when used in combination with other gene therapies, shows a new study.

Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210413124338.htm

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