Rapid blood test identifies COVID-19 patients at high risk of severe disease

Measuring mitochondrial DNA could predict who will need ICU care, intubation

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One of the most vexing aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic is doctors’ inability to predict which newly hospitalized patients will go on to develop severe disease, including complications that require the insertion of a breathing tube, kidney dialysis or other intensive care. Knowledge of a patient’s age and underlying medical conditions can help predict such outcomes, but there are still surprises when younger, seemingly healthier patients suffer severe complications that can lead to death.

Now, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown that a relatively simple and rapid blood test can predict — within a day of a hospital admission — which patients with COVID-19 are at highest risk of severe complications or death.

The study, published Jan. 14 in JCI Insight, involved nearly 100 patients newly admitted to the

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Original Content podcast: Martin Scorsese and Fran Lebowitz have a good time in ‘Pretend It’s A City’

The concept behind the new Netflix documentary series “Pretend It’s A City” is pretty straightforward: Author Fran Lebowitz talks, while Martin Scorsese (who’s both director and an on-camera presence) listens and laughs.

Lebowitz’s musings across seven episodes are organized by loose themes, such as “Metropolitan Transit” and “Library Services,” with the more recent footage interspersed with clips from older interviews. That’s pretty much it as far as structure goes; while Lebowitz shares a number of amusing anecdotes, there’s no attempt to explore the broader arc of her career or explain why we’re watching a show about her.

And yet, as we discuss on the latest episode of the Original Content podcast, we both enjoyed watching the entire show.

Darrell describes Lebowitz as the consummate party guest, full of aphorisms and provocative opinions on everything from technology to sports to the New York York City subway. And there’s something delightful … Read more

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Better diet and glucose uptake in the brain lead to longer life in fruit flies

Improved neuronal glucose uptake plus healthier eating might have anti-aging effects

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Tokyo, Japan – Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University have discovered that fruit flies with genetic modifications to enhance glucose uptake have significantly longer lifespans. Looking at the brain cells of aging flies, they found that better glucose uptake compensates for age-related deterioration in motor functions, and led to longer life. The effect was more pronounced when coupled with dietary restrictions. This suggests healthier eating plus improved glucose uptake in the brain might lead to enhanced lifespans.

The brain is a particularly power-hungry part of our bodies, consuming 20% of the oxygen we take in and 25% of the glucose. That’s why it’s so important that it can stay powered, using the glucose to produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the “energy courier” of the body. This chemical process, known as glycolysis, happens in both the intracellular fluid

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This Week in Apps: Parler deplatformed, alt apps rise, looking back at 2020 trends

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy.

The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020.

Consumers last year also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices alone. And in the U.S., app usage surged ahead of the time spent watching live TV. Currently, the average American watches 3.7 hours of live TV per day, but now spends four hours per day on their mobile devices.

Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re also a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a combined $544 billion valuation, 6.5x higher than those without a mobile focus. In 2020, investors poured $73 billion in capital into mobile companies — a figure that’s up … Read more

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Principles of care established for young adults with substance use disorders

Supplement published in Pediatrics highlights evidence on how best to address this unique age group

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Boston – A national group of pediatric addiction medicine experts have released newly-established principles of care for young adults with substance use disorder. Led by the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center, the collection of peer-reviewed papers was developed to guide providers on how to treat young adults with substance use disorder given their age-specific needs, as well as elevate national discussions on addressing these challenges more systematically.

Published in Pediatrics, the 11-paper supplement is the result of a convening of national experts in the treatment of young adults to determine the most important principles to address when caring for this unique population of patients with substance use disorder. Consensus was reached that each of the six principles of care “convey a commitment to compassion, therapeutic optimism and social justice.”

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We asked, you told us: You don’t think Samsung should kill the Note series

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Multiple recent reports have sounded the death knell for Samsung’s Galaxy Note series. Some say Samsung will completely ditch the phablet line in 2021 while others insist there might be one last Note on its way out next year.

Based on these reports, we asked our readers what they think of Samsung merging the Galaxy Note series with the Galaxy S flagship line. We also asked our audience across YouTube, Twitter, and our website if they want Samsung to kill off the Galaxy Note series completely. Here are the results of both those polls.

Do you want Samsung to merge the Galaxy S and Note series?



Do you think Samsung should kill off the Galaxy Note series?



Results

60.4% of the 1,238 Android Authority readers who voted in … Read more

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OnePlus Nord N10 and N100 will get Android 11…and then that’s it.

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  • OnePlus confirmed that the OnePlus Nord N10 and Nord N100 will receive just one Android upgrade.
  • Since the devices ship with Android 10, that means they’ll eventually get Android 11 and then no more upgrades after that.
  • The company did also confirm that both phones will see two years of security updates.

The OnePlus Nord series is brand new in 2020. As such, we don’t have years and years of history to look at when it comes to software upgrades, security support, etc. Up until now, that info has been all up in the air.

Related: OnePlus phones: A history of the company’s entire lineup so far

However, OnePlus recently confirmed to Android Central that the two newest Nord phones — the Nord N10 and Nord N100 — will only receive one software upgrade. Both devices ship with Android 10, which logically means … Read more

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The Charlesworth Group strengthens Hindawi partnership in China

Leading open access publisher Hindawi has extended their partnership with The Charlesworth Group to include digital author marketing in China.

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The services provided by The Charlesworth Group form part of a holistic package of solutions across the entire publication journey to support Hindawi’s author engagement strategy in China. Through this partnership, The Charlesworth Group are now providing Hindawi with comprehensive digital marketing, including a new Chinese website and search marketing campaigns. Charlesworth have provided WeChat account management services and media monitoring to Hindawi since early 2018 and have recently begun offering Hindawi authors optional expert editing services through Charlesworth Author Services.

Through offering these new services, together with the existing WeChat account management service, this partnership can offer deeper author engagement in the China market at a key time for Chinese researchers as institutions begin to map out their publications policy in

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What Is Multimedia Technology?

The outsourcing historical past of India is one of phenomenal progress in a very brief span of time. With telecom auditing, all telecom network and services of the corporate will likely be reviewed and analyzed including the previous and recent telecom bill statements, different accounts, invoices, and procurement contracts. Telecom audits cover reviewing all the company’s records, receipts, books of accounts, equipments utilization, insurance policies, and contracts related to telecommunications. The subsequent area to incorporate is the applied sciences present in the company and other equipment that’s but to be bought. And the last space that a telecom auditor should not miss is the telecom statements of the corporate. This may embody the phone usage policies, equipment contracts, tariff price, and network resource capabilities. The brand new technology above just isn’t all. There are other progressive devices that may danger. Google Car and 3D printer might be dangerous. It is … Read more

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Telecommunications Firm Is Causing A Buzz!

Cranes form an necessary a part of most civil engineering initiatives. By means of AI applications built into web platforms and cellular applications, the social credit score system is intended to ultimately monitor and gather data associated to most every little thing an individual does. In nearly all points, Chinese citizens orchestrate their lives by their telephones. By and huge, China has develop into a cashless society, and nearly all transactions are executed by means of cell, digital expertise. Tencent’s WeChat app is sort of unknown outdoors of China and Southeast Asia, however inside China it has a mobile user base of over one billion individuals. Usually described as the world’s tremendous app, WeChat is used for the whole lot from text, audio, and video messaging to info searches, purchases, banking, private funds, and medical records administration. It’s a compilation, in a single app, of Google, Facebook, Amazon, PayPal, Instagram, … Read more

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US Sanctions Over South China Sea Will Not Have an effect on Blacklisted Chinese Building Big CCCC, Company

Over time, the developments in communication expertise have been fairly troublesome to keep up with. Seven scamware apps present in Google Play and Apple’s App Retailer corralled more than half one million dollars for their builders, in keeping with Avast. The corporate discovered the malicious apps after a 12-12 months-old girl flagged a suspicious app promoted on a TikTok profile by means of its “Be Safe Online” challenge. The HUS Bridge Hospital and extension of the Radiation Care Division funding is valued at about 303 million euros and required more than 8,000 precast items and greater than 4,000 tons of steel. All through the design course of, the 3D fashions played an important position in collaboration, serving to stakeholders visualize the design and coordinating an enormous variety of disciplines and subcontractors. Efficient information administration was important for the project’s sixteen completely different fields of planning and 194 submodels. Augmented and … Read more

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Auto Electronics

Singapore has developed a robotic that carries out nasal swabbing to diagnose COVID-19, in a bid to scale back healthcare employees’ risk of exposure to the lethal coronavirus. Additionally, with the stress- and life-style-associated diseases on the rise, this sector is gaining extra popularity. Worldwide giants, reminiscent of AIG, have partnered with the Tata group. Other such collaborations are Bajaj Allianz and Aviva. Extra persons are going for insurance to assist safe their healthcare wants. Thus, this business is a serious funding area. The professionals of CAD designing company drafts or transforms concept into the software program to create creative design. In correspondence to paper design, drafting helps in creating digital design. The paper design could possibly be any hand drawn sketches or handbook drawing of any constructing. So as to make utterly editable and flexible design, multilayered design is produced. As a part of the deal, Nokia will offer … Read more

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