MedWatch Daily Digest: Part monkey, part human; epidural and Autism update; more

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For Tuesday, May 11, WGN’s Medical Reporter Dina Bair has the latest on new information including:

  • University of Alberta virologists tested the medication and found it attacks SARS CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. It works by changing the viral genome of the virus – -essentially creating an error catastrophe for the replicating germ.
  • Some sobering news when it comes to serious Covid infections. Eight out of 10 people hospitalized with COVID-19 develop neurological problems.
    A study by University of Pittsburgh researchers found neurological ramifications in active infection and among survivors.
  • An ultrasensitive test can diagnose Covid and the flu with one swab.
    Developed by University of California Santa Cruz scientists, the chip based antigen test identifies SAR CoV-2 and Influenza-A.
  • It sounds like something out of science fiction. But researchers say they’ve developed the first embryo that’s part monkey and part human.
  • A new study finds that having an epidural during childbirth does not increase the baby’s risk of Autism. A widely criticized study last year  claimed that having epidurals was linked to a 37 percent higher risk of Autism.
  • Human screams are the topic of a new study by the University of Zurich. Until now, most studies have been about how the brain processes alarming screams that signal fear of imminent danger. But, this study looks at non-alarming screams – hen someone is expressing joy, or excitement.

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