El antivirus más potente contra la COVID-19: nuestro sistema inmune

Más de 200.000 personas fallecidas, casi la mitad de la población mundial confinada, consecuencias sociales y económicas nunca imaginadas… Y todo ello es causado por un microorganismo, el SARS-CoV-2, que solo mide 120 nanómetros (o sea, 0,00000012 metros). Está claro que, en inmunología, no hay rival pequeño: a pesar de su tamaño, el coronavirus es capaz de poner en jaque nuestro sistema inmune (y nuestro mundo).

Aunque los datos disponibles son aún limitados, conocer los mecanismos implicados en la respuesta inmune frente a un virus como este puede ser crucial para entender la enfermedad y hacerle frente con contundencia.

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Calm in the Time of Coronavirus

Caution and concern rule the day in the time of Coronavirus, as well it should.  But as we work together to prevent the spread of the virus and protect ourselves and our families form infection, there are ways we can both manage our stress and boost our self-care.

“The way I think of it is, if you’re going to be Purell-ing your hands all the time – or as you are washing your hands throughout the day – you can actually practice meditation,” says BHI Medical Director Darshan Mehta, MD.  “Hand washing or use of hand sanitizer is a perfect cue to do a mini relaxation.  While you are moving your hands together, you are counting and breathing deeply, so this gives you both the benefits of fighting off the virus and the internal benefit of knowing that you are taking care of yourself.”

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Researchers Find Evidence That Human Evolution Is Still Actively Happening

Scientists discover that humans are still evolving, with natural selection weeding out certain diseases.

A large new study says humans are still evolving. Scientists found that natural selection is weeding out harmful genetic mutations from our gene pool.

While we tend to think of evolution as laborious process that takes a long period of time, there also changes that can take place over one or two generations. Researchers from Columbia University analyzed DNA from 210,000 people in the United States and Britain and found that certain genetic variants, particularly those linked to Alzheimer’s disease and heavy smoking appear less frequently in people who live longer. This suggests that such genes are being less favored and may be on the way out of the human genome.

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There is hope: All the reasons to be optimistic about the end of the coronavirus crisis

With the UK going into a total self-imposed quarantine, several large American cities in lockdown, and distressing scenes in Spain and Italy, life right now feels chaotic and insecure. It’s a crisis. The economy has ground to a halt.

These are the worst of times.

And yet there is hope. This is temporary. It will end. Already, there are reasons to be optimistic.

So if you’re feeling a bit hopeless, consider:

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Dear Amen Clinics Patient,
As we navigate the uncertainty created by COVID-19, we continue to be focused on the well-being of our employees and patients while also doing our part in contributing to the well-being of our wider community. Please see the following update on our plans for operations of our Amen Clinics across the country.

Currently, we are open. We plan to continue to be available for our patients. If we are mandated by governmental action to close our facility, we have a plan in place to still be available to you via phone and video. We are here for you. That said, with consideration of the guidance given by governmental authorities as well as health professionals, Amen Clinics is reducing our on-site personnel beginning on Monday, March 16th. We are moving as many patients as possible to telephone or video appointments, leaving our clinics open for our scanning appointments and in-person doctor appointments as needed. Our goal is to limit the traffic in the Clinics, keeping our staff and patients as safe as possible.

We are continuing our screening and safety practices in the Clinics. If you come for an appointment, we will ask you to wash your hands before and after every encounter, and we will support social distancing of at least 6 feet for all interactions except the scan. We will also be taking temperatures of all guests and asking anyone with a fever to leave immediately. We will be asking about recent travel and symptoms and may ask you to wear a mask based on your answers.

We understand this is a stressful and anxious time for everyone, and we want to be here for you now more than ever.

Getting through difficult times reminds us of our collective strength, and to be thankful for what truly matters. We hope that you and your loved ones stay healthy.