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Re: The science of COVID-19
« Reply #400 on: September 25, 2020, 11:34:46 AM »
Your first link already disappeared
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It takes more than an apple a day to keep viruses at bay. You can improve your body’s resistance by getting your seven servings of fruits and veggies and eight to 10 glasses of water a day, at the very least. While an all-around diet is the key to stronger immunity, these particular immune system-boosting foods and ingredients can keep you in fighting condition.

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Yogurt
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Probiotics, or the "live active cultures" found in yogurt, are healthy bacteria that keep the gut and intestinal tract free of disease-causing germs. Although they're available in supplement form, a study from the University of Vienna in Austria found that a daily 7-ounce dose of yogurt was just as effective in boosting immunity as popping pills.

In an 80-day Swedish study of 181 factory employees, those who drank a daily supplement of Lactobacillus reuteri — a specific probiotic that appears to stimulate white blood cells — took 33 percent fewer sick days than those given a placebo. Any yogurt with a live and active cultures seal contains some beneficial bugs, but Stonyfield Farm is the only U.S. brand that contains this specific strain. Have two 6-ounce servings a day.

Be sure you chose a yogurt that is no more than 200 calories, 4 grams of fat or less, 30 grams of sugar or less and at least 6 grams of protein.

Tea
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Take frequent tea breaks this winter, and you may just get through it without a sniffle.

Immunologists at Harvard University discovered that people who drank five cups of black tea a day for 2 weeks transformed their immune system T cells into "Hulk cells" that pumped out 10 times more cold and flu virus-fighting interferon — proteins that defend against infection — than did the immune systems of those who didn't drink black tea. Green tea should work just as well.

"Not just the common cold and flu, but food poisoning, infected cuts, athlete's foot — even diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria — are caused by germs that your body fights with interferon. We think the interferon boosts from tea may help prevent or lessen the severity of all these conditions," says Dr. Jack Bukowski of the Harvard Medical School.

While five cups a day may seem like a lot, he thinks fewer cups may still offer some valuable protection. "And the interferon link may explain tea's other health benefits, including its reported cancer-fighting power, since we already know that interferon slows the growth of tumor cells," he says.

Chicken soup
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When University of Nebraska researchers tested 13 brands, they found that all but one (chicken-flavored ramen noodles) blocked the migration of inflammatory white cells — an important finding, because cold symptoms are a response to the cells' accumulation in the bronchial tubes.

The amino acid cysteine, released from chicken during cooking, chemically resembles the bronchitis drug acetylcysteine, which may explain the results. The soup's salty broth keeps mucus thin the same way cough medicines do.

Added spices, such as garlic and onions, can increase soup's immune-boosting power. Have a bowl when feeling crummy.

Mushrooms
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For centuries, people around the world have turned to mushrooms for a healthy immune system. Contemporary researchers now know why. "Studies show that mushrooms increase the production and activity of white blood cells, making them more aggressive. This is a good thing when you have an infection," says Douglas Schar, director of the Institute of Herbal Medicine in Washington.

Shiitake and maitake mushrooms, now available fresh in U.S. supermarkets, appear to pack the biggest immunity punch. They're easy to use too. Just add a handful to pasta sauce, saute with a little oil and add to eggs, or heap triple-decker style on a frozen pizza. Good news for absent-minded chefs: "Basically, you can burn them, and they will still powerfully stimulate the immune system," says Schar.

Fish and shellfish
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Getting adequate selenium (plentiful in foods like oysters, lobsters, crabs and clams) increased immune cell production of proteins called cytokines in a British study of 22 adults. The scientists say that cytokines help clear flu viruses out of your body.

Of all fats, omega-3s — found in fish such as Pacific salmon — created the highest blood levels of flu-fighting T cells and interferon-gamma cytokines in a British study of 150 people.

Oats and barley
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These grains contain beta-glucan, a type of fiber with antimicrobial and antioxidant capabilities more potent than echinacea, reports a Norwegian study. When animals eat this compound, they're less likely to contract influenza, herpes, even anthrax; in humans, it boosts immunity, speeds wound healing and may help antibiotics work better. At least one in your three daily servings of whole grains.
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Re: The science of COVID-19
« Reply #401 on: September 25, 2020, 11:36:16 AM »
Your first link already disappeared

Was it killed by the virus or by some cytokine storm?
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Re: The science of COVID-19
« Reply #402 on: September 25, 2020, 11:37:59 AM »
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It takes more than an apple a day to keep viruses at bay. You can improve your body’s resistance by getting your seven servings of fruits and veggies and eight to 10 glasses of water a day, at the very least. While an all-around diet is the key to stronger immunity, these particular immune system-boosting foods and ingredients can keep you in fighting condition.

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If we'd all just live by googled advice, the world would be transformed, we would eradicate so many ills and evils, be infinitely wealthy and healthy, etc. etc. etc.
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Re: The science of COVID-19
« Reply #403 on: September 25, 2020, 11:38:50 AM »
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Re: The science of COVID-19
« Reply #404 on: September 25, 2020, 11:53:36 AM »
If we'd all just live by googled advice, the world would be transformed, we would eradicate so many ills and evils, be infinitely wealthy and healthy, etc. etc. etc.
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Re: The science of COVID-19
« Reply #406 on: September 25, 2020, 12:13:44 PM »
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Re: The science of COVID-19
« Reply #407 on: October 18, 2020, 09:50:08 PM »
Would love it if this thread was revived as well, and not just the political ones.

Under all the politics, science would seem to be advancing our understanding of a new disease at an unprecedented rate. But we're not seeing twlk about it or the nuances that the science will find, rather just increasing political outrage and otherwise.

Is there any outlet that is focused on the latest hard science related to this pandemic?

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Re: The science of COVID-19
« Reply #408 on: October 18, 2020, 09:51:34 PM »
Covid is long over it's just politics now

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Re: The science of COVID-19
« Reply #409 on: October 18, 2020, 09:57:11 PM »
Covid is long over it's just politics now

Where have I heard this before?
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Re: The science of COVID-19
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Re: The science of COVID-19
« Reply #411 on: October 18, 2020, 11:19:28 PM »
Would love it if this thread was revived as well, and not just the political ones.

Under all the politics, science would seem to be advancing our understanding of a new disease at an unprecedented rate. But we're not seeing twlk about it or the nuances that the science will find, rather just increasing political outrage and otherwise.

Is there any outlet that is focused on the latest hard science related to this pandemic?
I think the challenge is that even in a perfect world, public policy necessarily cannot dovetail with science, because it takes, among other factors, economic and mental health into calculation.
I believe this is what you are looking for

https://www.semanticscholar.org/cord19

ETA seems outdated
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Re: The science of COVID-19
« Reply #412 on: October 19, 2020, 12:05:30 AM »
I think the challenge is that even in a perfect world, public policy necessarily cannot dovetail with science, because it takes, among other factors, economic and mental health into calculation.
I believe this is what you are looking for

https://www.semanticscholar.org/cord19

ETA seems outdated
280k Articles re Covid?
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Re: The science of COVID-19
« Reply #413 on: October 19, 2020, 01:30:44 AM »
Would love it if this thread was revived as well, and not just the political ones.

Under all the politics, science would seem to be advancing our understanding of a new disease at an unprecedented rate. But we're not seeing twlk about it or the nuances that the science will find, rather just increasing political outrage and otherwise.

Is there any outlet that is focused on the latest hard science related to this pandemic?

NYTimes.  Often in the Tuesday Science section.  Clearly written summaries of recent research, often with the writers getting opposing views from other scientists. 
https://www.nytimes.com/section/science

This week in virology podcast.  Started by a (retired) research virologist, so they're really interested in the basic science.  I find it frustrating, because I can read much faster than they speak, but I speed it up, and it's not too bad.
https://www.microbe.tv/twiv/

Scientific American has a coronavirus section
https://www.scientificamerican.com/tag/The+Coronavirus+Outbreak/
and you can sign up for Robin Wright's newsletter on smart, useful, science stuff about covid-19
https://robinlloyd.substack.com/

STATnews is good, though perhaps more health-y than science-y
https://www.statnews.com/tag/coronavirus/

EurekAlert aggregates PR releases from research institutions, usually a one-page summary with links to published articles.  They have a couple of covid sections:
https://www.eurekalert.org/covid/research/
https://www.eurekalert.org/covid/newsroom/