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Can You Sterilise N95 Face Masks with a Microwave?

As one of the best lines of defense against coronavirus, N95 masks are vital for health care workers treating infected patients. Though the masks are supposed to be used one time, the rising need and ongoing shortages have led hospitals to try mask sterilization techniques such as hydrogen peroxide vaporization, UV light, and heat incubation. A recent study from the American Society for Microbiology offers a new decontamination tool that is much more accessible and affordable: a microwave. Researcher James E. Kirby, MD, from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center of Harvard says the study’s findings are crucial to the many health care centers that lack the high-capacity sterilization systems of large hospitals. “We knew there was a critical shortage of personal protective gear and N95 masks, and we knew there was a need for a solution,” he says. The team of eight researchers set out to provide an easy disinfection method to different health care settings including “outpatien

Stem Cell Therapy: A 2020 Review and Research Update

Trying to keep up with the latest stem cell therapy evidence? There are more than 240,000 scientific publications published on "stem cell' on the National Library of Medicine (PubMed) . As of July 2020, more than 7,000 studies have been launched to investigate the potential of stem cell therapy under the U.S. Clinical Trial Registry. Just on UC-MSC (Umbilical Cord derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells) alone, there were 178 registered clinical trials and 98 publications about cell therapy that employ UC-MSC, for the years 2007–2017 . Stem Cell Therapy Research Summary Stem cell therapy has gained popularity as a promising treatment option for conditions where the current medical treatment protocols have been exhausted. However, there is also a lot of confusion due to the overwhelming mixing of credible scientific information and marketing hypes available on the internet. Due to the fast-changing pace of research and technology, new evidence accumulates rapidly and clinical

17 Best Supplements for Your Immune System to Fight Against COVID-19 (Updated)

While many people are worried about the latest Coronavirus or COVID-19 disease, there are several things you can do (and not do). You should avoid getting exposed to the virus in the first place and if you are exposed, to recover from it as soon as possible. Social distancing, hand hygiene, face mask and face shield would be your first line of defence. Your immune system is your next line of defence against the coronavirus, not the treatments you would get from the hospitals. That would be your last line of defence. As of July, 2020, there are more than 1,000  clinical trials of COVID-19  interventional treatments that are either ongoing or recruiting patients. New ones are being added every day. The drugs or treatments being tested range from repurposed flu treatments to failed ebola drugs, to stem cell therapy, to malaria treatments that were first developed decades ago. Can Supplements help against COVID-19?  There are just too many self-proclaimed medical experts recommend

Can Molecular Hydrogen Help Against Cancer?

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, and its incidence is still rising.  Molecular hydrogen  has been shown to exert antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, and since the occurrence and progression of cancer are closely related to oxidation and inflammation, hydrogen may play a role in the control of cancer. It is 'the one and only' antioxidant that can both penetrate the mitochondria and neutralize the reactive oxygen species (ROS) ( Med Gas Res. 2020 ). What Is Molecular Hydrogen? H2 is a gas which forms when two hydrogen atoms bond together and become a hydrogen molecule. H2 is also called molecular hydrogen. In 2007 and reported in a reputable journal ( Nature Medicine. 2007 ) by a team in Japan, discovered that inhaled hydrogen gas could act as an antioxidant and protect the brain from free radicals. This sparked the interest in its potential health benefits worldwide and led to many published and on-going clinical research. A search on t

Vitamins for COVID-19 and trials now underway to see if they work

As of July 2020, there are more than 2,500 studies that have been launched to investigate various treatments for COVID-19. You can review the details of these trials on . Out of the 2,553 studies (as of July 14, 2020), there are  57 studies launched  and underway to investigate the benefits of Vitamins on COVID-19. What are the vitamins that are been tested for COVID-19? Vitamin D and COVID-19 As of July 14 2020,  31 studies  have been launched and in progress on the use of  vitamin D  in COVID-19. Various combination treatment protocols are been tested with Vitamin C and/or Zinc and/or Resveratrol and/or Quercetin and/or Hydroxychloroquine. According to an editorial review ( Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2020 ) published in June 2020 by Irish researchers, people with vitamin D deficiency appear to be far more prone to severe COVID-19 infections. The epidemiology of COVID-19 provides evidence that vitamin D might be helpful in reducing risk associated with COV