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Day: May 20, 2020

Things That Can Affect the Smell of Your Urine

1/17 What You Eat or Drink Asparagus might be the most common reason for stinky pee. The harmless odor is caused by a breakdown of asparagusic acid. Your genes affect whether you can smell these sulfur byproducts. If you can’t, that’s called asparagus anosmia. Your pee may also have a strong smell after you drink coffee, or eat fish, onions, or garlic. 2/17 Dehydration Fluids help water down or dilute, your pee. While there’s always waste in your urine, like ammonia, the smell is stronger if you’re dehydrated. That doesn’t… Read more Things That Can Affect the Smell of Your Urine

Washington U. researchers launch global trial to test chloroquine for front-line health care workers

A police officer rolls past Brookings Hall as Washington University announced during spring break that it would close to in-person classes on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Students on spring break were told not to return to campus until April 30 and to continue their classes online. Photo by Robert Cohen, rcohen@post-dispatch.com Robert Cohen ST. LOUIS — Washington University researchers are leading a new trial testing the anti-malaria drug chloroquine on 30,000 front-line health care workers worldwide, to determine whether the drug can prevent COVID-19, or decrease its severity. Scientists across the… Read more Washington U. researchers launch global trial to test chloroquine for front-line health care workers

Virus morning brief: ‘New normal’ varies widely around the world; GOP allies recruit ‘pro-Trump’ doctors

Rising anxiety may be the common denominator as countries around the world gradually emerge from lockdowns due to the new coronavirus. What a return to normal looks like varies widely. There are hungry migrant workers in India finally able to catch trains back to their home villages and wealthy shoppers in Maseratis and Rolls-Royces returning to the boutiques of America’s iconic Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California. In Italy, once-packed restaurants and cafes are facing a huge financial hit as they reopen with strict social distancing rules. And there are… Read more Virus morning brief: ‘New normal’ varies widely around the world; GOP allies recruit ‘pro-Trump’ doctors

Graduation ceremonies draw thousands in some places despite virus fears

Alabama graduation ceremonies draw thousands despite pandemic     Workers block off seats with red tape May 19 as they prepare for a large high school graduation ceremony in Hoover, Ala. (Associated Press) May 19, 2020, 11:45 PM  HOOVER, Ala. —  High schools nationwide have canceled or postponed traditional graduation ceremonies to avoid worsening the spread of the coronavirus, but some are going ahead with full-fledged springtime commencement exercises as usual, with tweaks to account for health concerns. Thousands of graduates, parents, siblings, and grandparents will gather at a nearly 11,000-seat… Read more Graduation ceremonies draw thousands in some places despite virus fears

States accused of fudging or bungling COVID-19 testing data

By MICHELLE R. SMITH, COLLEEN LONG and JEFF AMYtoday   A healthcare worker walks past people waiting to be tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, Calif. Confirmed COVID-19 patients in Bay Area hospitals has dropped by more than half since the peak of 471 reported on April 7. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Public health officials in some states are accused of bungling coronavirus infection statistics or even using a little sleight of hand to deliberately make things look… Read more States accused of fudging or bungling COVID-19 testing data