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    dcyphr-d by Alexander Alexandrov on 2020-06-18
    Abstract This paper discusses the measures taken in Guangdong, China (most populated province in the country) to curb the spread of COVID-19. Many of the region's recent draconian measures are based on its experience from fighting the 2003 SARS outbreak. Strict regulations combined with extensive healthcare measures resulted in significant day-on-day infection ratio drop offs starting Feb 1st. Introduction China’s early spike in COVID-19 cases makes it a valuable source of information for other ...
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    dcyphr-d by Alexander Alexandrov on 2020-06-18
    Abstract This paper shares details about Mitsubishi’s development of a TiAl alloy designed specifically for turbocharger applications (turbine wheels). While some information is dated, the research and development of this alloy was a significant step towards designing modern turbochargers.  Introduction A turbocharger is a device used by many gasoline and diesel power vehicles. It recycles pressurized gases coming from a vehicle’s exhaust manifold, using them to spin a turbine and create positiv...
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    dcyphr-d by Alexander Alexandrov on 2020-06-18
    Abstract This study explores the influence which psychological pain may have on an individual’s self-harming tendencies. 207 individuals participated, providing socio-demographic information, clinical information, and responding to the Psychache Scale (psychological pain rating method). Covariables such as drug use and patient interactions with psychiatrists were accounted for. Overall findings suggest that psychological pain “significantly contributes in predicting self-harming behaviours.”Intr...
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    dcyphr-d by George Ponodath on 2020-06-18
    AbstractThis study examines how average temperature (AT) and average relative humidity (ART) relates to COVID-19 cases. This study considers 30 Chinese provinces. There was a strong relation between AT, ART and COVID-19. The correlation was negative. This means that higher AT and ART related to lower COVID-19 cases.When ARH was 67-85.5%%, every 1 °C increase in the AT led to a decrease in the daily confirmed cases by 36-57%%. When AT was 5.04-8.2 °C, every 1%% increase in ARH led to a dec...
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    dcyphr-d by George Ponodath on 2020-06-18
    AbstractObjective: To determine the association between smoking and progression of COVID-19.Design: A meta-analysis of 12 published papers.Data Source: PubMed database was searched on April 6, 2020.Eligibility criteria and data analysis: The authors included studies reporting smoking behaviour of COVID-19 patients and progression of disease. Main Outcome Measures: The study outcome was progression of COVID-19 among people who already had the disease.Results: The authors identified 12 papers with...
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    dcyphr-d by George Ponodath on 2020-06-18
    AbstractGenetics might influence the chance for COVID-19 infection. 2633 volunteers from TwinsUK completed a survey. This allowed a twin study of COVID-19 symptoms.IntroductionThere might be a heritable factor to infectious diseases. The likelihood to get the disease, an immune response, and the severity of the response might be partially genetic. Understanding how symptoms of COVID-19 pass through the population can help allocate hospital resources. The authors developed the "C-19 COVID Sympto...
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    dcyphr-d by George Ponodath on 2020-06-18
    Cardiovascular problems are a threat in COVID-19. The disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on patients with other cardiovascular issues are not fully understood.COVID-19 infects using the "ACE2" receptor. This receptor if found in many organs including lung, heart and kidney. ACE2 receptors are also seen in endothelial cells. Endothelial cells line the inner surface of blood vessels. The authors demonstrate how these cells are involved in different organs of COVID-19 patients.Patient 1 was a male...
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    dcyphr-d by George Ponodath on 2020-06-18
    AbstractIt is essential to find a vaccine for COVID-19. COVID-19 is a potentially lethal coronavirus like SARS and MERS. As of April 2020 there is no available vaccine. Knowledge from SARS and MERS can be used for developing COVID-19 vaccines. This study investigates how research from similar coronaviruses can be applied to COVID-19. IntroductionCoronaviruses are viruses that belong to the family Coronaviridae. They have a single RNA strand. Their genome size is relatively large. Coronaviruses ...
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    dcyphr-d by George Ponodath on 2020-06-18
    IntroductionCoronaviruses cause respiratory and intestinal infections in animals and humans. They were not considered to be highly pathogenic to humans until the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2002 and 2003. Ten years after SARS, another coronavirus: Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) emerged in Middle Eastern countries.SARS Coronavirus uses "ACE2" (angiotensin-converting enzyme 2) as a receptor to infect specific lung cells (ciliated bronchial epith...
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    dcyphr-d by George Ponodath on 2020-06-18
    *Letter to the editor*There are many studies on the COVID-19 outbreak. Lan et. al reported a positive test on discharged patients. The author is reporting data on discharged patients who tested positive for the disease in Guangzhou City, China. The data is from the "Guangzhou Center for Disease Control and Prevention". The data included when the patient had symptoms, diagnosis date, discharge date, date when they tested positive. Discharged patients had the following criteria: a) normal tempera...