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How to keep your contact lenses clean (and what can go wrong if you don’t) – The Conversation AU

Simple hygiene goes a long way to avoid serious eye infections.

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Youre rushing and accidentally drop a contact lens on the bathroom floor. Should you:
a) run it under the tap and pop it in?
b) spit on it and do the same?
c) use the cleaning solution your optometrist insists you use?
d) replace it with a new lens?
e) do any of the above. It doesnt really matter.
Dont do what champion boxer and rugby league legend Anthony Mundine did in 2007 and go for (b) spit on your lens. He ended up in hospital with a severe eye infection.
If you chose c), its true t…

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Authorities investigate Victoria’s only covid case – bay 93.9 Geelong – Bay 93.9

Victoria could record its first day with no new COVID-19 cases since the start of the second wave on Tuesday.

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Victoria could record its first day with no new COVID-19 cases since the start of the second wave on Tuesday.
Officially one new case was detected overnight in a person who has previously tested positive and been cleared of the virus.
The case is now before a panel of experts who will determine whether or not the person is actually infectious or rather simply still shedding the virus from their system after the previous infection.
If its uncovered the person is not infectious it would see Tue…

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India at heart of global efforts to produce Covid vaccine – The Guardian

Country plays central role in development, manufacture – and possible distribution – of potential vaccines

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As the largest global supplier of drugs and producer of 60% of the worlds vaccines, India has long been known as the pharmacy of the world.
Now, as the frenzied hunt for a Covid-19 vaccine gathers momentum, the country is playing an increasingly strategic and central role in the development, manufacturing and, crucially, possible future distribution of several possible Covid shots.
With more than 7.5 million cases and about 115,000 deaths, India is also one of the worst affected countries by t…

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Adult stem cell-based lung organoid models emulate host immune response in fatal COVID-19 – News-Medical.Net

Recently, a team of researchers from the University of California San Diego and The Scripps Research Institute, CA, USA, showed that an integrated stem cell-bas…

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Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the causative agent of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), causes large-scale damage to the lungs triggered by a massive immune response. It causes inflammation and injury in the lungs and gives rise to diffuse alveolar damage resulting in the apoptosis of alveolar pneumocytes and pulmonary edema. The origins of this overzealous immune response are still unknown.
Although some preclinical animal models developed earlier by scientist…

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