Researchers have come up with several new treatments that can keep people from getting seriously ill if they’re infected with Covid-19. And now they’ve found a number of drugs already on the market that do the same thing. The latest, according to a study in The Lancet Global Health, is an antidepressant called Fluvoxamine (Flu-vox-ah-meen), which reduces the chance someone getting Covid would need hospitalization by about two-thirds. The entire course of Covid treatment with the drug costs about $4.
The annual study on dating from match.com shows that dating is vastly different than it was before the pandemic. Singles today are looking for someone who’s emotionally mature. And attractiveness is much less important than it used to be. Those looking for partners interested in marriage is up from 58% to 76% in just two years, and casual sex is way down. For Millennials and Generation Z, nearly half of singles prefer a video date first before ever meeting a prospective partner in person.
Glioblastomas are the most common form of brain cancer in humans—and the second-most common in dogs. Now a glioblastoma drug developed for dogs is being considered for people. A study in the journal Clinical Cancer Research shows that some dogs injected with an immune-boosting drug called STING had their cancers disappear… even with just a single dose. Researchers say canine glioblastomas are very similar to the human kind… so they’re getting ready to try the drug on people.
And finally… holiday parties are going to be different this year, according to a survey from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. About half of Americans will be asking guests to wear masks—that’s down from 67% a year ago—and nearly three-quarters say they’ll celebrate only with members of their households. Half say they’ll ask about guests’ vaccination status… and nearly half will require unvaccinated guests to test negative for Covid before attending.