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April 11, 2020

Common protein in skin that directly activates itch-associated neurons: Study

Washington D.C. , April 12 (ANI): A commonly expressed protein in the skin -- Periostin -- can directly activate itch- connected neurons in the skin, according to recent research.From the study, the researchers from North Carolina State University found that blocking periostin receptors on these neurons reduced the itch response in a mouse model of atopic dermatitis or eczema.Itch sensations are transmitted from neuronal projections in the skin through the dorsal root ganglia (DRG) -- which are clusters of sensory cells…

Apple, Google join hands to develop COVID-19 contact tracing solution

California , April 11 (ANI): Two of the biggest tech companies, Apple and Google, have come together to build a software-based solution that can help in contact tracing of coronavirus-positive individuals. As the official Apple blog notes, the companies will devise a solution which will include APIs and operating system-level technology to assist in enabling COVID-19 contact tracing. In May, they will release the APIs that enable interoperability between Android and iOS devices using apps from public health authorities. The…

Instagram adds new ‘Thank you hour’ sticker

California , April 12 (ANI): As the world battles the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, the front line workers continue to risk their lives for the benefit of the community. To help people express their gratitude towards such people, Instagram added new stickers for its users.Instagram has added a 'Thank you hour' and 'Dhanyavad' sticker on Stories so users can express gratitude to those people helping them during the pandemic, the official press release notes. People will be able to also see a multi-author story each day at 7 PM…

Microsoft Teams rolls out custom background option for professional video calls

Washington, D.C , April 12 (ANI): Most of us are working from home which means work video calls may not 'look' professional all the time. To address this, Microsoft Teams has added new custom backgrounds for video calls.Custom backgrounds allow you to replace your background in Teams meetings with a brighter and neater home office. The feature builds upon the background blur option that uses artificial intelligence (AI), the official blog notes.Microsoft is promising to add the ability to upload your own custom images for…

Google to add new features to help find virtual healthcare options

California , April 12 (ANI): With the continued global lockdown, many people are finding it difficult to get in touch with doctors for routine consultations. To make virtual healthcare readily available, Google will be rolling out new features over the coming week. Two new features will be added in Search and Maps to help people connect to virtual healthcare options, including local healthcare providers, hospitals, or national telehealth platform, the official blog notes.For instance, when you search for hospitals or…
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