COVID-19 trends and severity among symptomatic children aged 0-17 years in ten EU countries, 3 August 2020 – 3 October 2021

To guide evidence-based prevention of COVID-19 in children, we estimated risks of severe outcomes in 820,404 symptomatic paediatric cases reported by 10 EU Member States between August 2020 and October 2021. Case and hospitalisation rates rose as overall transmission increased but severe outcomes were rare: 9,611 (1.2%) were hospitalised, 640 (0.08%) required intensive care and …

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Exercise-induced piezoelectric stimulation for cartilage regeneration in rabbits

Osteoarthritis is a common condition, but curative therapies are limited. Here, Liu and colleagues developed a biodegradable scaffold using PLLA [poly(L-lactic acid)] nanofibers that when placed under applied force generated a piezoelectric charge, leading to improved chondrogenesis in vitro. Rabbits with osteochondral defects in the medial femoral condyle that were treated with the PLLA scaffold …

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