According to a new study at Johns Hopkins Medicine, blocking the effect of a certain protein may prevent inflammatory reactions triggered by the overactive immune responses in Covid-19 patients.

The study, published in the journal Blood, said that a protein called Factor D — a serine protease that stimulates glucose transport for triglyceride accumulation in fats cells and inhibits lipolysis — should be blocked.

The researchers noted that there may already be drugs in development for other diseases that can block this protein.

The researchers explained that when SARS-CoV-2 attacks the ACE2 receptors to proliferate and infect more cells in the human body, it also prevents Factor H from using the sugar molecule to bind with cells.

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Factor H’s main function is to regulate the chemical signals that trigger inflammation and keep the immune system from harming

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  • Top White House officials blocked new health safety guidelines for the emergency release of a coronavirus vaccine, The New York Times reported Monday.
  • The guidelines, submitted at the end of September by the Food and Drug Administration, suggested collecting another two months of data to ensure the safety and efficacy of a vaccine, according to The Times report.
  • The stricter guidelines “would almost certainly guarantee that no vaccine could be authorized before the election on November 3” had they been approved, according to The Times.
  • In light of the White House response, the Food and Drug Administration was pushed to resort to other options to “ensure that vaccines meet the guidelines,” including “sharing the standards with an outside advisory committee of experts.”
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White House officials blocked new, stricter health safety guidelines proposed by the FDA on approving a coronavirus vaccine, The New York

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It’s been 47 days since the closure of the Payment Protection Program, preventing small businesses for applying for CARES Act funding. House Small Business Committee Ranking Member Steve Chabot has a piece of legislation that would re-open the PPP to start funneling that money to businesses in desperate need during the pandemic. 

“Real people’s jobs continue to be in jeopardy through no fault of their own,” Chabot said on the House floor on Wednesday. “This is just unacceptable…This is unacceptable because small businesses play an outsized role in our economy.”

Nearly one out of every two people in this country are employed by small businesses, he explained. And small businesses create two out of every three new jobs. 

“We have an option before us today – this very day – if we defeat today’s previous question we can move directly to my legislation to re-open the Paycheck Protection Program,” the

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President Donald Trump will order the blocking of TikTok downloads this weekend, the Commerce Department said Friday, casting doubt on any plans to sell the video sharing app’s U.S. assets to an American buyer.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said downloads of WeChat, the popular Chinese-language messaging app owned by Tencent Holdings on Sunday, as well, after both firms were named in the President’s Executive order in August. 

Oracle Corp.  (ORCL) – Get Report has been the recent frontrunner in a deal to keep TikTok operating in its second-largest market, confirming plans earlier this week to be a “trusted technology partner” to ByteDance, TikTok’s China-based owner, in a complicated proposal put to the U.S. Treasury Department.

“Today’s actions prove once again that President Trump will do everything in his power to guarantee our national security and protect Americans from the threats of the Chinese Communist Party,” Ross said in

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  • The White House scuttled a plan to partner with the US Postal Service to send every American a face mask, The Washington Post reported on Thursday. 
  • A draft press release obtained by The Post showed that the Postal Service was preparing to send out 650 million face masks in April to supply every household with them. 
  • However, a senior administration official told The Post that the White House nixed the plan because officials thought “receiving masks might create concern or panic.” 
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The White House scrapped a plan by the US Postal Service to send every American household a face mask in April, The Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing documents obtained through public-records requests. 

The Post obtained thousands of internal Postal Service documents that revealed previously unreported details of the agency’s struggle to deal with the Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Treasury Department says it’s working to fix an administrative problem that has blocked some payments for medical services to New York City 9/11 survivors, including firefighters and paramedics, for almost four years.



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The New York Daily News reported Thursday that the Treasury Department “started withholding parts of payments — nearly four years ago — meant to cover medical services for firefighters, emergency medical technicians and paramedics treated by the FDNY World Trade Center Health Program.”

In June, Rep. Peter King, a Republican from New York City’s Long Island suburbs, sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to “express my concerns regarding the Treasury Department’s withholding of $1.5 million in reimbursements to the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) for health care provided to firefighters who are sick and injured due to the toxins they encountered at Ground Zero.” King told

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Bitmain’s appeal to recoup $30 million in alleged lost revenues from Poolin has been denied, Digital Currency Group has acquired a retail-focused exchange and Venezuelan officials appear to have blocked access to Coinbase. 

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A court in China has denied an appeal by bitcoin mining giant Bitmain seeking $30 million in damages from the three co-founders of Poolin, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency mining pools, CoinDesk’s Wolfie Zhou reports. The mining giant Bitmain claims Poolin’s founding executive broke non-compete agreements in starting its BTC mining operations, leading to millions in lost revenue. While the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court found Bitmain failed to provide sufficient evidence that its business losses equaled more than fines already imposed, it did agree to increase fines for Poolin’s co-founders. Bitmain originally sought $4.3 million in restitution when filing the suit in April 2019. Meanwhile, rival mining firm Canaan said

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LONDON, Sept 9 (Reuters)Struggling British fashion retailer New Look warned on Wednesday it would be forced to consider “less favourable alternatives” if unsecured creditors do not support its latest restructuring plan, potentially putting about 11,000 jobs at risk.

A New Look spokesman declined to comment on what the alternatives would be. However, analysts see administration or liquidation as likely.

Last month the group launched a second major restructuring of its store estate in three years, this time asking landlords to agree new turnover-based leases at 402 stores to help get it through the coronavirus crisis.

It has agreed with its banks and bondholders a recapitalisation, including a debt for equity swap, that would reduce senior debt from about 550 million pounds ($711 million) to about 100 million pounds and inject new capital.

However, the recapitalisation can only be delivered if New Look secures the support of its landlords

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  • Florida Democratic congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said that she was barred from entry to two USPS mail sorting facilities in South Florida. 
  • A spokeswoman for USPS said that they could not permit the congresswoman to tour the facilities because they “were unable to set up the tour on such short notice,” according to NBC News.
  • Wasserman Schultz told the Washington Post that her visit was not a “request” but a “notification,”  and added she was not made aware of any lengthy notification policies during her previous visits earlier in the year. 
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Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said that she was barred from entry into two USPS mail sorting facilities.

A member of the Oversight Committee, Wasserman Schultz told NBC News that it is her duty to look into the USPS facilities, as concerns for delayed

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