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Unborn babies may contract Covid-19 via infected mother: Study

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An unborn baby could become infected with Covid-19 if their gut is exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, claims a new study. The study led by University College London researchers found that certain foetal organs, such as the intestine, are more susceptible to infection than others. However, researchers said that opportunities for the Covid-19 virus infecting the foetus are extremely limited, as the placenta acts as a highly effective and protective shield, and evidence suggests foetal infection, known as vertical transmission, is extremely uncommon.

“Our findings explain that clinical infection of the foetus during pregnancy is possible but uncommon and that is reassuring for parents-to-be,” said Dr Mattia Gerli, from UCL’s Division of Surgery and Interventional Science and the Royal Free Hospital.

For the study, published in BJOG – An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, researchers set out to understand how newborn babies could have developed Covid-19 antibodies, as has been reported in a small number of cases and how the virus could be passed from an infected mother to the unborn foetus.

To find out, researchers examined various foetal organs and placenta tissue, made available via the Human Developmental Biology Resource (HDBR) biobank, which assists embryonic/fetal research.

The team examined the presence of protein receptors, ACE2 and TMPRSS2 — needed for the SARS-Cov-2 virus to infect and spread.

Researchers found that the intestines (gut) and the kidney were the only foetal organs to feature both the ACE2 and TMPRSS2.

Since the foetal kidney is anatomically protected from exposure to the virus and therefore less at risk of infection, the team concluded that the Covid virus could infect the foetus via the gut and through foetal swallowing of amniotic fluid, which the unborn baby does naturally for nutrients.

After birth ACE2 and TMPRSS2 receptors are known to be present in combination on the surface of cells in the human intestine as well as the lung — also suspected to be the main routes for Covid infection. But in younger children, the intestine appears to be most important for virus infection.

“The foetus is known to begin swallowing the amniotic fluid in the second half of pregnancy. To cause infection, the SARS-CoV-2 virus would need to be present in significant quantities in the amniotic fluid around the foetus,” Gerli explained.

“However, many studies in maternity care have found that the amniotic fluid around the foetus does not usually contain the SARS-CoV2 virus, even if the mother is infected with Covid-19,” she noted.

The researchers highlighted that the biggest risk to the foetus during pregnancy is if the mother becomes very unwell with Covid-19 infection. In this instance the virus may be present in high concentration in the amniotic fluid. In addition, it could damage the placenta, which can lead to preterm birth.

“Vaccination against Covid-19 is known to be safe in pregnancy and reduces the chance of SARS-CoV-2 infection to very low levels. The results of this study provide definitive information regarding the susceptibility of the human foetus to Covid-19 infection,” said co-author Professor Anna David from UCL Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Institute for Women’s Health.

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Power Book 2 season 2 cast: What else has Debbi Morgan been in? | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV

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Power Book II: Ghost season two returned to Starz earlier this month following the cliffhanger of the first series. Tariq St Patrick (played by Michael Rainey Jr) has a lot of pressure on his shoulders, not only with keeping out of jail himself but with ensuring sister Yaz’s welfare. Unfortunately, she could be unintentionally put at risk by their grandmother Estelle Green (Debbi Morgan).

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Power Book 2.

When Tasha St Patrick (Naturi Naughton) was sent to prison for James “Ghost” St Patrick’s (Omari Hardwick) murder, her mum Estelle took Yaz in.

As Tariq got to focus more on college, this did seem to go well until the second series began.

He stopped Yaz from setting fire to the house as she was attempting to make breakfast in the season premiere.

She also told her big brother how Estelle had been drinking heavily again and he himself saw something wasn’t right when she couldn’t remember him returning home the night before. 

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This has been far from her only role on the small screen though.

Morgan has also starred in Generations, Loving, The City, General Hospital, Port Charles, Boston Public, Charmed, For the People and The Young and the Restless.

While the 65-year-old has spent most of her career in television, she has dipped in and out of the film industry as well.

One of her most well-known roles on the big screen was in the 1999 romantic-comedy She’s All That as Ms Rousseau.

Power Book II season two will continue on Sunday, December 5, on Starz.

The upcoming episode is called The Greater Good which indicates there could be moral ambiguity that could play a role in these latest scenes.

The synopsis reads: “Tariq tries to keep CourseCorrect from going under.

“Diana grows wary of Cane’s motives and Zeke’s future gets put at risk; Nobody can find Monet.”

Power Book 2 season 2 airs every Sunday on Starz in America and Starzplay in the UK.

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Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani release date February 10 2023 teaser BTS video

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The makers of ‘Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani’ starring Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Singh have finally announced the release date of the film. Taking to Instagram on Monday afternoon, ace filmmaker Karan Johar shared the good news and informed that the film will release on February 10, 2023 in theatres. Alongside the first BTS video, Johar wrote in the caption, “After 7 long years, it gives me such joy and gratitude to be here and announcing that my next #RockyAurRaniKiPremKahani, a love story at its heart with the soul of family values – is releasing on 10th February, 2023. See you in cinemas with an abundance of entertainment that we are getting ready for you!” 

Alia also shared the same and wrote, “Loading it up with music, dance, an ensemble cast, a dash of drama and a whole lot of love just for you! #RockyAurRaniKiPremKahani releasing in cinemas on 10th February, 2023! See you there to make this kahani complete.” While Ranveer posted,”Isse kehte hai full entertainment ka dhamaka! We’re coming to you with love in our hearts blessed with parivaar ke sanskaar. #RockyAurRaniKiPremKahani releasing in cinemas on 10th February, 2023! #RRKPK.”

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From the past few days, pictures of the trio shooting in Delhi have been going viral on the internet. A day ago, Ranveer and Alia were spotted at Qutub Minar, where they reportedly filmed a song from the film. Several pictures from the shoot have been doing the rounds on the internet. In the images, Ranveer can be seen wearing a white shirt, while Alia looks gorgeous in a white saree.

Even Karan shared a set of pictures on his Instagram handle featuring the team of the film. He shared a post and anounced that the release date of the film will be out on Monday. Sharing a selfie, Karan wrote, “We announce our release tomorrow !!!! #rockyaurranikipremkahani ! Watch this space so excited ! @ranveersingh @aliaabhatt.”

Apart from Alia and Ranveer, the film also stars– Shabana Azmi, Dharmendra, and Jaya Bachchan. Also, Saif Ali Khan’s son Ibrahim is working as an assistant director on the film.

A few days ago, celebrity designer Manish Malhotra treated us with a priceless picture of veteran stars Dharmendra and Shabana Azmi from the sets of ‘Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani’ in the capital. In the image, Manish can be seen taking a selfie with the two of them. Shabana Azmi can be seen wearing a blue checked saree while sitting next to Dharmendra who sported a navy blue jacket and a scarf. “Selfie Time With all the favourites today,” Manish captioned the post.

 

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Ties that bind: Missouri Senate candidate hopes Trump notices neckwear | Missouri

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Senate candidates endorsed by Donald Trump have struggled of late, from Sean Parnell’s withdrawal in Pennsylvania while denying allegations of domestic abuse to the former NFL star Herschel Walker angering party leaders with his run in Georgia.

But to one candidate for the Republican nomination in Missouri, Congressman Billy Long, the former president’s endorsement still carries the ultimate weight.

“If he endorses in this race,” the 66-year-old told Politico, “I don’t care who he endorses, it’s over … And that’s what I’m trying to impress upon him is that, you know, ‘You need to get involved in this race and put an end to it.’”

Long said he would tell the former president: “You’re looking at the guy that was with you from day one.’ Never ever left. I mean, look at this tie.”

The former auctioneer duly showed off his neckwear, a gold striped number signed, apparently in his signature Sharpie marker, by Trump himself.

Long said Trump signed the $37 tie in Nevada in 2016, when Long spoke on his behalf. Long has had – and auctioned off – other ties signed by the president, including a striking example featuring flags and caricatures which Long wore to the State of the Union in 2019.

Trump’s own ties played a prominent role in the 2016 election and its aftermath.

In 2015, Macy’s made news when it dropped Trump’s menswear line – many headlines said the retail giant was “cutting ties” – over his racist remarks about Mexicans at his campaign launch.

In 2019, the former New Jersey governor and Trump ally Chris Christie revealed that Trump advised him to wear longer ties in order to look slimmer.

Politico described Long as “built like a lineman” and said he spoke with a “thick ‘Missoura’ twang”. In Missoura’, whose other sitting senator is the Trump-supporting controversialist Josh Hawley, a large field is jostling to replace the retiring Roy Blunt.

One candidate, Mark McCloskey, rose to fame in 2020 when he and his wife pointed guns at protesters for racial justice near their home in St Louis. Both pleaded guilty to misdemeanours. Another, Eric Greitens, resigned as governor in 2018, amid scandals over sex and campaign finance. Criminal charges were dropped.

Long wears a tie signed by Trump at a White House ceremony for the St Louis Blues hockey team.
Long wears a tie signed by Trump at a White House ceremony for the St Louis Blues hockey team. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Speaking to Politico, Long called Greitens “Chuck Schumer’s candidate”, a reference to the Democratic leader who will defend control of the Senate next year, hoping to face weak or controversial Republicans in key states.

A spokesperson for Greitens told Politico: “Billy Long is a much better comedian than he is a Senate candidate.”

Observers including Blunt said Long, who also has a habit of handing out fake money with Trump’s face on it, had a chance of winning Trump’s endorsement.

But though Long voted to object to electoral college results in 2020 he has also recognised Joe Biden as president, thereby failing a key test in a party in Trump’s grip.

Long told Politico he would not follow his leader in the House, Kevin McCarthy, to Florida to worship the party’s golden idol.

“I have people say: ‘Call him, call him every day. Go sit at Mar-a-Lago and tell him you’re not leaving till he endorses,’” Long said. “I’m smart enough to know that’s not going to win favour with Donald Trump.”

Others might say that it would.

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