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The University of Utah Health in the United States has made an important discovery about possible effects that it can cause the coronavirus in our blood, specifically in platelets, and that can lead to serious health problems.

In a study published in the journal Blood, the scientists who have done this research claim that the inflammatory proteins that are generated to fight the coronavirus can cause hyperactivity in the blood platelets, increasing the risk of possible clots that can cause heart attacks or strokes.

The study was carried out after analyzing the blood samples of 41 hospitalized patients with the coronavirus (including 17 in the ICU and 9 with respirators) and compare them with those of healthy persons of the same sex and age. FThat was when the researchers realized that SARS-CoV2 causes changes in the behavior of platelets and, in turn, in the immune system, aggravating the respiratory problems of the most severe patients with COVID-19.

Robert A. Campbell, one of the main authors of the study, thus analyzed the discovery made. “Our finding adds another important piece to the coronavirus puzzle. We found that inflammation caused by infection is affecting the function of platelets, which gather faster and can cause more blood clots.” Campbell also says they are looking for a solution to reduce the risk of these possible clots. “If we find out how COVID-19 affects platelets, we could block the interaction and reduce that risk of clots.”

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Frances Macron defends security chief accused of rape

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is defending his decision to put a man accused of rape in charge of all the nation’s police forces, citing the presumption of innocence.

After multiple protests by women’s rights groups against the recent appointment of Gerald Darmanin as interior minister, Macron insisted “I share the feminist cause,” and pledged to continue pushing for tougher measures against sexual violence and for gender equality.

Questioned about the rape allegation during a Bastille Day interview on French television networks, Macron became agitated, and said: “There is the presumption of innocence. … No cause can be fairly defended if you do so by ignoring the principles of our democracy.”

Darmanin firmly denies the rape accusation, and an investigation is underway.

In an apparent reference to the #MeToo movement, Macron insisted that justice should run its course and that no one should become “the victim of a judgment by the street and social networks,” and that France shouldn’t adopt the “worst of Anglo-Saxon society.” The U.S.-driven movement that allowed women to speak out online about abuse by powerful men has met with a mixed reception in France.

French feminist groups want Darmanin to resign, saying the appointment is a blow to victims of sexual violence and contradicts Macron’s promises to make gender equality a “great cause” of his presidency. They’re also angry at the appointment of new Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti, who has ridiculed the #MeToo movement and defended a top government official who was accused of rape.

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