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Turkish nasal spray kills coronavirus in 1 minute

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The outbreak of COVID-19, which has now affected the whole world, put many microbiologists to work finding solutions. Report informs referring to the Daily Sabah.

While health care professionals labor intensely in laboratories to develop tests, vaccines, and treatments, a nasal spray has been developed at Bursa's Uludağ University that can kill the coronavirus in just one minute.

The solution named Genoxyn, which ultimately kills the virus, was developed by associate professor Dr. Şehime Gülsün Temel, operator Dr. Ahmet Ümit Sabancı, and Dr. Cüneyt Özakın, a faculty member of Uludağ University's Medical Microbiology Department.

The researchers collaborated with academics from Uludağ and Çukurova universities to test the developed solution's antimicrobial and antiviral effects. The study found that the solution prevented the reproduction of bacteria and viruses.

Sabancı said he had been carrying out his studies on protection from disease before the coronavirus pandemic started. "With Cüneyt Özakın, we showed that the solution has antibacterial activity, and after the pandemic began, we thought about whether we could develop this solution to contribute to (the fight against) COVID-19. So, we refined a new oral and nasal spray and sent it to biocompatibility tests," he said.

"It was already known that the transmission points of the virus are the mouth and nose, and our studies determined that the solution both killed and cured the virus on the mouth and nose tissue. The death of the virus in a short time means preventing its entry into the cells and reducing the virus's number. If the solution can prevent contamination, it will be a good protector for us," Sabancı explained.

Meanwhile, Temel proved the solution kills the virus within a minute and, most importantly, showed that the solution does not damage people's epithelial cells in their mucous membranes. "We have even shown that it has a healing effect on these cells. Therefore, this means that it is safe to use as it does not harm human cells," she said.

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Another Azerbaijani judoka wins medal

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Azerbaijani judoka Mammadali Mehdiyev (90 kg) won a bronze medal at the Grand Slam tournament in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Report informs that the 28-year-old athlete defeated Uzbekistan's Shermuhammad Jandreev in the match for third place.

Mehdiyev's medal is Azerbaijan's second in the Tashkent Grand Slam. On March 6, Rustam Orucov (73 kg) also won a bronze medal for Azerbaijan.

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Oncologist reveals alarming symptoms of tongue cancer

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Neoplasms, cracks, and bruising in the mouth may indicate the development of tongue cancer, Report informs, citing Russian oncologist Mikhail Myasnyankin.

According to the specialist, the first signs of oncology appear as cracks in the mucous membrane of the tongue and pain around them. Bad breath and bleeding appear in the later stages.

“The main risk factors for developing tongue cancer include smoking, especially along with strong alcohol, chewing various mixtures, and background diseases,” Myasnyankin said.

He also noted that sometimes poor-quality prostheses are the cause of oncology.

“With this type of cancer, people might find it difficult to speak clearly and even eat independently. In such a case, it is necessary to consult a doctor at the first symptoms,” the specialist advised.

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Footage from liberated Suma village of Azerbaijan’s Aghdam district

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The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry has prepared video footage from the village of Suma in Azerbaijan's Aghdam district liberated from the Armenian occupation.

Report presents the footage below:

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