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COVID-19 risk halved when airplane middle seats empty, expert statistician says

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 06:29
As the coronavirus cases skyrocket, many countries have started to ease lockdown measures to save the ailing economy. Restaurants, malls, recreational centers, and transportation are slowly returning to normal operations. However, one of the most heavily impacted sectors amid the pandemic is the aviation industry.

Short, frequent walks in blue spaces may have a positive effect on well-being and mood

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 06:08
Short, frequent walks in blue spaces--areas that prominently feature water, such as beaches, lakes, rivers or fountains--may have a positive effect on people's well-being and mood, according to a new study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, a center supported by the "la Caixa" Foundation.

$5 million gift aims to propel Lyme disease research and education

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 05:58
To the Fairbairns, the symptoms--debilitating fatigue, joint pain, cognitive problems--were as worrisome as they were mystifying. All four members of the family had them.

'Night owl' teens more likely to develop asthma and allergies

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 05:49
Teenagers who prefer to stay up late at night and sleep in late the next day are more likely to develop asthma and allergies than their "early bird" counterparts, according to new research published today.

COVID-19 complications may be associated with von Willebrand factor in the blood

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 05:28
Anna Aksenova, a senior research associate at the Laboratory of Amyloid Biology at St Petersburg University, has advanced a hypothesis that the severe course of COVID-19 may be associated with von Willebrand factor.

Researchers identify immune cell that predicts transplant patient's risk of organ rejection

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 04:47
Researchers at The Ohio State University College of Medicine are the first to identify an immune cell that may predict a transplant patient's risk of developing antibodies that can cause organ rejection.

Clemson researcher receives DOD grant to explore cellular underpinnings of developmental disorder

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 04:30
College of Science associate professor and researcher David Feliciano has received a $667,000 grant from the Department of Defense to explore the cellular underpinnings of Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC), a developmental disorder characterized by the growth of benign tumors throughout the body, most notably in the brain.

Injuries could increase for players returning to contact sports after prolonged training restrictions

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 04:16
As professional sports look to make a phased return behind closed doors across much of Europe, researchers from the University of Bath caution that the prolonged individual training players have been exposed to for months is insufficient to help athletes maintain the physical fitness and mental strength they need for competition.

One-fifth of Georgian Londoners contracted syphilis in their mid-30s

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 04:03
250 years ago, over one-fifth of Londoners had contracted syphilis by their 35th birthday, historians have calculated.

Moffitt researchers discover key protein involved in cancer metastasis

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 04:00
Cancer is complex and unpredictable. Despite successful treatment or years of remission, there is always a chance that a patient's cancer can return.

Arrhythmic gut bacteria signatures predict type 2 diabetes risk

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 03:49
The microbial composition of the intestines is complex and varies widely from one individual to another. Many factors such as environmental factors, lifestyle, genetics or illnesses affect the intestinal ecosystem of helpful gut bacteria.

Novel cell-based approach used to reverse age-related impairments in animal model

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 03:38
Elderly people are more prone to infectious diseases as the function of their immune system continuously declines with progression of age.

Study suggests new potential strategy to fight against pancreatic cancer

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 22:40
A University of Michigan-led study is shedding new light on the way pancreatic cancer cells turn nearby connective tissue cells into co-conspirators in their deadly growth.

New vitamin K-based drug eliminates medication-resistant epileptic seizures in mice

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 22:32
In the cover article of the June 11 issue of the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, a team of researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina, led by Sherine Chan, Ph.D., and James Chou, Ph.D., reports that a new vitamin K-based drug has proved effective in mouse models of medication-resistant seizures.

Obesity and BME status may place individuals at high-risk of contracting COVID-19

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 22:21
Obese people among black and minority ethnic communities (BME) are at around two times higher the risk of contracting COVID-19 than white Europeans, a study conducted by a team of Leicester researchers has found.

Study highlights need to consider sewer processes to prevent disease outbreak

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 20:18
Can antibiotic-resistant bacteria escape from sewers into waterways and cause a disease outbreak?

Study: Hypertension medications can also reduce risk of colorectal cancer

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 20:14
Medications commonly prescribed to treat high blood pressure may also reduce patients' colorectal cancer risk, according to new research published today in Hypertension, an American Heart Association journal.

Study shows how listeria bacterium invades human and animal cells

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 20:06
Professor Juan José Quereda Torres has collaborated with the Pasteur Institute of Paris to reveal new findings on how the listeria bacterium invades human and animal cells.

Researchers develop new tool to visualize worldwide trends in coronavirus infection

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 20:03
Austrian researchers have developed a simple tool to show the trends in coronavirus infections over time around the world.

Moving critically ill patients within a hospital always entails risks, says intensive care expert

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 19:59
When bedbound intensive care patients are moved within a hospital, the single most common risk factor is nonfunctioning technology and equipment. These transfers, a well-known moment of risk, have been studied in a University of Gothenburg thesis.

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