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Omicron: What do we know about the new variant that is worrying Europe
The new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus variant, first detected in South Africa, is genetically different from the others, has a high number of mutations, but it is not known whether it is more dangerous. What new variant is this? The new variant B.1.1.529, designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as Omicron,
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Using mechanical tools improves our language skills, study finds
Research has revealed a correlation between being particularly proficient in tool use and having good syntactic ability. A new study has now shown that both skills rely on the same neurological resources, which are located in the same brain region. Furthermore, motor training using a tool improves our ability to
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Lower antibiotic resistance in intestinal bacteria with forgotten antibiotic
A forgotten antibiotic, temocillin, led to a lower selection of resistant bacteria than the standard treatment for febrile urinary tract infection, in a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Thus, temocillin may be useful in treating severe urinary tract infections that give rise to fever and contribute to a
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Nurses as parents exemplify link between poor sleep and daily stress
A new article details how nurses who also are parents might be more susceptible than other groups to daily stress aggravated by poor sleep. A new paper in the peer-reviewed Journal of Sleep Research details how nurses who also are parents might be more susceptible than other groups to daily stress
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High availability of fast-food restaurants across all US neighborhood types linked to higher rates of type 2 diabetes
A new nationwide study suggests that living in neighborhoods with higher availability of fast-food outlets across all regions of the United States is associated with a higher subsequent risk of developing type 2 diabetes. An increasing number of studies suggest a link between a neighborhood’s built environment and the likelihood
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Uncovering how injury to the pancreas impacts cancer formation
Pioneering research from scientists at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Basic Sciences and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies shows that acinar cells in the pancreas form new cell types to mitigate injury but are then susceptible to cancerous mutations. This research, led by Kathy DelGiorno, assistant professor of
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What makes us human? The answer may be found in overlooked DNA
Our DNA is very similar to that of the chimpanzee, which in evolutionary terms is our closest living relative. Stem cell researchers at Lund University in Sweden have now found a previously overlooked part of our DNA, so-called non-coded DNA, that appears to contribute to a difference which, despite all
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Sense of smell is our most rapid warning system
The ability to detect and react to the smell of a potential threat is a precondition of our and other mammals’ survival. Using a novel technique, researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have been able to study what happens in the brain when the central nervous system judges a smell
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Antibodies elicited by COVID-19 vaccination effective against delta variant
Findings help explain why vaccinated people at low risk during delta surge Researchers have found that the delta variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 is largely unable to evade antibodies elicited by vaccination. The findings help explain why vaccinated people have been at low risk of getting seriously ill
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Science’s mystery solution promises revolution in people’s health and lives
A company from the Google universe has unraveled one of the great mysteries of science. By discovering how proteins develop in three dimensions (3D), DeepMind has created the conditions for a revolution in medicine, as potential cures for any and all diseases, from hereditary to infectious. Researchers used an artificial
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