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- Exposure to ‘good bacteria’ during pregnancy buffers risk of autism-like syndrome
- Astrophysicists capture new class of transient objects
- New app calculates risk of delaying cancer care during pandemic
- Study: Benefits of workplace wellness programs underwhelming
- What have we learned about intimate partner violence?
- Problems with alcohol? 29 gene variants may explain why
- Understanding ceramic ‘mortar’ of materials may reveal ways to improve them
- Search-and-rescue algorithm identifies hidden “traps” in ocean waters
- Chinese, American scientists leading efforts on COVID-19
- Researchers call for new approach to some mental disorders
|Exposure to ‘good bacteria’ during pregnancy buffers risk of autism-like syndrome
Posted: 26 May 2020 03:26 PM PDT
Giving beneficial bacteria to stressed mothers during the equivalent of the third trimester of pregnancy prevents an autism-like disorder in their offspring, according to a new animal study by University of Colorado Boulder researchers. The study, published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, marks the latest in a series of studies in animals and humans […]
|Astrophysicists capture new class of transient objects
Posted: 26 May 2020 01:35 PM PDT
Move aside, AT2018COW. There is a new astronomical transient in the universe, and it is faster, heavier and brighter at radio wavelengths than its mysterious predecessors. After astronomers visually spotted a bright burst in a tiny galaxy 500 million lightyears away from Earth in 2016, a Northwestern University-led team has determined that the anomaly is […]
|New app calculates risk of delaying cancer care during pandemic
Posted: 26 May 2020 01:21 PM PDT
As the COVID-19 pandemic has overwhelmed health care systems across the country, doctors have postponed surgery and other treatments for thousands of patients with cancer. These delays may last for months, especially for those with early stage and less aggressive disease. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a good way for doctors to compare the long-term risk […]
|Study: Benefits of workplace wellness programs underwhelming
Posted: 26 May 2020 01:18 PM PDT
An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign conducted a two-year study on the efficacy of workplace wellness programs and found that such programs have little impact on employee health, health beliefs and medical utilization. Since the passage of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, the workplace wellness industry has grown rapidly, […]
|What have we learned about intimate partner violence?
Posted: 26 May 2020 01:17 PM PDT
Editor’s note: As many states issued stay-at-home orders to contain the spread of COVID-19 across the U.S., police in some areas noticed a spike in reports of domestic violence. Jennifer Hardesty and Brian Ogolsky, both professors of human development and family studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, recently reviewed existing research on intimate partner violence. They spoke about […]
|Problems with alcohol? 29 gene variants may explain why
Posted: 26 May 2020 01:12 PM PDT
A genome-wide analysis of more than 435,000 people has identified 29 genetic variants linked to problematic drinking, researchers at Yale University School of Medicine and colleagues report May 25 in the journal Nature Neuroscience. “The new data triple the number of known genetic risk loci associated with problematic alcohol use,” said Yale’s Joel Gelernter, the Foundations Fund […]
|Understanding ceramic ‘mortar’ of materials may reveal ways to improve them
Posted: 26 May 2020 01:11 PM PDT
When most people think of ceramics, they might envision their favorite mug or a flowerpot. But modern technology is full of advanced ceramics, from silicon solar panels to ceramic superconductors and biomedical implants. Many of those advanced polycrystalline ceramics are combinations of crystalline grains which, at the microscopic level, resemble a stone fence held together […]
|Search-and-rescue algorithm identifies hidden “traps” in ocean waters
Posted: 26 May 2020 01:09 PM PDT
The ocean is a messy and turbulent space, where winds and weather kick up waves in all directions. When an object or person goes missing at sea, the complex, constantly changing conditions of the ocean can confound and delay critical search-and-rescue operations. Now researchers at MIT, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), the Woods […]
|Chinese, American scientists leading efforts on COVID-19
Posted: 26 May 2020 01:07 PM PDT
Despite the political tensions between the United States and China, scientists in the two countries are working together more than ever to study the COVID-19 virus, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed the scientific papers that researchers around the world produced on coronaviruses before and after the arrival of COVID-19. They found that the United States and […]
|Researchers call for new approach to some mental disorders
Posted: 26 May 2020 01:05 PM PDT
Some of the most common mental disorders, including depression, anxiety and PTSD, might not be disorders at all, according to a recent paper by Washington State University biological anthropologists. In the paper, published in the Yearbook of Physical Anthropology, the researchers propose a new approach to mental illness that would be informed by human evolution, noting […]
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