Study finds strong evidence for a causal link between long-term exposure to fine air particles and greater mortality in elderly Americans

A new analysis of 16 years of publicly accessible health data on 68.5 million Medicare enrollees provides broad evidence that long-term exposure to fine particles in the air — even at levels below current EPA standards — leads to increased mortality rates among the elderly. Based on the results of five complementary statistical models, including…

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St. Jude Cloud portal expands access to treasure trove of pediatric solid tumor data

An innovative, interactive cloud-based data portal debuted this week that lets academic researchers mine the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of scientific resources for studying pediatric solid tumors and their related biology. The Childhood Solid Tumor Network (CSTN) data portal on St. Jude Cloud was created to improve access to the detailed data available…

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Towbin receives National Institutes of Health research project grant

Jeffrey A. Towbin, MD, of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center was awarded a Research Project Grant (R01) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with co-principal investigators Enkhsaikha Purevjav, MD, PhD and Lu Lu, MD, MS. He is lead principal investigator on the project «Discovery of Modifier Genes…

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Neuromarketing of taste

Marina Domracheva and Sofya Kulikova, researchers from HSE University’s campus in Perm, have discovered a new approach to analyse the perceived similarity of food products, based on electroencephalography (EEG) signals. They note that the power of gamma oscillations can reflect similarities in a cross-modal approach. Their paper was published in the journal Food Quality and…

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Side effects of testicular cancer predicted by machine learning

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men. The number of new cases is increasing worldwide. There is a relatively high survival rate, with 95% surviving after 10 years — if detected in time and treated properly. However the standard chemotherapy includes cisplatin which has a wide range of long-term side effects, one…

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We feel connected when we move together in time with music

Creating social bonds is essential for our health and well-being. In a new study conducted at Center for Music in the Brain at Aarhus University, Denmark, postdoctoral researcher Jan Stupacher and colleagues showed that music provides a unique context for social bonding. The findings, which were published in Scientific Reports suggest that when moving…

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Researcher developing solution to help manage COVID-19 and future epidemics

Sai Manoj Pudukotai Dinakarrao, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, is developing a scalable and connectivity-aware solution that he hopes will help confine the COVID-19 pandemic and future epidemics. Specifically, his team is working to do three things. First, he is devising a better and scalable approach to current and future epidemic/pandemic confinement. Second, he…

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Common childhood vaccine might prevent severe complications of COVID-19

New Orleans, LA — A paper published by Paul Fidel, Jr., PhD, Professor and Director of the Center of Excellence in Oral and Craniofacial Biology and Associate Dean for Research at LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry, and Mairi Noverr, PhD, Professor of Microbiology & Immunology at Tulane University School of Medicine in New…

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