Gene identified that increases risk of antibiotic reaction

IMAGE: Elizabeth Phillips, MD, right, Katherine Konvinse, MS, and colleagues have identified a gene that increases the risk for a severe and potentially life-threatening reaction to the commonly prescribed antibiotic vancomycin…. view more  Credit: Photo by Anne Rayner Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and colleagues have identified a gene that increases the risk for a…

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Music captivates listeners and synchronizes their brainwaves

Music has the ability to captivate us; when listeners engage with music, they follow its sounds closely, connecting to what they hear in an affective and invested way. But what is it about music that keeps the audience engaged? A study by researchers from The City College of New York and the University of Arkansas…

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Machine learning to the rescue

The tsetse fly has wreaked devastation across large swaths of sub-Saharan Africa. About the size of a housefly, the insect transmits a parasite that can be lethal to both humans (sleeping sickness) and animals (nagana) — especially cattle. In many countries of the sub-Sahara, there are large regions where farmers cannot raise cattle; most eventually…

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At what age do you feel 65?

SEATTLE — At what age do you feel 65? A 30-year gap separates countries with the highest and lowest ages at which people experience the health problems of a 65-year-old, according to a new scientific study. Researchers found 76-year-olds in Japan and 46-year-olds in Papua New Guinea have the same level of age-related health problems…

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THOR wrangles complex microbiomes into a model for improving them

IMAGE: Bacillus bacteria, marked with green fluorescence, changed its growth pattern around other members of the THOR community, spreading around and over other bacteria. view more  Credit: Gabriel Lozano and Jo Handelsman MADISON, Wis. — «Microbial communities run the world,» says Jo Handelsman, director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. «People…

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North Texas Regional Center of Expertise gets approval from UN

IMAGE: This is Meghna Tare, UTA chief sustainability officer. view more  Credit: UT Arlington What began as a brainstorming session last year about how to unify sustainability efforts across North Texas is now the North Texas Regional Center of Expertise, or RCE, thanks to efforts led by Meghna Tare, University of Texas at Arlington chief sustainability…

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Sewage reveals levels of antimicrobial resistance worldwide

IMAGE: Predictions of antimicrobial abundance in all countries and territories in the world. Map coloured according to predicted abundance of antimicrobial from light blue (low abundance) to dark blue (high abundance). view more  A comprehensive analysis of sewage collected in 74 cities in 60 countries has yielded the first, comparable global data, which show the levels…

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Canadians’ consumption of fruit and vegetables drops 13 per cent in 11 years

IMAGE: Claire Tugault-Lafleur, a postdoctoral fellow in UBC’s food, nutrition and health program, was lead author of the study. view more  Credit: UBC Faculty of Land & Food Systems Two surveys taken 11 years apart show a 13-per-cent decrease in the amount of fruit and vegetables being consumed by Canadians, new University of British Columbia research…

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