Vitamin D may protect against pollution-associated asthma symptoms in obese children

IMAGE: Many factors contribute to worsening asthma symptoms, such as serum vitamin D levels, obesity, and high indoor air pollution. view more  Credit: NIEHS A new study finds vitamin D may be protective among asthmatic obese children living in urban environments with high indoor air pollution. The study out of John Hopkins University School of Medicine,…

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Study: Urban African-Americans more likely to live in trauma deserts

African-Americans in major U.S. cities are significantly more likely to live in «trauma deserts» with limited access to advanced emergency medical care, according to new research from the University of Chicago Medicine. The study also shows the academic medical center’s new Level 1 Trauma Center led to a seven-fold reduction in Chicago’s access disparity. The…

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nTIDE Feb. 2019: Economic indicators decline slightly for Americans with disabilities

IMAGE: Infographic showing declines in the economic indicators for people with disabilities, and increases for people without disabilities view more  East Hanover, NJ — March 8, 2019 — Job numbers showed slight declines for Americans with disabilities, while the numbers improved for Americans without disabilities, according to today’s National Trends in Disability Employment — Monthly Update…

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Tennessee House Passes Bill to Ban Abortion After Detection of Fetal Heartbeat

The Tennessee House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday that would ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, mimicking laws in other states that have been struck down by the courts and drawing the criticism of both advocates and opponents of abortion rights. The measure, House Bill 77, would tightly restrict the window…

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Blood holds key to liver regeneration

IMAGE: James Luyendyk, a professor of pathobiology in the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, has shown in a new study that the blood-clotting protein fibrinogen may hold the key… view more  Credit: Michigan State University EAST LANSING, Mich. — The liver is the only organ in the body that can regenerate. But some patients…

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Neural engineer Qi Wang recognized with NSF CAREER Award

IMAGE: Neural Engineer Qi Wang has won an NSF CAREER Award to develop new technologies for restoring and enhancing sensory functions and cognition through brain-machine interfaces. view more  Credit: Jane Nisselson/Columbia Engineering New York, NY—March 05, 2019—Qi Wang, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia Engineering, has won a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation,…

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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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