Polysubstance use, social factors associated with opioid overdose deaths

A new study led by Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for Addiction shows that opioid-related overdose deaths involving another substance is now the norm, not the exception, in Massachusetts. The researchers analyzed opioid overdose death data from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, which showed that 82 percent of those deaths involved an opioid and…

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Experimental drug completely effective against Nipah virus infection in monkeys

IMAGE: This is a scanning electron micrograph of Nipah virus (yellow) budding from the surface of a cell. view more  Credit: NIAID WHAT: The experimental antiviral drug remdesivir completely protected four African green monkeys from a lethal dose of Nipah virus, according to a new study in Science Translational Medicine from National Institutes of Health scientists…

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LED device could increase memory retention among astronauts

IMAGE: This is Hanli Liu, professor of bioengineering at The University of Texas at Arlington. view more  Credit: The University of Texas at Arlington Hanli Liu, a professor of bioengineering at The University of Texas at Arlington, is working to improve memory and cognitive function in astronauts during space missions by directing light onto their brains.…

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Study finds link between ambient ozone exposure and progression of carotid wall thickness

IMAGE: Assistant professor of epidemiology and environmental health, University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions. view more  Credit: University at Buffalo BUFFALO, N.Y. — Long-term exposure to ambient ozone appears to accelerate arterial conditions that progress into cardiovascular disease and stroke, according to a new University at Buffalo study. It’s the first epidemiological…

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WVU biostatistician studies link between microbiome and preterm birth

IMAGE: Methods to predict and prevent preterm birth are few, but a recent study suggests a new way to assess pregnant women’s risk of giving birth prematurely: profiling their microbiome. A… view more  Credit: WVU Pregnant African American women are more likely than white women to give birth prematurely, but they’re underrepresented in studies of preterm…

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Birds perceive ‘warm’ colors differently from ‘cool’ ones

DURHAM , N.C. — Birds may not have a word for maroon. Or burnt sienna. But show a zebra finch a sunset-colored object, and she’ll quickly decide whether it looks more like «red» or «orange.» A Duke University study shows that birds mentally sort the range of hues on the blue-green side of the spectrum…

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Oklahoma Faces Off Against J & J in First Trial of an Opioid Maker

Opening statements in the country’s first trial over whether a pharmaceutical company is liable for the opioid crisis began as a battle between fire and ice: Lawyers for Oklahoma, a state brought to its knees by addiction and overdose deaths, heatedly accused Johnson & Johnson of creating a deadly demand for the drugs, while the…

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So You’re Back at Home for the Summer …

When you’re used to the autonomy of college — 3 a.m. McDonald’s runs and borrowing your roommate’s sweaters because all your clothes are dirty — coming back to your parent’s home during breaks can be a shock to the system. I, and many of my friends, often find that summers at home bring about a…

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On the Trail of Tupelo Honey, Liquid Gold From the Swamps

ODUM, Ga. — The most expensive honey in America starts in these mucky Southern swamps, where white Ogeechee tupelo trees twist up out of water so dark you can’t tell if that was an alligator or a snake that just broke the surface. For two precious weeks each spring in this slice of southeastern Georgia…

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