Disagreeing takes up a lot of brain real estate

Yale researchers have devised a way to peer into the brains of two people simultaneously while are engaged in discussion. What they found will not surprise anyone who has found themselves arguing about politics or social issues. When two people agree, their brains exhibit a calm synchronicity of activity focused on sensory areas of the…

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Recurrent GBM brain tumors with few mutations respond best to immunotherapy

DURHAM, N.C. — Glioblastoma brain tumors are especially perplexing. Inevitably lethal, the tumors occasionally respond to new immunotherapies after they’ve grown back, enabling up to 20% of patients to live well beyond predicted survival times. What causes this effect has long been the pursuit of researchers hoping to harness immunotherapies to extend more lives. New…

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Expert prognosis for the planet — we’re on track for a ghastly future

A loss of biodiversity and accelerating climate change in the coming decades coupled with ignorance and inaction is threatening the survival of all species, including our very own, according to the experts from institutions including Stanford University, UCLA, and Flinders University. The researchers state that world leaders need a ‘cold shower’ regarding the state of…

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Need to reduce work-related stress? It’s a walk in the park

Tsukuba, Japan — Work causes so much stress that it’s become a global public health issue. Stress’s impact on mental and physical health can also hurt productivity and result in economic loss. A new study now finds that working people who regularly take walks in forests or greenspaces may have higher stress-coping abilities. In a…

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Can menopause be blamed for increased forgetfulness and lack of attention?

CLEVELAND, Ohio (Jan. 13, 2021)—If you’re a bit more forgetful or having more difficulty processing complex concepts than in the past, the problem may be your menopause stage. A new study claims that menopause stage is a key determinant of cognition and, contrary to previous studies, shows that certain cognitive declines may continue into the…

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U.S. to Require Negative Virus Tests From International Air Passengers

Before boarding their flights, all international passengers headed to the United States will first need to show proof of a negative coronavirus test, according to a new federal policy going into effect on Jan. 26. “Testing does not eliminate all risk,” Dr. Robert R. Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,…

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Seoul’s Advice to Pregnant Women: Cook, Clean and Stay Attractive

According to a 2017 report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the gender pay gap in South Korea is the highest among its 37 member countries. Working women earn nearly 40 percent less than men, and many stop working when they have children, often pressured by their families and workplaces. Other countries in…

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Coronavirus Will Resemble the Common Cold, Scientists Predict

Other experts said this scenario was not just plausible but likely. “The overall intellectual construct of the paper I fully agree with,” said Shane Crotty, a virologist at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology in San Diego. If the vaccines prevent people from transmitting the virus, “then it becomes a lot more like the measles…

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Cuomo Outlines Plans to Revive Arts and Culture Industries

Declaring that New York urgently needs to revive its arts and entertainment industry if it is to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday that the state would begin taking a series of interim steps to help to bring back some cultural events in the short term and put more unemployed…

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Well, So Much for Dry January

Well, that was quick. Dry January, the social-media fueled month of voluntary sobriety, became Damp January in under a week for many temporary teetotalers. Many were horrified enough by the assault on the U.S. Capitol and the ensuing protracted situation to break their vow and reach for the bottle, as evidenced by jokes, confessions and…

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