When It’s Either Your Ex, or Nobody, for Months

My boyfriend broke up with me the week before they found my neighbor. The breakup happened in the evening; I had spent the day grocery shopping because the World Health Organization had just declared a pandemic. Determined to remain optimistic, I was making chicken soup and blasting Motown when my boyfriend walked in looking pale…

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Nursing homes prepared for pandemics, but COVID-19 reveals gaps

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit some nursing homes especially hard — including in the hotspot state of Michigan. Hundreds of deaths of residents in homes from Seattle to Boston have raised concerns about how well facilities are protecting the 1.3 million older Americans who live in them. Those concerns have prompted new federal and…

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New active ingredient against allergic asthma

The larvae of the roundworm Heligmosomoides polygyrus bakeri (Hpb) need a very special environment in order to survive: They have to invade the mucosal layer of the intestine in rodents, the only place where they can then develop into adult worms capable of reproduction. To do this, the tiny larvae have to outdo the host’s…

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Summary of preliminary data about obesity and severity of COVID-19

In a Nature Reviews Endocrinology «Comment» authors from the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD), the Boston Children’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health call for more research about the relationships of obesity, disproportionate fat distribution and impaired metabolic health with the severity of COVID-19. The authors raise the point that…

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2020 Communicator Award to Robert Arlinghaus — special one-time prize to Christian Drosten

The Communicator Award, conferred by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and the Stifterverband, will be presented this year to Professor Dr. Robert Arlinghaus, an expert in integrative fisheries management. The researcher, who works at the Humboldt University of Berlin and the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), will receive the…

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53rd annual conference of the European Society of Human Genetics

The 53rd annual conference of the European Society of Human Genetics, due to be held in Berlin from 6 to 9 June, will now be wholly virtual. &laquo We will be hosting more than 120 invited speakers, 172 abstracts in concurrent sessions and 2700 posters — all viewable from your living room, » says ESHG…

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Invitation to 373 young economists — also for Online Science Days 2020

373 Young Economists from 60 countries can look forward to two top-class events: the 7th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences in August 2021 and the Online Science Days 2020. Meeting on Economic Sciences postponed to August 2021 The invitations sent out today to the young economists apply to the 7th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences…

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Substituting the next-best protein

When an actor is unable to perform in the theatre, an understudy—ideally one with some practice in the role—can take her place on stage. A study from Dr. Bernard Jasmin’s laboratory at the University of Ottawa and published today in Nature Communications shows that the same is true of proteins. Its results point the way…

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Maibach to receive funding to help consortium hone focus on health and climate equity

Edward W. Maibach, Director, Center for Climate Change Communication; Faculty, Communication, is set to receive $247,858 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health in sharpening its focus on health and climate equity. The Consortium was launched in 2016 by Mason and seven prominent medical societies. The…

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