Study reveals birth defects caused by flame retardant

A new study from the University of Georgia has shown that exposure to a now-banned flame retardant can alter the genetic code in sperm, leading to major health defects in children of exposed parents. Published recently in Scientific Reports, the study is the first to investigate how polybrominated biphenyl-153 (PBB153), the primary chemical component of…

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COVID-19 loneliness linked to elevated psychiatric symptoms in older adults

Although social distancing is crucial in thwarting the spread of COVID-19, isolation and the ensuing loneliness may be severely detrimental for older adults. A new study conducted by researchers at Bar-Ilan University and the University of Haifa has linked COVID-19-based loneliness in older adults with elevated psychiatric symptoms of anxiety, depression, and trauma symptoms that…

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Antihistamines and similar drugs could slow down Huntington’s disease

Scientists have described a potential new therapeutic strategy for slowing down early-stage Huntington’s disease in a new study published today in eLife. The research in mice indicates that targeting the histamine H3 receptor (H3R) — a well-established drug target for other conditions such as hay fever — could help to prevent imbalances in dopamine signalling…

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Health services should learn long-term lessons of earlier coronavirus outbreaks

Patients recovering from COVID-19 could suffer significant long-term effects, according to research into the experiences of people hospitalised by previous coronavirus outbreaks. Researchers at the universities of Leeds, Manchester and Hull have for the first time collated evidence on physical, psychological and social impacts among patients who fell victim to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)…

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UConn faculty receive NIH grant to develop smartphone sensor to detect tooth pain

Faculty from the Division of Endodontology and Department of Biomedical Engineering at the UConn School of Dental Medicine recently received a total award of $462,964 from the National Institutes of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) to test a novel way to quantify tooth pain and to develop a patient-friendly smartphone sensor to measure it. Dr.…

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Older Adults Remain Isolated Despite Reopening. These Programs Help.

Sally Love Saunders, 80, was stuck in a retirement home in San Francisco, desperate for someone to teach her to use Zoom so she could connect with people outside the building. Nearby, Sarah Hinkfuss, 32, had grown weary of video calls with friends and family. She craved the spontaneity of new relationships and unplanned conversations…

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CrossFit Gyms Meets Black Lives Matter

ImageGreg Glassman, the founder of CrossFit, in 2015.Credit…Carlos Chavarría On Sunday, about 50 black owners of CrossFit affiliate studios joined a Zoom conference call with Greg Glassman, the chief executive of CrossFit. They represent a small percentage of the owners of the more than 14,000 gyms around the world that pay $3,000 a year to…

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Tinned Fish, Three Ways

I’m an avid home cook, but preparing three meals a day, as many of us have been doing during lockdown, can be taxing, to say the least. Food shopping becomes an ordeal, rather than a pleasure, and the mere thought of planning ahead may seem too much. When I’m at a loss, wondering what to…

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