What to Do if Your Watch Is Magnetized

Suddenly your wristwatch is running 10 minutes fast. Or 10 minutes slow. Or, inexplicably, it stops entirely. What happened? It could be your smartphone’s fault. At the risk of pitting your personal gadgets against one another, in a kind of crazy electronic “Toy Story” scenario, the high tech tools we have come to rely on…

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Watches for Your Ears

Watch lovers are an intensely visual bunch: Consider the more than 2.1 million images tagged #wristshot on Instagram. But the rising popularity of horology podcasts also indicates a growing appetite for informed yet casual conversation about timepieces — a hunger made all the sharper by Covid-19. “Engagement is up across all our channels because a…

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New study to identify highest risk factors for COVID-19

Scientists have launched a new study which will help identify who is most at risk of contracting COVID-19 and why some people become more ill than others with the disease. The COVIDENCE UK study, led by Queen Mary University of London, opens today [Friday 1 May] and aims to recruit at least 12,000 people, aged…

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Inventor of Hepatitis C cure receives prestigious University of Edinburgh prize

A medicinal chemist who found a cure for the viral disease hepatitis C has received a prestigious award from the University of Edinburgh. Dr Michael J Sofia, who devised the drug sofosbuvir, is the winner of this year’s Cameron Prize for Therapeutics. Hepatitis C is an infectious disease that primarily affects the liver. Without intervention,…

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Erika Hersch-Green wins CAREER Award for Biodiversity Research

Erika Hersch-Green, evolutionary biologist and assistant professor of biological sciences at Michigan Technological University, has received a National Science Foundation CAREER award to investigate how increased nitrogen and phosphorus availability across different temperature and water regimes alters the primary productivity of some plants, while reducing the growth of others. Hersch-Green will examine how the amounts…

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Understanding the initial immune response after dengue virus infection

SILVER SPRING, Md. — A study led by scientists at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research sheds new light on the body’s initial response to dengue virus (DENV) infection, describing the molecular diversity and specificity of the antibody response. These results, published in EBioMedicine, a journal published by The Lancet, identify a heretofore unappreciated…

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Family history misses identifying individuals with high genetic risk of CVD or cancer

Certain genetic changes, termed «pathogenic variants,» substantially increase risk for cardiovascular disease and cancer—the leading causes of death—but testing to identify individual carriers is not part of current clinical practice. Now a team led by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) determined that nearly 1% of the population carry such pathogenic variants. These individuals were…

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Parkinson’s dyskinesia mechanism explained

JUPITER, Fla.—May 1, 2020—Many people with Parkinson’s disease eventually develop debilitating movements called dyskinesia, a side effect of their much-needed dopamine replacement medication. The mechanism underlying this unwanted side effect has been unknown, until now. An international collaboration led by Scripps Research, Florida has found a key cause, and with it, potentially, a new route…

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