Scents regulate fat storage without affecting eating behavior

Dr. Ayse Sena Mutlu, a postdoctoral fellow at Baylor’s Huffington Center On Aging, had an intriguing question. Is it possible to change the body’s fat storage without changing eating habits? Working with the laboratory worm C. elegans, Mutlu and her colleagues conducted a broad screen to investigate whether neurons can actively send signals that, without…

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Genetic variation not an obstacle to gene drive strategy to control mosquitoes

New research from entomologists at UC Davis clears a potential obstacle to using CRISPR-Cas9 «gene drive» technology to control mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever and Zika. The idea is to create genetically engineered mosquitoes (GEM) that either fail to reproduce, reducing the mosquito population, or that resist carrying viruses and parasites…

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Novela Neurotech announces online platform for open neurodata support

San Francisco, CA — Novela Neurotech, in collaboration with CenteR for Advancing Neurotechnological Innovation to Application (CRANIA), recently announced an online, sharable central depository for neural data collected from their wireless, open-source neuromodulation kit, the OpenKit. The digital library consolidates neural data gathered with the OpenKit, a state-of-the-art wireless neural interface for the brain, in…

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Coronavirus Testing Falls Woefully Short as Trump Seeks to Reopen U.S.

As President Trump pushes to reopen the economy, most of the country is not conducting nearly enough testing to track the path and penetration of the coronavirus in a way that would allow Americans to safely return to work, public health officials and political leaders say. Although capacity has improved in recent weeks, supply shortages…

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Live Coronavirus World News Tracker

Here’s what you need to know: ImageFuneral home workers transporting the body of someone suspected to have died from coronavirus in the Philippines.Credit…Jes Aznar for The New York Times As cases top 2 million worldwide, some countries ease lockdowns and others brace for worse. The coronavirus pandemic passed 2 million confirmed infections and 120,000 deaths…

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Hailey Herrera, 25, Dies; Therapy Student Focused on Families

This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here. Hailey Herrera was that friend you went to when you had a problem. So she turned that gift into a profession. “She was Dear Abby,” her mother, Valerie Herrera, said. “Everyone wanted to come to…

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UnitedHealth Reports Profit, Citing Falling Demand for Elective Care

UnitedHealth Group, one of the nation’s major insurers, reported on Wednesday that its earnings actually increased this past quarter, adding that the costs of the coronavirus pandemic were offset by the cancellations of routine medical appointments and elective surgeries for hip replacements and other conditions. The company’s report provided an early glimpse of how the…

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When Older Relatives Shrug at Coronavirus Restrictions

I went hoarse shouting at my mother last week. “You really got into your building elevator with someone else?” She blamed the other person for standing in the middle of the elevator; I blamed her for getting in, putting herself at risk of catching the coronavirus. By the time my 88-year-old father got to the…

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What Does The World Health Organization Do?

President Trump’s decision to halt funding for the World Health Organization, depriving it of its biggest funding source, could have far-reaching effects in efforts to fight diseases and make health care more widely available across the globe. Mr. Trump’s order centered on the organization’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, and he is far from alone…

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