Dull-colored birds don’t see the world like colorful birds do

DURHAM, N.C. — Fall is here, and we see the leaves turning yellow, orange or red thanks to a trick of our vision: our brains categorize colors. Scientists have learned that birds with colorful markings do this too. But what about drab birds that don’t rely on color? According to a new Duke University study,…

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A drop in temperature

In the nearly two centuries since German physician Carl Wunderlich established 98.6°F as the standard «normal» body temperature, it has been used by parents and doctors alike as the measure by which fevers — and often the severity of illness — have been assessed. Over time, however, and in more recent years, lower body temperatures…

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Antibody screening finds COVID-19 nearly 7 times more prevalent in O.C. than thought

Irvine, Calif., Oct. 28, 2020 — Testing a representative sample of Orange County residents for a wide range of coronavirus antibodies, University of California, Irvine researchers found that 11.5 percent of them have antibodies for COVID-19, in contrast to previous estimates of less than 2 percent. Latino and low-income residents had the highest prevalence of…

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Physicists circumvent centuries-old theory to cancel magnetic fields

A team of scientists including two physicists at the University of Sussex has found a way to circumvent a 178-year old theory which means they can effectively cancel magnetic fields at a distance. They are the first to be able to do so in a way which has practical benefits. The work is hoped to…

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Artificial intelligence (AI)-aided disease prediction

Announcing a new article publication for BIO Integration journal. In this review article the authors Chenxi Liu, Dian Jiao and Zhe Liu, from Tianjin University, Tianjin, China consider artificial intelligence (AI) aided disease prediction. Artificial intelligence (AI) is widely used in clinical medicine and is increasingly applied to the fields of AI-aided image analysis, AI-aided…

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Shot of alcohol can help an irregular heartbeat

Research out in this week’s issue of JAMA confirms the success of a treatment for persistent atrial fibrillation (AFib) that combines the standard treatment, catheter ablation, with a separate infusion of ethanol, or alcohol, to the vein of Marshall. Miguel Valderrabano, M.D., division chief, cardiac electrophysiology, Houston Methodist, designed the procedure, first using it successfully…

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Mclean joins public-private partnership to develop early interventions for schizophrenia

Highlights: Through the Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP), AMP Schizophrenia (SCZ) will work to discover promising biological markers that can help early detection of those at risk of developing schizophrenia The public-private partnership brings together NIH, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and multiple nonprofit and private organizations, including McLean Hospital NIH’s National Institute of…

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Chrissy Teigen Writes Essay About Pregnancy Loss

After nearly a month of silence following the loss of her third child, the model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen shared the story of her pregnancy complications and grief on Tuesday in a personal essay she posted on the website Medium. She and her husband, John Legend, had been quietly mourning the loss of their…

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