Researchers develop gene catalog comprising community of microbes in vaginal microbio

University of Maryland School of Medicine’s (UMSOM) Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS) researchers have created the first catalog of genes that comprise the community of microbes, which inhabit the human vagina. The catalog, called human vaginal non-redundant gene catalog (VIRGO), was recently released as a public resource that can be used by researchers to facilitate…

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Widowhood accelerates cognitive decline among those at risk for Alzheimer’s disease

Boston, MA — The death of a spouse often means the loss of intimacy, companionship and everyday support for older adults. A new study finds that widowhood can have another profound effect: It may accelerate cognitive decline. Investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital analyzed older, cognitively normal Americans enrolled in the…

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WHAT: Largest Gathering of the World’s Experts in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine WHERE Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia WHEN: May 15-20* The American Thoracic Society will host the world’s leading scientists and clinicians in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine at the ATS 2020 International Conference (ATS 2020). Register now and be…

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UCLA engineers develop miniaturized ‘warehouse robots’ for biotechnology applications

UCLA engineers have developed minuscule warehouse logistics robots that could help expedite and automate medical diagnostic technologies and other applications that move and manipulate tiny drops of fluid. The study was published in Science Robotics. The robots are disc-shaped magnets about 2 millimeters in diameter, designed to work together to move and manipulate droplets of…

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Multi-sensor band quickly and simply records subtle changes in patients with MS

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a progressive, chronic disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the central nervous system, resulting in multiple adverse effects, from numbness, fatigue and impaired speech to loss of muscle control and vision. There is no cure for MS; treatment focuses upon managing symptoms and slowing progression. As a result, the…

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Drivers of expensive cars less likely to yield for pedestrians: UNLV study

Flashing crosswalk lights are no match for flashy cars, according to a new UNLV study which found that drivers of expensive cars are least likely to stop for crossing pedestrians. Drivers on a whole aren’t all that great at stopping for pedestrians waiting at crosswalks: Of 461 cars that researchers examined, only 28 percent yielded.…

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Hearing aids may delay cognitive decline, research finds

Wearing hearing aids may delay cognitive decline in older adults and improve brain function, according to promising new research. Cognitive decline is associated with hearing loss, which affects about 32 per cent of people aged 55 years, and more than 70 per cent of people aged over 70 years. Hearing loss has been identified as…

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Metabolic health and weight management key to minimizing diabetes risk

CLEVELAND, Ohio (February 26, 2020)—Increased fat distribution during menopause has long been shown to increase insulin resistance and the risk of diabetes. A new study based on data from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) shows that being metabolically unhealthy increases diabetes risk, even in women of normal weight. Results are published online today in Menopause,…

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Structural framework for tumors also provides immune protection

Aggressive colorectal cancers set up an interactive network of checkpoints to keep the immune system at bay, scientists report. Immune checkpoints found throughout the body are intended to protect your body from being attacked by your immune system. But in the structural framework a tumor lays down, they instead protect the tumor, says Dr. Yan…

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Second Cruise Ship Blocked From Ports Over Coronavirus Fears

Following a pattern set by the MS Westerdam, a cruise ship in the Caribbean has been turned away from two ports over fears of the coronavirus. The ship, with more than 4,500 passengers and 1,600 crew members, was not allowed to dock in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands after it was discovered a crew member…

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