Harnessing the ‘wisdom of crowds’ can help combat antibiotic over prescription

A new study has demonstrated that using the ‘wisdom of crowds’ (also known as collective intelligence) of three or more medical prescribers, can improve decisions about antibiotic prescribing and help combat rising levels of antibiotic resistance. Published in Scientific Reports, an international group of researchers led by Dr Eva Krockow at the University of Leicester…

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Study uncovers subset of COVID-19 patients who recover quickly and sustain antibodies

Boston, MA — One of the pressing questions about COVID-19 remains: How long does immunity last? One key indicator of immunity is the presence of virus-specific antibodies. Previous studies have provided conflicting accounts about whether people who have recovered from infection can sustain potentially-protective antibodies or not. A new study led by investigators from Brigham…

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UC researchers pioneer more effective way to block malaria transmission in mosquitoes

Irvine, Calif., Nov. 3, 2020 — Employing a strategy known as “population modification,” which involves using a CRISPR-Cas9 gene drive system to introduce genes preventing parasite transmission into mosquito chromosomes, University of California researchers have made a major advance in the use of genetic technologies to control the transmission of malaria parasites. University of California,…

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Vitamin E from palm oil useful in boosting immune response based on studies on liver cells

Palm oil contains abundant quantities of vitamin E compounds, which include tocopherols and tocotrienols. These compounds have anti-oxidant effects, which protect cells from damage from toxic chemical produced by metabolic processes. While tocopherol is a widely known and researched compound, there remains much to learn about tocotrienols. A team of researchers from Malaysia and Libya…

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Join us online: Insect science goes virtual at Entomology 2020, November 11-25

What: Entomology 2020, the Virtual Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America Where: Anywhere! (i.e., online) When: November 11-25, 2020 Who: 3,000+ insect scientists and entomological experts Your next great science story could be just a few mouse-clicks away at Entomology 2020, the Entomological Society of America’s Virtual Annual Meeting. Every year, the insect…

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To Have and to Hone

Handle these Artisan Revere knives with care. These two models are so sharp, you’ll need to keep them in their leather sheaths. David Olkovetsky, a former steel company analyst, went into the kitchen knife business with a team of like-minded partners because he was not satisfied with what was available. His knives, which took more…

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