Gut health and mood genetically entwined

University of Queensland researchers have confirmed a link between depression and stomach ulcers, in the world’s largest study of genetic factors in peptic ulcer disease.Professor Naomi Wray from UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) and Queensland Brain Institute and and Dr Yeda Wu from IMB have provided clues to how the gut and brain work […]

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COVID-19: Scientists identify human genes that fight infection

Scientists at Sanford Burnham Prebys have identified a set of human genes that fight SARS-CoV-2 infection, the virus that causes COVID-19. Knowing which genes help control viral infection can greatly assist researchers’ understanding of factors that affect disease severity and also suggest possible therapeutic options. The genes in question are related to interferons, the body’s […]

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Novel coronavirus circulated undetected months before first COVID-19 cases in Wuhan, China

Using molecular dating tools and epidemiological simulations, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues at the University of Arizona and Illumina, Inc., estimate that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was likely circulating undetected for at most two months before the first human cases of COVID-19 were described in Wuhan, China in late-December […]

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Biobattery-powered microneedle patch can deliver drugs and procure testing samples

A pain-free, organic and biodegradable drug delivery patch may be on the horizon for home health care patients soon. Researchers from Tohoku University have developed a biobattery-powered device capable of both delivering large molecule pharmaceuticals across the skin barrier and extracting interstitial fluid for diagnostic purposes. They published their approach online in Nature Communications. The […]

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Japanese Ambassador appreciates nationwide Polio Immunisation campaign

Newswire Islamabad: Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan MATSUDA Kuninori has appreciated the start of nationwide Immunisation campaign for a polio-free Pakistan, which continued until April 2.The Ambassador hoped that the campaign would be implemented successfully and it would lead to a polio-free Pakistan in the near future, said a press release issued here. He paid […]

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Novel coronavirus circulated undetected months before first COVID-19 cases in Wuhan, China

Using molecular dating tools and epidemiological simulations, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues at the University of Arizona and Illumina, Inc., estimate that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was likely circulating undetected for at most two months before the first human cases of COVID-19 were described in Wuhan, China in late-December […]

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I ain’t afraid of no ghosts: People with mind-blindness not so easily spooked

A study, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, tested how aphantasic people reacted to reading distressing scenarios, like being chased by a shark, falling off a cliff, or being in a plane that’s about to crash.The researchers were able to physically measure each participant’s fear response by monitoring changing skin conductivity levels — […]

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The right ‘5-a-day’ mix is 2 fruit and 3 vegetable servings for longer life

Studies representing nearly 2 million adults worldwide show that eating about five daily servings of fruits and vegetables, in which 2 are fruits and 3 are vegetables, is likely the optimal amount for a longer life, according to new research published today in the American Heart Association’s flagship journal Circulation.Diets rich in fruits and vegetables […]

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Identification of a protective protein that reduces the severity of COVID-19

Researchers at the Lady Davis Institute (LDI) at the Jewish General Hospital have discovered that increased levels of the protein OAS1 are associated with reduced mortality and less severe disease requiring ventilation among patients with COVID-19. Using drugs that boost OAS1 levels could be explored to try to improve these outcomes. The findings are published […]

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Japan firms slash biz investment for the third straight quarter

Tokyo: Firms in Japan slashed spending on plant and equipment for the third straight quarter in October-December as manufacturers cut costs, casting doubt on the strength of the country’s recovery as the COVID-19 pandemic hit private demand.Weakness in capital expenditure is likely to worry policymakers counting on private-sector investment to help the world’s third-largest economy […]

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G7 has to go down difficult road on vaccines

Mohamed A. El-erian Recognizing that “no one is safe until everyone is safe,” the G7 last week announced additional steps to facilitate more “affordable and equitable access to vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics” globally to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). But translating stated intent into effective action will require both bold political leadership at home and […]

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