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‘Miraculous’ Mosquito Hack Cuts Dengue Disease Rate by 77%

Just as mosquitoes and the diseases they carry plague tropical societies, the harnessing of the mosquito society’s own plague, Wolbachia bacteria, is helping Indonesia combat Dengue fever. Scientists creating an epidemic of wolbachia among mosquitoes in Indonesia dropped rates of infection of Dengue by 77%, opening up new doors in the potential control of mosquito-borne epidemics. Sometimes called […]

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The Lifestyle of This Amazonian Tribe May Hold a Key to Healthy Aging

Although people in industrialized nations have access to modern medical care, they are more sedentary and eat a diet high in saturated fats. In contrast, the Tsimane have little or no access to health care but are extremely physically active and consume a high-fiber diet that includes vegetables, fish, and lean meat. “The Tsimane have […]

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Air pollution exposure during pregnancy may boost babies’ obesity risk

(University of Colorado at Boulder) New research shows pregnant women exposed to higher levels of air pollution have babies who grow unusually fast in the first months after birth, putting on excess fat that may put them at risk of obesity and related diseases later in life.

New research finds 1M deaths in 2017 attributable to fossil fuel combustion

(Washington University in St. Louis) An international team of researchers, including faculty in the McKelvey School of Engineering, has determined what sources contribute to pollution and the health effects they have on global, regional and smaller scales.

Persistence pays off in the human gut microbiome

(Earlham Institute) The human gut microbiome is a complex community of trillions of microbes that are constantly interacting with each other and our bodies. It supports our wellbeing, immune system and mental health — but how is it sustained?

Researchers Now Have AI Device to Sniff Out Cancer in Blood Samples With 95% Accuracy For Hard to Detect Types

An odor-based test that sniffs out vapors emanating from blood samples was able to distinguish between benign and pancreatic and ovarian cancer cells with up to 95 percent accuracy, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine. The findings suggest that the Penn-developed tool — […]

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What the Ottoman Empire Can Teach Us About the Consequences of Climate Change – The Wire Science

Lala Mustafa Paşa’s Ottoman army parading before the walls of Tiflis in August 1578 after the city had been evacuated by Da’ud Khan. A miniature painting from a 16th-century Ottoman manuscript. Photo: Lessing Archives In the late 16th century, hundreds…

Electronic Nose Has Been Developed That ‘Sniffs Out’ Covid Infections – in Just 80 Seconds

A 3-D printed electronic nose has been developed that ‘sniffs out’ Covid in just seconds. The device smells chemicals in infected individuals, opening the door to large-scale testing across the world. Scientists say it could be used at airports, offices, factories, and even football, rugby, and cricket grounds. Project leader Professor Noam Sobel explained: “The […]

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Four collaborative research centres at Goethe University receiving funding

(Goethe University Frankfurt) Collaborative Research Centres at Goethe University will receive DFG funding: CRC Transregio 326 “Geometry and arithmetic of uniformized structures” (spokesperson: Goethe University, € 9.2 million); CRC 1039 “Signalling by fatty acid derivatives and sphingolipids in health and disease” (spokesperson Goethe University, € 9.6 million); TRR 211 “Strongly interacting matter under extreme conditions” (spokesperson: TU Darmstadt, € 9.2 million); TRR 301 “The tropopause region in a changing atmosphere” (spokesperson: Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, €12.3 million)

Losing nature impacts Black, Hispanic, and low-income Americans most

(University of Vermont) When nature vanishes, people of color and low-income Americans disproportionally lose critical environmental and health benefits–including air quality, crop productivity and disease control–a new study in Nature Communications finds. The research is the first national study to explore the unequal impacts on American society–by race and income–of projected declines in nature and its benefits.Researchers find multiple natural benefits will drop for people of color by an average of 224%-111% between 2020-2100, as white communities see gains.