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How Do Our Immune Systems Develop in the First Days of Life?
News   Oct 22, 2020

In the womb, a human fetus has limited contact with pathogens. However, once born, babies face a myriad of germs completely new to their bodies. Their immune system must rapidly develop to ensure early protection from infection. But what is exactly the dynamic of the immune system development in the first days of life?

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Polluted Air Is Killing Half a Million Babies Every Year
News   Oct 22, 2020

Air pollution contributed to nearly 500,000 infant deaths worldwide in 2019 and 6.7 million total deaths were linked to air pollution, now the 4th highest health risk. A study has found that globally little or no progress has been made in the most polluted regions over the past 10 years.

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Legacy Pollutants Still Turning Up in Migratory Birds
News   Oct 22, 2020

Chemicals that haven't been manufactured in the U.S. for years or even decades are still turning up in the bodies of migratory terns in the Great Lakes region, a new study finds.

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Popular Herb Found To Be Heavily Adulterated
News   Oct 22, 2020

How safe is your Sage? That’s the question posed by researchers after finding more than a quarter of samples of the popular herb were adulterated – some by as much as 58%.

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Study Reveals Potential Gene Behind “Glowing” of Sea Pickle
News   Oct 21, 2020

A new study describes a bioluminescent gene that could be the reason that so-called "sea pickles," or pyrosomes, an underwater free-floating colony of thousands of tiny animals, reverberate in blue-green light.

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Terahertz Waves Can Image Early-Stage Breast Cancer Without Staining
News   Oct 21, 2020

Work by a team of researchers at Osaka University provides a breakthrough towards rapid and precise on-site diagnosis of various types of cancer and accelerates the development of innovative terahertz diagnostic devices.

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High-Dose Vitamin D Food Supplements Often Unnecessary and Even Harmful
News   Oct 21, 2020

In humans, vitamin D is formed in the skin following its exposure to sunlight. In comparison to the body's own formation of vitamin D, dietary consumption generally makes up only a relatively small proportion of the vitamin D supply to the body. While an overdose resulting from the body's own production is not possible, it certainly can result from the consumption of highdoses of vitamin D - such as via certain food supplements.

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Breakthrough Shows Neuropilin-1 Drives SARS-CoV-2 Infectivity
News   Oct 20, 2020

In a major breakthrough scientists have potentially identified what makes SARS-CoV-2 highly infectious and able to spread rapidly in human cells. The findings describe how the virus’s ability to infect human cells can be reduced by inhibitors that block a newly discovered interaction between virus and host, demonstrating a potential anti-viral treatment.

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Imaging Study Suggests Fear and Anxiety Are Not Orchestrated by Distinct Neural Networks
News   Oct 20, 2020

Anxiety, the most common family of mental illnesses in the U.S., has been pushed to epic new heights by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimating that nearly 1 in 3 U.S. adults and a staggering 41% of people ages 18-29 experienced clinically significant anxiety symptoms in late August. Now, the findings of a recent UMD-led study indicate that some long-accepted thinking about the basic neuroscience of anxiety is wrong.

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First Draft Sequence of the Human Proteome Is Mapped
News   Oct 20, 2020

Twenty years after the release of the human genome, the genetic “blueprint” of human life, an international research team, including the University of British Columbia’s Chris Overall, has now mapped the first draft sequence of the human proteome.

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