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COVID-19 rates may be lower than thought for pregnant women

(HealthDay)—A new study suggests the rate of COVID-19 among pregnant women without symptoms is much lower than previously reported. Fewer than 3% of asymptomatic women admitted to three Yale New Haven Health hospitals for labor and delivery during April tested positive for COVID-19 infection. That contrasts with a 13.5% rate reported in a study of […]

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Inherited high cholesterol may be common in people with heart disease

An inherited disorder that causes high cholesterol early in life appears to affect about 25 million people worldwide, but it is especially common among people with cardiovascular disease, new research suggests. The findings, published Friday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, “make a strong case” for screening programs to identify familial hypercholesterolemia early, said […]

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Parkinson’s disease: Change in your bowel habits can reveal neurodegenerative disorder

Parkinson’s disease is a harsh reality for many families. Yet, early diagnosis can make living with the condition much more manageable. What’s the change in bowel habits that may signal the brain disease? According to Parkinson’s Foundation, the disease affects dopamine-producing (dopaminergic) neurons in a part of the brain called substantia nigra. Symptoms develop slowly […]

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Researchers use brain imaging to demonstrate weaker neural suppression for those with autism

According to the National Autism Association, people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may experience sensory hypersensitivity. A University of Minnesota Medical School researcher recently published an article in Nature Communications that illustrates why that may be true by showing the differences in visual motion perception in ASD are accompanied by weaker neural suppression in the […]

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Burnham recognized by national microbiology society

Carey-Ann D. Burnham, PhD, a professor of pathology and immunology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has received the Award for Research and Leadership in Clinical Microbiology from the American Society for Microbiology. The award recognizes an outstanding scientist and clinical microbiologist with distinguished research achievements and a record of innovation who […]