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Researchers find new potential treatment for prion diseases

A new study in Nucleic Acids Research, published by Oxford University Press, suggests a possible effective treatment strategy for patients suffering from prion disease. Prion disease is a rapidly fatal and currently untreatable neurodegenerative disease. While prion disease is quite rare, it typically causes rapid neurodegeneration. About 300 cases of prion diseases are reported each […]

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The new dietary guidelines parents need to know

If you’re a parent or are thinking of becoming one, you likely know how important the first 1,000 days are in a baby and young child’s development. Unicef points out that the time between conception and a toddler’s second birthday is when the foundations for health, growth, and neurodevelopment are laid — and for the […]

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New approach simultaneously measures EEG and fMRI connectomes

New research demonstrates how two vastly different methods of measuring brain activity can provide meaningful data on brain networks simultaneously. Functional magnetic resonance imaging and electroencephalography are used to provide information on very different aspects of neural communication between brain areas. fMRI captures very slow aspects of this communication based on neurons’ energy expenditure, whereas […]

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Where do new viruses like the coronavirus come from?

Factors smaller than a cell and as large as the planet are at play when a virus leaps from an animal to a human. The question of how that happened with SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease COVID-19, is crucial for several reasons, said best-selling author and science journalist David Quammen. The answer could help scientists […]

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US records 43,742 new virus cases in 24 hours: tracker

The United States notched more than 43,000 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours, a tally by Johns Hopkins University showed Saturday, amid a surge of infections around the country. The Baltimore-based university’s tracker showed 43,742 more cases as of 8:30 pm (0030 GMT Sunday), bringing the country’s total number of cases since the pandemic began […]

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Researchers develop a new ultrafast insulin

Researchers at Stanford University are developing a new insulin formulation that begins to take effect almost immediately upon injection, potentially working four times as fast as current commercial fast-acting insulin formulations. The researchers focused on so-called monomeric insulin, which has a molecular structure that, according to theory, should allow it to act faster than other […]