Researchers find protein marker for the effectiveness of malaria antibodies

The quantity and quality of antibodies that recognize the end region of the malaria parasite’s CSP protein is a good marker of protection by the RTS,S/AS01E vaccine, according to a study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) and institutional collaborators. The study, published in Nature Communications, provides valuable information for guiding the design of more effective vaccines. […]

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Researchers find screenings for social determinants of health need to be tailored to clinics

Study of community health centers in Boston finds great deal of variation in practice, as well as in provider and staff opinions about what helps or hinders the process. An estimated 70 percent of the variation in healthcare outcomes is attributable to social determinants——but it is only in recent years that healthcare settings have begun formally looking at these factors […]

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Some children find it harder to understand what strangers are saying

New research by New York University Steinhardt Associate Professor Susannah Levi finds that children with poorer language skills are at a disadvantage when given tasks or being spoken to by strangers because they cannot, as easily as their peers, understand speech from people they do not know. Levi’s research evaluated school-aged children and found that children with high language skills—a […]

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Researchers find high-risk genes for schizophrenia

Using a unique computational framework they developed, a team of scientist cyber-sleuths in the Vanderbilt University Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics and the Vanderbilt Genetics Institute (VGI) has identified 104 high-risk genes for schizophrenia. Their discovery, which was reported April 15 in the journal Nature Neuroscience, supports the view that schizophrenia is a developmental disease, one which potentially can […]

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Nearly 30 types of gut bacteria linked to colorectal cancer

Nearly 30 types of gut bacteria are linked to colorectal cancer, new studies find Researchers found higher levels of nearly 30 different types of bacteria in colorectal cancer patients compared to healthy individuals One was Fusobacterium nucleatum, an oral bacterium that plays a role in periodontal disease  Another breaks down choline, an essential nutrient found in meat, and turns it […]

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Scientists find first evidence for necessary role of the human hippocampus in planning

A team of scientists reports finding the first evidence that the human hippocampus is necessary for future planning. Its findings, published in the journal Neuron, link its long-established role in memory with our ability to use our knowledge to map out the future effects of our actions. The results have implications for the way we think about afflictions that affect […]

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Americans flock to find roots under the Christmas tree

This Christmas, many Americans will find the gifts under their tree may lead to a long-lost relative or a map of ancestral migrations. Or perhaps the discovery that their father is not who they think he is. Sales of DNA testing kits are booming, as citizens in a country founded by immigrants explore their genetic origins in record numbers. “There […]

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Proof Netflix Is All You Need to Find Your Perfect Baby Name

Forget scouring the internet or trawling through baby name books. Sometimes, all the baby name inspiration you need is right before your eyes — even when all you’re doing is watching TV. And let’s face it; if there’s one time you’re entitled to put your feet up for a binge-watch, it’s during pregnancy. Netflix has over 80 original shows full […]

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