New research reviews the state of vaccine safety science

A new systematic review provides a succinct summary of the scientific evidence for and/or against causal associations for 47 adverse events following immunization (AEFI). Findings from the study will be presented during the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2019 Meeting, taking place on April 24—May 1 in Baltimore. “Health care providers desire objective and clear information on a broad range of […]

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Stanford Clears Professor of Helping With Gene-Edited Babies Experiment

Stanford University has cleared Stephen Quake, a bioengineering professor, of any wrongdoing in his interactions with a Chinese researcher who roiled the scientific world by creating the first gene-edited babies. “In evaluating evidence and witness statements, we found that Quake observed proper scientific protocol,” said a letter from the university to Dr. Quake, obtained by The New York Times on […]

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Research shows impact of poverty on children’s brain activity

Children born into poverty show key differences in early brain function, according to new research from the University of East Anglia. Researchers studied the brain function of children aged between four months and four years in rural India. They found that children from lower-income backgrounds, where mothers also had a low level of education, had weaker brain activity and were […]

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Research: Many common drugs slowly destroy the intestinal flora

New adverse side-effect is discovered in one of every four drug Antibiotics are known to be a bacteria killer, the combat is both useful as well as harmful bacteria dimensions. A recent study revealed that, in addition, more than one out of every four drug naturally in the human gut bacteria influenced. This hitherto unknown side effect could have long-term […]

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Trigger warnings do little to reduce people’s distress, research shows

Trigger warnings that alert people to potentially sensitive content are increasingly popular, especially on college campuses, but research suggests that they have minimal impact on how people actually respond to content. The findings are published in Clinical Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. “We, like many others, were hearing new stories week upon week about trigger […]

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Effective self-control strategies involve much more than willpower, research shows

It’s mid-February, around the time that most people waver in their commitment to the resolutions they’ve made for the new year. Many of these resolutions—whether it’s to spend less time looking at screens, eat more vegetables, or save money for retirement—require us to forego a behavior we want to engage in for the one we think we should engage in. […]

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Happiness research: the long-term effects of life events are overestimated

People are evidently no good at predicting their own happiness or unhappiness: key life events such as marriage, invalidity or the death of a partner affect well-being for less time than those affected think. Two economists from the University of Basel came to this conclusion in the Journal of the European Economic Association. Estimates about how people assess their future […]

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A first set of research guidelines for the field of neurofeedback

The procedure known as neurofeedback records brain activity and presents it back to participants in real-time. With this information, individuals attempt to modulate their brain activity and, in turn, to self-regulate their mental state. There are thousands of active neurofeedback practitioners and hundreds of scientific publications are published on the topic each year. However, in recent years a controversy has […]

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