It's True: Your Job Can Require You to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine

For months, there have been questions about whether your employer can require you to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Now, there's an official answer: Yes, your employer can mandate that you get the vaccine if you want to keep working for them. That's the word from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a government agency that administers and enforces civil rights […]

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Can echolocation help those with vision loss?

Known as nature’s own sonar system, echolocation occurs when an animal emits a sound that bounces off objects in the environment, returning echoes that provide information about the surrounding space. While echolocation is well known in whale or bat species, previous research has also indicated that some blind people may use click-based echolocation to judge spaces and improve their navigation […]

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Moderna vaccine can trigger red, itchy ‘COVID arm,’ but it’s temporary

In rare cases, people who receive the two-dose Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may experience a red, itchy patch of skin a few days later at the injection site, a new report finds. They shouldn’t panic: This “COVID arm” reaction, although annoying, was short-lived in all cases and was easily treated with topical steroid creams, according to a team of researchers at […]

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Can 'smart coffees' really boost your brain?

Can ‘smart coffees’ really boost your brain? We review the caffeine drinks that claim to make you healthier Beyond the welcome caffeine lift, research shows that regularly drinking coffee may help you live longer, thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.  But now manufacturers are ‘pimping up’ coffee with everything from added vitamins to brain boosters.  Angela Dowden asked dietitians […]

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New neuroelectronic system can read and modify brain circuits

As researchers learn more about the brain, it has become clear that responsive neurostimulation is becoming increasingly effective at probing neural circuit function and treating neuropsychiatric disorders, such as epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease. But current approaches to designing a fully implantable and biocompatible device able to make such interventions have major limitations: their resolution isn’t high enough and most require […]

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Testing tool can quickly distinguish between viral and bacterial infections

When patients complain of coughing, runny nose, sneezing and fever, doctors are often stumped because they have no fundamental tool to identify the source of the respiratory symptoms and guide appropriate treatments. That tool might finally be on its way. In a study proving feasibility, researchers at Duke Health showed that their testing technology can accurately distinguish between a viral […]

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