Calming us down or revving us up, music can be good for the heart

Stuck in traffic, with a nasty storm making a stressful commute even worse, Joanne Loewy reached for the car radio. “I felt my heartbeat rise,” said Loewy, director of the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City. “So I switched to the Bach cello suite in my ‘traffic burden’ playlist. I […]

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A new technology to see tubes in 3-D in mice shows how the liver can recover in Alagille syndrome

Many diseases affect different vessels in our body, such as blood vessels, bile ducts or airways. Visualizing these in animal models of disease, to better understand what is actually going wrong form a structural point of view has been an area of intense research. We developed a new method, independent of antibodies or microscopes, to visualize multiple vessels at the […]

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Here’s When Dr. Fauci Says Children Can Get The COVID Vaccine

Now that Johnson & Johnson has begun distributing its COVID-19 vaccine, joining the two other COVID vaccines on the market (via NPR), many are wondering if this will speed up the process of everyone getting vaccinated. We may have to wait several more months for that to happen, though, according to infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci. While it’s looking […]

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Novel pooled testing strategies can significantly better identify COVID-19 infections

A new approach to pooled COVID-19 testing can be a highly effective tool for curbing the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, even if infections are widespread in a community, according to researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Simple pooled testing schemes could be implemented with minimal changes to current testing infrastructures in […]

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Misjudging thin ice can be fatal, check first

Before you venture onto frozen ponds, lakes and rivers, it’s critical to make sure they’re safe, an expert cautions. “A minimum of four inches of clear, newly formed ice is needed to support one person on foot,” according to Curt Sinclair, a natural resources specialist at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. “New ice is usually stronger than old ice, and […]

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Tight-fitting masks can slash COVID transmission by 95%, CDC says

(HealthDay)—It’s known that face masks help protect against COVID-19 infection, but U.S. health officials said Wednesday that the tighter the mask, the better. In lab experiments, wearing cloth or medical masks close to the face cut COVID transmission by 95%, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “These laboratory-based experiments highlight the importance […]

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Study finds wearable devices can detect COVID-19 symptoms and predict diagnosis

Wearable devices can identify COVID-19 cases earlier than traditional diagnostic methods and can help track and improve management of the disease, Mount Sinai researchers report in one of the first studies on the topic. The findings were published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research on January 29. The Warrior Watch Study found that subtle changes in a participant’s heart […]

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New AI tool can thwart coronavirus mutations

USC researchers have developed a new method to counter emergent mutations of the coronavirus and hasten vaccine development to stop the pathogen responsible for killing thousands of people and ruining the economy. Using artificial intelligence (AI), the research team at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering developed a method to speed the analysis of vaccines and zero in on the […]

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