How to track the variants of the pandemic faster

A global group of researchers is calling for better integration of viral genetics, bioinformatics, and public health to enable better pandemic response now and better pandemic preparedness in the future. In a comment piece in the journal Nature, an international collaboration of specialists in viral and genetic analysis, led by Swiss scientists Dr. Emma Hodcroft at the University of Bern […]

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Lentils will help you run faster: Communicating food benefits gets kids to eat healthier

Communicating food benefits to children that they can relate to may get them to eat healthier. That’s according to a study published today in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior by Washington State University and Florida State University scientists. The researchers found affirming statements like ‘eat your lentils if you want to grow bigger and run faster’ were more […]

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Children who experience violence early in life develop faster

A study in Biological Psychiatry has shown that exposure to violence early in life—such as physical, emotional, or sexual abuse—is associated with faster biological aging, including pubertal development and a cellular metric of biological aging called epigenetic age. In contrast, children exposed to forms of early life adversity involving deprivation—such as neglect and food insecurity—showed signs of delayed pubertal development […]

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