Most people find allergy information on food labels unclear

When researchers evaluated consumers’ understanding of allergy information on food labels, less than half of individuals found the information to be clear. The study, which is published in Clinical & Experimental Allergy, involved two separate experiments with a total of 96 consumers with food allergies and 105 without. Investigators first randomly presented 18 different food products with labels suggesting peanut […]

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Researchers find a way to mend a broken heart

A Monash University study has uncovered for the first time a way to prevent and reverse damage caused by broken-heart syndrome, also known as Takotsubo cardiomyopathy. Using mouse models, the pre-clinical study published in the acclaimed journal Signal Transduction and Targeted Therapy, has shown the cardioprotective benefit of a drug called Suberanilohydroxamic acid, or SAHA, dramatically improved cardiac health and […]

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Researchers find cause of Guillain-Barre syndrome outbreak in Peru

In the spring of 2019, Peruvian neurologists saw a significant increase in the number of patients with Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS). This rare disorder occurs when a person’s immune system damages the nerves, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis. Although GBS typically only affects 3,000-6,000 people annually in the United States (or about 1 in 100,000), Peruvian doctors documented hundreds of […]

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Surveys find strong support for COVID mitigation measures over time, with differences by age, beliefs, party affiliation

A set of surveys fielded last year found that a large majority of U.S. adults support COVID-19 mitigation measures, including indoor mask wearing, social distancing, and contact tracing, with significant differences across certain groups. The surveys, which followed the same people in April, July, and November 2020, were conducted by a team of researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School […]

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Researchers find a better way to measure consciousness

Millions of people are administered general anesthesia each year in the United States alone, but it’s not always easy to tell whether they are actually unconscious. A small proportion of those patients regain some awareness during medical procedures, but a new study of the brain activity that represents consciousness could prevent that potential trauma. It may also help both people […]

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Pfizer, Moderna COVID-19 vaccines protection against South African variant unclear, studies find

Fox News Flash top headlines for February 18 Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what’s clicking on Foxnews.com. New research suggests a concerning coronavirus variant first identified in South Africa diminished Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccine-induced antibody levels, and the level of protection is unclear. For the Pfizer vaccine, researchers with the University of Texas Medical Branch published findings from […]

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How does COVID-19 affect the brain? Researchers are starting to find answers

Sam Rafferty fell severely ill after getting infected with COVID-19 at an uncle’s funeral in March, an event that sickened her entire family and left Rafferty and her daughter struggling to breathe. But it’s not her lungs that have kept her from making a full recovery; it’s her brain. “I coughed for two and a half months. The neurological stuff […]

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Researchers find neuron behind fatal anorexia, solution in high-fat diet

Researchers have long known that many people (mostly women) suffering from anorexia face a high risk of death. But, until now, they didn’t know what causes the eating disorder to turn fatal. In a research letter published in the Oct. 26 edition of Nature Metabolism, Yale researchers describe a specific neuron that appears to play an important role in whether […]

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