Researchers map how people in cities get a health boost from nature

Your local city park may be improving your health, according to a new paper led by Stanford University researchers. The research, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, lays out how access to nature increases people’s physical activity—and therefore overall health—in cities. Lack of physical activity in the U.S. results in $117 billion a year in related health […]

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Bone marrow ‘map’ opens path to organoid-like blood stem cell production

Imagine a day when clinicians treating people with blood diseases such as leukemia or multiple myeloma can send in requests for laboratories to custom-produce specific types of blood cells to replace those affected by the disease. That day became one step closer to reality with a new study led by experts at Cincinnati Children’s that provides powerful new insights into […]

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How to map brain connections using DNA barcodes

A new method developed at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) uses DNA sequencing to efficiently map long-range connections between different regions of the brain. The approach dramatically reduces the cost of mapping brain-wide connections compared to traditional microscopy-based methods. Neuroscientists need anatomical maps to understand how information flows from one region of the brain to another. “Charting the cellular connections […]

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Researchers map structural variants in 17,795 sequenced human genomes

A large team of researchers affiliated with a very large number of medical institutions across the U.S. and also three from Finland, two from Mexico, and one from the U.K. has mapped structural variants in 17,795 sequenced genomes. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes their work, which was meant to explore structural variants in genome […]

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PulseCam peeks below skin to map blood flow

Rice University engineers have found a way to use a video camera to peek below the skin and make high-resolution maps that show doctors and nurses exactly how much blood is reaching the capillaries. PulseCam uses a patented process to combine information from video recordings and a pulse oximeter to create high-resolution blood perfusion maps. Blood flows from the heart […]

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Interactive map reveals London's most polluted tube stations

Is YOUR commute the most polluted in London? Interactive Tube map reveals where air quality is most harmful on city’s trains – and it’s bad news for the Victoria Line King’s College London researchers sent monitoring equipment into underground stations all over the city  They found the Victoria, Central and Northern lines had the most polluted air far above EU […]

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Detailed brain map uncovers hidden immune cells that may be involved in neurodegenerative disorders

Brains contain a variety of immune cells that play an important role for brain function. A team led by Prof. Kiavash Movahedi (VIB Center for Inflammation Research at VUB) has developed a comprehensive cell atlas of the brain’s immune compartment. This revealed not only the striking diversity of brain macrophages, but also uncovered microglia where they were not expected. Remarkably, […]

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