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New vaccine could help halt Alzheimer’s progression, preclinical study finds

Our immune system’s capacity to mount a well-regulated defense against foreign substances, including toxins, weakens with age and makes vaccines less effective in people over age 65. At the same time, research has shown that immunotherapy targeting neurotoxic forms of the peptide amyloid beta (oligomeric Aβ) may halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, the most […]

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Treatment for inflammatory bowel disease doesn’t always work; new study uncovers why

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affects more than 70,000 children in the United States and the prevalence is rising. In fact, 25% of the 3.1 million individuals with IBD present before 21 years of age. There is no cure for IBD, and treatment often includes medication to block a molecule that causes inflammation in the intestines […]

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1 in 3 high school seniors who misused prescription opioids later used heroin

Nearly one-third of students who reported misusing prescription opioids as high school seniors between 1997 and 2000, but did not have a history of medical use, later used heroin by age 35, according to a University of Michigan study. The research also found that 21% of seniors in the same period, who misused prescription opioids […]

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Hot-button words trigger conservatives and liberals differently

How can the partisan divide be bridged when conservatives and liberals consume the same political content, yet interpret it through their own biased lens? Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University and Johns Hopkins University scanned the brains of more than three dozen politically left- and right-leaning adults as they viewed short videos […]

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How initiatives empowering employees can backfire

Strategies meant to motivate people in the workplace may have unintended consequences—depending on who’s in charge. Recent research from Michigan State University and Ohio State University shows that empowerment initiatives aren’t necessarily the answer for business leaders hoping to motivate their employees. “People tend to think of empowerment in uniformly positive ways,” said Nicholas Hays, […]

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Should kids go trick-or-treating? Here’s how to make Halloween less scary

Halloween isn’t really supposed to be scary, but COVID-19 has made trick-or-treating frightening for many parents. There are safe ways to celebrate, but health experts say people need to accept that some traditions need to be adapted to the world today. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a complete list of recommendations for […]

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Sleepless nights, hair loss and cracked teeth: Pandemic stress takes its toll

In late March, shortly after New York state closed nonessential businesses and asked people to stay home, Ashley Laderer began waking each morning with a throbbing headache. “The pressure was so intense it felt like my head was going to explode,” recalled the 27-year-old freelance writer from Long Island. She tried spending less time on […]