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Health - Pharmacology - 19.11.2021
Expert explainer: COVID-19 vaccines for kids
Health Canada has authorized the use of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in children 5 to 11 years of age. (FatCamera / iStock) By Western Communications November 19, 2021 Health Canada has approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5-11, marking another major milestone in the country's pandemic response.

Health - Pharmacology - 19.11.2021
Single blood test to measure T-cell and antibody response to SARS-CoV-2
Single blood test to measure T-cell and antibody response to SARS-CoV-2
A test to measure both the T-cell and antibody response to SARS-CoV-2 in a single blood sample has been developed by scientists at Cardiff University. The unique approach can also be used to measure the immune response brought about by vaccination and previous infection. It was developed in collaboration with Wales-based biotechnology company ImmunoServ Ltd and is outlined in a study published in the journal Immunology.

Innovation - Environment - 19.11.2021
Wireless Devices Help Monitor Livestock Health and Location
Carnegie Mellon University Livestock like cows, horses and bison are typically managed as large herds and require massive expanses of pasture. While this group-based management has significantly increased productivity, it makes continuous monitoring of animal health and well-being labor-intensive and challenging.

Earth Sciences - 19.11.2021
Behold - the bendability of tectonic plates
Behold - the bendability of tectonic plates
A new study introduces a novel way for tectonic plates - massive sheets of rock that jostle for position in the Earth's crust and upper mantle - to bend and sink. It's a bit of planetary Pilates that may solve the longstanding mystery of "subduction," the process by which tectonic plates plunge deep into the Earth's interior.

Materials Science - Environment - 18.11.2021
Turning Up the Heat: Thermal Energy Storage Could Play Major Role in Decarbonizing Buildings
Berkeley Lab research efforts in advanced materials and cost analyses give major boost to an overlooked technology Berkeley Lab researchers have reported a breakthrough in phase-change materials, which will improve the affordability of thermal energy storage. Phase-change materials can be added inside walls and automatically keep a building cool or warm depending on the ambient temperature.

Health - Pharmacology - 18.11.2021
New analysis predicts how well vaccines will work against COVID-19 strains
Vaccines are less effective against some COVID-19 variants and boosting may be required within one year to maintain efficacy above 50 per cent, according to a new study. The researchers from the Sydney Institute for Infectious Diseases at the University of Sydney, UNSW Sydney's Kirby Institute and the University of Melbourne's Doherty Institute have conducted an analysis that can help inform the COVID-19 response by identifying an 'immune correlate' of vaccine protection.

Health - Pharmacology - 18.11.2021
Good oral health in pregnancy could help reduce risk of premature birth
Good news to reduce the likelihood of pre-term birth, which affects about 1 in 10 Regular dental checks, dental cleaning and treatment of gum inflammation should be a vital part of pregnancy care to help prevent adverse outcomes including premature birth, a global University of Sydney review has found.

Life Sciences - Pharmacology - 18.11.2021
When the senses get confused
UdeMNouvelles A gene linked to intellectural disability and epilepsy might also be playing havoc with some patients' senses, including sight and hearing, a new UdeM-led study suggests. The SYNGAP1 gene, recently recognized for its role in intellectual disability and epilepsy, may also affect the sensory system of patients with a genetic mutation linked to this gene.

Health - Environment - 18.11.2021
Researchers from U-M, MSU, OU team up to develop wearable pollution-measuring technology
Researchers from U-M, MSU, OU team up to develop wearable pollution-measuring technology
A walk in the park could soon include getting real-time measurements of pollutants in the air and updated walking routes to avoid the most toxic ones, all while wearing a gadget the size of a smart watch. With the support of a $2.78 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, researchers at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Oakland University are teaming up to develop wearable technology able to identify particulate matter pollution such as soot and toxic metals generated by cars, trucks and industrial sources.

Pharmacology - Health - 18.11.2021
Inequitable access to COVID-19 vaccines among countries that hosted trials
A Yale-led study reveals that lowand middle-income countries that hosted clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines are receiving proportionately fewer doses of these vaccines, suggesting that there are wealth-based disparities in COVID-19 vaccine access among countries that participate in testing. The study, published Nov.

Astronomy / Space Science - Innovation - 17.11.2021
Worlds next door: looking for habitable planets around Alpha Centauri
Worlds next door: looking for habitable planets around Alpha Centauri
In collaboration with the Breakthrough Initiative, Saber Astronautics and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Professor Peter Tuthill is leading TOLIMAN, a project to discover if the nearest stars have planets that could support life. A mission to discover new planets potentially capable of sustaining life around Earth's nearest neighbour, Alpha Centauri, was announced today.

Research Management - Health - 17.11.2021
Nine Waterloo researchers among the most cited in the world
Highly anticipated list identifies a "who's who" of influential researchers A major annual publication has recognized nine University of Waterloo faculty members as being among the most cited in the word. A list published by the global analytics firm Clarivate identifies researchers who demonstrated "significant influence in their chosen field or fields through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade." Their names are drawn from the publications that rank in the top one per cent by citations for field and publication year in the company's global citation index.

Life Sciences - Health - 17.11.2021
Matters of the Heart
Matters of the Heart
The cover of this week's edition of Nature , with the eye-catching title "Matters of the heart", features a basic research study carried out exclusively by the Research Group on Evolution and Development (Evo-Devo) of the Genetics Section of the Faculty of Biology of the UB. The study deciphers one of the remaining enigmas about the transition between free and sedentary lifestyle in the ancestors of our own phylum: chordates.

Pharmacology - Chemistry - 17.11.2021
Chemistry breakthrough leads way to more sustainable pharmaceuticals
Chemistry breakthrough leads way to more sustainable pharmaceuticals
Scientists at Bath have developed a more sustainable way of making pharmaceuticals that will cut waste and energy usage significantly. Last updated on Wednesday 17 November 2021 Chemistry researchers at the University of Bath have developed a new method using blue light to create pharmaceuticals in a more sustainable way, significantly reducing the amount of energy needed and the chemical waste created in the manufacture process.

Life Sciences - Health - 16.11.2021
Sufficient energy supply decisive for nerve development
Sufficient energy supply decisive for nerve development
The bodies of animals and humans are innervated by a network of nerve cells which are connected through long extensions. The nerve cells use these so-called axons and dendrites to communicate with one another. During early development, nerve cells grow a large number of axons and dendrites. To make the connections specific, redundant extensions are removed at a later stage in a process called "pruning".

Health - Psychology - 16.11.2021
Researchers confirm link between testing positive for COVID-19 and fatigue and sleep problems
Those who tested positive for COVID-19 (confirmed by a PCR test) had an increased risk of mental illness, fatigue and sleep problems, finds a new study which analysed the electronic primary care health care records* of 226,521 people from across the UK between February 2020 and December 2020. The research**, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open (JAMA Network Open) today, was funded by the National Institute for Health Research Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (NIHR GM PSTRC).

Linguistics / Literature - 16.11.2021
Perceptual links between sound and shape may unlock origins of spoken words
Perceptual links between sound and shape may unlock origins of spoken words
Share this page Share on Twitter Share on facebook Share on linkedin Share on email Most people around the world agree that the made-up word 'bouba' sounds round in shape, and the made-up word 'kiki' sounds pointy - a discovery that may help to explain how spoken languages develop, according to a new study.

Life Sciences - Health - 16.11.2021
A deep look into Huntington's brain aggregates
A new study from EPFL reveals novel insights into the ultrastructure and biochemical composition of huntingtin aggregates, the mark of Huntington's disease, pointing to new avenues for treatment strategies. Huntington's disease is a progressively debilitating brain disease that causes uncontrolled movements, psychological problems, and loss of cognition.

Pharmacology - Health - 16.11.2021
Global antibiotic consumption rates increased by 46 percent since 2000
Antibiotic consumption rates grew by 46 percent after 2000, according to findings which also suggest lack of treatment access in some areas. Global antibiotic consumption rates increased by 46 percent in the last two decades, according to the first study to provide longitudinal estimates for human antibiotic consumption covering 204 countries from 2000 to 2018, published in Lancet Planetary Health on Thursday by the Global Research on Antimicrobial Resistance (GRAM) Project.

Health - Life Sciences - 16.11.2021
Scientists make strides toward an ’off-the-shelf’ immune cell therapy for cancer
Using stem cell engineering and organoid technology, researchers produce large quantities of powerful cancer-fighting iNKT cells Using stem cell engineering and organoid technology, researchers produce large quantities of powerful cancer-fighting iNKT cells Immunotherapies, which harness the body's natural defenses to combat disease, have revolutionized the treatment of aggressive and deadly cancers.