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Battling COVID-19 using UV light

As the deadly COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc around the world with no end in sight, new ways in which to stop the spread or mitigate the effects of the disease are few. Although most experts agree that a

The impact of the pandemic on the Brazilian labor market

The pandemic has disrupted economic activity and worsened social problems in many countries. In Brazil, its impact has been especially severe. “The level of employment, defined as the number of people in work divided by the working-age population, fell below

Melatonin: finally, a supplement that actually boosts memory

Researchers at Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) in Japan show that melatonin and its metabolites promote the formation of long-term memories in mice and protect against cognitive decline. Chiba, Japan — Walk down the supplement aisle in your local

Why failing hearts love hard workouts

“Our research on rats with heart failure shows that exercise reduces the severity of the disease, improves heart function and increases work capacity. And the intensity of the training is really importance to achieve this effect,” says Thomas Stølen, a

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Glucosamine may dramatically reduce overall death rates, study suggests

Glucosamine may dramatically reduce overall death rates, study suggests In conclusion, regular consumption of glucosamine/chondroitin seems to be significantly associated with lower overall and cardiovascular mortality. Given the strength of the association, a 27% lower likelihood of overall mortality and

Nursing researcher’s experience in COVID-19 vaccine trial

I was scrolling through Instagram in early August 2020 when I saw an advertisement that caught my attention. Usually, I swipe past these without a second glance, but this was for the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine trial. It

Are people healthy enough to retire later?

While many people are now enjoying longer, healthier lives, current retirement ages are posing challenges for both policymakers and retirees. A new study looked into whether there is potential to increase the retirement age based on the relationship between working

Red propolis could be used to treat schistosomiasis

Well-known for its bactericidal and anti-fungal properties, Brazilian red propolis has now been found to act powerfully against the parasite that causes schistosomiasis, reducing the number of eggs and killing the helminths (worms). In experiments performed at Universidade Guarulhos (UnG)

Less COVID-19 transmission seen in countries with more intense testing

Lacking vaccines, countries have relied on multiple non-pharmaceutical interventions to control COVID-19 transmission. Despite the urging of the World Health Organization (WHO) in March to “test, test, and test,” policy makers disagree on on how much testing is optimal. A

What social distancing does to a brain

Have you recently wondered how social-distancing and self-isolation may be affecting your brain? An international research team led by Erin Schuman from the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research discovered a brain molecule that functions as a “thermometer” for the

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Plant-based diet ramps up metabolism

The study randomly assigned participants–who were overweight and had no history of diabetes–to an intervention or control group in a 1:1 ratio. For 16 weeks, participants in the intervention group followed a low-fat, plant-based diet based on fruits, vegetables, whole

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