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How do we know the COVID vaccine won’t have long-term side-effects?

by Samantha Carlson, Christopher Blyth, Lucy Deng, Margie Danchin and Nicholas Wood, The Conversation Credit: Shutterstock As Australia's COVID-19 vaccine rollout begins this week, many people still have questions about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, both in the short and long term. As vaccine experts, we hear these concerns all the time, and it's normal…

U.S. could reach herd immunity by late spring

Suzanne Judd, Ph.D., an epidemiologist at UAB, explains what will lead to herd immunity and why it is important to remain vigilant in reducing the spread of COVID-19. Credit: CC0 Public Domain The United States could be approaching herd immunity, which occurs when enough people become immune to a disease to make its spread unlikely,…

Signal coupling between neuron-glia supernetwork may lead to improved memory formation

Optogenetic control of glial pH suppresses or enhances the glial release of glutamate. Credit: Ko Matsui Tohoku University scientists have shown that neuronal and glial circuits form a loosely coupled super-network within the brain. Activation of the metabotropic glutamate receptors in neurons was shown to be largely influenced by the state of the glial cells.…

Efficient, systematic genetic analysis helps dissect disease inheritance

The growth in the number of GWAS studies that discovered the risk loci is much higher than that of the studies that investigate the mechanisms and functions of the risk loci. Credit: Michael D. Gallagher et al. Many genetic variants have been found to have a linkage with genetic diseases, but the understanding of their…

Looking out for speech disturbance may be the most important stroke sign

Credit: University of Pennsylvania With an increase in remote work, virtual meetings, and video chats, many of us may not realize we are now on the front lines of stroke detection via the speakers on our computers, phones and other devices. Across the world, fewer people are going to the hospital to be treated for…

17 Deep Conversations About Mental Health We Had in 2020

Our product picks are editor-tested, expert-approved. We may earn a commission through links on our site. 2020 was difficult on us all. We struggled with indoor stir crazies, WFH burnout, and election stress and anxiety. The result? A September 2020 study found that one in four Americans struggled with depression this year, more than three…
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