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Can this soil microbe boost artificial photosynthesis?

A spot of molecular glue and a timely twist help a bacterial enzyme convert carbon dioxide into carbon compounds 20 times faster than plant enzymes do during photosynthesis, research finds. The results stand to accelerate progress toward converting carbon dioxide into a variety of products. Plants rely on a process...
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Black Senior Patients Are Most Likely To Get Unnecessary Antibiotics: Study

Doctors are overprescribing antibiotics to Black patients 65 and older at an alarming rate, a new study found. University of Texas Health Science researchers concluded that 64 percent of the antibiotics prescribed to Black patients were unnecessary and inappropriate — that number jumps to 74 percent for senior patients 65 and up.
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Is Nursing More Toxic Than Ever? Nurses Think So.

We’ve heard the expression “nurses eat their young,” but things have arguably gotten even worse over the last couple years. Nurses are being asked to do more with fewer resources and less time than they were previously, which has led to unprecedented rates of anxiety, depression, and burnout. A recent study shows more nurses are thinking about leaving the profession than ever before with the U.S. headed for a shortfall of half a million providers in just three years.
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Ethical microbiome research with Indigenous communities

Human"“microbiome interactions have been associated with evolutionary, cultural and environmental processes. With clinical applications of microbiome research now feasible, it is crucial that the science conducted, particularly among Indigenous communities, adheres to principles of inclusion. This necessitates a transdisciplinary dialogue to decide how biological samples are collected and who benefits from the research and any derived products. As a group of scholars working at the interface of biological and social science, we offer a candid discussion of the lessons learned from our own research and introduce one approach to carry out ethical microbiome research with Indigenous communities.
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The Dyson Global Dust Study Reveals If People Are Cleaning Properly

We independently select these products—if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission. All prices were accurate at the time of publishing. Let’s take it back to Mar. 2020. The start of the COVID-19 pandemic quickly saw a shift in people’s cleaning habits and behaviors as the concern for public health rose. Hand sanitizer sales soared and cleaning and hygiene became a top priority as people were spending a lot more time at home throughout quarantine, and beyond. But as the world starts to pick back up again more than two years after the first case was discovered in the U.S., has our attitude towards cleaning changed?
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Searching for cause of alarming increase in acute severe hepatitis in children

At the end of March, the first cases of acute severe hepatitis of unknown origin in children were reported in the U.K. Since then, the number has increased to more than 300 in around 20 countries; there are now reports of nine suspected cases in Sweden. The acute liver infection mainly affects otherwise completely healthy children under the age of 16, which puzzles researchers who are now searching for answers as to why these children are affected.
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Microbes help orchestrate how the gut uses its genes

The microbes that help break down food actually tell the gut how to do its job better, according to a new study in mice at Duke. The researchers said it appears that the microbes are able to influence which of the gut's genes are being called into action, and in turn, that interaction might lead to a remodeling of the epithelial cells lining the gut so that they match the diet.
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What are viruses?

Viruses are microscopic infectious agents that contain genetic material, either DNA or RNA, and must invade a host in order to multiply. Predominantly, viruses are known for causing disease, as they've triggered widespread outbreaks of illness and death throughout human history. Recent examples of virus-driven outbreaks include the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the 2009 swine flu pandemic and the COVID-19 pandemic, which was caused by a coronavirus first identified in late 2019.
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Study finds the SARS-CoV-2 virus is not viable on cash banknotes

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many businesses stopped accepting cash payments in an effort to reduce the spread of the virus. While neither the CDC nor WHO ever banned the use of paper money, many businesses still only accept payment by card more than two years later. Turns out that...
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Correction to: Characterization of COVID-19-associated cardiac injury: evidence for a multifactorial disease in an autopsy cohort

The original version of this article unfortunately contained an error in the list of authors. Dr. Gurpreet Singhera was inadvertently omitted on the final revision, but had been listed on the previous revision and was intended to be listed as an author. The author list above is with Dr. Singhera added. The authors apologize for the error. The original article has been corrected.
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Copper Eliminates the COVID-19 Virus on Surfaces – Silver Does Not

Copper and silver are known for their antibacterial properties. Researchers from Bochum have explored their effectiveness against viruses. Many pathogens are destroyed by silver and copper ions. As a result, these metals are often used to coat implants and medical instruments. Researchers from Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUBMolecular )’s and Medical Virology and Materials Research departments, in collaboration with Surgical Research at the Bergmannsheil University Hospital in Bochum, investigated whether these metals could also help contain the Covid-19 pandemic by rendering the Sars-Cov-2 virus harmless. They demonstrated that a copper coating eliminates the virus. The same cannot be said for silver. On May 3, 2022, the team published their findings in the journal Scientific Reports.
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UVU: Mechanical engineering student prints 3D hands for children in need

Matt Thomas, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering at Utah Valley University, is one of those exceptional individuals who is always serving others. His last service project was printing prosthetic hands on a 3D printer for underprivileged children in the Philippines and South America. Thomas’ venture into 3D printing began...
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How a Schizophrenia-Linked Gene Alters Brain Development

An article published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry reveals the molecular mechanisms to explain how the YWHAZ gene –related to psychiatric and neurological disorders such as autism and schizophrenia– can alter the neurodevelopmental process. The study, which uses a zebrafish as animal model, is led by the experts...
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In C Diff, New Attention Being Paid to the Role of the Virome

Most of the discussion around fecal microbiota transplantation has focused on bacterial communities, but new advances have shed more light on the role of the virome. As Clostridioides difficile (C diff) has become a global public health problem, one intriguing solution has gained more and more traction: fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT).
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