Childhood diet has lifelong impact

Child reaching for broccoli and cauliflower (stock image).Credit: © Jevanto Productions / stock.adobe.com Eating too much fat and sugar as a child can alter your microbiome for life, even if you later learn to eat healthier, a new study in mice suggests.advertisement The study by UC Riverside researchers is one of the first to show […]

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The science of siestas: New research reveals the genetic basis for daytime napping

Sleeping in a hammock (stock image).Credit: © estradaanton / stock.adobe.com How often a person takes daytime naps, if at all, is partly regulated by their genes, according to new research led by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and published in Nature Communications. In this study, the largest of its kind ever conducted, the MGH team […]

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‘Where did I park my car?’ Brain stimulation improves mental time travel

Man trying to remember (stock image).Credit: © peshkova / stock.adobe.com You might remember you ate cereal for breakfast but forget the color of the bowl. Or recall watching your partner put the milk away but can’t remember on which shelf.advertisement A new Northwestern Medicine study improved memory of complex, realistic events similar to these by […]

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Discovery boosts theory that life on Earth arose from RNA-DNA mix

DNA illustration (stock image).Credit: © BillionPhotos.com / stock.adobe.com Chemists at Scripps Research have made a discovery that supports a surprising new view of how life originated on our planet.advertisement In a study published in the chemistry journal Angewandte Chemie, they demonstrated that a simple compound called diamidophosphate (DAP), which was plausibly present on Earth before life […]

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Climate change has caused billions of dollars in flood damages

Flooded street (stock image).Credit: © EugeneF / stock.adobe.com In a new study, Stanford researchers report that intensifying precipitation contributed one-third of the financial costs of flooding in the United States over the past three decades, totaling almost $75 billion of the estimated $199 billion in flood damages from 1988 to 2017.advertisement The research, published Jan. […]

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Immune system mounts a lasting defense after recovery from COVID-19, researchers find

Coronavirus illustration (stock image).Credit: © Matthieu / stock.adobe.com As the number of people who have fought off SARS-CoV-2 climbs ever higher, a critical question has grown in importance: How long will their immunity to the novel coronavirus last? A new Rockefeller study offers an encouraging answer, suggesting that those who recover from COVID-19 are protected […]

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