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Sunday, 1 August 2021

Simple psychological ‘trick’ moderates political views

Giving people false descriptions of their political opinions depolarizes these views, a new study finds. The level of polarization currently evident in the political discourse of the United States has created a climate of heightened animosity. Such a dramatic, virulent divide makes productive discussion of important issues nearly impossible. As…

Type 2 diabetes: The best vegetables to help lower blood sugar levels

Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin to function properly, or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin. This means glucose stays in the blood and isn’t used as fuel for energy. The diet can play an essential role in managing type 2 diabetes and understanding…

Get ready for clocks to ‘spring ahead’

If losing an hour of sleep with the switch to Daylight Saving Time on Sunday leaves you feeling tired, you’re not alone. Fifty-five percent of Americans feel the same way, according to an American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) survey. For most Americans, the clock will “spring forward” at 2…

Pilot clinical trial in China to test possible targeted therapy for COVID-19

A University of British Columbia researcher is part of an international team working with a biotechnology company on a pilot clinical trial of a potential new treatment for patients with severe coronavirus infections in China. Dr. Josef Penninger, director of UBC’s Life Sciences Institute and Canada 150 Chair in Functional…

New Zealand’s needle exchanges helped reduced HIV transmissions

New Zealand has avoided the high HIV rates seen among high-risk groups in other countries, a new study shows. Sustained, extremely low levels of HIV transmission among people who inject drugs, including gay and bisexual men, reflect the success of needle-exchange programs and other harm reduction measures, researchers say. The…

Racial, ethnic, sex, insurance disparities ID’d in acne care

Racial/ethnic, sex, and insurance-based disparities are seen in acne care, according to a study published online Feb. 5 in JAMA Dermatology. John S. Barbieri, M.D., from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and colleagues conducted a retrospective cohort study to identify potential disparities in…

COVID-19 highly uncertain, global costs could be very high

ANU researchers give the first wide-ranging global economic assessment of the effects of Covid-19 to help policy policymakers prepare a coordinated response to the economic costs of a pandemic and as the virus evolves. The research paper models seven scenarios. Four of the seven scenarios in the paper examine the…

Even After Stroke, Many Smokers Still Light Up

THURSDAY, Feb. 13, 2020 — While fewer Americans are smoking these days, the habit has remained stubbornly persistent among stroke survivors, new research shows. The researchers found that the prevalence of smoking among U.S. stroke survivors has not improved since 1999 and, as of 2016, stood at 26%. That’s in…