Large study finds potential benefits of digital screen time for children

A screen time study tracking device use in children has found those who spend more time with digital devices had larger friendship groups. The research indicates the influence of screen time may not be as undesirable as some have previously suggested.

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New CDC data shows COVID-19 vaccines still work well against Delta

New CDC data is offering up-to-date insights into the effect of the Delta variant on vaccine effectiveness. The reports indicate unvaccinated people are still 10 times more likely to suffer hospitalization from COVID-19 compared to vaccinated people.

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Harvard study links poor office air quality with reduced cognitive function

New research has found a correlation between air quality in office environments and workers’ cognitive function. The study found low ventilation rates and increased levels of particulate matter were linked with reduced performance on cognitive tests.

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Rheumatoid arthritis linked with gut bacteria imbalance

Impressive research is suggesting bacterial imbalances in the gut microbiome may play a major role in the development of rheumatoid arthritis. The preclinical study found damage to the gut lining directly correlates with joint inflammation and severity.

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“Game-changing” antibody cocktail prevents COVID-19 in the chronically ill

A new monoclonal antibody treatment has been found to protect chronically ill adults from developing COVID-19. The Phase 3 trial results suggest the novel antibody cocktail, delivered by intramuscular injection, could offer up to 12 months protection.

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EPA finally bans common food pesticide after years of court battles

After years of court battles the EPA has announced it will ban agricultural uses of chlorpyrifos, a pesticide suspected of causing health problems in children. The ban comes into effect in six months, with a further review of non-food uses to follow.

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Moderna says vaccine efficacy strong after six months, but booster likely

New data from Moderna is showing its mRNA COVID-19 vaccine remains significantly effective after six months. However, the company does note a reduction in efficacy from the Delta variant indicates a likely need for third dose boosters later in 2021.

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Statin use linked with increased survival from aggressive breast cancer

A study is offering the most detailed investigation to date into the relationship between breast cancer survival and statins – common cholesterol-lowering drugs. The study saw a 58 percent greater survival rate in breast cancer patients taking statins.

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To boost or not to boost? The big COVID-19 vaccine question

When will COVID-19 vaccine booster shots be necessary? Pfizer claims a third booster of its vaccine may be needed six to 12 months after vaccination but not everyone is convinced, with new research finding mRNA vaccines may offer years of protection.

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Wearable robotic system could help rehabilitate stroke victims

When someone has suffered a stroke, they often have difficulty relaying commands from their brain to other parts of their body, such as their limbs. A new robotic system, known as NCyborg, may one day help them regain the ability to do so.

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