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Brain activity once thought to be background noise is actually required

Brain activity once thought to be background noise is actually required

EPFL researchers have made an important discovery about the brain. The team says that a form of neuron-to-neuron communication previously dismissed as background noise is actually required to keep nerve junctions intact as animals age. Their finding suggests defects in this type of neural communication could contribute to neurodegenerative disorders and other conditions of the brain.

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Delta variant fears come true as COVID spreads and vaccination stalls

Delta variant fears come true as COVID spreads and vaccination stalls

The COVID-19 Delta variant now accounts for 83-percent of all new coronavirus cases in the US, the CDC has confirmed, while fatalities have also risen again after a period of decline. The new figures suggest earlier fears that the Delta strain could spread far more rapidly were, if anything, optimistic, as the particularly virulent mutation and immunization reluctance in some states lead to new and dangerous hotspots.

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CDC updates COVID-19 school rules: In-person learning, vaccines & masks

CDC updates COVID-19 school rules: In-person learning, vaccines & masks

New CDC schools guidance pushes in-person learning as K-12 classrooms prepare for the fall 2021 return, though masks will remain a key part of the COVID-19 strategy. The US Centers for Disease Control has been criticized in the past for its policies around classroom learning, blamed on one side for impractically strict guidance, while accused of pushing for premature in-person schooling too rapidly by others.

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COVID-19 booster shot controversy as CDC/FDA snipe Pfizer suggestions

COVID-19 booster shot controversy as CDC/FDA snipe Pfizer suggestions

The US FDA and CDC have made an unexpected announcement on COVID-19 vaccine boosters, downplaying hints that a third shot might be necessary to protect against coronavirus variants. Just how long the current COVID-19 vaccinations can actually be expected to remain effective has been a contentious point over the past twelve months, amid the accelerated push to begin immunizations during the global pandemic.

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Tokyo Olympics 2021 ban spectators over COVID-19 state of emergency

Tokyo Olympics 2021 ban spectators over COVID-19 state of emergency

No spectators will be allowed at the Tokyo Olympic Games, the latest twist in the 2021 saga as Japan puts its capital city back into lockdown. The Government of Japan has announced a new state of emergency in Tokyo amid rising COVID-19 cases, with a big impact on how the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be held.

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WHO: COVID-19 Delta variant means the vaccinated should still wear masks

WHO: COVID-19 Delta variant means the vaccinated should still wear masks

Even fully-vaccinated people should continue to wear face masks, the World Health Organization has warned, in order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant. Despite several countries, including the US, softening mask requirements in recent weeks, the WHO has cautioned that new, especially virulent versions of the coronavirus could still be an issue.

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All the dog food recalls in effect for 2021 – so far

All the dog food recalls in effect for 2021 – so far

Today we're taking a look at each of the dog and cat food recalls announced by the FDA in the USA in the year 2021. We've previously reported on most of these recalls in the past, soon after they were initially tipped by the FDA through the first months of this year. Today we're making absolutely sure you are up-to-date on all the recalls as such, just in case any were missed during this tumultuous time.

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California digital COVID-19 vaccine card launches (but don’t call it a vaccine passport)

California digital COVID-19 vaccine card launches (but don’t call it a vaccine passport)

California is the first US state to launch a digital COVID-19 vaccine record, a system tracking coronavirus healthcare that's likely to be as controversial as it is useful. The system, which went live today, allows residents of California to prove their vaccine status without having to carry around a physical card.

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Razer to ship Project Hazel N95 respirator in October

Razer to ship Project Hazel N95 respirator in October

The first time we heard about Razer's Project Hazel N95 respirator was in January of this year, when the pandemic was raging around the world. While some parts of the world are still fighting the pandemic, the pandemic is easing in the US and other countries. Despite that we seem to be on the tail end of the coronavirus pandemic, Razer has announced that it will begin shipping Project Hazel masks in October.

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COVID-19 Delta variant in the US: Why experts are worried

COVID-19 Delta variant in the US: Why experts are worried

Stalling vaccination efforts could lead to a spike in COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths, experts warn, with the latest Delta coronavirus variant proving to be significantly more dangerous than prior strains. COVID-19 Delta has rapidly spread in the US, an ominous sign given new research suggests there's nearly double the risk of hospitalization for those who contract it.

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Study discovers how Omega-3 fatty acids slow the growth of tumors

Study discovers how Omega-3 fatty acids slow the growth of tumors

Some may be surprised to learn that there are good fatty acids that the human body needs despite the prevalence of low-fat diets. Among Omega-3 fatty acids, DHA is particularly important because it's crucial to brain function, vision, and the regulation of inflammatory phenomena. DHA also plays a role in the reduction of the incidence of cancer.

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Researchers create new optical biosensor to detect cancer

Researchers create new optical biosensor to detect cancer

Biosensors are important diagnostic devices that have to be quick, cheap, and easy to use. It's also beneficial if biosensors are compact and autonomous so they can be used by anyone from doctors down to the patient themselves. Most optical biosensors require a wide range of light colors, like a rainbow, to operate reliably.

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