The first step in our ability to see is the microscopic change of a protein called rhodopsin found in the retina. This protein is responsible for converting light into signals that our brain can interpret to form images. The process occurs within an incredibly small time frame, taking only a picosecond or one-trillionth of a…
Why subvariants of the COVID-19 virus caused the pandemic to accelerate to record levels.
The COVID-19 pandemic has killed around 7 million people worldwide (1.1 million in the United States) and made many more people sick. Vaccines and antiviral treatments helped save many lives and reduce sickness.
Cases of a highly contagious drug resistant fungal infection have increased drastically in the past 3 years.
Cases of Candida auris, a highly contagious fungal infection, increased drastically between 2019 and 2021, and echinocandin-resistant cases also rose.
IQ scores show Americans are getting stupider in some areas, says new study.
Over the past century, IQ scores in the United States have shown a significant increase. According to a phenomenon known as the “Flynn effect,” IQ scores have been increasing by around three to five points per decade. However, a recent study by Northwestern University found evidence of a reverse Flynn effect in a large U.S.…
Researchers find the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron XBB.1.5 variant is highly transmissible and predict it “will rapidly spread worldwide in the near future”.
Recently, a team of Japanese researchers has identified the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron XBB.1.5 variant prevalent in the Western hemisphere, which has high transmissibility and infectivity, and is a cause of concern for public health.
Scientists may have discovered the underlying cause for Parkinson’s disease – common dry-cleaning chemicals.
A common and widely used chemical may be fueling the rise of the world’s fastest growing brain condition – Parkinson’s disease.
Children may have gained immunity to COVID-19 from catching common colds.
During the pandemic, medical doctors and researchers noticed that children and adolescents infected with COVID-19 became less ill than adults. A possible explanation for this is that children already had a prior level of immunity to COVID-19 provided by memory T cells generated by common colds.
Because of accidents, drugs, and violence, child mortality rates in America see their highest increase in more than 50 years.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, child and adolescent mortality rates in the United States have increased by 20%, the largest increase in at least 50 years.
Football helmet manufacturers need to improve in one key area of helmet design.
A recent study by University of Cincinnati engineers found that football helmets made by four popular manufacturers are not designed as well as they could be. This is a concern, as concussions from football are a health concern across all age groups, from youth sports to professional leagues.
Older adults near fracking sites have higher rates of cardiovascular diseases says new study.
A recent study conducted by the University of Chicago found that older adults residing close to fracking sites in Pennsylvania had higher rates of hospitalization for cardiovascular diseases compared to individuals living in nearby New York state, where fracking is banned.