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Study finds key psychological trait linked to happier families

Study finds key psychological trait linked to happier families

What makes some families and couples happier and more cohesive in their relationship? Many factors play a role, but a new study from the University of Rochester finds that one particular personality trait is a key element of this positive outcome -- and, on the flip side, the study also identified a psychological tendency that may strain relationships and home life.

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Fresh basil recalled in several states over risk of parasitic infection

Fresh basil recalled in several states over risk of parasitic infection

Around 15,000 units of fresh basil have been recalled in several states over the risk of Cyclospora, a parasite that can cause illness in people who contract it. The recall is described as voluntary and made 'out of an abundance of caution' after the Florida Department of Agriculture tested one package and identified the possible contamination.

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CDC study warns COVID-19 cases in US may be close to 100 million

CDC study warns COVID-19 cases in US may be close to 100 million

Researchers with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have published a new study warning that actual COVID-19 case numbers in the United States may be drastically higher than reported. The potentially true number of cases was determined using a probabilistic multiplier model and existing data on infections.

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Nanodiamonds could help improve diagnostic tests to detect disease

Nanodiamonds could help improve diagnostic tests to detect disease

Researchers at UCL have conducted tests that found the quantum sensing abilities of nanodiamonds can be used to increase the sensitivity of paper-based diagnostic tests. Researchers say nanodiamonds could allow for earlier detection of diseases such as HIV. Paper-based lateral flow tests work the same way as a pregnancy test.

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Study details how certain daily activities can be used to boost energy

Study details how certain daily activities can be used to boost energy

If you find yourself feeling sluggish during the day, there may be certain daily habits you can modify to get a boost in energy and alertness, according to a new study. Though deliberate exercise has been linked with positive effects on mental health and energy levels, this new study is different: it focuses on daily activities and how they can be used to increase alertness and a sense of wellbeing.

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FDA says romaine hearts recalled in 15 states over E. coli risk

FDA says romaine hearts recalled in 15 states over E. coli risk

Romaine hearts, the tall and crunchy center mass of romaine lettuce that is often sold in packages, is the subject of a new recall in 15 states. The recall is for a familiar reason: the risk of E. coli contamination, which can lead to severe illness in some people, though this recall is for a non-outbreak strain. As with other recent romaine recalls, there's some good news to go along with the advisory.

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Study finds vegans may face greater bone fracture risk than meat eaters

Study finds vegans may face greater bone fracture risk than meat eaters

A study published over the weekend has reported that vegans and others who generally avoid animal products in their diets may face a greater risk of bone fracture compared to people who eat meat. The study focused on all varieties of plant-based diets, including vegan, vegetarian, and pescatarian, finding that the bone fracture risk increased as the animal products in the diet decreased.

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Study shows pandemic could end – face masks lower the ERN

Study shows pandemic could end – face masks lower the ERN

A study conducted this year using COVID-19 outbreak and containment data showed that consistent use of facemasks could potentially end the pandemic. The study's focus was fluid flow behavior of respiratory droplets and aerosols through facemasks with a special focus on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19.

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Psilocybin study offers hope for chronic migraine sufferers

Psilocybin study offers hope for chronic migraine sufferers

Budding research into the potential use of psilocybin, a psychedelic, to treat migraine disorders has returned positive results. The new study from Yale School of Medicine is the first of its kind to investigate this potential use for psilocybin using a double-blind placebo-controlled cross-over study. The results, though preliminary, are promising.

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AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness revealed – with some surprises

AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness revealed – with some surprises

A third COVID-19 vaccine candidate, co-developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca, is the latest to deliver successful trial results, with particularly promising pricing and logistics promised. The drug, ChAdOx1 nCoV-2019, showed up to 90-percent efficacy in one treatment regimen, and both Oxford and AstraZeneca have committed to supplying it on a not-for-profit basis during the pandemic.

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Diet study has good news for older adults trying to lose weight

Diet study has good news for older adults trying to lose weight

Many people claim that weight loss becomes more difficult the older you get, but a new study led by the University of Warwick finds that this claim is a myth. The research was conducted at University Hospitals Coventry, where experts found that adults over the age of 60 can lose weight just as effectively as younger people.

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Diet study finds many vegans may severely lack iodine, but not B12

Diet study finds many vegans may severely lack iodine, but not B12

Plant-based diets, including vegan ones, are growing in popularity as the public becomes more conscious of dietary impacts on the environment and health. The trend away from animal-based products has raised some questions and concerns about the potential health consequences of plant-based diets, ones mostly revolving around nutrients and the struggles one may face when only consuming plant foods.

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