Cutting a teaspoon of salt is comparable to taking blood pressure medication

NPR – A new study published Monday in the journal JAMA found that cutting one teaspoon of salt a day results in a decline in blood pressure comparable to taking blood pressure medication. In this latest study, participants who cut out their daily salt intake by one teaspoon had lower blood pressure in just one week. This was even true for people already on blood pressure medication. But how much sodium is in one teaspoon of...

Effective new treatment for chronic back pain

University of New South Wales – People challenged with chronic back pain have been given hope with a new treatment that focuses on retraining how the back and the brain communicate, a randomized controlled trial run by researchers at UNSW Sydney and Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and several other Australian and European universities has shown. The study, funded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), was described today in a paper published...

11-Year-Old Writes Safe-Water App, Named First-Ever ‘Kid Of The Year’

Dec 3, 2020 NPR – Gitanjali Rao, a Colorado teenager who invented a mobile device to test for lead in drinking water, is Time's Kid of the Year for 2020. The magazine announced the award Thursday, citing Rao's ability to apply scientific ideas to real-world problems — and her desire to motivate other kids to take up their own causes. It's just the latest recognition for Rao, 15, who was named last year to the Forbes...

COVID Vaccine Could Be Ready By September

"The chance of the vaccine working I would say we all have pretty good hope from what we’ve seen so far." – AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot Jun 4 2020 | CNBC – Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is aiming to produce 2 billion doses of a coronavirus vaccine, including 400 million for the U.S. and U.K. and 1 billion for those in low- and middle-income countries. It plans to start distributing the vaccine to the U.S. and U.K....

New Tech May Save Us All From Crapped-In Salad

Safety aspects of indoor farming signal a change in agriculture By Cookson Beecher on February 24, 2020 Food Safety News – An indoor agricultural evolution is in the making. That’s how some people see the surge of interest in growing leafy greens in greenhouses. No doubt about it, this approach to farming has increased dramatically in every corner of the country, even the South. Not surprisingly, food safety has been one of the driving forces pushing indoor farming...

Autism Is Genetic: Study

Largest autism genetics study identifies 102 genes associated with the condition The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine NEWS RELEASE 23-JAN-2020 In the largest genetic sequencing study of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to date, researchers have identified 102 genes associated with risk for autism. The study also shows significant progress towards teasing apart the genes associated with ASD from those associated with intellectual disability and developmental delay, conditions which often overlap. The study results are...
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