‘Black beauty’ may blow up water’s origin story

Water may emerge in connection with the formation of planets, according to new research. Researchers agree that water is a precondition for life. The first cell emerged in water and then evolved to form multicellular organism. The oldest known single-cell organism on Earth is about 3.5 billion years old. But if life emerged in water,…

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Shrimpy nanotech could carry drugs to tumors

A nanoparticle-based drug delivery system can ferry a potent anti-cancer drug through the bloodstream safely, researchers report. The nanoparticle is derived from chitin, a natural and organic polymer that, among other things, makes up the outer shells of shrimp. Drug delivery is a recurring conundrum in cancer treatment. Scientists have developed many anti-cancer therapeutics, but…

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Revealed! The Most Common Types of Child Injuries

As loving parents, we’ll do anything to keep our children safe. Whether it’s teaching them about stranger-danger, speaking out if someone is behaving inappropriately around them, teaching them how to cross the road and how to stay safe around water and do on. Unfortunately, there are hazards everywhere, and despite our best efforts, we can’t…

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Stuff in ‘magic mushrooms’ could treat major depression

Two doses of the psychedelic substance psilocybin, given with supportive psychotherapy, produced rapid and large reductions in depressive symptoms in a small study of adults with major depression, researchers report. According to the study, most participants showed improvement and half of study participants achieved remission through the four-week follow-up. A compound found in so-called magic…

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Hospital support staff face far higher COVID risk

Support staff and Black and Latinx hospital employees with and without patient care responsibilities have the highest risk for SARS-CoV-2 infection in health care settings, a new study shows. Researchers screened 3,904 employees and clinicians at a New Jersey hospital between late April and late June for the SARS-CoV-2 virus and for lgG-antibodies to the…

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