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How the heart changes our sensory perception

A new study helps explain why our sensitivity to external sensory stimuli fluctuates with the beating of our hearts. According to popular culture, the brain and heart work in opposition to each other. The brain is the seat of rational, objective thought, whi…

Childhood adversity linked to heart disease in middle age

Growing up in a challenging family environment is associated with higher rates of cardiovascular disease and mortality in middle age, according to a large prospective study. Lasting physiological, psychological, and behavioral changes are likely to play a rol…

COVID-19: Scientists identify promising drug candidates

By mapping interactions between human proteins and the new coronavirus, researchers have pinpointed 29 potential treatments using drugs already approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a wide range of other conditions. There is currently no vac…

Untested COVID-19 therapies may do more harm than good

Doctors have published a correspondence article warning that untested COVID-19 treatments may do more harm than good. A team of doctors has published a correspondence article in the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology warning that nove…

New drug target for schizophrenia

Researchers in Japan have identified lower levels of a critical lipid in the brains of people with schizophrenia, which could lead to new treatments for the brain disorder. Schizophrenia is a mental illness that can profoundly change an individual’s percepti…

Scientists discover unique mutation of new coronavirus

Researchers have identified a mutation in the genetic code of SARS-CoV-2 that mirrors changes scientists saw in the 2003 SARS outbreak. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes the illness COVID-19. In the mutation, 81 letters in the virus’s genome had been delet…

Targeting early brain inflammation may slow down Alzheimer’s

According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease that impacts a person’s brain. It is the most common form of dementia, affecting around 5 million people in the United States as of 2014. Tho…

COVID-19 pandemic: Some top coping strategies and why they work

Restrictive measures aimed at curbing the new coronavirus pandemic have changed the lives of people all over the world in drastic ways. For this Special Feature, we have asked readers and contributors to share their best coping strategies. People from all ov…