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Letter from the Editor: The science of sleep

Given the unprecedented challenges of recent months, its perhaps unsurprising that many of us are experiencing sleep deprivation. In a recent survey conducted in the United Kingdom, around 75% of re…

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Inflammatory bowel disease linked to an overactive memory immune cell

New research has linked inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) with a long lasting, overactive immune cell. A new study has identified a link between IBD and the presence of a dysfunctional immune cell th…

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Study finds link between low fungi diversity in lungs and severity of ARDS

A new study in people with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) has found a link between a low diversity of fungi in their lungs and their likelihood of developing severe disease. New research…

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Treating COVID-19 may increase antibiotic resistance

The use of antibiotics in individuals with COVID-19 may result in increased antimicrobial resistance (AMR). This can involve bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics. The effects may be felt among …

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Study found plastic in every seafood sample it analyzed

New research suggests microplastics have invaded the food chain to a greater extent than previously documented. Millions of metric tons of plastic enter the oceans every year. Some of it is highly v…

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Blood pressure drugs may improve COVID-19 survival

A review of research has found that patients taking certain drugs for high blood pressure had a lower risk of severe COVID-19 and death than patients who were not taking these medications. Early in …

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How to be an ally for Black lives

The dominating presence of racism, with its harmful effects on both mental and physical health, has been an undeniable reality for Black people for centuries. Despite the election of a Black presid…

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Gut health experts define ‘synbiotic’ supplements

A panel of scientists has published a document that clarifies the definition of synbiotic products, which contain friendly bacteria and a substrate on which the bacteria feed. It also makes recommend…

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The Recovery Room: News beyond the pandemic

August 28 The coronavirus pandemic has dominated the headlines and our daily lives for most of this year. Medical News Today have covered this fast-moving, complex story with live updates on the late…

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What explains racial disparities in sleep? Physicians weigh in

Last week, we dove deep into existing research and revealed profound racial disparities in the amount of sleep that adults in the United States get on a regular basis. This week, we follow up with a …