Stress-related disorders linked to heightened risk of cardiovascular disease: Risk is particularly high during the first year after diagnosis

Stress related disorders — conditions triggered by a significant life event or trauma — may be linked to a heightened risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), finds a large Swedish study published in The BMJ today. The risk of severe and acute CVD events, such as cardiac arrest and heart attack, was particularly high in the … Read more

Mode of delivery alters infants’ gut microbiota and this may impact respiratory health in first year of life

New research being presented at this year’s European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (13-16 April), suggests that mode of delivery influences the development of the microbial composition of the gut (i.e. the gut microbiota) in infants, independently of a mother’s use of antibiotics. This, in turn, may affect … Read more

People are living longer despite care inequalities

The World Health Organization report that life expectancy has increased by 5 years, but data show inequalities in access to health services among countries. A new global report finds that people are living longer, despite disparities in healthcare access. The World Health Statistics series is an annual snapshot of global health compiled by the World … Read more

Through my eyes: Living with anxiety and addiction

If I think back to all of the most memorable and joyous moments of my life, my memories are laced with a dark, gripping cloak of anxiety.As a kid, I would second guess everything that I did. Experiences that other people would celebrate, such as graduations, weddings, and promotions, are dreaded milestones for me — … Read more

Pipettes of the Future: Automation for Acceleration

insights from industryPiero Zucchelli & Nigel SkinnerCEO & Director of MarketingAndrew Alliance An interview with Piero Zucchelli and Nigel Skinner from Andrew Alliance, discussing the development of a series of automated pipettes that wirelessly collate data, so you don’t have to! Automation lies at the heart of Andrew Alliance. Why do you consider this to … Read more

Most links between personality traits and life outcomes are replicable

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Studies showing links between personality traits and life outcomes, such as marital stability and vocational achievements, provide a reasonably accurate map of the relationship between personality and various aspects of one’s life, according to findings from a large-scale replication project. The findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the … Read more

Global life expectancy up 5.5 years since 2000: WHO

While most people who die in rich countries are old, nearly one in three deaths in poorer countries are children under five. (Photo: AFP/Greg Baker) GENEVA: Global life expectancy grew by 5.5 years between 2000 and 2016, the World Health Organization said on Thursday (Apr 4), warning though that unequal income and access to healthcare translates … Read more

Durability vs. recyclability: Dueling goals in making electronics more sustainable

Rows of photovoltaic panels are shown atop a building on the Georgia Institute of Technology campus in Atlanta. Credit: John Toon The falling cost of solar power has led to a boom in recent years, with more and more photovoltaic panels popping up on rooftops and backyard solar farms around the world. But what happens … Read more

Symposium brings spheres together to lend insights to action for elderly

The science, business of aging Sachin Jain of CareMore Health spoke at the annual FUSION event about patient-centered health care. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer Symposium brings spheres together to lend insights to action for elderly The inevitable infirmities of aging may not be so certain after all, experts gathered at Harvard Business School (HBS) say, and … Read more

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