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    23 April

    Sea Urchin Killer Identified: Scientists Unmask the Microscopic Menace Behind Massive Die-Off Event

    A scuticociliate, a single-celled organism, has been identified as the cause of the 2022 mass die-off of long-spined sea urchins in the Caribbean and Florida’s east coast. These urchins are crucial for coral reef health, and the discovery raises questions about the ciliate’s presence, growth conditions, and potential impact on other species.  Photo of Long Spined Sea Urchin (Diadema antillarum). The mass die-off of the long-spined sea urchin – a loss that threatens the health of coral reefs from the Caribbean to Florida’s east coast – was caused by a one-celled organism called a ciliate. The search for the 2022…

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  • 22 April

    New Study Links Prenatal Depression to Heart Disease

    A new study has found that individuals diagnosed with depression during pregnancy have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease within two years postpartum. The study emphasizes the importance of using pregnancy as a window to future health, recommending that those with prenatal depression be aware of their long-term cardiovascular health and implement prevention strategies. According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, individuals who suffered from depression during pregnancy were found to have a higher likelihood of being diagnosed with cardiovascular disease within two years post-partum. A study of more than 100,000 people…

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  • 16 April

    Cracking the Alzheimer’s Code: A Groundbreaking New Approach to Visualizing the True Culprit

    Lead Image: South Korean researchers have discovered that reactive astrocytes, rather than amyloid-beta plaques, may be the main cause of Alzheimer’s disease. The team developed a new imaging technique using PET scans with radioactive acetate and glucose probes to visualize the interaction between astrocytes and neurons in Alzheimer’s patients. The researchers found that acetate, previously thought to be an energy source for astrocytes, can promote reactive astrogliosis and suppress neuronal metabolism. This breakthrough could lead to a new method for early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and identify MCT1, an astrocyte-specific acetate transport, as a potential therapeutic target. PET imaging of…

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  • 16 April

    New Research Identifies the Best Way To Close Gender Pay Gaps

    Gender pay gaps refer to the disparity in earnings between men and women in the workforce. Despite significant progress in promoting gender equality, the pay gap remains a persistent issue globally. New research suggests that businesses can eliminate gender pay gaps, acknowledge exceptional performance, and enhance their compensation plans by locating the root cause of pay disparity and fairly distributing raises to women who are underpaid. The researchers have collaborated with various businesses of varying sizes, from those with 75 employees to those with 130,000 employees, to develop their approach. This has enabled most of these firms to close the…

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  • 15 April

    Concerning – Popular Hawaiian Tourist Spot Is Being “Overused”

    SCUBA divers monitor fish within Molokini’s submerged crater during Hawaii’s COVID lockdown. Comparing these data with those from similar pre- and post-lockdown surveys allowed the researchers to detect differences in fish community structure caused by human presence. Credit: Dr. Kevin Weng/Virginia Institute of Marine Science In August 2019, Hawaii’s Molokini island attracted over 40,000 tourists for snorkeling and diving. However, in March 2020, the global COVID lockdown brought that number down to nearly zero. The sudden and prolonged decrease in visitors to one of the world’s most renowned snorkeling destinations presented scientists with a unique chance to examine the effect…

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