Gene Exchange Among Gut Bacteria Is Linked to Industrialization
Gene Exchange Among Gut Bacteria Is Linked to Industrialization
A study of human populations around the world detects differing rates of horizontal gene transfer in the microbiome depending on what kind of society those people live in.
Gene Exchange Among Gut Bacteria Is Linked to Industrialization
Gene Exchange Among Gut Bacteria Is Linked to Industrialization

A study of human populations around the world detects differing rates of horizontal gene transfer in the microbiome depending on what kind of society those people live in.

A study of human populations around the world detects differing rates of horizontal gene transfer in the microbiome depending on what kind of society those people live in.

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Your Partner’s Genome May Affect Your Health
Your Partner’s Genome May Affect Your Health
Catherine Offord | Jan 5, 2021
A study using data from more than 80,000 couples finds evidence of indirect genetic effects on traits ranging from smoking habits to mental health.
Nutrition Researchers Can Determine What You’ve Been Eating
Nutrition Researchers Can Determine What You’ve Been Eating
Amber Dance | Dec 1, 2020
The study of diet, long plagued by inaccuracies in self reports, is entering a new age of precision with the methods of metabolomics.
Infographic: Deciphering Diet from Blood and Urine Samples
Infographic: Deciphering Diet from Blood and Urine Samples
Amber Dance | Dec 1, 2020
Nutrition researchers are beginning to use metabolomics to determine how healthy subjects’ diets are, and even to reveal specific properties of the foods they eat.
Study Questions if School Closures Limit the Spread of COVID-19
Study Questions if School Closures Limit the Spread of COVID-19
Ashley Yeager | Apr 7, 2020
School shutdowns might have a relatively small effect on preventing the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, a new meta-analysis suggests, though the preliminary data point to the need for more studies.
Interactive: How Does Nature Influence Human Health?
Interactive: How Does Nature Influence Human Health?
The Scientist Staff | Jan 8, 2020
Time spent in natural environments is linked to improved physical and mental health, but researchers are only now beginning to dig into the mechanisms.
Can Exercise Explain the Health Benefits of Natural Environments?
Can Exercise Explain the Health Benefits of Natural Environments?
Emily Makowski | Jan 3, 2020
Researchers found that people who spend more time outdoors also spend more time being active and socializing, but it probably doesn’t account for all of the health boost associated with green spaces.
Rising Temperatures Expected to Spur More Early Births
Rising Temperatures Expected to Spur More Early Births
Ashley Yeager | Dec 2, 2019
From 1969 to 1988, 25,000 infants were born early each year as a result of hot weather, and with global warming pushing temperatures higher, more babies will be at risk for early birth.
Antidepressant Approvals Could Herald New Era in Psychiatric Drugs
Antidepressant Approvals Could Herald New Era in Psychiatric Drugs
Bianca Nogrady | Oct 1, 2019
The FDA has given the green light to the first major new classes of antidepressant therapies in decades, opening up new avenues for therapeutic development.
Marijuana Unsafe During Pregnancy or Adolescence: Surgeon General<br>
Marijuana Unsafe During Pregnancy or Adolescence: Surgeon General
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 30, 2019
The federal government cautions that the drug can affect brain development in both teens and fetuses.
Experimental Ebola Treatments Approved for Use in Uganda
Experimental Ebola Treatments Approved for Use in Uganda
Catherine Offord | Jun 19, 2019
The announcement comes as the country prepares for possible spread of the virus from Democratic Republic of Congo.
Pro Football Players Die at a Higher Rate than Pro Baseball Players
Pro Football Players Die at a Higher Rate than Pro Baseball Players
Jef Akst | May 28, 2019
A comparison of thousands of former athletes in the two sports finds that NFL players were more likely than MLB players to die from cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases, in particular.
Sweetened Drinks Linked to Higher Mortality Risk
Sweetened Drinks Linked to Higher Mortality Risk
Catherine Offord | Mar 19, 2019
While sugary beverages seem to be the worst offenders, artificially sweetened drinks might also be associated with health problems, an observational study suggests.
Specific Gut Microbes Linked with Depression: Study
Specific Gut Microbes Linked with Depression: Study
Ashley Yeager | Feb 4, 2019
The research is among the first to find the connection in humans.
Boosting Plants&rsquo; Uptake of Vitamins and Minerals
Boosting Plants’ Uptake of Vitamins and Minerals
Ashley Yeager | Feb 1, 2019
With genetic tweaks, researchers can coax corn and other cereals to take in more iron, but sometimes the plants rebel.
New York Faces Worst Measles Outbreak in Decades
New York Faces Worst Measles Outbreak in Decades
Catherine Offord | Jan 10, 2019
In one county alone, more than 100 cases have been confirmed since October.
Low-Gluten Diet Alters the Human Microbiome
Low-Gluten Diet Alters the Human Microbiome
Catherine Offord | Nov 13, 2018
A study of Danish adults reveals moderate changes in the abundance of multiple gut bacteria species, but the results might not be due to reduced gluten per se.
Self-Control Center in the Brain Linked to Weight Loss
Self-Control Center in the Brain Linked to Weight Loss
Ashley P. Taylor | Oct 18, 2018
Activity in the lateral prefrontal cortex was the best correlate of weight loss in a study of people on a restricted-calorie diet.