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  • Algorithm identifies ten times more naturally occurring antibiotics
    Drug resistance is a major concern worldwide. Many drugs, including antibiotics of “last resort” such as vancomycin and daptomycin, are Peptidic Natural Products (PNPs) that have an unparalleled track record in pharmacology. As a matter of fact, many antimicrobial and anticancer agents are PNPs. However, discovery of new PNPs is a difficult challenge, both experimentally [...]
  • Number of older people with four or more diseases will double by 2035, say researchers
    A study published today in Age and Ageing, the scientific journal of the British Geriatrics Society, reports that the number of older people diagnosed with four or more diseases will double between 2015 and 2035. A third of these people will be diagnosed with dementia, depression or a cognitive impairment. The study, conducted by researchers [...]
  • Married Veterans More at Risk of Suicide than Single Soldiers
    Among recently returned veterans, a new study says those who are married or living with a partner are at higher suicide risk than soldiers who are single, and older married female veterans are at the greatest risk. While one might assume soldiers returning from deployment would find comfort and support reuniting with a spouse or loved one, the transition to [...]
  • Engineers design artificial synapse for “brain-on-a-chip” hardware
    When it comes to processing power, the human brain just can’t be beat. Packed within the squishy, football-sized organ are somewhere around 100 billion neurons. At any given moment, a single neuron can relay instructions to thousands of other neurons via synapses — the spaces between neurons, across which neurotransmitters are exchanged. There are more [...]
  • Civic engagement can help teens thrive later in life
    Want to help your teenagers become successful adults? Get them involved in civic activities – voting, volunteering and activism. Although parents providing this bit of advice to teens will likely be met with groans and eye rolling, research does back it up. In a study published in the current issue of the journal Child Development, [...]

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