Is Beauty Headed for a Social Media Shakeup in 2020?

New year, new…social media strategy? The blogger boom, rise and fall (and rise again) of Snapchat, Facebook's political woes, the YouTube chronicles, Instagram's reign as king: these were the defining social media moments of the past decade. But as Instagram's user growth slows, #SponCon fatigue sets in and brands become mesmerized by TikTok, there may be a turning of the […]

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Low-calorie sweeteners do not mean low risk for infants

Many people turn to artificial or so-called natural sweeteners to cut calories and lose weight. A new study led by Dr. Raylene Reimer, Ph.D., published in the high-impact journal Gut discovered that the consumption of low-calorie sweeteners while pregnant increased body fat in their offspring and disrupted their gut microbiota—the trillions of bacteria and other microorganisms that inhabit the intestinal […]

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People who nap are more productive, says study

Looking for a way to get more done with your day? It might sound counterintuitive, but try taking a nap. The key to being a productive person might be taking a quick snooze, suggests new research. A study of 2,000 Americans examined their napping preferences and their personality traits. They found that those who identified as nappers were also more […]

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Understand your sleep cycle to wake up fresh

Don't want to wake up like a zombie? Try understanding your sleep cycle. Sleep is a luxury we crave on a Sunday afternoon. But, ever woken up feeling lethargic after having slumbered for long hours or functioned better despite a shorter shut-eye? The answer lies in your sleep cycle and we tend to snooze in distinct stages. While one may […]

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Gene therapy prevents disorders with alcohol exposure in ALDH2 deficiency

A new study has shown that gene therapy to treat one of the most common hereditary disorders, aldehyde dehydrogenase type 2 (ALDH2) deficiency, may prevent increased risk for esophageal cancer and osteoporosis associated with chronic alcohol exposure. The study, performed in a mouse model of ALDH2, is published in Human Gene Therapy. Ronald Crystal, Matthew Greenblatt, Katie Stiles, and colleagues […]

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New method predicts individual response to Ebola infection

Not everyone who catches Ebola dies of the hemorrhagic virus infection. Some people mount a robust immune defense and recover fully. Yet risk factors for susceptibility to infection and disease severity remain poorly understood. A team at the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health has used a specially bred population of laboratory […]

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