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Statins May Provide Protection Against Depression – Neuroscience News

Statins May Provide Protection Against Depression – Neuroscience News

Summary: Statins reduced negative emotional bias in people with depression. The findings suggest statins may provide protection against depression. Source: Elsevier Statins have been hailed as a wonder drug; the cholesterol-lowering drugs have been prescribed to tens of millions of people since their approval in the late 1980s to prevent heart attack and stroke. But …

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Local virus rates are on the rise.  And it’s not the one you’re thinking of.

Local virus rates are on the rise. And it’s not the one you’re thinking of.

Dr. Gary Green has been an infectious disease specialist for 25 years. In that quarter century, he has never seen the flu on the rise this time of year—until now. But it isn’t just the strange, unseasonal rise in influenza that has Green, a Sutter Health physician, concerned. The particular strain driving this spike is …

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‘Smart’ Contact Lens Could Help Treat a Leading Cause of Blindness, Scientists Say

‘Smart’ Contact Lens Could Help Treat a Leading Cause of Blindness, Scientists Say

A flexible contact lens that senses eye pressure and releases a drug on-demand could help treat glaucoma, the second leading global cause of blindness worldwide. The compact wireless device, which has been developed by a team of Chinese researchers and tested in pig and rabbit eyes so far, appears to detect and reduce rising eye …

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What to Know Now About COVID as It Surges Again: ‘These Case Numbers Are a Severe Undercount’

What to Know Now About COVID as It Surges Again: ‘These Case Numbers Are a Severe Undercount’

Covid-testing Callaghan O’Hare/Bloomberg via Getty COVID-testing It’s become a troublingly familiar refrain, but COVID-19 is once again surging in the US After the major omicron spike over the winter months, the variant has mutated — twice, to BA.2 and BA.2.12.1 — and both are spreading rapidly across the country. This time, though, the US is …

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Mind-Altering Parasite May Make Infected People More Attractive, Study Suggestions

Mind-Altering Parasite May Make Infected People More Attractive, Study Suggestions

The brain-hijacking parasite Toxoplasma gondii seems to be almost everywhere. The microscopic invader is thought to infect up to 50 percent of people, and a range of studies suggests it may alter human behavior, in addition to that of many other animals. The parasite has been linked with a wide range of neurological disorders, including …

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