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Study: Using the Internet may help seniors stay sharp after retirement

Help in retaining mental function when you age could be only a few keystrokes away. While crosswords and exercise are often touted as ways to retain thinking skills, British investigators found that the Internet may also help seniors stay sharp in retirement. Those who used the Internet more after their careers ended had substantially higher…

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Study shows antibody growth from AstraZeneca, Sputnik Light COVID-19 vaccine mix

A small-scale clinical study of the combined use of the AstraZeneca and Sputnik Light vaccines against COVID-19 has shown strong antibody growth in a majority of the study’s participants, the Russian Direct Investment Fund said on Monday. The data was collected from 20 people who took part in a 100-person study in Azerbaijan that began…

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Study finds link between broadband expansion, economic growth

Connected Nation, an advocacy group working to expand connectivity throughout the country, announced this week that it had found a link between broadband access and economic growth. Researchers compared communities in Michigan that participated in the organization’s Connected program with the statewide average when it came to unemployment rate, median household income growth, in-migration and…

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Study: Insulin resistance doubles risk for depression, even without diabetes

Insulin resistance can make you more than twice as likely to develop major depression, even if you haven’t developed full-blown diabetes, a new study reports. Initially healthy people who later developed prediabetes were 2.6 times more likely to come down with major depression during a nine-year follow-up period, according to the findings. “The insulin-resistant folks…

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Study: Vampire Bats Prefer to Hunt with Socially Bonded Roostmates

During nightly foraging trips, closely bonded females of common vampire bats (Desmodus rotundus) depart their roost separately, but often reunite far outside the roost to hunt together, says a new paper published today in the journal PLoS Biology. The common vampire bats (Desmodus rotundus). Image credit: Uwe Schmidt. Vampire bats roost together in trees where…

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Ponemon study finds link between ransomware, increased mortality rate

A report released Wednesday by the Ponemon Institute found that ransomware attacks in the time of COVID-19 have had an impact on patient safety, data and overall care availability.   For the report, sponsored by the risk management platform vendor Censinet, Ponemon surveyed nearly 600 IT and security professionals in healthcare delivery organizations. “Our findings…

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Study finds severe COVID-19 infections can cause long-term delirium

Some COVID-19 patients who develop severe infections leading to hospitalization, including stays in the ICU, may experience long-term delirium, according to a new study from the University of Michigan’s Michigan Medicine. The study involved around 150 people who were hospitalized with COVID-19 during the early days of the pandemic, the majority of whom ended up…

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New study says the moon might impact sleep quality, especially in men

Most modern wearable devices offer sleep tracking features meant to help you make the most of your sleep. They track health parameters during the night and use complex algorithms to establish correlations between activities and one’s sleep quality. Apple made a point during the Apple Watch Series 7 presentation last week to tell users that…

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Study of convicted extremists shows open social media platforms play an increasing role in radicalisation

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The internet is playing an increasingly prominent role in radicalisation, with a particular rise in the use of open social media platforms, according to a comprehensive analysis of the online activity of convicted extremists in England and Wales. The research by Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation…

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Study confirms superior sound of a Stradivari is due to the varnish

Knock on wood — Chemicals used to soak the wood include borax, zinc, copper, alum, and lime water. Jennifer Ouellette – Sep 16, 2021 11:30 pm UTC Enlarge / A 1729 Stradivari known as the “Solomon, Ex-Lambert” on display at Christie’s in New York in March 2007.Along with Andrea Amati and Andrea Guarneri, Antonio Stradivari…