Nerve connection makes leg prosthesis feel lighter

One problem with leg prostheses is that they can feel too heavy. Connecting a prosthesis to the nervous system can change that, researchers say.

Fabio Bergamin-ETH Zurich • futurity
Jan. 12, 2021 ~4 min

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Model could lead to personalized artificial hips that last

Modeling how artificial hips stand up over time could help make future implants better. It could also lead to personalized replacement joints.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Jan. 12, 2021 ~7 min

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Pandemic Closes Restaurants, Owner Flies to Save Dogs

VOA Learning English • voa
Jan. 11, 2021 ~7 min

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Study: Pfizer Vaccine Appears Effective Against COVID-19 Variants

VOA Learning English • voa
Jan. 11, 2021 ~4 min

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Why has the US COVID-19 vaccine roll out been so slow?

An expert explains the issues with the COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the United States and how the process could work better.

Saralyn Cruickshank-Johns Hopkins • futurity
Jan. 11, 2021 ~10 min

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Being a mom isn’t why most women support gun control laws

Moms are no more likely to support stricter gun control than other women, a new study shows.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Jan. 11, 2021 ~5 min

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Many people may stick with virtual mental health care

A new study suggests that more than half of people receiving mental health care will want to keep getting care virtually after the pandemic subsides.

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan • futurity
Jan. 11, 2021 ~8 min

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Mindfulness can improve mental health and wellbeing – but unlikely to work for everyone

Mindfulness courses can reduce anxiety, depression and stress and increase mental wellbeing within most but not all non-clinical settings, say a team of

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Jan. 11, 2021 ~6 min

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Implant uses light to tell your brain you’re not hungry

A new wireless medical implant stimulates the endings of the vagus nerve, which is responsible for the regulation of food intake.

Texas A&M University • futurity
Jan. 11, 2021 ~6 min

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Study finds link between gut microbes and Type 2 diabetes

A large-scale international study uses metagenomics and blood analysis to uncover gut microbes associated with the risks for common illnesses such as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.

Malorye Branca • harvard
Jan. 11, 2021 ~5 min

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