Lauran Neergaard
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Superagers’ brains offer clues for sharp memory in old age
by Lauran Neergaard - February 23, 2018 - 12:33am
It’s pretty extraordinary for people in their 80s and 90s to keep the same sharp memory as someone several decades younger, and now scientists are peeking into the brains of these “superagers” to...
Volunteers sought as race to develop a Zika vaccine heats up
by Lauran Neergaard - August 19, 2016 - 2:06am
Wanted: Volunteers willing to be infected with the Zika virus for science.
The more we learn about Zika, scarier it is, says US officials
by Lauran Neergaard - April 11, 2016 - 6:35pm
The more researchers learn about the Zika virus, the scarier it appears, U.S. health officials said Monday as they urged more money for mosquito control and for developing vaccines and treatments.
Studies raise questions about impact of menu calorie counts
by Lauran Neergaard - November 2, 2015 - 10:09pm
Tracking calories at chain restaurants in the U.S. is supposed to become easier next year, but new studies raise questions about whether the counts actually make a difference for diners and eateries.
High blood pressure: Study backs more aggressive treatment
by Lauran Neergaard - September 11, 2015 - 11:16am
A major new study shows treating high blood pressure more aggressively than usual cuts the risk of heart disease and death in people over age 50, the National Institutes of Health said Friday.
Study: Midlife obesity may spur risk for earlier Alzheimer's
by Lauran Neergaard - September 2, 2015 - 4:36am
Obesity in midlife has long been suspected of increasing the risk of Alzheimer's. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health took a closer look and reported Tuesday that being overweight or obese at age 50...
New study links preterm birth with microbes in mother's body
by Lauran Neergaard - August 17, 2015 - 9:36pm
U.S. scientists might have found a new way to tell who's at risk of having a premature baby, by checking the bacterial community that lives in the mother's reproductive tract.
Lifestyle changes may guard aging brain against memory loss
by Lauran Neergaard - July 24, 2015 - 10:00am
The latest Alzheimer's research has a clear theme: Change your lifestyle to protect your brain.
Study: Smokers may tap into multiple sources for nicotine
by Lauran Neergaard - February 28, 2015 - 1:00am
The first peek at a major study of how Americans smoke suggests many use combinations of products, and often e-cigarettes are part of the mix.
Report urges new name, better diagnosis for chronic fatigue
by Lauran Neergaard - February 11, 2015 - 10:15am
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a real and serious disease that needs a new name to reflect that — and a straightforward way to diagnose the illness.
Study: Environment trumps genetics in shaping immune system
by Lauran Neergaard - January 16, 2015 - 4:25am
New research shows that how your immune system does its job seems to depend more on your environment and the germs you encounter than on your genes.
Liberian president: Help needed to stamp out Ebola
by Lauran Neergaard - December 11, 2014 - 6:41am
Liberia is making progress against Ebola but stamping out the epidemic will be difficult, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf told US lawmakers yesterday.
Ebola vaccine seems safe in first-stage testing
by Lauran Neergaard - November 27, 2014 - 9:11am
An experimental Ebola vaccine appears safe and triggered signs of immune protection in the first 20 volunteers to test it, U.S. researchers reported Wednesday.
US looking past Ebola to prepare for next outbreak
by Lauran Neergaard - November 24, 2014 - 8:31am
The next Ebola or the next SARS. Maybe even the next HIV. Even before the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is brought under control, U.S. public health officials are girding for the next health disaster.
Monkey study: Ebola vaccine works, needs booster
by Lauran Neergaard - September 8, 2014 - 6:00am
New monkey studies show that one shot of an experimental Ebola vaccine can trigger fast protection, but the effect waned unless the animals got a booster shot made a different way.
Drug for Ebola-like virus promising in ill monkeys
by Lauran Neergaard - August 21, 2014 - 7:21am
An experimental drug saved monkeys from a virus closely related to Ebola even after symptoms began, Texas researchers reported yesterday. A drug that targets Ebola in the same way is under development, and the study...
How strong is that drink? Calculator helps figure
by Lauran Neergaard - July 4, 2014 - 8:00am
How strong is that pina colada? Depending on how it's made, it could contain as much alcohol as two glasses of wine.
Labor in tub OK but water births unproven
by Lauran Neergaard - March 21, 2014 - 7:01am
Sitting in a tub of warm water can relieve a mom-to-be's pain during the early stages of labor, but actually giving birth under water has no proven benefit and may be risky, say recommendations for the nation's...
Teen survives rare cancer and then wants to study it, helping scientists find a gene mutation
by Lauran Neergaard - March 1, 2014 - 5:20am
First the teenager survived a rare cancer. Then she wanted to study it, spurring a study that helped scientists find a weird gene flaw that might play a role in how the tumor strikes.
Jazz study shows link between music and language
by Lauran Neergaard - February 20, 2014 - 9:44am
Jazz musicians are famous for their musical conversations — one improvises a few bars and another plays an answer. Now research shows some of the brain's language regions enable that musical back-and-forth...
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