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Early human fossils found in cave are a million years older than expected
Fossils · Johannesburg

Early human fossils found in cave are a million years older than expected

57% Center coverage: 21 sources
Fossils found at the Sterkfontein Caves in South Africa reveal nearly four million years of hominin and environmental evolution. New ages range from 3.4-3.6 million years for Member 4 of the cave. The new dates show that Australopithecus existed almost a million years prior to the appearance of Paranthropus and Homo.See the Story
Flu vaccination linked to 40% reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease
Vaccinations · Washington

Flu vaccination linked to 40% reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease

75% Center coverage: 8 sources
UTHealth Houston researchers found that flu vaccination was associated with a reduced risk for Alzheimer's disease over a four-year period. The strength of this protective effect increased with the number of years that a person received an annual flu vaccine. The study comes two years after UTHealth researchers found a possible link between the flu vaccine and reduced risk of Alzheimer's.See the Story
Pandemic saw spike in US maternal mortality, especially among Hispanic mothers
US & Canada · Washington

Pandemic saw spike in US maternal mortality, especially among Hispanic mothers

83% Center coverage: 12 sources
Maternal mortality increased by 18% in 2020, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics. A new analysis found that the maternal death rate after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic was even higher. The study also showed that existing and new disparities emerged after the pandemic with a 40% jump among already high rates for non-Hispanic Black women.See the Story

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North America · Washington

Only 1 in 5 people in the U.S. has optimal heart health

100% Center coverage: 5 sources
Study: 80% of people in the U.S. have low to moderate cardiovascular health. American Heart Association's new Lifes Essential 8" checklist is based on eight essential components for ideal heart and brain health. The average cardiovascular health score based on the new checklist was 64.7 for adults and 65.5 for children.See the Story
Europe · London

COVID-19 fattens up our body's cells to help fuel its viral takeover, study suggests

100% Center coverage: 4 sources
Researchers tried using weight-loss drugs and other fat-targeting compounds to try to stop the virus in cell culture. The new study comes as infections rose in all four UK nations, with about 1.7 million having the virus last week.See the Story
Environment

Limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius would reduce risks to humans by up to 85%

100% Center coverage: 2 sources
New research led by the University of East Anglia (UEA) quantifies the benefits of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and identifies the hotspot regions for climate change risk in the future.See the Story
US & Canada · Washington

Targeting road safety could save more than 500K lives per year, study finds

75% Center coverage: 4 sources
Reducing speed limits and implementing road safety interventions could save nearly 540,000 lives worldwide each year, a new study has found. See the Story
Business · Texas

Texas earthquakes linked to oil and gas production

75% Center coverage: 4 sources
A rising number of earthquakes have rocked West Texas in recent years, causing some in the region to consider purchasing earthquake insurance. See the Story
Science

The smell and sight of a meal stimulate short-lived inflammatory response in the brain

100% Center coverage: 4 sources
Even before carbohydrates reach the bloodstream, the very sight and smell of a meal trigger the release of insulin.See the Story
Nature

Underground carnivore: the first species of pitcher plant to dine on subterranean prey

100% Center coverage: 3 sources
A remarkable new species of carnivorous plant was discovered in a remote part of Borneo. It is the first pitcher plant known to produce functional underground traps, and the first for which capture of subterranean prey has been observed. While the traps themselves are often a rich maroon colour, they are produced on shoots that are entirely white, owing to their lack of chlorophyll.See the Story
Climate Change

Thawing permafrost is shaping the global climate

100% Center coverage: 3 sources
How is climate change affecting the permanently frozen soils of the Arctic? What will the consequences be for the global climate, human beings, and ecosystems? And what can be done to stop it?See the Story

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