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Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

The importance of timing in restrictive confinement

COVID-19 is revealing invisible ingredients in our contact networks—breath, touching, and physical surfaces. Understanding these networks is key to assessing how infectious diseases spread and how measures to extinguish ...

Oncology & Cancer

Could energy overload drive cancer risk?

It's well-known that obesity, diabetes, and chronic inflammation are major risk factors for cancer. But just how cancer evolves in people with these diseases—and why a healthy diet and exercising regularly can help prevent ...

Neuroscience

Broken brains and network structures

Sometimes a disease is the handiwork of a clear culprit: the invasion of a bacterium, or the mutation of a gene. Conventionally, scientists have assumed the same for neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease, and ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

How we see the world depends on who surrounds us

As we move through the world in our daily lives, we humans make judgments about ourselves and others, assessing our thoughts and status against what we perceive around us. You may think you're doing far better, or far worse ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Can a Zika outbreak be sustained sexually?

In most ways, Zika is a lot like other tropical fevers. People become infected when they are bitten by mosquitos. Infected mothers pass the virus to their unborn children.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Asking why pertussis is back, complex systems style

Pertussis, the bacteria that causes whooping cough, has made quite the comeback in recent years in the United States, but understanding its reemergence and global prevalence isn't a simple matter. This week a group of researchers, ...

Oncology & Cancer

Is genetic instability the key to beating cancer?

Cancerous tumors may be poised at the edge of their own destruction, an insight that could help researchers find new, more effective treatments, suggest SFI External Professor Ricard Solé and colleagues in an April 9 paper ...

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