Psychology & Psychiatry

Depression and stress could dampen efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines

Decades of research show that depression, stress, loneliness, and poor health behaviors can weaken the body's immune system and lower the effectiveness of certain vaccines. A new report accepted for publication in Perspectives ...

Autism spectrum disorders

Preemie-born parents linked to children with autism

In a study of medical registry records of nearly 400,000 parent-child pairs from Denmark, a Yale School of Public Health study found that parents who were themselves born very prematurely were nearly twice as likely to have ...

Health

Drinking water significant source of microplastics in human diet

Emerging environmental contaminants, both chemicals and particulates, have been a concern for risk scientists for many years. Methods for reducing health and environmental risks from particles are still evolving. Micro/nanoplastic ...

Health

3-D printers may be toxic for humans

Risk researchers are asking new questions about the health and safety implications and how to mitigate any potential health risks to users of 3-D printers and consumers of products manufactured with this emerging technology, ...

Genetics

Multiple sclerosis as the flip side of immune fitness

About half of the people with multiple sclerosis have the HLA-DR15 gene variant. A study led by the University of Zurich has now shown how this genetic predisposition contributes to the development of the autoimmune disease ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Maternal insecticide use during pregnancy and neonatal jaundice

The data of 61,751 pregnant women, out of approximately 100,000 collected by the Japan Environment and Children's Study, showed the association between the maternal usage of insecticides and insect repellents during pregnancy ...

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