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High-Fat Diets Affect Your Brain, Not Just Your Physical Appearance

Much research has pointed to how an unhealthy diet correlates to obesity, but has not explored how diet can bring about neurological changes in the brain. 

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Number of Pregnant Women with High Blood Pressure Spiked over Last Four Decades

The number of women with high blood pressure (HBP) when they become pregnant or who have it diagnosed during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy has spiked in the United States over the last four decades, especially among black women, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension.

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Warm on Top, Cold Below: Unexpected Greenhouse Gas Effect in Lakes

A research team led by the University of Basel and the Université de Montréal examined how the ongoing climate warming affects the “behavior” of lakes. 

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Lightning ‘Superbolts’ Form over Oceans from November to February

The lightning season in the Southeastern U.S. is almost finished for this year, but the peak season for the most powerful strokes of lightning won’t begin until November, according to a newly published global survey of these rare events.

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Arm Cuff Blood Pressure Measurements May Fall Short for Predicting Heart Disease Risk in Some People with Resistant High Blood Pressure

A measurement of central blood pressure in people with difficult-to-treat high blood pressure could help reduce risk of heart disease better than traditional arm cuff readings for some patients, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions.  

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Major Environmental Challenge as Microplastics Are Harming Our Drinking Water

Plastics in our waste streams are breaking down into tiny particles, causing potentially catastrophic consequences for human health and our aquatic systems, finds research from the University of Surrey and Deakin’s Institute for Frontier Materials in a new study published by Journal of Water Research.

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Satellite Data Can Reveal Fire Susceptibility in Peatlands

Fires in Southeast Asian peatlands release huge amounts of carbon, along with deadly smoke. Now, new satellite measurements of soil moisture may offer a promising approach to reducing those fires and their widespread haze.

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An Increasingly Urbanized Latin America Turns to Electric Buses

In Medellín, Colombia, passengers cram aboard a battery-powered bus during the morning commute. Inside, the vehicle is a respite from the crush of cars, taxis, and motorcycles winding through traffic outside.

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New App Offers Faster and Easier Assessment for Multiple Sclerosis

Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report they have developed and validated a tablet-based app that offers a faster, easier and more accurate way for health care providers who don’t have specialized training to assess the cognitive function of people with multiple sclerosis (MS).

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Oxford Climate Change Conference Ramps up Efforts to Achieve Net Zero Carbon Emissions

Community leaders will join academics from the University of Oxford and around the world at the Achieving Net Zero conference, 9-11 September, to discuss opportunities, challenges and pathways for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming.

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