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Novel, faster data transfer system developed

"There's an explosion in the amount of information being shared between computer chips -- cloud computing, the internet, big data. And a lot of this happens over conventional copper wire," said lead researcher

Genes that ups obesity risk but protect identified

According to the researchers, people living with obesity tend to have unhealthy glucose and lipid levels in their blood, as well as high blood pressure. As a result, they are more at risk of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.

3rd party Alexa smart devices risk users’ privacy

One of the security loopholes they found was that Alexa Skills could be changed by the third-party providers afterward, putting users at data leaking risk.

Google AI helping India boost maternal health

The technology has helped non-profit organisation ARMMAN to personalise interventions and retain women in the health programmes, improving maternal health outcomes.

New tools assess in-hospital death risk of Covid patients

The findings, published in the journal EClinicalMedicine, indicates that these models could enable clinicians to better stratify risk in Covid-infected patients to optimize care and resource utilization

Blood tests offer early indicator of severe Covid: Study

The findings, published in the journal Blood Advances, indicated that five proteins (resistin, lipocalin-2, HGF, IL-8, and G-CSF) that are associated with neutrophils, a type of white blood cell, were elevated in the Covid-19

New tool spots security issues with Covid tracing apps

"COVIDGuardian", the first automated security and privacy assessment tool, tests contact tracing apps for potential threats such as malware, embedded trackers and private information leakage.

Fat cells may influence how body reacts to heart failure

"Many people believe that, by definition, heart failure is only a condition of the heart. But it's much broader and multiple organs are affected by it," said researcher Jason Dyck from the University of Alberta in Canada.

Spending time in nature may help ease stressful feelings

The study indicates that the participants in general reported greater stress levels during the pandemic, individuals with a harmony-with-nature worldview were coping better regardless of whether they lived.

Improving stroke treatment with modified therapeutic molecule

"Glutamate is an essential neurotransmitter for neuronal communication, learning and memory processes, yet above a certain concentration, it becomes toxic to neuronal cells," said researcher

Green tea compound boosts protein’s tumour-suppressing activity

The study of the direct interaction between the anti-cancer protein p53 and the green tea compound, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), published in the journal Nature Communications, points to a new target for cancer drug discovery.

Tweets could reveal impact of anti-depressant drugs

The study by researchers of the Research Programme on Biomedical Informatics (GRIB) from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM) in Barcelona, Spain

Virtual reality based app to treat fear of heights

The findings indicated that trial participants who spent a total of four hours training with the app at home had an improvement in their ability to handle real height situations.

IIT researchers develop AI-based mobile app for Covid patients

We have developed a pilot version of LakshmanRekha mobile application and tested it over small datasets. The obtained results are very good and now we are working to add more functionality, scalability and usability to make it ready for deployment

Smartwatch-based monitoring system to help Parkinson’s patients

The findings, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, suggest the platform could allow clinicians to remotely monitor the progression of a patient's condition and adjust medication plans accordingly to improve outcomes.

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