Week in Health (30 Jan – 5 Feb 2021)

Health News related to Visual Problems in School Children, Lifelong Impact of Childhood Diet, Empathy Improving Creative Abilities of Pupils, Detecting Emotions Using Wireless Signals, Clinical Trial of HIV Vaccine, 3D-Printed Bioresorbable Airway Stent, Sperm Cells Poisoning Competitors, Gardens Linked with Kids Eating More Vegetables


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1. Brain-Related Visual Problems May Affect One In 30 Primary School Children


Source: University of Bristol 3 Feb 2021


A brain-related visual impairment, which until recently was thought to be rare, may affect one in every 30 children according to new research investigating the prevalence of Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI). The findings aim to raise awareness of CVI among parents and teachers to help them identify signs of the condition earlier.

2. Study Finds Childhood Diet Has Lifelong Impact


Source: University of California – Riverside 3 Feb 2021


Eating too much fat and sugar as a child can alter your microbiome for life, even if you later learn to eat healthier, a new study in mice suggests. The study is one of the first to show a significant decrease in the total number and diversity of gut bacteria in mature mice fed an unhealthy diet as juveniles.

3. Teaching Pupils Empathy Measurably Improves Their Creative Abilities


Source: University of Cambridge 3 Feb 2021


Teaching children in a way that encourages them to empathise with others measurably improves their creativity, and could potentially lead to several other beneficial learning outcomes, new research suggests. The results of the research showed a statistically significant increase in creativity among pupils at the intervention school, where the thinking tools were used.


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4. New Way to Detect Emotions Using Wireless Signals


Source: Queen Mary University of London 3 Feb 2021


A novel artificial intelligence (AI) approach based on wireless signals could help to reveal our inner emotions, according to new research. The study demonstrates the use of radio waves to measure heart rate and breathing signals and predict how someone is feeling even in the absence of any other visual cues, such as facial expressions.

5. First-In-Human Clinical Trial Confirms Novel HIV Vaccine Approach Developed


Source: Scripps Research Institute 3 Feb 2021


A phase 1 clinical trial testing a novel vaccine approach to prevent HIV has produced promising results, IAVI and Scripps Research announced. The vaccine showed success in stimulating production of rare immune cells needed to start the process of generating antibodies against the fast-mutating virus; the targeted response was detected in 97 percent of participants who received the vaccine.

6. 3D-Printed Bioresorbable Airway Stent


Source: ETH Zurich 3 Feb 2021


A research team has now developed an airway stent; it is tailored to patients and bioresorbable, (i.e., it gradually dissolves after implantation). These stents are manufactured using a 3D printing process known as digital light processing (DLP) and light-​sensitive resins specially adapted for this purpose.


Original written by: Peter Rüegg

7. Some Sperms Poison Their Competitors


Source: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft 4 Feb 2021


Competition among sperm cells is fierce – they all want to reach the egg cell first to fertilize it. A research team now shows in mice that the ability of sperm to move progressively depends on the protein RAC1. Optimal amounts of active protein improve the competitiveness of individual sperm, whereas aberrant activity can cause male infertility.

8. School Gardens Linked with Kids Eating More Vegetables


Source: University of Texas at Austin 4 Feb 2021


Getting children to eat their vegetables can seem like an insurmountable task, but nutrition researchers have found one way: school gardens and lessons on using what’s grown in them. The study found that students who participated in the gardening, nutrition and cooking classes ate, on average, a half serving more vegetables per day than they did before the program.


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