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Americans’ Sense of Well-Being Falls to Great Recession Levels, Gallup Finds

It’s déjà vu all over again for Americans’ well-being: we haven’t felt this low since the advent of the Great Recession that hit our well-well-being hard in December 2008. As COVID-19 diagnoses reached 200,000 in the U.S. in April 2020, Gallup gauged that barely 1 in 2 people felt they were thriving. In the past 12… Read More »

Sudden lost sense of smell and taste emerges as telltale sign of COVID-19

After National Basketball Association player Rudy Gobert-Bourgarel caught the coronavirus, he wondered whether others had suffered the same loss of smell and taste he experienced. Turns out many have. A sudden, unexplained loss of these senses is an early symptom reported among Covid-19 patients in South Korea, China and Italy, according to ENT UK, which… Read More »

Our guts may sense sugar and low-calorie sweeteners differently

By Jessica Hamzelou The gut can distinguish sugar from low-calorie alternativesAntonio Guillem/Getty Images Can you taste the difference between a calorie-laden sugar and a zero-calorie sweetener? Specialised cells in your gut can, according to experiments in mice. These cells tell the brain whether a sugar or sweetener has been ingested within milliseconds. Research in the… Read More »

Transgender children sense their gender identities at young ages

(Reuters Health) – Transgender children may start to identify with toys and clothes typical of their gender identity from a very young age, a recent study suggests. And their confidence in their gender identity is generally as strong as that of cisgender children, whose identity matches their sex assigned at birth, researchers found. “Trans kids… Read More »

How our cells sense oxygen wins Nobel prize

Three scientists who discovered how cells sense and adapt to oxygen levels have won the 2019 Nobel Prize. Sir Peter Ratcliffe, of the University of Oxford and Francis Crick Institute, William Kaelin, of Harvard, and Gregg Semenza, of Johns Hopkins University share the physiology or medicine prize. Their work is leading to new treatments for… Read More »

Medical News Today: How does your brain make sense of 'the bigger picture?'

Our brains recognize patterns and can “distance” themselves from the details in order to see “the bigger picture.” Researchers are now striving to find out how, exactly, the brain is able to gain perspective. We are yet to learn exactly how our brains establish complex connections. The human brain is a complex piece of machinery,… Read More »