Month: May 2020

Preventing dementia and disability: the association of modifiable risk factors such as financial strain and low income with incidence of dementia and disability in older adults in the U.S.

Financial challenges are increasingly common for older adults. About 30 percent of older adults in the U.S. live on incomes that are near the poverty threshold and about one third of older adults in the U.S. report financial strain, meaning they have difficulty making ends meet. Importantly, financial challenges are modifiable social determinants of health that should be addressed. Older adults facing financial challenges may find it difficult to meet basic needs. They may run out of food or medications near the end of the month when funds run low. They may not be able to afford housing that...

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BMC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic – we’re here for you

We are living through unprecedented times. As a publisher whose portfolio covers most biomedical and health disciplines, many of our researchers may be on the front lines of understanding and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath. We are here for you, whatever you are currently dealing with – both in your research and personal lives. BMC is a fully open access publisher and all our articles are immediately and permanently available for free under a creative commons license. Our publisher, Springer Nature is committed to supporting the global response to emerging outbreaks by enabling fast and direct...

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The COVID-19 pandemic calls for control and remediation measures, and a systemic response

Let us all share without counting our time and skills Let us keep united in action to fight the COVID-19 pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic is transforming all of society, including the economy, lifestyle, human relations, education and understanding of life. It is a general systemic health crisis. Its resolution requires a transdisciplinary systemic response. The mobilization of all the good will and available skills is the only way for us to meet the major challenges of tomorrow, while respecting fundamental human rights. The pandemic also shows us that it is possible to undertake effective actions now, in particular to...

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Scientists of the future at the 15th European Conference on Fungal Genetics

Aspergillus fumigatus colony growth perturbed upon drug exposure. Are lncRNAs involved in antifungal drug response? (photo credit: Darren Thomson) Investigating the circadian clock in Zymoseptoria tritici – Anna Tiley One of the greatest threats facing global wheat production is the disease, “Septoria tritici Blotch”, which is caused by the fungus Zymoseptoria tritici. In Europe alone, Z. tritici is responsible for up to €700 million worth of wheat yield loss annually, and an estimated 70% of the total annual fungicide usage is targeted against it. Z. tritici can rapidly evolve resistance in the field and so novel management strategies are urgently...

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Humans: are we the most effective vector of disease?

One billion people were on the move or have moved in the last year. The majority of this movement occurs within countries, but people are also moving across international boundaries. The scale of people moving raises the question: are we the most prevalent vectors of disease? Restrictions to limit travel for essential purposes only has slowed down the movement of people within countries and between countries in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 and protect those most vulnerable to the pandemic. It is easy to see how human movement plays a role in the movement of new...

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