Girls are bearing the brunt of a rise in US cyberbullying

Girls are bearing the brunt of a rise in US cyberbullying

Rachel Whalen remembers feeling gutted in high school when a former friend would mock her online postings, threaten to unfollow or unfriend her on social media and post inside jokes about her to others online.

The cyberbullying was so distressing that Whalen said she contemplated suicide. Once she got help, she decided to limit her time on social media. It helps to take a break from it for perspective, said Whalen, now a 19-year-old college student in Utah.

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How to map the brain

How to map the brain

It’s April 2019 at the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, Washington. In a room containing five transmission electron microscopes, three shiny party balloons are bobbing around. The balloons are to celebrate the institute’s researchers reaching the latest milestone in an effort to map each of the 100,000 neurons and the one billion connections, or synapses, between them in a cubic millimetre of mouse brain — a sample that’s roughly the size of a grain of sand.

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Study will test CRISPR gene editing inside the body for first time

Study will test CRISPR gene editing inside the body for first time

Patients are about to be enrolled in the first study to test a gene-editing technique known as CRISPR inside the body to try to cure an inherited form of blindness. People with the disease have normal eyes but lack a gene that converts light into signals to the brain that enable sight.

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New research uncovers compelling link between gut bacteria, obesity and the immune system

New research uncovers compelling link between gut bacteria, obesity and the immune system

An impressive new study from scientists at the University of Utah has described how an impaired immune system can alter the composition of the gut microbiome resulting in metabolic disease and obesity. Demonstrated in mouse experiments, the research suggests certain species of gut bacteria can prevent the gut from absorbing fat, pointing to exciting potential future anti-obesity therapies.

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Eating at certain times of the day may help weight loss

Eating at certain times of the day may help weight loss

The time of day a person eats may help determine whether they can lose weight, new findings show. Fasting from time to time or eating earlier in the day may help people lower their body mass by reducing their appetite, according to research published Wednesday in Obesity. This meal timing strategy seems to be a more successful weight loss method than just burning calories, the researchers say.

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