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Alcohol-related deaths | Predicting Alzheimer’s | Mother’s gut microbes

January 28, 2020 Edition

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Alcohol-related deaths increasing nationwide

An analysis of U.S. death certificate data showed that alcohol-related deaths increased among people in almost all age and racial and ethnic groups between 1999 and 2017.

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Predicting Alzheimer’s disease progression

A study suggested that PET imaging of tau tangles in the brain could be a way to track development of Alzheimer’s disease, predict loss of brain tissue, and assess new treatments.

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Mother’s gut microbes may influence offspring’s immunity

A study in mice showed that a mother’s gut bacteria can induce antibodies that protect newborns against diarrheal disease.

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