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Crossing Species: The Rising Threat of H5N1 Bird Flu in the U.S.

April 16, 2024

Image courtesy of T N/Flickr The CDC recently confirmed a human case of HPAI A (H5N1) in Texas. Renowned epidemiologist Syra Madad and distinguished virologist Jason Kindrachuk offer tips to farmers, animal caretakers, and the general public on how to avoid contracting and spreading this strain of avian influenza. Published April 16, 2024 By Syra Madad, D.H.Sc., M.Sc., MCP, CHEP and Jason Kindrachuk, PhD Avian influenza H5N1, commonly known as bird flu, is a viral...

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Women’s Health 2.0: The AI Era

April 12, 2024

Charting the evolution of women's healthcare in the AI era, illuminating the promise and challenges of predictive tech to close the health gender gap. Published April 12, 2024 Panelists Sara Reistad-Long (left), Dr. Alicia Jackson, Dr. Christina Jenkins, and Dr. Robin Berzin speak at SXSW on March 9, 2024. The panelists discussed the promise and risks that AI and predictive tech carry as a path to closing the healthcare gender gap. Less than 2% of...

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The Academy’s Role in Asbestos Abatement

April 5, 2024

While the United States recently took formal action to ban the use of chrysotile asbestos, experts with The New York Academy of Sciences have voiced concern about this dangerous carcinogen for more than half a century. Published April 5, 2024 By Nick Fetty Piping with an asbestos wrap.Image courtesy of Alan Levine/Flickr. In March 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a regulation prohibiting “the use, manufacture and import of chrysotile asbestos,” a source of...

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The Origin of the Term “Psychedelic”

April 4, 2024

The man who is known to have supplied author Aldous Huxley with hallucinogenic drugs coined the word “psychedelic” during an Academy event in 1957. Published April 4, 2024 By Nick Fetty Psilocybin, also known as "magic mushrooms," are among the hallucinogenic drugs that are studied for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. For many, the term “psychedelic” may conjure familiar images of the 1960s, mind-altering substances, and bands like Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead. What...

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Janssen Award Symposium Spotlights Robert Langer, Biomaterials Pioneer and Beloved Mentor

March 6, 2024

Self-boosting vaccines. Regeneration of diseased tissues and missing limbs. Organs on a chip. Published March 06, 2024By David Freeman Such life-saving advances in biotechnology—some already in existence and others in the works--took the spotlight on February 8, 2024, when thousands of attendees around the world gathered online for the Paul Janssen Award Symposium in honor of Robert S. Langer, ScD, a renowned chemical engineer and entrepreneur best known for his pioneering work in drug delivery...

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The Adventures of the Nutritional Kingdom Project

February 27, 2024

Meet the winning team of the Spring 2023 Junior Academy "Healthy Snacks" Challenge Team members: Natalie O. (Team Lead) (United States), Lara K. (Jordan), Connie H. (United States), Mariem M. (Egypt), Ibrahim S. (United States), Amena S. (Jordan) Mentor: Leticia Mendoza-Martínez (Mexico) Childhood obesity has become a major public health issue around the world. In the United States alone, 1 in 5 children is overweight or obese– a particularly prevalent issue in the Hispanic community,...

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An App to Improve Health for Underserved, Rural Communities

December 21, 2023

Meet the winning team from the Fall 2022 Junior Academy Challenge, “Public Health Impacts of Climate Change.” Published December 21, 2023 In Fall 2022, 42 international teams of high school students participated in a Junior Academy Challenge to find innovative solutions for the multiple impacts of climate change on human health. The winning team, MiHealth — comprised of Betsy D. (United States, Team Lead), Joanna A. (United States), Mehmet A. (United States), Grace Chenxin L....

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Takeda and The New York Academy of Sciences Announce 2024 Innovators in Science Award Winners

December 5, 2023

2024 Award Celebrates Outstanding Research in Cancer Immunology Winners Discovered Novel Connections Between the Immune System and Cancer Recipients Each Receive Unrestricted USD 200,000 Awards OSAKA, Japan, and CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, December 5, 2023 – Takeda (TSE:4502/NYSE:TAK) and The New York Academy of Sciences today announced the winners of the 2024 Innovators in Science Award for their excellence in, and commitment to, innovative science that has significantly advanced the field of research in cancer immunology. Each...

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Neuroscience and Music VII: Connecting with Music Across the Life Span

November 10, 2023

Continuing a long-running collaboration between Ann NY Acad Sci and the community of scientists in the cross-domain fields of neuroscience and music, this collection presents papers invited from participants of the 2021 Neurosciences and Music conference in Aarhus, Denmark, organized by the Mariani Foundation. Several previous collections of papers have been published in Ann NY Acad Sci, including volumes 1423, 1337, 1252, 1169, 1060, and 999. See https://nyaspubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/toc/10.1111/(ISSN)1749-6632.neuroscience-music-vii.

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Cooley’s Anemia

November 10, 2023

The papers in this virtual issue were invited from speakers of the Eleventh Cooley's Anemia Symposium, held at The New York Academy of Sciences on October 17-20, 2022. The symposium brought together basic scientists, clinical investigators, and clinicians to review and discuss recent research for thalassemia syndromes. Several previous Annals issues have presented papers from past Cooley's Anemia Symposia, all in collaboration with The New York Academy of Sciences. See https://nyaspubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/toc/10.1111/(ISSN)1749-6632.cooleys-anemia.

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February 27, 2024  · 
Pace setting as an adaptive precursor of rhythmic musicality
Contributors: Hector Qirko|
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February 22, 2024  · 
Pharmacotherapy causing weight gain and metabolic alteration in those with obesity and obesity‐related conditions: A review
Contributors: Chika V. Anekwe| Yoon Ji Ahn| Simar Singh Bajaj| Fatima Cody Stanford|
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February 17, 2024  · 
Functional diversity of snake locomotor behaviors: A review of the biological literature for bioinspiration
Contributors: Jessica L. Tingle| Kelsey L. Garner| Henry C. Astley|
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February 14, 2024  · 
A meta‐analytic review of the implementation characteristics in parenting interventions to promote early child development
Contributors: Marilyn N. Ahun| Nazia Binte Ali| Elizabeth Hentschel| Joshua Jeong| Emily Franchett| Aisha K. Yousafzai|
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February 12, 2024  · 
Comparing biomechanics and neurophysiology between different phenotypes of patients with oropharyngeal dysphagia
Contributors: Noemí Tomsen| Omar Ortega| Pere Clavé|
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February 07, 2024  · 
The interplay between memory control and emotion regulation
Contributors: Yun Luo| Rui Wang| Hui Xie| Zhenhong He|
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February 07, 2024  · 
Idiopathic scoliosis in subjects with eye diseases: A systematic review with meta‐analysis
Contributors: Juan Ramón Gallego‐Siles| María José Siles‐Fuentes| Alfonso Javier Ibáñez‐Vera| Irene Cortés‐Pérez| Esteban Obrero‐Gaitán| Rafael Lomas‐Vega|
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February 06, 2024  · 
Iranian classical dance as a subject for empirical research: An elusive genre
Contributors: Julia F. Christensen| Shahrzad Khorsandi| Melanie Wald‐Fuhrmann|
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January 31, 2024  · 
Microglia: Activity‐dependent regulators of neural circuits
Contributors: Violeta Durán Laforet| Dorothy P. Schafer|
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January 25, 2024  · 
Health‐related quality of life with standard and curative therapies in thalassemia: A narrative literature review
Contributors: Richa Shah| Sherif M. Badawy|
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