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Visualizing the Salivary Gland of a Mosquito

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Buzzing. Biting. Itchiness. Mosquitoes can be annoying but can also be a carrier of many diseases, including malaria. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 198 million cases of malaria were estimated to have occurred and 500,000 died of the disease worldwide in 2013. Most of these cases are caused by malaria parasites(...)

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Johns Hopkins Postdoc Explains the Bilingual Advantage

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If you’ve been interested in learning a second language or already speak more than one language, the concept of “bilingual advantage” may pique your interest. Many would agree that speaking more than one language helps us to more broadly communicate but it may also offer cognitive advantages in executive function (processes such as task flexibility,(...)

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The Many Benefits of Yoga

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Cow pose. Downward-facing dog. Pigeon pose. Mountain pose. Tree pose. Warrior. If you’ve had any exposure to yoga, some of these phrases will sound familiar. The practice of yoga unifies the mind and body through coordinated breathing (pranayama), movement (asana) and meditation (dhyana), which all sound ideal and beneficial in the hectic rush of our(...)

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Johns Hopkins Scientists Uncover Link Between Inflammation and Autoimmune Disorders

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The human innate immune system is one of our body’s broadest defense mechanisms against infection. One familiar innate immune response we’ve all experienced is inflammation, which is a complex biological process that relies on signaling between cells stimulated by invading pathogens. A detailed mechanism of the inflammatory response has been missing until recently, when a(...)

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