How many people are in the world?

There are approximately 7.8 billion people in the world as of July 2020, according to a 2020 report published in the journal The Lancet.  The global population is an estimate of the total number of people living on the planet, rather than a true running total of every baby born minus every person who has […]

Facts don’t convince people in political arguments. Here’s what does.

In his inaugural address last week, President Joe Biden called for unity. But how can Americans come together, given what seems to be growing political contention and deep divides?  New research suggests the answer can be found in stories, not statistics. People respect those they disagree with more when their position comes from a place […]

To get vaccines to more people, the priority system needs to loosen up

The federal government should have started preparing for a vaccine rollout essentially as soon as the pandemic began. (Pixabay/) More than 13.5 million Americans have received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine—the most of any country on Earth. While that might sound impressive, it falls short of what’s possible, given the number of […]

Research finds people more likely to follow Covid rules when friends and family do

New research has shown that people are more likely to follow Covid-19 restrictions based on what their friends do, rather than their own principles. Research led by the University of Nottingham carried out in partnership with experts in collective behaviour from British, French, German and American universities shows how social influence affects people’s adherance to […]

Hematopoietic stem cell transplants may provide long-term benefit for people with MS

MINNEAPOLIS – A new study shows that intense immunosuppression followed by a hematopoietic stem cell transplant may prevent disability associated with multiple sclerosis (MS) from getting worse in 71% of people with relapsing-remitting MS for up to 10 years after the treatment. The research is published in the January 20, 2021, online issue of Neurology®, […]

What does it take to convince people to get vaccinated?

A big chunk of the country is still reluctant to get immunized against COVID-19, in part because they don’t understand the characteristics of vaccines. (Belinda Fewings/Unsplash/) Matt Motta is an assistant professor of political science at Oklahoma State University. This story originally featured on The Conversation. Many Americans appear to be experiencing cautious optimism about […]

Scientists shed light on how and why some people report “hearing the dead”

IMAGE: The Fox sisters: Kate (1838-92), Leah (1814-90) and Margaret (or Maggie) (1836-93). Lithograph after a daguerreotype by Appleby. Published by N. Currier, New York. In 1848, two sisters from upstate… view more  Credit: N. Currier, New York Spiritualist mediums might be more prone to immersive mental activities and unusual auditory experiences early in life, according […]

New treatment allows some people with spinal cord injury to regain hand and arm function

Almost 18,000 Americans experience traumatic spinal cord injuries every year. Many of these people are unable to use their hands and arms and can’t do everyday tasks such as eating, grooming or drinking water without help. Using physical therapy combined with a noninvasive method of stimulating nerve cells in the spinal cord, University of Washington […]