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Pythagoras was wrong: No universal musical harmonies, study finds

Pythagoras was wrong: No universal musical harmonies, study finds

The tone and tuning of musical instruments has the power to manipulate our appreciation of musical harmonies, new research shows. The findings challenge centuries of Western music theory and encourage greater experimentation with instruments from different cultures. According to the Ancient Greek philosopher Pythagoras, ‘consonance’ – a pleasant-sounding combination of notes – is produced by […]

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The benefits of early screening for kidney disease

The benefits of early screening for kidney disease

Screening everyone 35 and older for chronic kidney disease would save lives  Screening all U.S. residents over 35 for chronic kidney disease would increase life expectancy, reduce the number of people requiring dialysis or transplant, and provide good value in health care spending, Stanford Medicine researchers have found.  Chronic kidney disease affects 37 million people

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Obesity accelerates loss of COVID-19 vaccination immunity: study

Obesity accelerates loss of COVID-19 vaccination immunity: study

The protection offered by COVID-19 vaccination declines more rapidly in people with severe obesity than in those with normal weight, scientists at the University of Cambridge and Edinburgh University have found. The study suggests that people with obesity are likely to need more frequent booster doses to maintain their immunity.  Clinical trials have shown that

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