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Covid-19 Booster Shots Likely Needed Within 8-12 Months After Full Vaccination, Epidemiologist Says – WMUR

Read article – Jose Mercado, assistant professor of medicine, is interviewed about the prospect that a booster may be needed by people who have received their COVID-19 vaccinations. Mercado said, “Before we do decide to get the boosters, we do still need to answer a couple questions. One is, does it actually boost the immune system and is it safe to do so?”

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Roundtable Addresses Parent Concerns Over Vaccinations for Kids – WMUR

Read article – Keith Loud, chair and associate professor of pediatrics, is quoted on COVID-19 vaccination rates among children. He says, “Over a third of New Hampshire teens and more than half of Vermont teens have already had a first dose. Northern New England is showing the way.” Loud served as a panelist in a recent virtual conversation on children, COVID-19, and vaccinations.

Maternal Genetics May Contribute to Autism-Like Traits in Mice Via Inflammation – Spectrum News

Read article – Bryan Luikart, associate professor of molecular and systems biology, is quoted about a study with mice finding that women who are genetically predisposed to inflammation may be more likely to have children with autism traits. “These new findings point to both: a gene-environmental interaction with some sort of inflammation and a gene-gene interaction between mothers and offspring,” said Luikart.

Influencers Are Drinking Chlorophyll Water. But Why? – The New York Times

Read article – Timothy Gardner, an associate professor of medicine, is quoted in an updated article about a 1980 study on whether chlorophyllin could help control body and fecal odors, chronic constipation, and flatulence. According to the article, Gardner thinks a large placebo effect could have explained the study’s results for which the groups had improved symptoms, including decreasing bloating, which wasn’t part of the study but is a popular claim on TikTok.

These 14 Popular Weight Loss Supplements Do Not Work, New Study Says – MSN via Eat This, Not That!

Read article -A new study by researchers from the Geisel School of Medicine, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center finds that “just 16” of 315 randomized controlled trials evaluating the efficacy of various dietary supplements and alternative therapies for weight loss had an impact on weight-loss.

Maternal Vaginal Fluids Mimic Microbe Transfer of Vaginal Birth – The Scientist

Read article – Anne Hoen, associate professor of microbiology and immunology, is cited in an article about a study finding that Cesarean-delivered newborns swabbed with a gauze soaked with their mothers’ vaginal fluids made their skin and gut microbiota similar to that of vaginally born babies. The study entailed monitoring the babies for a year, a long-term follow-up period that really stood out for Hoen, according to the article.

Bucknell Says Class of 2020 Is a Shining Example of Resilience – NorthcentralPA.com

Read article – Brayson Pawelczyk, MED ’24, is featured in an article on how members of Bucknell’s Class of 2020 transitioned from college life to graduate programs and other endeavors. He discusses how his days are filled with lectures, anatomy labs, team-based learning classes, case-based learning classes, and problem-based learning sessions. The article mentions that Pawelczyk is a medical student at the Geisel School of Medicine.

Gov. Scott Lifts All Remaining COVID-19 Restrictions in Vermont – VPR

Read article – Peter Wright, professor of pediatrics, is quoted in an article reporting that Vermont is lifting remaining COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Asked for advice on what parents should do if their children aren’t old enough to get vaccinated, Wright said, “It just becomes a matter of your own assessment of the risk you want to take for your child … You’re really trying to think about the whole umbrella you’re under.”