The battle between science and skepticism

(CNN)At a time when almost everything is politicized, vaccination has planted itself squarely on the national stage. On the other, are public health officials who point to unprecedented measles outbreaks that have sickened thousands in the US as proof that vaccine exemptions cause health crises. They’re calling on states to eliminate exemptions entirely. With 2020 legislative sessions kicking off in most states this month, this push and pull between science and skepticism is playing out across the country. More and more lawmakers are proposing bills, seeking to either boost, or limit, mandatory vaccinations for schoolchildren. “I won’t be surprised if we see many pro-vaccine bills this year,” said Dr. Sean O’Leary, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee …

Languages affected differently by brain disease

It is a feature of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia disorders. Brain scans and tests showed similar levels of cognitive function in people in both language groups. But when the researchers asked participants to complete a number of linguistic tests, they picked up obvious differences between the two groups in the challenges they faced. ‘Easier to pronounce’ “We think this is specifically because the consonant clusters that are so common in English pose a challenge for a degenerating speech-planning system,” said study author Maria Luisa Gorno-Tempini, professor of neurology and psychiatry. “In contrast, Italian is easier to pronounce, but has much more complex grammar, and this is how Italian speakers with [primary progressive aphasia] tend to run into trouble.” As …

4,000-pound gold bar found decades ago identified as stolen Aztec treasure

The 4,255 pound bar gold bar. (Credit: Digital archive, MNA-INAH-CANNON) DISCOVERY OF GRISLY AZTEC WAR SACRIFICES COULD LEAD TO LONG-LOST EMPEROR’S TOMB: REPORT At present spot gold prices, the bar would be worth approximately $105.5 million. The composition of the bar matched the other gold pieces that were discovered by an INAH excavation of the main temple in Tenochtitlán, making it likely the giant gold bar also belonged to the Aztecs, the statement added. The gold that was found at Templo Mayor also matched gold pieces around the monolith of the goddess Tlatecgutli that were discovered at the temple, LiveScience reports. “If these values ​​are compared with those recorded in the graph of Mesoamerican geographical areas of use, we will realize …