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February 9, 2016

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February 9, 2016

New Evidence Gives Women Informed Choice in the Prolapse Surgery Debate

Feb. 8, 2016 — New evidence published today highlights benefits and harms of using artificial mesh when compared with tissue repair in the surgical treatment of vaginal prolapse. Slightly better repair with mesh ... read more

Five Common Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

Feb. 8, 2016 — You’ve seen the late night commercial come across your screen. An older man is on a date with a beautiful woman in a romantic setting. A big smile stretches across his face as he looks in her eyes, ... read more

Predicting Who Will Develop Multiple Sclerosis

Feb. 8, 2016 — A team of investigators has launched a study of individuals at risk for multiple sclerosis (MS) to better understand the sequence of events that leads some people to develop the disease and set the ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Bioengineers have studied alternative CRISPR-Cas9 systems for precision genome editing, with a focus on improving its accuracy and limiting 'off-target' ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — An experimental nanoparticle therapy that combines low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and fish oil preferentially kills primary liver cancer cells without harming healthy cells, researchers ... read more

Researchers Identify New Borrelia Species That Causes Lyme Disease

Feb. 8, 2016 — A new bacterial species that causes Lyme disease in people has been identified by researchers. The new species has been provisionally named Borrelia mayonii. Prior to this finding, the only species ... read more

Brain Scars in Multiple Sclerosis Patients Reveal Possible Cause of Taste Problems

Feb. 8, 2016 — Taste deficits appear to be more prevalent among multiple sclerosis (MS) patients than previously reported and correlate with brain lesions left by the debilitating disease, a new study has ... read more

Veterans Affairs Health System Faces Significant Challenges, Studies Find

Feb. 8, 2016 — A series of reports prepared as part of a Congressionally mandated review of the Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system finds that demands on the VA will continue to increase through the end of the ... read more

Research Finds No Easy Answers to Use of Drug Screening for Pain Patients

Feb. 8, 2016 — Doctors who treat patients suffering from chronic pain face a quandary, according to research. Monitoring patients through urine drug screenings, part of the standard protocol to ensure patient ... read more

Wholesome Wholegrain

Feb. 8, 2016 — When it is a matter of health, whole grain has the X factor -- or rather the BX factor -- in the form of a certain group of bioactive compounds called benzoxazinoids, or BX. Scientists have ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — How information is transferred from biological molecules to crystalline surfaces could pave the way for the development of new drugs and other synthetic ... read more

Search Technique Helps Researchers Find DNA Sequences in Minutes Rather Than Days

Feb. 8, 2016 — Database searches for DNA sequences that can take biologists and medical researchers days can now be completed in a matter of minutes, thanks to a new search method developed by computer ... read more

Multicomponent Intervention Linked to Better Sun Protection for Kids

Feb. 8, 2016 — A multicomponent intervention including reminder text messages, a swim shirt for children and a read-along book was associated with increased sun-protection behaviors among young children and a ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — New close-up images of the proteins that copy DNA inside the nucleus of a cell have led a team of scientists to propose a brand new mechanism for how this molecular machinery works. The scientists ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Gene expression in a fruit fly embryo can be accurately and predictably tuned, new research shows. This study has important implications in cellular and developmental biology, with potential ... read more

Traffic-Related Air Pollution Linked to Facial Dark Spots

Feb. 8, 2016 — A large scale study that included women from Germany and China has demonstrated a link between levels of traffic-related air pollution and air pollution-associated gases with the formation of dark ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Researchers have new insight into the complex interchange that can raise blood levels of unhealthy lipids, or fat, in type 1 diabetes, and early evidence that a drug under study to block cancer cell ... read more

Kitchen Skills Are Highly Dependent on Level of Income and Children Living at Home

Feb. 8, 2016 — Our knowledge of food and our kitchen skills are highly dependent on our level of income and on whether we have children living at home, say investigators at the conclusion of their study in ... read more

New Type 2 Diabetes Biomarker Identified

Feb. 8, 2016 — Type 2 diabetes accounts for around 90 percent of diabetes cases as well as being one of the major cardiovascular risk factors. Researchers have found an epigenetic mechanism implicated in the ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — In a randomized control trial, volunteer participants were subjected to Taser shocks and tested for cognitive impairment. Some showed short-term declines in cognitive functioning comparable to ... read more

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