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October 7, 2015

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October 7, 2015

Sex Is More Likely on Days College Students Use Marijuana or Binge Drink

Oct. 7, 2015 — Undergraduate college students were more likely to have sex on days they used marijuana or binged on alcohol than on days they didn't, new research has ... read more

Speed-Reading Your Microbiome

Oct. 7, 2015 — Researchers have built a microbiome analysis platform called QIIME (pronounced “chime” and short for “Quantitative Insights Into Microbial Ecology”). This software will now be more readily ... read more

Oct. 7, 2015 — In a hospital, what you can’t see could hurt you. Healthcare facilities continue to battle drug-resistant organisms such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) that loiter on ... read more

Oct. 7, 2015 — By drawing on seismology, researchers have just developed a noninvasive brain imaging method using MRI that provides the same information as physical palpation. They say that it may be possible to ... read more

Experts Recommend Assessing Individual Benefits, Risks of Menopausal Therapies

Oct. 7, 2015 — A Clinical Practice Guideline has been released on identifying women who are candidates for treatment of menopausal symptoms and selecting the best treatment options for each ... read more

Predicting Change in the Alzheimer's Brain

Oct. 7, 2015 — Researchers are developing a computer system that uses genetic, demographic, and clinical data to help predict the effects of disease on brain ... read more

Review Addresses Value, Waste in Biomedical Research

Oct. 7, 2015 — Some studies suggest that as much as 85 per cent of investment in biomedical research is wasted. Examples of waste include the non-publication of research, failure to share data and instances where ... read more

Over Half of Workers With Depression Do Not Recognize Need for Treatment

Oct. 7, 2015 — More than half of workers who reported symptoms of depression did not perceive a need for treatment, according to a study that investigated barriers to mental health care experienced by workers and ... read more

Advanced Device Improves Health, Saves Costs for Patients With Lymphedema

Oct. 7, 2015 — Lymphedema patients saw a nearly 80 percent reduction in their cellulitis episodes just by using an advanced pneumatic compression device at home, according to a new ... read more

New Player Found in Tumor Suppression, Aging

Oct. 7, 2015 — The protective role played by a little-known protein complex, SMC 5/6, in cancer and aging has been revealed by new research. These results emphasize, once more, the relationship between these two ... read more

Social Networks Can Motivate People to Exercise More

Oct. 7, 2015 — The influence of our social networks can be a powerful motivator to encourage more physical activity, say researchers in a new report. What this new study reveals is that these same positive behavior ... read more

Brain Cooling Lessens Chances of Head Injury Recovery, Study Finds

Oct. 7, 2015 — Head injury patients do not benefit from a therapy that involves cooling their bodies to reduce brain swelling, research has found. Doctors say the therapy may increase patients' risk of death ... read more

Blood Cancers: Half-Matched Donor Bone Marrow Transplant May Be as Good as Full Match

Oct. 7, 2015 — When it comes to treating blood cancers like leukemia and lymphomas, new research shows that a half-matched donor bone marrow transplant may be just as good as a full match, in the first apples to ... read more

Groundbreaking Computer Program Diagnoses Cancer in Two Days

Oct. 7, 2015 — In about one in 20 cancer cases, the doctor can confirm that the patient has cancer -- but cannot find the source. These patients then face the prospect of a long wait with numerous diagnostic tests ... read more

Oct. 7, 2015 — Immunobiologists have discovered Kidins220/ARMS in B cells, and demonstrate its functions. B lymphocytes, also known as B cells, are the only cells to produce antibodies, which the immune system ... read more

Oct. 7, 2015 — British scientists have been funded to develop a gel that will match many of the biological structures of human breast tissue, to advance cancer research and reduce animal ... read more

Wastewater Treatment Plants Not Responsible for Spreading Antimicrobial Resistance

Oct. 7, 2015 — Wastewater contains remnants of antimicrobial agents and a variety of pathogenic bacteria. It has therefore been generally assumed that wastewater treatment plants are the ideal location for ... read more

Oct. 7, 2015 — Progeria is a premature aging disease. Children suffering from progeria die at an average age of 14 to 15 years, often from heart attacks and strokes. So far, there is no cure for the disease, and ... read more

Youngest Students in Class 30% More Likely to Die in Suicide Than Older Classmates, Japanese Study Shows

Oct. 7, 2015 — Researchers found for the first time that those who were born right before the school cutoff day and thus youngest in their cohort have 30% higher mortality rates by suicide, compared to their peer ... read more

Smoking Cessation Drug Proves Initially More Effective for Women

Oct. 7, 2015 — The most effective prescription drug used to quit smoking initially helps women more than men, according to a study, which found that varenicline, marketed as Chantix, was more effective earlier in ... read more

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