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May 22, 2015

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May 22, 2015

How Big Tobacco Is Able to Woo Parliamentarians

May 20, 2015 — An investigation asks to what extent is the tobacco industry able to reach out and influence parliamentarians? The findings raise important questions about how far the vested interests of the tobacco ... read more

Novel Drug Combo Improves Function of Cystic Fibrosis Protein

May 20, 2015 — A novel two-drug combination has the potential to target and restore a defective protein underlying cystic fibrosis (CF), according to two phase III clinical trials conducted at 187 medical centers ... read more

Bacterial Communities of Female Genital Tract Have Impact on Inflammation, HIV Risk

May 19, 2015 — The most common bacterial community in the genital tract among healthy South African women not only is significantly different from that of women in developed countries but also leads to elevated ... read more

May 19, 2015 — Body builders have it right: Vitamin E does help build strong muscles, and scientists appear to have figured out one important way it does it. Vitamin E has long known as a powerful antioxidant, and ... read more

Cholesterol Drugs Associated With 30 Percent Lower Stroke Risk in Healthy Older Adults

May 19, 2015 — Use of cholesterol lowering drugs is associated with a one third lower risk of stroke in older adults without previous disease, finds a study. If replicated, the study results suggest that lipid ... read more

Researchers Pin Down Enzyme Role in Muscle 'Aging'

May 19, 2015 — The role of an enzyme in muscle wasting, and associated age-related problems, has been identified by scientists. They believe that inhibiting it could hold the key to developing ways of preventing, ... read more

Large Urban Hospitals Disadvantaged by Medicare/Medicaid Patient Satisfaction Rating System

May 19, 2015 — The largest urban health systems, which serve as safety nets for large patient populations with lower socioeconomic status and greater likelihood to speak English as a second language, do worse on ... read more

Intestinal Bacteria Succession Revealed During Recovery from Cholera in Bangladesh

May 19, 2015 — A new study delineates a sequential pattern of changes in the intestinal microbial population of patients recovering from cholera in Bangladesh, findings that may point to ways of speeding recovery ... read more

Dignity in Care: Improving Nutrition in People With Dementia

May 19, 2015 — Ensuring dignity in the care and wellbeing of those with dementia is a critical issue. New research has been investigating how to improve nutrition in people with dementia. New training and ... read more

May 19, 2015 — Researchers have made a new protein detection platform using low-cost plastic and paper substrates. Their work could help reduce the cost and improve the accuracy of infectious disease diagnosis, ... read more

Non-Invasive Tool for Diagnosing Cancer

May 19, 2015 — An ultrasensitive method to detect micro-RNAs, tiny molecules that can indicate the presence of tumors, has been developed by researchers. They are applying the technology toward a non-invasive ... read more

Significant Cost Savings Found in Pediatric Telemedicine Consults

May 21, 2015 — A comprehensive study has been completed to determine whether pediatric telemedicine consultations with rural emergency departments save money compared to telephone ... read more

New Biotechnology for High Efficiency Purification of Live Human Cells

May 21, 2015 — Cell therapies require a purification step that isolates the desired cell types from contaminating cells. Normally cell surface receptors are used as markers to distinguish cell types, but undesired ... read more

Researchers Discover Molecular Approach to Promote Cancer Cell Death

May 21, 2015 — Lung cancer researchers have discovered a novel strategy to exploit apoptosis, a form of programmed cell death, for the treatment of lung cancer. The protein Bcl-2 is a known target for cancer ... read more

May 21, 2015 — An extract from the thunder god vine, which has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine, reduces food intake and causes up to a 45 percent decrease in body weight in obese mice. The ... read more

Why You Need One Vaccine for Measles and Many for the Flu

May 21, 2015 — While the influenza virus mutates constantly and requires a yearly shot that offers a certain percentage of protection, old reliable measles needs only a two-dose vaccine during childhood for ... read more

Workplace Intervention Improves Sleep of Employees' Children

May 21, 2015 — A workplace intervention designed to reduce employees' work-family conflict and increase schedule flexibility also has a positive influence on the sleep patterns of the employees' children, ... read more

Personalized Care During Eye Visits Didn't Lower HbA1c Levels for Diabetics

May 21, 2015 — Providing personalized education and risk assessment for patients with diabetes when they visit the ophthalmologist did not improve glycemic control as measured by hemoglobin A1c levels compared with ... read more

Pliability, Elasticity of Skin Increase Following Wrinkle Treatment With Botox

May 21, 2015 — Human skin has three biomechanical features: strength, pliability (the ability to stretch) and elasticity (the ability to recoil). As people age, these properties change and the loss of skin ... read more

International Study of Advanced Prostate Cancer Genome Finds Potential Targets for Drug Therapy

May 21, 2015 — First study of the genomic composition of prostate cancer shows many patients have gene mutations that can be targeted with existing or potential drugs. The finding is based on an analysis of tumor ... read more

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