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February 9, 2016

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February 9, 2016

Feb. 9, 2016 — A simple change in diet could boost vitamin D levels for millions of Americans suffering from Type 2 diabetes, according to new ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — Researchers have sequenced the genetic blueprint of one of the most prolific pathogen-transmitting agents on the planet -- the Lyme-disease-spreading tick (Ixodes scapularis) that bites humans. The ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — A new biosensing platform has been fabricated for the determination of haptoglobin in human ... read more

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

Antiretroviral Therapy Reduces HIV in the Female Reproductive Tract

Feb. 8, 2016 — For the first time, investigators have determined how antiretroviral therapy (ART) affects the way HIV disseminates and establishes infection in the female reproductive tract. These observations have ... read more

Expanding Use of Vaccines Could Save Up to $44 for Every Dollar Spent, Study Suggests

Feb. 8, 2016 — Vaccinations, long recognized as an excellent investment that saves lives and prevents illness, could have significant economic value that far exceeds their original cost, a new study has ... 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

Newer Pain Management Strategies Can Lead to Quicker, Shorter Recovery After Total Knee Replacement

Feb. 8, 2016 — According to a new literature review , a team-based care approach (consisting of the patient, family members, the orthopaedic surgeon and other medical practitioners) on total knee replacement (TKR) ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Children with asthma tend to have the worst symptoms at the same times each year -- when school starts in the fall and after extended breaks such as Spring Break. Researchers previously speculated ... read more

Circadian Misalignment Helps Explain Higher Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Feb. 8, 2016 — New research may help explain why shift work increases the risk for cardiovascular disease. The study finds that short-term circadian misalignment, resulting from a rapid 12-hour inversion of the ... read more

Social Hormone Promotes Cooperation in Risky Situations

Feb. 8, 2016 — A hormone implicated in monogamy and aggression in animals also promotes trust and cooperation in humans in risky situations, researchers ... read more

Sleep Deprivation Linked to False Confessions

Feb. 8, 2016 — Sleep-deprived people are much more likely to sign false confessions than rested individuals, according to a groundbreaking study that has important implications for police interrogation ... read more

Study Details Molecular Mechanism That Regulates How the Heart Pumps Blood

Feb. 8, 2016 — A healthy heart regulates itself so that with each beat, it pumps out as much blood as it receives. In a finding that could lead to new drugs to treat heart failure, researchers have uncovered the ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — A novel study answers age-old questions about how cancers spread by applying tools from evolutionary biology. The new insights will help scientists better understand the genetic origins of tumor ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Infant girls at risk for autism pay more attention to social cues in faces than infant boys, according to a new study — the first one known to prospectively examine sex-related social differences ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — The dengue virus affects 390 million people globally every year, and fears are that early 2016 will see an epidemic, particularly in South-East Asia, due to the predicted extreme intensity of El ... read more

Scientists Elucidate Genetic Underpinnings of Congenital Heart Disease

Feb. 8, 2016 — Mutations in the gene TBX5 have been shown to cause both rare and more prevalent forms of congenital heart disease, yet the underlying mechanisms have remained unclear. A team of researchers has now ... read more

Cotton Candy Machines May Hold Key for Making Artificial Organs

Feb. 8, 2016 — Engineers have modified the cotton candy machine to create complex microfluidic networks that mimic the capillary system in living tissue and have demonstrated that these networks can keep cells ... read more

Using Medical Marijuana to Stop Seizures in Kids

Feb. 8, 2016 — Desperate for relief, parents are taking unusual steps to help children plagued with seizures. The relief, however, comes in a most unlikely form: ... read more

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