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Cold Weather, Fewer Sun Hours Are Associated With Increased Rates of Alcoholic Cirrhosis

Apr. 22, 2017 — Colder and less sunny regions of the world have higher rates of alcoholic cirrhosis, a disease caused by excessive drinking which results in irreversible scarring of the liver, new research shows. An ... read more

Space Technologies Improve Surgeries Back on Earth

Apr. 22, 2017 — A novel surgical robotic system has been developed that provides tactile feedback and is capable of single-incision and natural orifice (incision-free) robotic surgery. The system minimizes surgical ... read more

Study of Bacteria's DNA Fingerprint Suggests It Could Be Spreading Via Food Distribution

Apr. 21, 2017 — Foods should be investigated as a potential source of spread of Clostridium difficile, according to ... read more

Apr. 21, 2017 — NDP1, a signaling molecule made from DHA, can trigger the production of a protective protein against toxic free radicals and injury in the brain and retina, research shows for the first ... read more

Report Recommends Ways to Improve Response to Toxic Inhalation Disasters

Apr. 21, 2017 — Better medical responses to the accidental or intentional release of inhaled toxic chemicals are being developed, but the field faces considerable challenges, according to a new report by an ... read more

'Connshing Syndrome' Named as a New Cause of High Blood Pressure

Apr. 21, 2017 — A new cause of high blood pressure has been identified by researchers, which could lead to major changes in managing the disease, say authors of a new ... read more

The Protein CHIP Unfurls Anti-Aging Activity

Apr. 21, 2017 — Not only does our way of life determine how long we live but so too does our genetic material. Of particular importance here is a genetic program that is controlled by the insulin receptor. A team of ... read more

Apr. 21, 2017 — Sunflower seeds are frequently contaminated with a toxin produced by molds and pose an increased health risk in many low-income countries worldwide, researchers have ... read more

Displaying Lab Test Costs in Health Records Doesn't Deter Doctors from Ordering Them

Apr. 21, 2017 — Hospitals nationwide are seeking ways to use price transparency -- displaying the price of lab tests at the time when doctors are placing the order -- to nudge doctors to consider whether the ... read more

Can Airborne Viruses Survive in Water?

Apr. 21, 2017 — A new study challenges the tenet that herpes viruses, like most enveloped viruses, are relatively unstable outside their host. Under a variety of conditions equine herpesvirus remained stable and ... read more

Apr. 21, 2017 — A new technology has been designed that is 20 times faster than the existing biosensors using micromagnetic pattern of spider web. The technology can be used for early diagnosis and recurrence ... read more

Fecal Microbiota Transplants Improve Cognitive Impairment Caused by Severe Liver Disease

Apr. 21, 2017 — Fecal transplantation of bacteria from one healthy donor into patients that suffer from hepatic encephalopathy, is safe and improves cognitive function compared with standard of care treatment for ... read more

Investigational Dose of Oral Interferon-Free Treatment Can Cure Hepatitis C in Children

Apr. 21, 2017 — A study that evaluated an investigational dosage of once-daily ledipasvir 45 mg/sofosbuvir 200 mg (LDV/SOF) in children aged six to 11 years infected with HCV, found that 99 percent of children had ... read more

Diet High in Animal Protein Is Associated With NAFLD in Overweight People

Apr. 21, 2017 — A diet high in animal protein was associated with a higher risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a condition in which fat builds up in the liver, new research has found. These findings ... read more

Medical History Reveals Multiple Sclerosis Begins to Impact Patients Sooner

Apr. 21, 2017 — People with multiple sclerosis can show signs of something wrong five years before the onset of disease, much earlier than previously thought, according to a new analysis of health records from ... read more

Apr. 20, 2017 — Hundreds of thousands of babies worldwide die every year from infections that ravage their digestive systems. New research in mice offers evidence that the difference in survival may come from ... read more

Preliminary Study Suggests Possible New Treatment for MS

Apr. 20, 2017 — A small, preliminary study may show promise of a new type of treatment for progressive multiple sclerosis ... read more

Apr. 20, 2017 — New research overturns a long-standing paradigm about how axons grow during embryonic development. The findings of the study could help scientists replicate or control the way axons grow, which may ... read more

Giardiasis May Be a Disease of the Ecology of the GI Tract

Apr. 20, 2017 — Colonization by the human and animal parasite, Giardia, changed the species composition of the mouse microbiome in a way that might be harmful, report ... read more

Hearing Tests Miss Common Form of Hearing Loss, Study Shows

Apr. 20, 2017 — Traditional clinical hearing tests often fail to diagnose patients with a common form of inner ear damage that might otherwise be detected by more challenging behavioral tests, according to new ... read more

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