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February 24, 2017

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February 24, 2017

Regular Aerobic Exercise Beginning in Middle Age May Lessen Severity of Stroke in Old Age

Feb. 24, 2017 — Regular aerobic exercise may protect the collateral circulation and lessen the severity of strokes later in ... read more

What Effect Does Prenatal and Postpartum Maternal Depression Have on Children?

Feb. 24, 2017 — The results of a large study do not support the notion that prenatal and postpartum maternal depression is particularly detrimental to children's psychological development. Instead, the most ... read more

SARS and MERS: What’s Next?

Feb. 23, 2017 — It may be difficult to remember now, but when SARS was first recognized in February 2003, people were scared. This heretofore unknown disease was killing people—nearly 10 percent of those infected ... read more

Desks Join the Internet of Things

Feb. 23, 2017 — The internet of things promises to revolutionize the way we live, connecting the objects in our homes to one another and to the vast array of information available online. The possibilities are ... read more

Researchers Develop Model for Studying Rare Polio-Like Illness

Feb. 23, 2017 — Scientists have developed the first animal model for studying paralysis caused by virus linked to a polio-like illness that paralyzed 120 children in ... read more

Global Vaccine Injury System Needed to Improve Public Health

Feb. 23, 2017 — A global vaccine injury compensation system administered through the World Health Organization would address the global public health issue of vaccine injuries, experts ... read more

Gene Mutations Cause Leukemia, but Which Ones?

Feb. 23, 2017 — New research sought to better understand one 'typo' in a standard leukemia assay, or test. The study, however, encountered a new problem: an issue with the model system ... read more

Contact Tracing and Targeted Insecticide Spraying Can Curb Dengue Outbreaks

Feb. 23, 2017 — Contact tracing -- a process of identifying everyone who has come into contact with those infected by a particular disease -- combined with targeted, indoor spraying of insecticide can greatly reduce ... read more

Feb. 23, 2017 — Sexual reproduction and viral infections both rely on a functionally identical protein, according to new research. The protein enables the fusion of two cells, such as a sperm cell and egg cell, or ... read more

Feb. 23, 2017 — Why are pancreatic tumors so resistant to treatment? One reason is that the 'wound'-like tissue that surrounds the tumors, called stroma, is so dense, likely preventing cancer-killing drugs ... read more

Fructose Is Generated in the Human Brain

Feb. 23, 2017 — Fructose, a form of sugar linked to obesity and diabetes, is converted in the human brain from glucose, according to a new study. The finding raises questions about fructose's effects on the ... read more

Removing Barriers to Early Intervention for Autistic Children: A New Model Shows Promise

Feb. 23, 2017 — Acting on recommendations from the South Carolina Act Early Team, South Carolina changed its policies to pay for early intensive behavioral intervention in children under three revealed to be at high ... read more

Tumor Protein Could Hold Key to Pancreatic Cancer Survival

Feb. 23, 2017 — A diagnosis of pancreatic cancer is often a death sentence because current chemotherapies have little impact on the disease. In a new study, researchers were able to slow down growth and spread of ... read more

Patients Registered in a Heart Failure Registry Lived Longer

Feb. 23, 2017 — Heart failure patients registered in the Swedish Heart Failure Registry receive better medication and have a 35 percent lower risk of death than unregistered patients, according to a new ... read more

Sons of Cocaine-Using Fathers Have Profound Memory Impairments

Feb. 23, 2017 — Fathers who use cocaine at the time of conceiving a child may be putting their sons at risk of learning disabilities and memory loss. The researchers say the findings reveal that drug abuse by ... read more

Anti-Aging Gene Identified as a Promising Therapeutic Target for Older Melanoma Patients

Feb. 23, 2017 — An anti-diabetic drug can inhibit the growth of melanoma in older patients by activating an anti-aging gene that in turn inhibits a protein involved in metastatic progression and resistance to ... read more

Direct-to-Consumer Genomics: Harmful or Empowering?

Feb. 23, 2017 — In a new study, a research explores questions that stem from new advances in direct-to-consumer DNA tests, which have the effect of separating the physician-patient relationship from access to new ... read more

Early Birds May Make Healthier Food Choices Than Night Owls

Feb. 23, 2017 — Researchers looked at data from nearly 2,000 randomly chosen people to determine if their circadian or biological clock rhythm (chronotype) affected what they ate and at what time. Clear differences ... read more

The Body Does Not Absorb Genetic Material from Our Food

Feb. 23, 2017 — A study finds no evidence that genetic material from food is absorbed in the human body where it would, for example, be able to change the body’s ability to regulate the cholesterol metabolism or ... read more

Feb. 23, 2017 — Viruses propagate by infecting a host cell and reproducing inside. This not only affects humans and animals, but bacteria as well. This type of virus is called bacteriophage. They carry so called ... read more

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