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Wed, 07 Oct 2015 18:50:37 EDT
New research shedding light on stem cells
A research team reports progress in understanding the mysterious shape-shifting ways of stem cells, which have vast potential for medical research and disease treatment.
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 18:50:34 EDT
Soda tax boosts retail prices of sugary drinks, study confirms
A new study addresses questions about the efficacy of a voter-approved soda tax passed in 2014. Voters in Berkeley approved the first excise tax in the country on sugar-sweetened beverages, but questions soon arose about whether the move would have its desired effect by increasing the retail price of soda. The latest signs say yes.
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 18:50:25 EDT
Everyone has their own daily rhythm of digital activity, shows study
People tend to have distinctive, personal rhythms of digital communication that persist in time, research shows. Selective monitoring of these daily rhythms for at-risk patients could have applications in health care, their reports outlines.
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 14:52:46 EDT
Staying healthy: Experiment finds key to natural detoxifier’s reactivity
Researchers have discovered that a mere 9-trillionths-of-a-meter reduction in the length of a chemical bond dramatically boosts the reactivity of a family of molecules that helps keep humans and many other organisms healthy.
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 14:48:54 EDT
'Chromosomal chaos:' Complex array of mutations found in rare, aggressive leukemia
Sezary syndrome (SS), an aggressive leukemia of mature T cells, is more complicated at a molecular level than ever suspected. With a poor prognosis and limited options for targeted therapies, this cancer needs new treatment approaches. The team's results uncover a previously unknown, complex genomic landscape, which can be used to design new personalized drug regimens for SS patients based on their unique genetic makeup.
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 14:48:52 EDT
Sex is more likely on days college students use marijuana or binge drink
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 found.
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 14:48:38 EDT
Metabolic syndrome leads one in three Americans to need more vitamin E
New research shows that the estimated one-third of Americans who have a cluster of health problems that add up to metabolic syndrome don't absorb dietary vitamin E as effectively as healthy people.
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 14:06:19 EDT
Just 30 minutes a day: Regular exercise relieves asthma symptoms
Millions of people suffer from asthma. Many report having poor control of their symptoms. Fortunately, new research shows there is a simple antidote: 30 minutes of exercise a day, year-round.
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 13:57:08 EDT
Two-hit therapy for breast tumors using approved drugs looks promising in animal study
Disabling a cancer-causing pathway and administering an immune-molecule-based mop-up therapy eradicated a specific type of breast tumor in mice, report investigators. This therapy, when translated for use in people humans, would be beneficial in reducing toxicity because the amount of antibody could be decreased by two-thirds and the amount of chemotherapy by at least half, they say.
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 13:57:06 EDT
Exposure to common flame retardants may contribute to attention problems in children
Prenatal exposure to some flame retardants that have been widely-used in consumer products is associated with attention problems in young children. A new study is the first to show the effects of prenatal exposure to polybrominated diphenyl ethers on children's development at ages 3, 4, and 7 years. Children with the highest exposure to certain PBDEs had approximately twice the number of maternally-reported attention problems compared to the other children in the study. PBDEs are found in textiles, plastics, wiring, and furniture containing polyurethane foam to reduce flammability.
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