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Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:26:42 EDT
New test scans all genes simultaneously to identify single mutation causing child's rare genetic disease
Sequencing the DNA of children with mystery genetic disorders produced a definitive diagnosis in 40 percent of one hospital’s most complex cases -- a quantum leap from the field’s 5-percent success rate 20 years ago.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:54:42 EDT
Women driven by status, wealth rather than wanting babies, study suggests
Women are more driven to seek wealth and status than they are to reproduce, a new study suggests. The research says although low fertility may seem to go against traditional ideas about evolutionary success, a woman will delay and reduce her fertility if it brings her opportunities for higher status. The findings are based on interviews with 9,000 women in Mongolia, a country that underwent a sudden transition from a Soviet-style state to mass privatization.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:37:28 EDT
YouTube as peer support for severe mental illness
People with severe mental illness such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder or bipolar disorder use a popular social media website like YouTube to provide and receive naturally occurring peer support, researchers report.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:11:03 EDT
Using feminist theory to understand male rape
Decades of feminist research have framed rape and sexual assault as a ‘women’s issue’, leaving little room for the experiences of male victims. But a new study suggests that feminist theory, with its focus on the gendered nature of rape, can also help us understand the stigmas, social constructions and realities associated with male rape.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:13:37 EDT
Scientific breakthrough will help design antibiotics of the future
Computer simulations have been used to show how bacteria are able to destroy antibiotics -- a breakthrough which will help develop drugs which can effectively tackle infections in the future.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:12:24 EDT
Blinded by non-science: Trivial scientific information increases trust in products
Beware of trivial graphs and formulas, warns new research. The study found trivial graphs or formulas accompanying medical information can lead consumers to believe products are more effective.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:31:24 EDT
Improving bladder function among people with spinal cord injuries
New research may lead to dramatically fewer bladder infections following spinal cord injuries and other traumatic injuries -- infections that can cause kidney damage, and even death, scientists report.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:31:22 EDT
Physicists sound warning to 'nail beauty fanatics'
The daily trimming of fingernails and toenails to make them more aesthetically pleasing could be detrimental and potentially lead to serious nail conditions.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:31:20 EDT
Cystic Fibrosis lung infection: Scientists open black box on bacterial growth
Researchers have shown for the first time how bacteria can grow directly in the lungs of Cystic fibrosis patients, giving them the opportunity to get tremendous insights into bacteria behavior and growth in chronic infections.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:31:18 EDT
Divide and conquer: Novel trick helps rare pathogen infect healthy people
New research into a rare pathogen has shown how a unique evolutionary trait allows it to infect even the healthiest of hosts through a smart solution to the body's immune response against it, scientists report.
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