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Growing up on a farm provides protection against asthma and allergies

Researchers at VIB (a leading life sciences institute in Flanders, Belgium) and Ghent University have successfully established a causal relationship between exposure to so-called farm dust and protection against asthma and allergies. This breakthrough discovery is a major step forward...

Decontamination exterminates antibiotic-resistant bacteria from pig farm

Decontamination protocols eradicated both methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and antibiotic resistant, pathogenic intestinal bacteria, the Enterobacteriaceae, from a pig farm. The research appears online September 4th in ASM's journal Applied...

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Risk of financial crisis higher than previously estimated

The study, published in the journal Financial Stability, introduces a new method that allows researchers to estimate the systemic risk that emerge from multiple layers of connectivity.

We've all got a blind spot, but it can be shrunk

You've probably never noticed, but the human eye includes an unavoidable blind spot. That's because the optic nerve that sends visual signals to the brain must pass through the retina,...

Sex-specific biomarkers are needed to learn why heart attacks kill more women than men

<a href="http://www.liebertpub.com/jwh">Journal of Women's Health</a>, published monthly, is a core multidisciplinary journal dedicated to the diseases and conditions that hold greater risk for or are more prevalent among women, as well as diseases that present differently in women. The Journal covers the latest advances and clinical applications of new diagnostic procedures and therapeutic protocols for the prevention and management of women's healthcare issues. Complete tables of content and a sample issue may be viewed on the <a href="http://www.liebertpub.com/jwh">Journal of Women's Health</a> website. Journal of Women's Health is the official journal of the <a href="http://www.academyofwomenshealth.org/">Academy of Women's Health</a> and the Society for Women's Health Research.Disproportionately more women than men die due to cardiovascular disease and heart attacks in the U.S., and current risk scoring systems--based on factors measured mainly in male populations--are poor predictors...

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Researchers mimic viral infection in colon cancer stem cells

Principal investigator and lead author of the study, Dr. Daniel De Carvalho, is a scientist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network.Researchers targeting colorectal cancer stem cells - the root cause of disease, resistance to treatment and relapse - have discovered a mechanism to mimic a virus and potentially trigger an...

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Study examines breast cancer mortality after ductal carcinoma in situ diagnosis

Researchers estimate the 20-year breast cancer-specific death rate for women diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ to be 3.3 percent, although the death rate is higher for women diagnosed before...

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Study finds e-cigarette use linked to cough reflex sensitivity

The popularity of electronic cigarettes has steadily increased worldwide, but little is known about their effects on health. New research suggests that the single use of an electronic cigarette approximating...

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A paradigm shift in multidrug resistance

Bacteria switch between antibiotic susceptible-to-resistant states during infection using a Trojan horse strategy.Bacteria are pretty wily creatures. Take for example, an organism such as Salmonella, which which are killed by antibiotics in lab tests, but can become highly resistant in the body.

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Imaging software could speed up breast cancer diagnosis

New software could speed up breast cancer diagnosis with 90% accuracy without the need for a specialist, according to research published in the open access journal Breast Cancer Research. This...

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Can science predict gang killings?

A study led by Michigan State University public health researcher April Zeoli found that gang killings move systemically through a community, similar to disease.Gang slayings move in a systematic pattern over time, spreading from one vulnerable area to the next like a disease, finds a groundbreaking study by Michigan State University criminologists and...

Anna Wedell is a Professor of Medical Genetics at Karolinska Institutet.
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Blueberry extract could help fight gum disease and reduce antibiotic use

Gum disease is a common condition among adults that occurs when bacteria form biofilms or plaques on teeth, and consequently the gums become inflamed. Some severe cases, called periodontitis, call...

WSU scientists discover mechanism for air pollution-induced liver disease

This is Kezhong Zhang, Ph.D., assistant professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine's Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics.A research team led by Kezhong Zhang, Ph.D., at the Wayne State University School of Medicine's Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics, has discovered that exposure to air pollution has...

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New type of prion may cause, transmit neurodegeneration

Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), a neurodegenerative disorder with similarities to Parkinson's disease, is caused by a newly discovered type of prion, akin to the misfolded proteins involved in incurable progressive...

Young women with diabetes have 6-fold risk of heart attack

31 Aug 2015: Women aged 45 years and under with diabetes have a six-fold risk of heart attack, according to research presented at ESC Congress today.1 The study in more...

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Moffitt makes important steps toward developing a blood test to catch pancreatic cancer early

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer-related death in the United States and has a 5-year survival rate of only 6 percent, which is the lowest rate...

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A metabolic master switch underlying human obesity

Obesity is one of the biggest public health challenges of the 21st century. Affecting more than 500 million people worldwide, obesity costs at least $200 billion each year in the...

Impact of sleep disturbance on recovery in veterans with PTSD and TBI

Poor sleep may impact treatment and recovery in veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). A review of extensive research on sleep in TBI and...

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Synthetic DNA vaccine against MERS induces immunity in animal study

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus particle envelope proteins immunolabeled with Rabbit HCoV-EMC/2012 primary antibody and Goat anti-Rabbit 10 nm gold particles.A novel synthetic DNA vaccine can, for the first time, induce protective immunity against the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus in animal species, reported researchers from the Perelman School...

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Report shows uninsured Texans are twice as likely to delay seeking primary care, mental health care

Texans without health insurance are twice as likely to skip seeking primary and mental health care because of cost. That's one of the findings of a new survey released...

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Low-fat diet results in more fat loss than low-carb diet in humans

This is an artistic depiction of a study investigating whether low-fat or low-carb diets lead to more fat burning and fat loss.A study from the US National Institutes of Health presents some of the most precise human data yet on whether cutting carbs or fat has the most benefits for losing...

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