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Predatory prawns eliminate a major parasite more effectively than drugs alone

In the late 1970s, a new drug held the promise of wiping out a disease that currently affects more than 250 million people. Nearly 40 years later, the drug, praziquantel, has yet to make a dent in the global burden...

Significant pain increases the risk of opioid addiction by 41 percent

What do we really know about the relationship between the experience of pain and risk of developing opioid use disorder? Results from a recent study - the first to directly...

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Rapid, low-temperature process adds weeks to milk's shelf life

Purdue University food scientist Bruce Applegate developed a simple process that reduces harmful bacteria in milk.A rapid heating and cooling of milk significantly reduces the amount of harmful bacteria present, extending by several weeks the shelf life of one of the most common refrigerator staples...

Prostate cancer: should screening test procedures be tightened again?

The number of new cases of men suffering from metastatic prostate cancer has risen significantly in a decade's time, and is 72 percent greater in the year 2013 compared to...

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UTMB researchers find first direct evidence that A. aegypti mosquito transmits Zika virus

This is senior author Scott Weaver.In collaboration with colleagues from Mexico, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston researchers were the first to directly connect the Aedes aegypti mosquito with Zika transmission in the Americas,...

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Liquid biopsies offer hope for earlier treatment, better tracking of ovarian cancer

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine have found a promising new way to monitor and treat recurrence of ovarian cancer -- a hard-to-detect disease that claims many...

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Moderately reducing calories in non-obese people reduces inflammation

Eating less may help us lead longer, healthier lives, according to the new results from a large, multicenter study, led by researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research...

Is artificial lighting making us sick? New evidence in mice

Along with eating right and exercising, people should consider adding another healthy habit to their list: turning out the lights. That's according to a new study reported in the Cell...

Simple method tests hard-to-treat bacteria's susceptibility to different antibiotics

The recent emergence of bacterial infections that are resistant to many existing antibiotics is driving an urgent need for tools to quickly identify the small number of therapies that are...

Self-prescribing antibiotics is a big problem

Five percent of adults from a cohort of 400 people reported using antibiotics without a prescription during the previous 12 months. Twenty-five percent said they would use antibiotics without contacting...

Hops extract studied to prevent breast cancer

These are hops/An enriched hops extract activates a chemical pathway in cells that could help prevent breast cancer, according to new laboratory findings from the UIC/NIH Center for Botanical Dietary Supplements Research...

This is Dr. Jane Johnson and Dr. Melanie Cobb.
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Three-drug combinations could help counter antibiotic resistance, UCLA biologists report

Pamela Yeh (left) and Elif TekinEach year, approximately 700,000 people die from drug-resistant bacterial infections. A study by UCLA life scientists could be a major step toward combating drug-resistant infections.

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Hormone therapy for brain performance: No effect, whether started early or late

A study led by a scientist at the Stanford University School of Medicine shows that hormone therapy has a negligible effect on verbal memory and other mental skills regardless of...

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Using urban pigeons to monitor lead pollution

Pigeons in New York City had a similar pattern of lead in their blood to children, according to a study by Rebecca Calisi, now on the faculty at UC Davis. Because urban pigeons do not travel far, they could be used to monitor environmental pollution.Tom Lehrer sang about poisoning them, but those pigeons in the park might be a good way to detect lead and other toxic compounds in cities. A new study of...

Unconventional natural gas development associated with increased asthma exacerbation risk

Residential unconventional natural gas development activity, a process that involves fracking and creates a source of energy used both domestically and internationally, was associated with increased risk of asthma exacerbations...

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The Lancet: Stroke is largely preventable, with hypertension confirmed as biggest risk factor, according to global study

Hypertension (high blood pressure) remains the single most important modifiable risk factor for stroke, and the impact of hypertension and nine other risk factors together account for 90% of all...

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What are your chances of living 2 years? Doctors, cancer patients, differ

Misunderstandings about prognosis between patients with advanced cancer and their doctors was common, in a study reported in JAMA Oncology, and the vast majority of patients didn't know that their...

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New control strategies needed for Zika and other unexpected mosquito-borne outbreaks

Publishing online July 14 in the journal Science, the researchers say that despite the discovery of Zika in Uganda in 1947 and the identification of the first confirmed human infection...

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New opioid use in older adults with COPD associated with increased risk of death

Older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who start using opioids have a more than two-fold higher risk of dying from a respiratory-related complication compared to non-opioid users, St. Michael's...

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Link found between traumatic brain injury and Parkinson's, but not Alzheimer's

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) with a loss of consciousness (LOC) may be associated with later development of Parkinson's disease but not Alzheimer's disease or incident dementia, according to a study...

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UTSA professor's study describes new strategies for investigating microbial outbreaks

In a new study published in Frontiers in Microbiology, Mark Eppinger, assistant professor in the Department of Biology at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) describes innovative strategies...

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