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Vom Saal's team is providing the first data that BPA from thermal paper used in cash register receipts accounts for high levels of BPA in humans.

Children who drink non-cow's milk are twice as likely to have low vitamin D

Children who drink non-cow's milk such as rice, almond, soy or goat's milk, have lower levels of vitamin D in their blood than those who drink cow's milk, according to...

Whole exome sequencing closer to becoming 'new family history'

Approximately one-fourth of the 3,386 patients whose DNA was submitted for clinical whole exome testing received a diagnosis related to a known genetic disease, often ending a long search for...

Sugared soda consumption, cell aging associated in new study

Sugar-sweetened soda consumption might promote disease independently from its role in obesity, according to UC San Francisco researchers who found in a new study that drinking sugary drinks was associated...

Scientists opens black box on bacterial growth in cystic fibrosis lung infection

Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have shown for the first time how bacteria can grow directly in the lungs of Cystic fibrosis patients, giving them the opportunity to get...

Chemical derived from broccoli sprouts shows promise in treating autism

Broccoli sprouts are shown.Results of a small clinical trial suggest that a chemical derived from broccoli sprouts -- and best known for claims that it can help prevent certain cancers -- may ease...

Oral capsule as effective as invasive procedures for delivery of fecal transplant

A noninvasive method of delivering a promising therapy for persistent Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infection appears to be as effective as treatment via colonoscopy or through a nasogastric tube. In...

All that glitters is... slimy? Gold nanoparticles measure the stickiness of snot

Some people might consider mucus an icky bodily secretion best left wrapped in a tissue, but to a group of researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,...

Bowel cancer risk reduced by adopting multiple healthy behaviors

Adoption of a combination of five key healthy behaviors is associated with a reduction in the risk of developing bowel cancer. Researchers from the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke...

Cellular 'power grid' failure triggers abnormal heart rhythms after a heart attack

Heart attack survivors often experience dangerous heart rhythm disturbances during treatment designed to restore blood flow to the injured heart muscle, a common and confounding complication of an otherwise lifesaving...

Grapefruit juice stems weight gain in mice fed a high-fat diet, study finds

Fad diets come and go, but might there be something to the ones that involve consuming grapefruit and grapefruit juice? New research at the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that...

Controlling Ebola in West Africa most effective way to decrease international risk: Paper

Controlling the Ebola virus outbreak at the source in West Africa is the most effective way to decrease international risk of transmission, according to a research paper published today in <i>The Lancet</i> by Dr. Kamran Khan, a physician and researcher at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto.Controlling the Ebola virus outbreak at the source in West Africa is the most effective way to decrease international risk of transmission, according to a research paper published in The...

Over-organizing repair cells set the stage for fibrosis

Compared with a control skin wound (left), the ECM within a wound containing increased numbers of myofibroblasts (right) is more consistently organized into linear fibers, which increases the activation and release of a growth factor that promotes fibrosis.The excessive activity of repair cells in the early stages of tissue recovery sets the stage for fibrosis by priming the activation of an important growth factor, according to a...

Genetic variant protects some Latina women from breast cancer

An international research collaboration led by UC San Francisco researchers has identified a genetic variant common in Latina women that protects against breast cancer.

Presence of enzyme may worsen effects of spinal cord injury and impair long-term recovery

Traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) is a devastating condition with few treatment options. Studies show that damage to the barrier separating blood from the spinal cord can contribute to the...

Drexel study questions 21-day quarantine period for Ebola

As medical personnel and public health officials are responding to the first reported cases of Ebola Virus in the United States, many of the safety and treatment procedures for treating...

Light-activated drug could reduce side effects of diabetes medication

Scientists have created a drug for type 2 diabetes that is switched on by blue light, which they hope will improve treatment of the disease.

Researchers reveal lung cancer can stay hidden for over 20 years

UK scientists have discovered that lung cancers can lie dormant for over 20 years before suddenly turning into an aggressive form of the disease, according to a study published in...

College athletes in contact sports more likely to carry MRSA, study finds

Even if they don't show signs of infection, college athletes who play football, soccer and other contact sports are more likely to carry the superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), suggests...

Similar but different: New discovery for degenerative disease

Researchers from the University of Melbourne have established how two diseases that present in similar ways are in fact quite different.

Hormone loss could be involved in colon cancer

Some cancers, like breast and prostate cancer, are driven by hormones such as estrogen and testosterone, but to date, there are none that are driven by the lack of a...

New increase in antimicrobial use in animals in Denmark

Antimicrobial usage in animals in Denmark continued to increase in 2013 -- mainly due to an increased use in pigs. However, antimicrobial use in pigs is still 12% lower than...

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