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Watch live: Day 2 of Senate confirmation for AG nominee William Barr

23 hours ago from UPI

U.S. attorney general nominee William Barr will face a second day of questioning Wednesday before the Senate judiciary committee.

Same wine, different tastes: Study pits B.C. oenophiles against Montreal sommeliers

23 hours ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Wine educators hope a recent study, published in the Journal of Wine Research, will help demystify the standards used to determine why some wines are worth drinking and others, not...

YouTube bans videos with potentially dangerous, distressing content

23 hours ago from UPI

YouTube has moved to ban videos that depict dangerous activity -- like the "Bird Box" and "Tide Pod" challenges, which were both popular on the site last year.

Dry-cured ham bones—a source of heart-healthy peptides?

23 hours ago from Physorg

Drinking bone broth is a recent diet fad that proponents claim fights inflammation, eases joint pain and promotes gut health. Simmering animal bones in water releases collagen and other proteins...

Machine learning could reduce testing, improve treatment for intensive care patients

1 day ago from Physorg

Doctors in intensive care units face a continual dilemma: Every blood test they order could yield critical information, but also adds costs and risks for patients. To address this challenge,...

Fukushima Residents Return Despite Radiation

1 day ago from Scientific American

Eight years after the nuclear meltdown, wary citizens are moving back to contaminated homesteads—some not by choice -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Hospitals now must list medical costs for patients, but clarity is elusive

1 day ago from UPI

A law requiring hospitals to list their prices took effect this month, but the move, aimed at providing transparency, may be causing more confusion than clarity.

Phys Ed: How Exercise May Help Keep Our Memory Sharp

1 day ago from NY Times Health

Irisin, a hormone that is released during exercise, may improve brain health and lessen the damage that occurs during Alzheimer’s disease.

Gene-editing tool CRISPR/Cas9 shown to limit impact of certain parasitic diseases

1 day ago from Science Daily

Researchers have successfully used CRISPR/Cas9 to limit the impact of schistosomiasis and liver fluke infection, which affects more than a quarter of a billion people in Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa,...

Pioneering surgery restores movement to children paralyzed by acute flaccid myelitis

1 day ago from Science Daily

An innovative and complex surgery involving nerve transfers is restoring movement to young patients with paralysis caused by acute flaccid myelitis.

Poisons or medicines? Cyanobacteria toxins protect tiny lake dwellers from parasites

1 day ago from Science Daily

The cyanobacteria blooms that plague western Lake Erie each summer are both an unsightly nuisance and a potential public health hazard, producing liver toxins that can be harmful to humans...

Surge protector: A novel approach to suppressing therapy-induced tumor growth and recurrence

1 day ago from Science Daily

Dead and dying cancer cells killed by conventional cancer treatments paradoxically trigger inflammation that promotes tumor growth and metastasis. Researchers now describe a novel approach to suppressing chemotherapy-induced tumor growth...

Helping anxious students excel on science exams

1 day ago from Science Daily

A new study released today reveals that helping lower-income high school freshman to regulate their test-taking anxiety can cut their biology course failure rates in half. The study, published in...

Scientists make strides in creation of clinical-grade bone

1 day ago from Science Daily

A team of scientists has made valuable progress toward creating clinical-grade cells for treatment of bone disease and injury. In their study, the team identified two types of growth media...

MANF identified as a rejuvenating factor in parabiosis

1 day ago from Science Daily

Older mice who are surgically joined with young mice in order to share a common bloodstream get stronger and healthier, making parabiosis one of the hottest topics in age research....

New immune response regulators

1 day ago from Science Daily

Researchers have discovered new proteins that regulate T cells in the human immune system. Some of these proteins can provide possible new targets for drug development in treating immune-mediated diseases.

Effects of linoleic acid on inflammatory response depend on genes

1 day ago from Science Daily

The effects of linoleic acid on the human body are largely dependent on genes, a new study shows. Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid. People carrying different variants of...

Defective glial cells can push neurons toward Parkinson's disease

1 day ago from Science Daily

A team of scientists have discovered that astrocytes are linked to the buildup of a toxic protein that is one the hallmarks of Parkinson's disease. The work suggests an important...

Researchers raise bar for successful management of severe atopic dermatitis

1 day ago from Science Daily

A team of investigators has identified comprehensive guidelines for managing severe atopic dermatitis (AD), the most common form of eczema.

Poisons or medicines? Cyanobacteria toxins protect tiny lake dwellers from parasites

1 day ago from Physorg

The cyanobacteria blooms that plague western Lake Erie each summer are both an unsightly nuisance and a potential public health hazard, producing liver toxins that can be harmful to humans...

Expert panel warns of crisis in long-term care home staffing

1 day ago from CBC: Health

A report on Nova Scotia's long-term care system says staffing levels need to be increased to deal with increasingly complex needs of people with high rates of chronic disease and...

Surgery wait lists in B.C. grow larger than population of some cities, report says

1 day ago from CBC: Health

Wait times for surgery in B.C. have tripled since 2002, say the province's anesthesiologists, who are urging more collaboration between the government, political parties and health authorities to solve the...

Virtual video visits may improve patient convenience without sacrificing quality of care

1 day ago from Harvard Science

A team of researchers at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) reports in the American Journal of Managed Care that virtual video visits, one form of telehealth visit used at the hospital, can successfully replace office...

HPV vaccine, regular screening can prevent cervical cancer deaths

1 day ago from UPI

About 4,000 women in the United States die from cervical cancer each year -- even though there's a preventive vaccine and screening to catch the disease early.

Back to the future with CD4 testing: Improving HIV care in low- and middle-income countries

1 day ago from Science Daily

A practical resource-based public health approach for the rapid initiation of antiretroviral therapy in HIV-infected individuals living in low- and middle-income countries could save thousands of lives.

Medical detection dogs help diabetes patients regulate insulin levels

1 day ago from Science Daily

New research has found that the best trained alert dogs have the potential to vastly improve the quality of life of people living with Type 1 diabetes.

Toronto Public Health issues alert about bad drugs sold as fentanyl or heroin

1 day ago from CBC: Health

Toronto Public Health has issued a warning about illicit drugs being sold in the city as either fentanyl or heroin causing what the agency calls "concerning" symptoms.

Preventing breast cancer just got easier. Will more women give these drugs a try?

1 day ago from LA Times - Science

Breast cancer will strike 1 in 8 women in her lifetime. But women who face an increased risk of being that one unlucky patient may improve their chances with three...