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Ferocious fires spark concern over major health consequences

4 days ago from Physorg

Smoke masks. Eye drops. No outdoor exercise. This is how Californians are trying to cope with wildfires choking the state, but experts say an increase in serious health problems may...

Reported tick diseases hit all-time high

4 days ago from UPI

In 2017, U.S. state and local health departments reported more tick-borne diseases than at any time in history.

Small-molecule inhibitor of OGG1 suppresses proinflammatory gene expression and inflammation

4 days ago from Science NOW

The onset of inflammation is associated with reactive oxygen species and oxidative damage to macromolecules like 7,8-dihydro-8-oxoguanine (8-oxoG) in DNA. Because 8-oxoguanine DNA glycosylase 1 (OGG1) binds 8-oxoG and because...

The gut microbiota at the intersection of diet and human health

4 days ago from Science NOW

Diet affects multiple facets of human health and is inextricably linked to chronic metabolic conditions such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Dietary nutrients are essential not only...

A time to fast

4 days ago from Science NOW

Nutrient composition and caloric intake have traditionally been used to devise optimized diets for various phases of life. Adjustment of meal size and frequency have emerged as powerful tools to...

Dietary fat: From foe to friend?

4 days ago from Science NOW

For decades, dietary advice was based on the premise that high intakes of fat cause obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and possibly cancer. Recently, evidence for the adverse metabolic effects of...

Dietary fat is good? Dietary fat is bad? Coming to consensus

4 days ago from Harvard Science

Which is better, a low-fat/high-carbohydrate diet or a high-fat/low-carbohydrate diet — or is it the type of fat that matters? In a new paper featured on the cover of Science magazine’s special issue on nutrition, researchers...

Herbert Fingarette, Contrarian Philosopher on Alcoholism, Dies at 97

4 days ago from NY Times Health

Mr. Fingarette concluded that heavy drinking was willful behavior, not a disease, and that moderate use of alcohol was an acceptable treatment goal.

Arming drug hunters, chemists design new reaction for drug discovery

4 days ago from Physorg

If pharmaceutical chemists are the drug hunters who discover new medicines, scientists like Andrew McNally and Robert Paton are the armorers—the deft creators who arm drug hunters with the sharpest...

California aims to restrict popular pesticide

4 days ago from Physorg

California regulators recommended new restrictions Thursday on a widely used pesticide blamed for harming the brains of babies.

High-scoring No. 3 Gonzaga hosts Texas A&M

4 days ago from UPI

While both Gonzaga and Texas A&M have dealt with early-season injuries, the Bulldogs haven't missed a beat.

Targeted delivery: Cancer identity technology makes it easier to find a tumor's 'address'

4 days ago from Physorg

Purdue University researchers have developed a technology aimed at making it easier to deliver cancer treatment to the right "address" in the body while also easing the painful side effects...

Navy to purchase 8 MH-60R helicopters from Lockheed Martin

4 days ago from UPI

Lockheed Martin will receive $382 million for the production and delivery of eight MH-60R Seahawk helicopters with associated engineering and program support.

Should you eat a low-gluten diet?

4 days ago from Science Daily

When healthy people eat a low-gluten and fiber-rich diet compared with a high-gluten diet they experience less intestinal discomfort including less bloating which researchers show are due to changes of...

EPA releases draft safe daily dose for Chemours’s GenX chemical

4 days ago from C&EN

Number is four times as high as agency’s level for PFOA or PFOS

Diabetic foot ulcers heal quickly with nitric oxide technology

4 days ago from Science Daily

Around the world, 425 million people live with diabetes and upwards of 15 percent develop foot ulcers, which increases their risk of death 2.5 times. A new nitric oxide-releasing technology...

More realistic research needed on substances that enter the environment

4 days ago from Physorg

Chemical substances and nanomaterials are processed on a massive scale in diverse products, while their risks have not been properly assessed. Time and again synthesised substances have been shown to...

Human excrement efficiently converted to hydrochar

4 days ago from Physorg

Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) demonstrated for the first time that raw human excrement can potentially be converted to a safe, reusable fuel and a nutrient rich...

A gut bacterium as a fountain of youth? Well, let's start with reversing insulin resistance

4 days ago from LA Times - Science

Move over Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus. There’s a new health-promoting gut bacterium in town, and it’s called Akkermansia muciniphila. You will not find its benefits at the bottom of a yogurt...

Devils seek cure to road woes against Flyers

4 days ago from UPI

The New Jersey Devils polished off the Pittsburgh Penguins to boost their home record to 6-1-1.

Lockheed Martin awarded $22.7B for next round of F-35s

4 days ago from UPI

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $22.7 billion contract for the future purchases of F-35 Lightning II stealth aircraft for U.S. and partner nation acquisition.

Kids, parents agree some medical care should be confidential

4 days ago from UPI

Parents and kids agree some preventative care services that children receive should be confidential.

Rainforest vine compound starves pancreatic cancer cells

4 days ago from Science Daily

Pancreatic cancer cells are known for their ability to thrive under extreme conditions of low nutrients and oxygen, a trait known in the cancer field as 'austerity.' The cells' remarkable...

How exercise could help fight drug addiction

4 days ago from Science Daily

The siren call of addictive drugs can be hard to resist, and returning to the environment where drugs were previously taken can make resistance that much harder. However, addicts who...

Drug combination makes cancer disappear in mice with neuroblastoma

4 days ago from Science Daily

Researchers investigating new treatments for neuroblastoma -- one of the most common childhood cancers -- have found that a combination of two drugs made tumors disappear in mice, making it...

Why macrophages rest in healthy tissue

5 days ago from Physorg

ETH scientists have shown that the immune system's macrophages are regulated not only biochemically, but mechanically as well. This could explain why the cells are less active in healthy body...

Scouting out bacterial defences to find new ways to counter-attack antibiotic resistance

5 days ago from Physorg

Research led by the University of Bristol has begun to unpick an important mechanism of antibiotic resistance and suggest approaches to block this resistance.

Microgel powder fights infection and helps wounds heal

5 days ago from Science Daily

While making smart glue, a team of engineers discovered a handy byproduct: hydrogen peroxide. In microgel form, it reduces bacteria and virus ability to infect by at least 99.9 percent.