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Gut microbiota may ‘prevent and cure’ rotavirus
 

Gut microbiota may ‘prevent and cure’ rotavirus

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An accidental discovery in mice may lead to a cure for one of the world’s most deadly infections. Share on PinterestResearchers have identified a bacterial species in the gut microbiota that protects against highly contagious rotavirus (pictured). The Worl…

First-time evidence suggests that fat can accumulate in the lungs
 

First-time evidence suggests that fat can accumulate in the lungs

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A new study has found that fatty tissue can accumulate in the airways of people with obesity, possibly contributing to asthma and other respiratory problems. In the United States, as well as across the world, obesity has become a top health issue. According …

Work and family demands may impact women’s heart health
 

Work and family demands may impact women’s heart health

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Researchers believe that stress and cardiovascular health are linked in some way, but the association is not yet fully clear. A large-scale new study has recently delved into the effects of a unique kind of stress. Share on PinterestBalancing work and family…

Scientists may be getting closer to creating a universal flu vaccine
 

Scientists may be getting closer to creating a universal flu vaccine

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We already have vaccines that prevent influenza, but there is a catch. Specialists have to keep creating vaccines that target specific flu strains if they want this preventive strategy to be effective. Can scientists create one flu vaccine to rule them all? …

Atrial fibrillation: Daily alcoholic drink riskier than binge drinking
 

Atrial fibrillation: Daily alcoholic drink riskier than binge drinking

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A new study suggests that drinking small amounts of alcohol frequently rather than having infrequent bouts of binge drinking is more likely to increase the risk of developing atrial fibrillation (A-fib), a condition in which the heart beats irregularly. Shar…

Monkeys demonstrate more cognitive flexibility than humans
 

Monkeys demonstrate more cognitive flexibility than humans

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A recent study investigating cognitive flexibility concludes that in some situations, capuchin and rhesus monkeys are more adaptable than humans. Share on PinterestA recent study pitted capuchin monkeys (pictured) and rhesus monkeys against humans. Humans l…

Some keto diets may exacerbate skin inflammation
 

Some keto diets may exacerbate skin inflammation

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New research in mice suggests that ketogenic diets with a very high fat content could actually worsen skin inflammation. The team now urges people with psoriasis to avoid such diets. Ketogenic, or keto, diets are high in fats and low in carbohydrates. Peopl…

Parkinson’s: New treatment approach shows promise in brain cells
 

Parkinson’s: New treatment approach shows promise in brain cells

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New research shows that an innovative strategy for treating Parkinson’s disease has proven successful in neurons that derive from people living with the condition. Dr. Dimitri Krainc, chair of neurology and director of the Center for Neurogenetics at Northwe…

Scientists liken mitochondria to Tesla battery packs
 

Scientists liken mitochondria to Tesla battery packs

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New research reveals that mitochondria, the tiny powerhouses that live inside cells and give them energy, work more like a Tesla battery pack than the kind of battery that you put in a flashlight. Apart from red blood cells, all cells in the human body conta…

Could a unique new fungus offer an opioid alternative?
 

Could a unique new fungus offer an opioid alternative?

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A new fungus discovered in the estuarine waters of Tasmania could be the unexpected answer to the world’s opioid crisis, a current study suggests. Opioids many of which are prescription painkillers, such as codeine have created a worldwide health crisis. Man…

Estrogen exposure may stave off cognitive decline in women
 

Estrogen exposure may stave off cognitive decline in women

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New research suggests that taking estrogen as part of hormone replacement therapy may help women fight off cognitive decline. According to the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), the article “Lifetime estrogen exposure and cognition in late life: The Ca…

MCI: Should memory tests score males and females differently?
 

MCI: Should memory tests score males and females differently?

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A recent study found that scoring verbal memory tests according to sex can alter who receives a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) by as much as 20%. Evidence shows that females tend to have better verbal memory than males, and yet, tests that asse…

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