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Medicine and personal care products may lead to new pollutants in waterways

Wed, 2019-03-20 21:00
(Rutgers University) When you flush the toilet, you probably don't think about the traces of the medicine and personal care products in your body that are winding up in sewage treatment plants, streams, rivers, lakes, bays and the ocean. But Rutgers scientists have found that bacteria in sewage treatment plants may be creating new contaminants that have not been evaluated for potential risks and may affect aquatic environments, according to a study in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.
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Females live longer when they have help raising offspring

Wed, 2019-03-20 21:00
(University of Sheffield) Female birds age more slowly and live longer when they have help raising their offspring, according to new research from the University of Sheffield.
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Getting help with the kids slows down ageing in female birds

Wed, 2019-03-20 21:00
(University of Groningen) Seychelles warblers live and breed in family groups on the tiny island of Cousin. In each group, a dominant female and male reproduce. When helpers assist the with incubation and feeding of chicks, the dominant female breeders age more slowly and live longer, a study by biologists from the University of Groningen and colleagues shows. The results indicate how cooperative breeding -- which also occurs in other species, including humans -- can increase life span.
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Females live longer when they have help raising offspring

Wed, 2019-03-20 21:00
(University of East Anglia) Research shows that females age more slowly and live longer when they have help raising their offspring.Researchers studied the relationship between ageing and offspring rearing patterns in the Seychelles warbler, and found that females who had assistance from other female helpers benefitted from a longer, healthier lifespan.The findings help explain why social species, such as humans, which live in groups and cooperate to raise offspring, often have longer lifespans.
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Childhood adversity linked to higher out-of-pocket health care costs in adulthood

Wed, 2019-03-20 21:00
(MediaSource) A study has found that out-of-pocket health care spending and medical debt are substantially higher when adults have a history of adverse childhood experiences. The study showed that household medical costs were 30 percent higher, and the likelihood of medical debt was doubled, when an adult had lived through three or more adverse experiences during childhood.
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Mount Sinai and IBM researchers uncover key to greater efficacy in cancer treatment

Wed, 2019-03-20 21:00
(The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine) Researchers from Mount Sinai and IBM reveal that the number of mitochondria in a cell is, in great part, associated with how the cancer responds to drug therapy.
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Affordable Care Act delivers significant benefits for women

Wed, 2019-03-20 21:00
(Elsevier) According to a new study appearing in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, published by Elsevier, the rate of health insurance coverage and access to affordable acute and preventive care services improved for women after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The greatest advances were seen in women in the lowest income groups.
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Antibodies stabilize plaque in arteries

Wed, 2019-03-20 21:00
(Karolinska Institutet) Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have found that type IgG antibodies play an unexpected role in atherosclerosis. A study on mice shows that the antibodies stabilize the plaque that accumulates on the artery walls, which reduces the risk of it rupturing and causing a blood clot. It is hoped that the results, which are published in the journal Circulation, will eventually lead to improved therapies.
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New treatment of acute myeloid leukemia achieves remarkable results in a disease formerly with little hope

Tue, 2019-03-19 21:00
(Monash University) A new Australian drug trial has achieved a remarkable result, clearing the bone marrow of leukemia in almost 60 percent of patients.
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UCLA researchers identify potential new combination treatment for pancreatic cancer

Tue, 2019-03-19 21:00
(University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences) Researchers from UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have identified a possible new therapeutic strategy using two types of drug inhibitors at once to treat one of the world's deadliest cancers.
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UIC researchers find hidden proteins in bacteria

Tue, 2019-03-19 21:00
(University of Illinois at Chicago) Scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago have developed a way to identify the beginning of every gene -- known as a translation start site or a start codon -- in bacterial cell DNA with a single experiment and, through this method, they have shown that an individual gene is capable of coding for more than one protein.
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New study reshapes understanding of how the brain recovers from injury

Tue, 2019-03-19 21:00
(Carnegie Mellon University) Each year, approximately 265,000 Americans have a stroke that causes visual impairment. New research, which appears in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, sheds light on how the damage in the brain caused by a stroke can lead to permanent vision impairment. The findings could provide researchers with a blueprint to better identify which areas of vision are recoverable, facilitating the development of more effective interventions to encourage vision recovery.
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Older immigrants living in US more satisfied with life than native-born counterparts

Tue, 2019-03-19 21:00
(Florida State University) Most people who immigrated to the United States for a chance to live the 'American Dream' are more satisfied with their lives in the 'land of the free' than those who were born here, according to new research from Florida State University.
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As if by magic: TGen develops program that lights up cancer-causing mutations

Tue, 2019-03-19 21:00
(The Translational Genomics Research Institute) By conjuring the spell 'Lumos!' wizards in the mythical world of Harry Potter could light up the tip of their magic wands and illuminate their surroundings. So, too, does LumosVar, a computer program developed by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), 'light up' cancer-causing genetic Var-ients, or mutations, illuminating how physicians might best treat their patients.
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Research paves way for new source for leukemia drug

Tue, 2019-03-19 21:00
(Oregon State University) Chemistry researchers have patented a method for making anti-leukemia compounds that until now have only been available via an Asian tree that produces them.
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Generic advice doesn't help patients drop pounds

Tue, 2019-03-19 21:00
(Duke University) When it comes to losing weight, doctors' messages to their patients can make a powerful difference, according to new research from Duke University.
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Stroke risk drops in both black and white older adults

Tue, 2019-03-19 21:00
(Wolters Kluwer Health) Recent reductions in hospitalization and death due to stroke extend to both black and white Medicare beneficiaries, reports a study in the April issue of Medical Care. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.
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Premature babies could benefit from combined glucocorticoid and antioxidant therapy

Tue, 2019-03-19 21:00
(University of Cambridge) Scientists at the University of Cambridge have suggested that subtle changes to the drugs administered to mothers threatened with preterm birth or to premature babies could further improve clinical treatment and help increase their safety.
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To abort or not to abort -- making difficult choices alone

Tue, 2019-03-19 21:00
(Norwegian University of Science and Technology) Some pregnant women are so conflicted about abortion that they don't even talk about it with their own mother. But they would like someone to listen to them talk to about their decision nonetheless. A new study shows that more training for health care providers could help fill that gap.
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Turn off a light, save a life, says new UW-Madison study

Tue, 2019-03-19 21:00
(University of Wisconsin-Madison) We all know that turning off lights and buying energy-efficient appliances affects our financial bottom line. Now, according to a new study by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers, we know that saving energy also saves lives and even more money for consumers by alleviating the costs of adverse health effects attributed to air pollution.
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