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Pregnancy problems not necessarily tied to Zika viral load or Dengue fever

Tue, 13/06/2017 - 2:20pm
Zika viral load and the degree of Zika symptoms during pregnancy were not necessarily associated with problems during pregnancy or fetal abnormalities at birth, researchers have found. They also found that the presence of antibodies to previously acquired dengue fever was not necessarily connected to abnormalities during pregnancy or at birth.
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Bed bug awareness poor among US travelers, but reactions are strong

Tue, 13/06/2017 - 2:20pm
Most US travelers can't identify a bed bug, and yet the pest evokes a stronger response than any other potential hotel-room deficiency -- putting the hospitality industry in a difficult spot. In a new survey of US travelers, 60 percent said they would switch hotels if they found evidence of bed bugs in a guest room, but less than 35 percent could correctly identify a bed bug in a lineup of other common insects.
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Uterine fibroid embolization helps restore fertility

Tue, 13/06/2017 - 2:20pm
A minimally invasive treatment can help restore fertility in women with uterine fibroids, according to a new study.
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Female and male mice suffer, recover from TBI differently

Tue, 13/06/2017 - 2:20pm
Male mice have much greater brain distress in the week following a traumatic brain injury (TBI) than female mice, including skyrocketing inflammation and nerve cell death, say researchers.
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Autism risk linked to fever during pregnancy

Tue, 13/06/2017 - 2:20pm
Fever during pregnancy may raise the risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the child, according to a study. The effect was most pronounced in the second trimester, raising odds for ASD by 40 percent. Risk of an ASD was increased by over 300 percent for the children of women reporting three or more fevers after the twelfth week of pregnancy.
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Pharmacists know more about penicillin allergy than MDs, study shows

Tue, 13/06/2017 - 2:20pm
Many physicians who treat patients with 'penicillin allergy' listed in their charts may not fully understand important facts about penicillin allergy, a new study shows.
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Importance of taking diabetes medications as prescribed, exercising and managing weight

Tue, 13/06/2017 - 2:20pm
People with diabetes who took their medications at least 80 percent of the time and people who exercised four or more times per week were at lower risk for poorly controlled blood sugar, according to a new study.
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Hope for better lung cancer treatment on horizon

Tue, 13/06/2017 - 2:20pm
There is a better way to recruit the right participants for promising new anti-cancer drugs called FGFR (fibroblast growth factor receptor) inhibitors, which are being investigated for treating lung squamous cell carcinoma, outlines a new report.
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Loneliness contributes to self-centeredness for sake of self-preservation

Tue, 13/06/2017 - 2:20pm
Loneliness increases self-centeredness, research conducted over more than a decade indicates, and, to a lesser extent, self-centeredness also increases loneliness. The findings show such effects create a positive feedback loop between the two traits: As increased loneliness heightens self-centeredness, the latter then contributes further to enhance loneliness. The researchers write that targeting self-centeredness as part of an intervention may help break the feedback loop that maintains or worsens loneliness.
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A SMARTer way to discover new stroke treatments

Tue, 13/06/2017 - 2:20pm
Researchers examined if a particular trial type could be successfully applied to stroke patients -- and whether this approach may accelerate discovery of new treatments.
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'Big Food' companies have less power than you might think

Tue, 13/06/2017 - 2:20pm
'Big Food' companies are striving to make food more sustainable from farm to factory but have less power than you might think. In fact, most Big Food companies have little knowledge about or control over the farmers who supply their raw materials, outlines a new article.
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Spying on fish love calls could help protect them from overfishing

Tue, 13/06/2017 - 2:19pm
Scientists have discovered a way to use the incredibly loud, distinctive sounds that fish make when they gather to spawn to protect them from overfishing.
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Mosquito-killing fungi engineered with spider and scorpion toxins could help fight malaria

Tue, 13/06/2017 - 2:19pm
A mosquito-killing fungus genetically engineered to produce spider and scorpion toxins could serve as a highly effective biological control mechanism to fight malaria-carrying mosquitoes, scientists report. The fungus is specific to mosquitoes and does not pose a risk to humans. Further, the study results suggest that the fungus is also safe for honey bees and other insects.
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Why does an anesthetic make us lose consciousness?

Tue, 13/06/2017 - 2:19pm
Neuroscientists have now discovered that certain areas of the brain generate less information when under anesthesia.
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Naltrexone: Injectable or oral?

Tue, 13/06/2017 - 2:04am
Medications can help people who drink excessive amounts of alcohol. One medication that can reduce alcohol craving and help promote recovery is naltrexone, which is approved for treatment of alcohol dependence by the Food and Drug Administration. It is available in two forms – injectable and oral. A pilot study evaluated the feasibility of injectable versus oral naltrexone, administered in a hospital setting to enhance treatment compliance when patients leave the hospital.
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Screening for both genetic diseases, chromosomal defects with a single biopsy improves pregnancy rates, say researchers

Tue, 13/06/2017 - 2:03am
Couples who are undergoing pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) in order to avoid transmission of inherited diseases, such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy or cystic fibrosis, should also have their embryos screened for abnormal numbers of chromosomes at the same time, say researchers.
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Drug developed for arthritis could be first to stop heart valve calcification

Mon, 12/06/2017 - 9:18pm
About a quarter of Americans suffer hardening of the valves by age 65 and about half by 85. Without a suitable drug, the only treatment is surgical replacement.
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Scientists solve a mystery in cellular 'droplet' organelles

Mon, 12/06/2017 - 9:18pm
New research may have important implications for fundamental biology and diseases like ALS, a new report outlines.
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Winning climate strategy demands details

Mon, 12/06/2017 - 9:09pm
Examining the daily minutia of climate, not just temperature, but also sunshine, precipitation and soil moisture simultaneously all over a country gives a better understanding of how variable a land's climate can be. That information is crucial when countries are setting policies aimed at growing food, protecting water supplies and the environment and stemming disease outbreaks.
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Floodplain farm fields benefit juvenile salmon

Mon, 12/06/2017 - 9:09pm
Central Valley rice fields managed as floodplains during the winter can create surrogate wetland habitat for native fish, study shows.
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