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Scientists close in on cracking 'Enigma Code' of common cold

Thu, 23/02/2017 - 2:23pm
Scientists say they are a step closer to cracking, what researchers have dubbed, the 'enigma code' of the common cold virus.
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The role of weight in postmenopausal women's longevity

Thu, 23/02/2017 - 2:22pm
In a large multiethnic study, being underweight was linked with an increased risk of early death among postmenopausal women, report researchers.
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PI3K/mTOR inhibitors may be effective against some uterine sarcomas

Thu, 23/02/2017 - 2:22pm
The protein P-S6S240 may serve as an indicator of poor prognosis for patients with a hard-to-treat type of uterine sarcoma called leiomyosarcoma, and preclinical data suggest that patients whose tumors have this protein may respond to PI3K/mTOR inhibitors.
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Nursing home residents need more activities to help them thrive

Thu, 23/02/2017 - 2:22pm
In a survey of staff from 172 Swedish nursing homes, most residents had been outside the nursing home during the previous week, but only one-fifth had been on an outing or excursion.
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Study finds resistant infections rising, with longer hospital stays for US children

Thu, 23/02/2017 - 2:21pm
Infections caused by a type of bacteria resistant to multiple antibiotics are occurring more frequently in US children and are associated with longer hospital stays and a trend towards greater risk of death, according to a new study.
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Researchers ponder the shape of birds' eggs

Thu, 23/02/2017 - 2:21pm
The shape of birds' eggs varies considerably, for reasons that are unclear, outlines a new report.
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Link between aging, devastating lung disease discovered

Thu, 23/02/2017 - 2:21pm
A new study has shown evidence linking the biology of aging with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a disease that impairs lung function and causes shortness of breath, fatigue, declining quality of life, and, ultimately, death. Researchers believe that these findings are the next step toward a possible therapy for individuals suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
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Tired teens 4.5 times more likely to commit crimes as adults

Thu, 23/02/2017 - 2:21pm
Teenagers who experience sleep problems and exhibit anti-social behavior are more likely to commit violent crimes as adults, new research concludes.
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Is back pain killing us?

Thu, 23/02/2017 - 2:21pm
Older people who suffer from back pain have a 13 per cent increased risk of dying from any cause, research has found. The study of 4390 Danish twins aged more than 70 years investigated whether spinal pain increased the rate of all-cause and disease-specific cardiovascular mortality.
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A prescription with legs

Thu, 23/02/2017 - 2:21pm
Physician-delivered step count prescriptions, combined with the use of a pedometer, can lead to a 20 per cent increase in daily steps, as well as measurable health benefits, such as lower blood sugar and lower insulin resistance, for patients with hypertension and/or type 2 diabetes, report researchers.
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Sum of their parts: Researchers use math to foster environmental restoration

Thu, 23/02/2017 - 2:53am
Resource management boundaries seldom align with environmental systems, which can lead to scale mismatch or spatial misalignments. Researchers employ analytic modeling to counter this challenge and foster collaboration and efficient coordination of stakeholders' joint restoration efforts.
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The value of nutrition and exercise, according to a moth

Thu, 23/02/2017 - 2:53am
How can animals that feed mostly on sugar embark on migrations spanning continents? What looked like flawed scientific data led to an unexpected discovery, thanks to the tenacity of a group of biologists.
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Organ-on-a-chip mimics heart's biomechanical properties

Thu, 23/02/2017 - 2:53am
Scientists have created a three-dimensional organ-on-a-chip that can mimic the heart's amazing biomechanical properties in order to study cardiac disease, determine the effects that different drugs have on the heart and screen for new drugs to treat heart ailments.
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OCD-like behavior linked to genetic mutation

Thu, 23/02/2017 - 2:53am
A new study found evidence suggesting how neural dysfunction in a certain region of the brain can lead to obsessive and repetitive behaviors much like obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
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Low snowpacks of 2014, 2015 may become increasingly common with warmer conditions

Thu, 23/02/2017 - 2:53am
Oregon experienced very low snowpack levels in 2014 and historically low snowpack levels in 2015. Now a new study suggests that these occurrences may not be anomalous in the future and could become much more common if average temperatures warm just two degrees (Celsius).
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Hot spots of marine biodiversity most severely impacted by global warming

Wed, 22/02/2017 - 8:27pm
A new study aimed at identifying areas of highest conservation priority in the world's oceans found six 'hot spots of marine biodiversity' that are severely impacted by climate change and fishing pressures.
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'Atmospheric rivers' associated with California flooding also common in the southeast

Wed, 22/02/2017 - 8:02pm
Much of the flood-inducing rainfall that has pummeled California over the last month flowed into the region via a river in the sky. But these so-called atmospheric rivers, which transport large quantities of water vapor poleward from the tropics, can wreak havoc in the Southeast as well.
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Measuring patients' muscles to predict chemotherapy side effects

Wed, 22/02/2017 - 7:58pm
Measuring patients' muscle mass and quality could potentially help doctors better identify patients at high risk for toxic side effects that could require hospitalizations, researchers report.
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Scientists decipher the nanoscale architecture of a beetle's shell

Wed, 22/02/2017 - 7:58pm
A professor of mechanical and materials engineering has found a way to analyze the fibrous nanostructure of a beetle's lightweight but durable shell.
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What is high lipoprotein(a), and should I be concerned?

Wed, 22/02/2017 - 7:57pm
Elevations in a unusual form of cholesterol, called Lipoprotein(a) or Lp(a), as responsible for 1 in 14 heart attacks and 1 in 7 cases of aortic valve disease, research has found.
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