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Black Death, mid-fourteenth century plague, is undoubtedly the most famous historical pandemic. Within only five years it killed 30-50% of the European population. Unfortunately it didn't stop there. Plague resurged throughout Europe leading to continued high mortality and social unrest over the…
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The malaria parasite is rendered barren when the transport of heavy metals such as copper and iron is blocked. In addition, researchers identified six proteins that are essential to the life stages of the parasite in which it sickens its host. They also discovered a gene that is essential for the…
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Researchers have isolated human monoclonal antibodies from Ebola survivors which can neutralize multiple species of the virus.
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Certain types of debt that parents take on may have adverse effects on children's socioemotional well-being according to a new study. The study sheds new light on the link between debt and family well-being, as previous research on debt has typically focused on how debt affects the mental health…
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Mitochondria could provoke the inflammation characteristic of lupus, an autoimmune disorder affecting the joints, skin, heart and brain. Byproducts of cells' power stations goad certain white blood cells into making mesh traps as a precursor to cell death. Mitochondrial DNA is spewed out,…
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Spinal cord injuries cause severe functional disabilities in those who sustain them, including paraplegia or tetraplegia, depending on the scale of the injury. This is due to the degeneration of the spinal pathways that carry nerve signals from the brain to the different parts of the body and vice…
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Knowing how many weeks a mother has carried her baby is important information when determining medical care for that child. Now, researchers have found they can estimate an infant's gestation age through a metabolic profile derived from routine newborn screenings.
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College students who are addicted to the Internet report positive and negative effects on their family relationships, according to new research. The study is the first to show how college students in the United States diagnosed with Problematic Internet Use (PIU) perceive its role in their families.
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A new study is one of the first to provide quantitative evidence to support anecdotal claims linking reflective ability of medical students and professional behaviors of future physicians.
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Intravenous clot busting may be safe and effective in patients who required daily living assistance prior to their stroke, research shows.
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Researchers have developed a novel method to assess how the streetscape affects the chances pedestrians will be injured by drivers. Using Google Street View the researchers assessed the pedestrian environment at more than 500 New York City street intersections. Findings show that using Google's…
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Mothers are deeply invested in the well being of their children, so when children go through trying times so do their moms, according to a new study. Many assume that the most taxing years for mothers are during their children's infancies, but the new research shows that far more challenging is the…
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Researchers made a telling discovery: Young motherhood has different consequences for different women, depending on socioeconomic and other factors.
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There is no evidence that water births, where a baby is intentionally born under water in a tub or pool, poses any increased harm to the child, researchers have found.
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High levels of mitochondrial DNA in the blood was linked with a 25% reduced risk of developing chronic kidney disease compared with low levels, report researchers at the conclusion of a study.
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Too much confidence is placed in economic games, according to new research.
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An estimated 15.7 percent of individuals 65 or older may have received nonrecommended screenings for prostate and breast cancers because they had limited life expectancies of less than 10 years, according to a new article.
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To decide whether and where to move in the body, cells must read chemical signals in their environment. Individual cells do not act alone during this process, two new studies on mouse mammary tissue show. Instead, the cells make decisions collectively after exchanging information about the chemical…
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At least 60 genetic diseases called neurocutaneous disorders involve the skin, central nervous system, and/or peripheral nervous system, neurologists report.
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Researchers have developed the A-Gear: a robotic arm that can support the daily activities of people suffering the muscular disease Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. They recently put the final touches to the first prototype for a discreet, body-connected support aid that can be worn under the clothing…
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A musician takes up his/her violin and starts to play, but rather than gripping the strings, the fingers seize up—and this happens every time he/she takes up the instrument. Such a movement disorder—the so-called focal dystonia— is a dramatic disease for those affected, which has thus far barely…
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A specific genetic pattern has been discovered in the womb that could predict whether or not IVF treatment is likely to be successful. Experts say that the discovery would help clinicians understand why IVF fails repeatedly in some women.
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Audiologists are investigating how a new patient-centered approach can help cochlear implant users manage their own care program. A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted electronic device that can improve a person's ability to hear and understand speech if they can't benefit from a hearing aid.
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Optical probes that light up cancer cells, which are meant to improve tumor removal, are already in phase I and phase II clinical trials in humans and could be a common procedure in the next 5-10 years.
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Taming that sweet tooth for your New Year's resolution might be harder than you think. New research suggests that forming a habit leaves a lasting mark on specific circuits in the brain, which in turn seems to prime us to further feed our cravings. The research deepens scientists' understanding of…
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