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It's assumed that reading fiction is good for your mental health, but evidence linking Jane Eyre or Anna Karenina to a broadened mind has been mostly anecdotal. A psychologist-novelist delves into that issue, arguing that reading or watching narratives may encourage empathy. By exploring the inner…
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160719131334.htm

The ability to switch disease-causing genes on and off remains a dream for many physicians, research scientists and patients. Researchers have now programmed a virus to transport the necessary genetic material to affected tissue and nerve cells inside the body.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160719110225.htm

Biologists have found that a protein that plays a key role in the lives of stem cells can bolster the growth of damaged muscle tissue, a step that could contribute to treatments for muscle degeneration caused by old age or muscular dystrophy.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160719131341.htm

The first steps towards developing a vaccine against an insidious sexual transmitted infection (STI) have been accomplished.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160719112535.htm

Study offers a new solution to prevent Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD), the most common chronic lung disease in premature infants.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160719111116.htm

Using data collected from Baihe, one of the largest dating websites in China, researchers developed a reciprocal recommendation system that better matches users who are mutually interested in and likely to communicate with each other. The data revealed behavioral differences between male and female…
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160719112533.htm

Patients suffering from liver cirrhosis often die of life-threatening bacterial infections. In these patients the immune cells are unable to eliminate the bacterial infections. Scientist have now discovered that type I IFN released by immune cells due to increased migration of gut bacteria into the…
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160719110229.htm

Testosterone plays a major role in controlling behavior associated with masculinity in many mammals. In early development, testosterone is involved in the formation and organization of "male" neural pathways, on which it then acts to regulate various behaviors in adulthood.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160719105420.htm

Ship emissions adversely affect the health of inhabitants of coastal regions. This was the main finding of a study on the influence of ship engine emissions on macrophages in the lungs. Since macrophages also play a key role in lung diseases such as COPD, the study is important for understanding…
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160719105415.htm

The number of new cases of metastatic prostate cancer climbed 72 percent in the past decade from 2004 to 2013, reports a new study. The report considers whether a recent trend of fewer men being screened may be contributing to the rise, or whether the disease has become more aggressive -- or both.…
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160719091618.htm

Obesity is a well-known risk factor for osteoarthritis, but its effects on cartilage repair are unknown. In a recent study in a mouse model of cartilage repair, a high fat diet and increased body weight did not negatively impair cartilage repair, and it could even accelerate it.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160719110221.htm

Adding sulphonylureas (SUs) to metformin remains a commonly used strategy for treating type 2 diabetes, but individual SUs differ and may confer different risks of abnormally low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia. SUs -- which include newer generation agents such as gliclazide, glipizide, glimepiride,…
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160719105800.htm

Using data from the largest ever genetic study of schizophrenia, researchers have shed light on the role of the immune system.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160719094230.htm

Many tourists returning from India were found colonized with multidrug-resistant 'superbugs'. Microbiologists also isolated a strain possessing a gene which can make these life-threatening bacteria resistant to the last active antibiotic option.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160719094117.htm

The lay press and thousands of nutritional products warn of oxygen radicals or oxidative stress and suggest taking so-called antioxidants to prevent or cure disease. Researchers have analyzed the evidence behind this. The result is a clear warning: do not take these supplements unless a clear…
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160719094130.htm

Researchers suggest that while no gene 'causes' mental ill health, some genes can make people more sensitive to the effects of their environment -- for better and for worse -- leading to both mental ill health and enhanced mental resilience.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160719091634.htm

The next time you bite off more than you can handle in regard to a hot chile pepper, your best bet is to drink some milk, according to new research.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160719094751.htm

Patients with OCD are 10 times more likely to commit suicide, contrary to what was previously thought.A new study shows that the main predictor of suicide in OCD patients is a previous suicide attempt, which offers opportunities for prevention.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160719094234.htm

When we exercise, our body's oxidation of fat and carbohydrates depends on the intensity and duration of the activity. A new study analyses the effect of consuming an alkaloid, p-synephrine, on the burning of lipids and refutes the value of "miracle" diets: it is not possible to lose more than a…
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160719094226.htm

Scientists have used a new genetic scoring technique to predict academic achievement from DNA alone. This is the strongest prediction from DNA of a behavioral measure to date.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160719091622.htm

Archeologists have discovered remarkable evidence which shows how the first generations of Europeans to arrive in the Americas engaged with indigenous peoples and their spiritual beliefs deep inside the caves of a remote Caribbean island.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160719091631.htm

What exactly is chronic traumatic encephalopathy?
http://discovermagazine.com/2016/jul-aug/ahead-of-the-hit

Scientists have identified over 100 new genetic regions that affect the immune response to cancer. The findings could inform the development of future immunotherapies -- treatments that enhance the immune system's ability to kill tumors.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160718161304.htm

Mild to moderate muscle and nerve strain provokes symptom flares in individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160718194125.htm

Researchers found a huge disparity between the price of soda, which is linked to the prevalence of health issues like diabetes, and milk -- a difference in price that could be narrowed by taxes like the one on sugary drinks recently approved in Philadelphia.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160718133212.htm

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