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Obesity Less Dangerous Than 40 Years Ago

Obesity Less Dangerous Than 40 Years Ago

Many try to lose weight to avoid diabetes and cardiovascular disease and hopefully live longer. This is often driven by recommendations from health care authorities and is further supported by the media and not least, by commercials often presenting normal weight or even thin people as ideal humans. "The increased …

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Educational Level May Be Determined by Genes

Educational Level May Be Determined by Genes

A total of 253 researchers from around the world undertook one of the largest studies of human genetics ever conducted. In all, 64 data sets compiled from records from 15 different nations, were utilized to reach the newly-announced conclusions. Researchers found 74 genetic variants that correlated with the level of …

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Dreaming Key to Memory Formation

Dreaming Key to Memory Formation

"We already knew that newly acquired information is stored into different types of memories, spatial or emotional, before being consolidated or integrated," said Sylvain Williams, a researcher and professor of psychiatry at McGill. The study was published in Science by researchers at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute (McGill University) …

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Tiny Origami Robot to Operate inside Stomach?

Tiny Origami Robot to Operate inside Stomach?

The study was conducted by researchers at MIT, the University of Sheffield, and the Tokyo Institute of Technology. The new work, presented at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation, builds on a long sequence of papers on origami robots from the research group of Daniela Rus, the Andrew and …

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Cosmic Dust Reveals Earth's Ancient Atmosphere

Cosmic Dust Reveals Earth's Ancient Atmosphere

The findings of a new study published Wednesday in the journal Nature -- led by Dr. Andrew Tomkins and a team from the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment at Monash, along with scientists from the Australian Synchrotron and Imperial College, London -- challenge the accepted view that Earth's ancient …

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Silk Stabilizes Blood Samples for Months at High Temperatures

Silk Stabilizes Blood Samples for Months at High Temperatures

The technique, which is published online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has broad applications for clinical care and research that rely on accurate analysis of blood and other biofluids. Blood contains proteins, enzymes, lipids, metabolites, and peptides that serve as biomarkers for health screening, …

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Iran to Launch Homegrown “Mesbah” Satellite into Orbit

Iran to Launch Homegrown “Mesbah” Satellite into Orbit

Addressing a specialized meeting of high-ranking officials of Iran’s Space Organization in Karaj, west of Tehran, Bahrami said the Mesbah2 (Lantern) and “Nahid” satellites are under construction. He added that the domestically-made Mesbah satellite is ready to be launched into the orbit. Referring to Iran's achievements in the fields of …

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Raising A Child with Autism: How Optimism Can Help to Cope

Raising A Child with Autism: How Optimism Can Help to Cope

Humans are resilient, even facing the toughest of life's challenges. How individuals and families deal with demanding and emotionally charged circumstances plays a large role in how they view and face the world and the possible outcomes of a difficult situation. There's no exception for the challenging Autism Spectrum Disorder …

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PAD Patients on Statins May Have Lower Amputation, Early Death Risk

PAD Patients on Statins May Have Lower Amputation, Early Death Risk

According to research presented at the American Heart Association's Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology/Peripheral Vascular Disease 2016 Scientific Sessions, the higher the dose of statins, the lower the risk of amputation and early death. "PAD, a narrowing of the peripheral arteries to the legs, stomach, arms and head, is the …

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Drug-Like Peptides Show Promise in Treating 2 Blood Diseases

Drug-Like Peptides Show Promise in Treating 2 Blood Diseases

Although those diseases, beta-thalassemia and polycythemia vera, have opposite effects on red blood cell production, treating animals with minihepcidin helps to restore normal levels of red blood cells and reduces spleen enlargement. It also controls the accumulation of excess levels of iron in beta-thalassemia that often causes severe toxic effects. …

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