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Researchers map previously unknown disease in children

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Two children from Europe and one from Canada, aged four, six and 10, suffer from a previously unknown disease that causes epileptic seizures, loss of magnesium and reduced intelligence. There is currently no way to treat

Researchers answer decades-old question about protein found in Alzheimer’s brain plaques

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Alzheimer’s-affected brains are riddled with amyloid plaques, protein aggregates consisting mainly of amyloid-β. However, amyloid-β is a fragment produced from a precursor protein whose normal function has remained enigmatic for decades. A team of scientists at

Harnessing multiple data streams and artificial intelligence to better predict flu

A 3-D image of a flu virus. Credit: Center for Disease Control Influenza is highly contagious and easily spreads as people move about and travel, making tracking and forecasting flu activity a challenge. While the CDC continuously monitors patient visits

VAT fat may cause pathogenic obesity

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Type-2 (adult-onset) diabetes and other diseases related to the obesity epidemic depend on how the body stores excess energy, according to evolutionary biologist Mary Jane West-Eberhard, emeritus scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. In the

‘Traditional masculinity’ officially labeled ‘harmful’ by the American Psychological Association

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The American Psychological Association has issued its first official warning against toxic masculinity. The new “Guidelines for the Psychological Practice with Boys and Men,” marks the first-ever report published by the association aimed at helping practitioners

Drug overdose death rate increasing among middle-aged women

(HealthDay)—From 1999 to 2017, the drug overdose death rate increased 260 percent among women aged 30 to 64 years, according to research published in the Jan. 11 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality

Make cancer prevention a priority in 2019

(HealthDay)—If one of your resolutions for 2019 is to improve your health, reducing your risk of cancer should be part of that goal, a cancer expert says. While cancer risk factors such as family history and aging can’t be controlled,

Emergency/urgent hospitalizations linked to accelerated cognitive decline in older adults

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Emergency and urgent hospitalizations are associated with an increased rate of cognitive decline in older adults, report researchers at Rush University Medical Center. Results of their study, published in the Jan. 11, 2019, online issue of

Paper proposes new way to understand how the neocortex works

Rather than learning one model of the world, the Thousand Brains Theory of Intelligence proposes that every part of the neocortex learns complete models of objects and concepts. Long range connections in the neocortex allow the models to work together

In breast-cancer prevention, race matters

Credit: CC0 Public Domain African-American women at high risk of breast cancer are less likely than white women to pursue potentially life-saving preventive care, and racial disparities in health care and elsewhere are to blame, new research suggests. “African-American women

Scientists connect dots between colitis and colon cancer

Graduate student Mohammed L. Ibrahim and Dr. Kebin Liu. Credit: Phil Jones, Senior Photographer, Augusta University Lingering inflammation in the colon is a known risk factor for colorectal cancer and now scientists report one way it resets the stage to

Pressure on food budgets linked to poor mental health for at least 100,000 Danish households

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A major study at the University of Copenhagen reports that food quality is affected when people’s food budgets are constrained, as per the definition of insecure or very insecure access to food used in international research.

Addressing the unique mental health challenges of bisexual veterans

Credit: CC0 Public Domain New research indicates that service members and veterans who identify as bisexual may be at higher risk for mental health issues including PTSD and depression than their gay, lesbian or heterosexual peers. Katie McNamara, a U.S.

When calorie counts aren’t on the menu

(HealthDay)—Over the past few decades, the amount of food Americans eat away from home has increased from 18 percent to 33 percent. At the same time, restaurant meals with oversized portions have become a major contributor to the nation’s obesity

New microneedle contraceptive patch could empower the world’s poorest women

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Innovative microneedle technology is being developed as an effective, pain-free and discreet method of delivering contraception across the world’s poorest countries, thanks to a new research consortium led by Cardiff University and supported by the Bill

Why you should stop buying vitamins and get more sleep instead

One recent study revealed no evidence that selenium supplements help prevent diabetes, even in geographical areas where there are relatively low amounts of selenium in the natural diet. Credit: Shutterstock Almost half of all Canadians regularly take at least one