Genes that lead to coronary disease are need for fertility

Public Release: 22-Jun-2017 Human genes for coronary artery disease make them more prolific parents Genome-wide scans suggest that natural selection keeps these genes in the population as they benefit childbearing capacity PLOS Coronary artery disease may have persisted in human populations because the genes that cause this late-striking disease also contribute to greater numbers of…

Scientists ID mutations that could allow bird flu strain to spread among humans

Public Release: 15-Jun-2017   Monitoring for these mutations could enable timely response to prevent pandemic PLOS   IMAGE: Three amino acid changes promote binding to human-type receptors by H7N9 HA. Credit: de Vries RP, et al. (2017) An international team of scientists has identified several genetic mutations that, should they arise, could potentially allow the…

Medical ethics under Nazism

Public Release: 4-May-2017 Lessons in inhumanity   Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin Did Nazi-era physicians study medical ethics? Does the concept of medical ethics exist independently of political systems? These were the questions driving Dr. Florian Bruns of Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and Dr. Tessa Chelouche from the University of Haifa in Israel when they embarked…

Widespread vitamin D deficiency likely due to sunscreen use, increase of chronic diseases

Public Release: 1-May-2017   Study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association highlights risk factors, treatment protocols American Osteopathic Association CHICAGO — May 1, 2017 — Results from a clinical review published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association find nearly 1 billion people worldwide may have deficient or insufficient levels of vitamin…

Low-dose penicillin in early life induces long-term behavioral changes

Public Release: 4-Apr-2017   McMaster University Hamilton, Ont. (April 4, 2017) – In a landmark study, researchers at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and McMaster University have found that providing clinical (low) doses of penicillin to pregnant mice and their offspring results in long-term behavioural changes. These changes include elevated levels of aggression and lower levels…

Reversing aging now possible!

Public Release: 3-Apr-2017   World’s first to confirm that as cell aging progresses DGIST (Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology)   IMAGE: Discovering the key to revealing the secret of reversible aging recovery. Credit: DGIST DGIST’s research team discovered substances that can induce reversible aging* recovery and identified an aging recovery mechanism using these…

Abuse accelerates puberty in children

Public Release: 28-Mar-2017   Penn State   While it has long been known that maltreatment can affect a child’s psychological development, new Penn State research indicates that the stress of abuse can impact the physical growth and maturation of adolescents as well. Jennie Noll, director of the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network and professor of human…

Giving birth may be riskier today than in the past

Public Release: 16-Mar-2017 Wiley A new article explores how the double burden of malnutrition and the global obesity epidemic may be reshaping obstetrical difficulties experienced by women. Malnutrition in socioeconomically challenged populations can alter growth and reduce both stature and the dimensions of the pelvis in women while in these very same populations the obesity…

More transparency at FDA needed, researchers say

Public Release: 13-Mar-2017   Writing in JAMA, group outlines recommendations for release of regulatory information, analysis and study data Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health   As the new administration considers the future direction of the Food and Drug Administration, a group of leading researchers has created a Blueprint for Transparency at the…