The delicate water lily: A rose by another name?

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A new study published in Nature reports the 409-megabase genome sequence of the blue-petal water lily (Nymphaea colorata). The conclusion of the 47 coauthors is that although a rose is a rose, most flowering plants may owe their success, including employing floral scent for attracting pollinators, in part to the genetic innovations…

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OU study uses genetics and menthol to examine how the skin senses irritation

NORMAN, OKLA. — A new University of Oklahoma study could have implications on our understanding of how certain sensory signals are transmitted through the body. An OU experiment led by neuroscientist Christian Lemon, Ph.D., Department of Biology, set out to discover how menthol’s irritant sensation is transmitted by the nervous system. Menthol, perhaps best-known as…

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Rick Sumner named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Approximately 200,000 failed hip and knee implants have to be replaced surgically each year. Rush University Medical Center researcher Rick Sumner, PhD, has spent years studying implants and ways to decrease failure by catching it early. In recognition of his distinguished contributions to understanding bone remodeling around orthopedic implants and developing strategies to improve implant…

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Dr. John Robbins, Developer of a Meningitis Vaccine, Dies at 86

Dr. John B. Robbins, a pioneer in vaccinology and one of the inventors of the first effective defense against a form of meningitis that once killed more than a thousand infants a day worldwide, died on Nov. 27 at his home in Manhattan. He was 86. The cause was prostate cancer, his son Robert said.…

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A New Drug Scourge: Deaths Involving Meth Are Rising Fast

TULSA, Okla. — The teenager had pink cheeks from the cold and a matter-of-fact tone as she explained why she had started using methamphetamine after becoming homeless last year. “Having nowhere to sleep, nothing to eat — that’s where meth comes into play,” said the girl, 17, who asked to be identified by her nickname,…

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Doctors Win Again, in Cautionary Tale for Democrats

ImageRepresentatives Ilhan Omar, at lectern, and Pramila Jayapal during a news conference in June on the Medicare for All Act of 2019. The failure to pass a measure against surprise billing does not bode well for the chances of something far more ambitious like universal health care.Credit…T.J. Kirkpatrick for The New York Times Democratic voters…

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What can you do to reduce fibroid pain?

Many people with uterine fibroids have no symptoms, but others may experience pain and abnormal vaginal bleeding. For some people living with fibroids, the pain is intense enough to interfere with daily life. Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths that form inside the uterus. They can grow quite large and cause pain and pressure. Fibroid pain…

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Michelle Obama’s Best Outfits

When Michelle Obama became the First Lady of the United States in 2008, she immediately gained the fashion community’s vote for her all-American style. Lately, she’s been alternating more daring cuts and colors mixed in with her signature knee-length floral dresses. Here, we catalogue her best looks.

Medical News Today: What is the best diet for mental health?

Researchers have increasingly been studying the effects of diet and nutrition on mental health. Many of them have noticed that people who follow a standard Western diet, which includes highly processed foods and added sugars, have higher risks of developing anxiety and depression. Although the majority of the research to date has focused on the…

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Tips for Meeting the Parents

Spending time with your significant other’s family during the holidays can be stressful, especially if you’re meeting them for the very first time. While each romantic relationship moves at its own pace, Wyatt Fisher, a clinical psychologist in Boulder, Colo., recommends waiting about three months from when you first started dating to introduce your partner…

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