Check In: Hotel Review: Eaton DC, Washington

Rates From $139. The Basics Given that people of opposing political persuasions tend to live, eat, shop, work and worship in self-selected bubbles, it was probably only a matter of time before someone decided that Republicans and Democrats needed their own hotels too. Enter the Eaton DC, in downtown Washington, the flagship hotel of the…

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What’s So ‘Indecent’ About Female Pleasure?

A personal massager, a sperm counter, virtual-reality pornography, something described as “the world’s first ebook-driven sex toy”: All of these products have been exhibited at CES, the country’s largest consumer electronics convention. Two of them won awards there. So Lora Haddock was surprised when Osé, a hands-free sex toy she designed with a team of…

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Ask Well: What Is a Fecal Transplant, and Why Would I Want One?

Q. What is a fecal transplant, and why would I want one? A. Fecal transplant is a medical procedure in which stool from a healthy donor is introduced into the intestine of a patient as a treatment for a disease. The idea is that the stool from the donor contains a healthful mix of gut…

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Nerve growth factor: Early studies and recent clinical trials

Nerve growth factor has been playing an important role in development of adult neurobiology. This is because of the regulatory functions that it possesses on survival, growth and differentiation of nerve cells in both of the central and peripheral nervous systems. Nerve growth factor plays an action in survival and growth of peripheral, sympathetic and…

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Untargeted metabolomics for atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases

IMAGE: Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is the leading cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide. Four out of five CVD deaths are due to myocardial infarction or stroke. Despite many initiatives that have… view more  Credit: Geoff H. Werstuck, Bentham Science Publishers CVD (cardiovascular diseases) are proven to be the leading cause of deaths throughout the world. If…

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Signs of memory problems could be symptoms of hearing loss instead

IMAGE: This is an older adult trying on a hearing aid. view more  Credit: Baycrest Older adults concerned about displaying early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease should also consider a hearing check-up, suggest recent findings. What might appear to be signs of memory loss could actually point to hearing issues, says Dr. Susan Vandermorris, one of the…

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Plant peptide helps roots to branch out in the right places

IMAGE: (Left) Arabidopsis wild-type 9-day growth. (Center and right) The expression of lateral root founder cell marker the DR5 marker gene (DR5:Luciferase) in the root. White arrows show highly active DR5…. view more  Credit: Kobe University How do plants space out their roots? A Japanese research team has identified a peptide and its receptor that help…

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New therapeutic avenue in the fight against chronic liver disease

IMAGE: This is a schematic image showing the ETP expression and survival rate in liver tissue from HCC patients. view more  Credit: UNIST Chronic liver disease is known as the silent killer, as it shows no obvious symptoms until the disease has progressed to an advanced stage. Therefore, making a proper diagnosis in the early stage…

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How gut bacteria affect the treatment of Parkinson’s disease

IMAGE: The presence of more bacteria producing the tyrosine decarboxylase (TDC) enzyme means less levodopa in the bloodstream. view more  Credit: S. El Aidy, University of Groningen Patients with Parkinson’s disease are treated with levodopa, which is converted into dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain. In a study published on 18 January in the journal Nature…

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Antibodies to a retina protein to be used as a kidney cancer marker

IMAGE: This is renal cell carcinoma. view more  Credit: Ed Uthman/Wikimedia Commons Sechenov University together with their German colleagues suggest a new highly sensitive, quick, and pain-free method for diagnosing kidney cancer. This method is based on measuring of the immune response to arrestin-1, a retina protein that is synthesized in the cancerous cells of kidneys.…

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