Your DNA is not your destiny — or a good predictor of your health

In most cases, your genes have less than five per cent to do with your risk of developing a particular disease, according to new research by University of Alberta scientists. In the largest meta-analysis ever conducted, scientists have examined two decades of data from studies that examine the relationships between common gene mutations, also known…

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Penn researchers predict 10-year breast cancer recurrence with MRI scans

Diverse diseases like breast cancer can present challenges for clinicians, specifically on a cellular level. While one patient’s tumor may differ from another’s, the cells within the tumor of a single patient can also vary greatly. This can be problematic, considering that an examination of a tumor usually relies on a biopsy, which only captures…

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Dangerous bone marrow, organ transplant complication explained

For the first time, scientists have discovered the molecular mechanism behind how a common virus can wreak havoc on bone marrow and organ transplant patients, according to a paper published in the journal Cell & Host Microbe. The finding could help researchers develop better drugs to prevent related transplant complications. Cytomegalovirus, also known as CMV,…

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Watermelon supplements bring health benefits to obese mice

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Eating watermelon in the form of powdered supplements helped adult obese mice avoid some detrimental health effects of an unhealthy diet, according to a new Oregon State University study. The study is published in the Journal of Nutrition. A significant next step in this research would be a human clinical trial, said…

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Top ESC stories in the news in 2019

Environmental and lifestyle issues were popular this year, with pick up from both ESC journals and congresses. Here is a list of the top ten ESC stories that generated the most media coverage worldwide: Check out all 2019 ESC press releases here. Have a safe and joyful holiday season. We look forward to sharing more…

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New ‘tooth-on-a-chip’ could lead to more personalized dentistry

A so-called «tooth-on-a-chip» could one day enable more personalized dentistry, giving dentists the ability to identify dental filling materials that work better and last longer based on a patient’s own teeth and oral microbiome. The miniaturized tooth system is a thin slice of a human molar placed in between transparent rubber slides that are etched…

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Fibroblasts involved in healing spur tumor growth in cancer

The connective tissue cells known as fibroblasts are vitally important for our recovery from injury. Sensing tissue damage, they gravitate to the site of a wound, instigating an inflammatory response that mends damaged tissue. A new Tel Aviv University study published in Nature Communications on September 26 finds that fibroblasts also play a devastating role…

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Employers key to addressing lung cancer disparity in rural Kentucky

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among all Kentuckians. Male Kentuckians have higher rates than females, with a disproportionate number residing in rural and medically underserved parts of the state. According to a University of Kentucky study, worksite intervention may be key to connecting men in rural Kentucky with critical lung cancer…

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There’s No Winter Break From ‘Publish or Perish’

Jay Van Bavel, a social neuroscientist at New York University, is vowing not to work during the Christmas holidays. A few years ago, Dr. Van Bavel had agreed to conduct peer review on a couple of manuscripts before the end of the semester. But he got really busy and ended up having to do one…

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22 of Our Favorite Travel Photographs From 2019

More than 39,000 photographs were filed in 2019 for The New York Times’s Travel desk — for stories from places such as Cuba, Dakar, Paris and Thailand, among hundreds of others. We’ve combed through all of them to bring you 22 of our favorites, presented here alongside links to the articles in which they originally…

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