Two new genes discovered in the developmental defects of canine enamel

IMAGE: New variants in the ENAM gene that codes enamelin were discovered in Parson Russell Terriers. view more  In addition to humans, hereditary disorders of enamel development occur in dogs, greatly impacting their dental health and wellbeing. A recent study reveals canine enamel disorders similar to those found in humans, linking them with ENAM and ACP4,…

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Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk that your baby will become obese

IMAGE: This is Kevin Pearson in his lab at the University of Kentucky. view more  Credit: UK Photo | Mark Cornelison LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 4, 2019) — Using foreskin tissue from newborn circumcisions, a group of researchers have identified a potential cellular mechanism that connects a mother’s smoking while pregnant with an increased risk of offspring…

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Illinois professor contributes to improved care for NICU babies

IMAGE: This is a baby wearing two of the patches developed by the team. view more  Credit: University of Illinois Coordinated Science Laboratory. The bond between a parent and their child is forged within the first few weeks of life. The nurse places the baby in their parents’ arms where it will be comforted and rocked…

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Making waves: Researchers shed light on how cilia work

IMAGE: The body motion is cancelled and basis of the cilium is fixed. The blue line corresponds to the mathematical description of the position of the cilium. The red circle corresponds… view more  Credit: Philip Bayly Human bodies have some built-in systems to care for themselves. The cells that line our lungs, nose, brain and reproductive…

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Doctors more likely to prescribe preventive therapy if prompted by EMR

Purely educating doctors about the importance of prescribing certain therapies may not be enough to make a meaningful impact, according to a new Penn Medicine study. Using acid suppression therapy—an effective method of reducing the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding in vulnerable cardiac patients—Penn researchers tested interventions that utilized both education and an electronic «dashboard» system…

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Patient factors contribute to imaging follow-up rates

A new study published in the April 2019 issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR) considers several potential factors that might have led to disparities in follow-up imaging rates among patients with indeterminate initial abdominal imaging findings. The study, «Patient Factor Disparities in Imaging Follow-Up Rates After Incidental Abdominal Findings,» reviewed the records of…

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