Good sleep quality and good mood lead to good working memory with age

IMAGE: A team of psychologists has found strong associations between working memory — a fundamental building block of a functioning mind — and three health-related factors: sleep, age, and depressed mood…. view more  Credit: W. Zhang, UC Riverside. RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A team of psychologists has found strong associations between working memory — a fundamental building…

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Study sheds new light on urinary tract infections in postmenopausal women

IMAGE: This is Dr. Kim Oth. view more  Credit: UTSW DALLAS — May 10, 2019 — A UT Southwestern study suggests why urinary tract infections (UTIs) have such a high recurrence rate in postmenopausal women — several species of bacteria can invade the bladder walls. UTI treatment is the most common reason for antibiotic prescriptions in…

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HIV prevention drug can curb the epidemic for high-risk groups in India

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a combination drug used to prevent HIV infection, has already gained significant traction in the U.S. and Europe. The once-a-day pill, when taken consistently, can reduce the risk of HIV acquisition by over 85 percent. A new study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases by an international research team suggests that making PrEP…

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New progress in developing an animal model of hepatitis C

IMAGE: A model of the «humanized » version of mouse cyclophilin A shows the mutated parts of the protein as green sticks, and the protein’s active site as purple sticks. view more  Credit: Credit: Jenna Gaska, Princeton University Small differences in a liver cell protein have significant impacts on hepatitis C virus replication in mice and…

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Making a meal of it: Mosquito spit protein controls blood feeding

IMAGE: AAPP depletion prolongs probing and prediuresis time in TG mosquitoes. Probing time (A) and prediuresis time (B) were determined in both WT and TG mosquitoes. The TG mosquitoes had significantly… view more  Kanazawa, Japan — Biting insects use a range of tools when sucking blood from hosts to maximize their chances of a good meal.…

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Tech-savvy people more likely to trust digital doctors

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Would you trust a robot to diagnose your cancer? According to researchers at Penn State, people with high confidence in machine performance and also in their own technological capabilities are more likely to accept and use digital healthcare services and providers. «There is increasing use of automated systems in the medical…

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Post-bypass survival linked to civil status and class

IMAGE: Researcher at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, and surgical nurse. view more  Credit: Photo by Laila Ostlund Civil status, education, and income are factors shown to be clearly associated with duration of survival after a bypass operation. A postoperative patient aged 60 with a spouse or cohabiting partner, high educational attainment, and high income has…

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Measuring quality of life after pediatric kidney transplant

IMAGE: This is Kaushalendra Amatya, Ph.D., pediatric psychologist and lead author. view more  Credit: Children’s National VANCOUVER, British Columbia — After receiving a kidney transplant, children may experience quality-of-life difficulties that underscore the importance of screening transplant recipients for psychosocial function, according to Children’s research presented May 4, 2019, during the 10th Congress of the International…

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NIH funds new research with Bogalusa heart study members

BATON ROUGE, LA. — A consortium of Louisiana scientists from LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Tulane University and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center aims to discover how blood sugar levels early in life contribute to a person’s brain health in middle age. These results could lead to new blood sugar management guidelines for children and…

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Following DASH diet can reduce heart failure risk in people under 75

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — May 10, 2019 — A diet proven to have beneficial effects on high blood pressure also may reduce the risk of heart failure in people under age 75, according to a study led by researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine, part of Wake Forest Baptist Health. The observational study of more…

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