Study: Phenols in purple corn fight diabetes, obesity, inflammation in mouse cells

IMAGE: Scientists at the University of Illinois developed new hybrids of purple corn and found that compounds in them fight obesity, inflammation and insulin resistance in mouse cells. The team includes,… view more  Credit: Photo by L. Brian Stauffer CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Scientists at the University of Illinois have developed new hybrids of purple corn containing…

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Transgender youth faced with tough decision to freeze sperm or eggs

IMAGE: Study participants responded to ‘which statement best describes how you feel about having children someday.’ Here is how they responded. view more  Credit: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago CHICAGO — The last thing on most teens’ minds is whether or not they want to…

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MU neurobiologists annotate critical neuronal proteins in lamprey genome

IMAGE: Adam Northcutt is a graduate student in the Division of Biological Sciences at MU. He conducted the research and is lead author of the article. view more  Credit: University of Missouri The lamprey, an eel-like primitive vertebrate, is a popular organism for neurobiology studies because it has a relatively simple nervous system. It is of…

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FDA ban on menthol is likely to survive tobacco industry lawsuits

New Brunswick, NJ — A proposed ban of menthol combustible tobacco products by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will likely be upheld in court, albeit a lengthy legal process, a Rutgers paper found. The paper appears in Public Health Reports. The 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act provided the FDA with…

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Paul Greengard, Nobel Prize-Winning Neuroscientist, Dies at 93

Paul Greengard, an American neuroscientist whose 15-year quest to understand how brain cells communicate provided new insights into psychological diseases and earned him a Nobel Prize, and who used his entire $400,000 award to create an academic prize in memory of the mother he never knew, died on Saturday in Manhattan. He was 93. His…

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Medical News Today: Does a common pain reliever reduce empathy?

Following on from a series of similar studies, researchers are once again investigating whether acetaminophen can influence our psychology. This time, the focus is on positive empathy. Could acetaminophen reduce our ability to demonstrate empathy? Acetaminophen is one of the most commonly used drugs globally. It offers quick relief from mild pain and is readily…

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Gene-Edited Babies: What a Chinese Scientist Told an American Mentor

PALO ALTO, Calif. — “Success!” read the subject line of the email. The text, in imperfect English, began: “Good News! The women is pregnant, the genome editing success!” The sender was He Jiankui, an ambitious, young Chinese scientist. The recipient was his former academic adviser, Stephen Quake, a star Stanford bioengineer and inventor. “Wow, that’s…

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Medical News Today: Experimental drug may ease opioid withdrawal symptoms

A drug that scientists originally developed to treat depression may have promise for the treatment of opioid withdrawal, researchers say. A new experimental drug may help reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms. Opioid withdrawal is a challenging experience, and although there are medications already on the market that can help curb the symptoms of withdrawal, these drugs…

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Amy Shugar, Seth Weinberg

Amy Raffaella Shugar and Seth Benjamin Weinberg were married April 13 at the Skylark, an events space in New York. Cantor Bruce L. Ruben officiated. The couple work at Columbia Law School — she as an associate director of major gifts, he as an adjunct professor teaching food law and policy. Mrs. Weinberg, 43, graduated…

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Jorge de la Cámara, José Pérez

Jorge García de la Cámara and José Álvarez Pérez are to be married April 14 at the Plenary Meeting Room of Valdes Town Hall in Luarca, Asturias, in Spain. Mayor Simón Guardado Pérez is to perform the ceremony. Mr. de la Cámara, 47, is the open program manager in Barcelona, Spain, at the Barcelona School…

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