New research provides medical proof vacation is good for your heart

VIDEO: Assistant Professor Bryce Hruska discusses his vacation research, and how taking time away from work can be beneficial for your heart health. view more  We all treasure our vacation time and look forward to that time when we can get away from work. With the arrival of summer comes the prime vacation season and along…

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Cereal grains scientists fight hidden hunger with new approach

IMAGE: Global demand for staple crops like maize, wheat, and rice is on the rise — making these crops ideal targets for improving nutrition through biofortification. Biofortification is the process of… view more  Credit: N. Palacios and V. Govindan After a prolonged decline, global hunger is on the rise—affecting more than 820 million individuals in 2017.…

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Largest study of CTE finds it in 6% of subjects

IMAGE: Dr. Kevin Bieniek of UT Health San Antonio is first author on a study that examined the brains of 300 athletes and 450 non-athletes for evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy… view more  Credit: UT Health San Antonio SAN ANTONIO — Nearly 6% of athletes and non-athletes were found to have the neurodegenerative disorder chronic traumatic…

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University of Virginia leads fibrosis initiative

Charlottesville, VA (June 20, 2019) Fibrosis is often associated with many of the fatal diseases that pervade our globe, riddling organs with stiff tissue that diminishes their flexibility and leads to their failure. The World Health Organization estimates that fibrosis is directly implicated in, or responsible for, as many as 40 percent of all deaths…

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Rare recessive mutations pry open new windows on autism

Over the past decade, autism spectrum disorder has been linked to mutations in a variety of genes, explaining up to 30 percent of all cases to date. Most of these variants are de novo mutations, which are not inherited, affect just one copy of a gene, and are relatively easy to find. The lab of…

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Epilepsy and sudden death linked to bad gene

IMAGE: Keep on Breathing: People with epilepsy can stop breathing and die suddenly, with or without a seizure. A group of UConn neuroscientists traced the problem to a gene that causes… view more  Credit: Dan Mulkey and Virge Kask, University of Connecticut. In sudden death in epilepsy, people stop breathing for no apparent reason and die.…

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Many elderly patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma benefit from targeted therapies

PHILADELPHIA—Many elderly patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC)—who are often underrepresented in clinical trials to treat the kidney cancer—are seeing overall survival benefits from treatment with targeted therapies, according to a new study from Penn Medicine researchers published this month in JAMA Network Open. Analyzing 13 years of data on Medicare patients, the study…

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Tailor-made prosthetic liners could help more amputees walk again

IMAGE: Dr. Elena Seminati, John Roberts, Matt Young and Dr. Vimal Dhokia display a bespoke prosthetic liner. view more  Researchers at the University of Bath have developed a new way of designing and manufacturing bespoke prosthetic liners, in less than a day. This potentially life-changing project combines advances in computer science with an innovative manufacturing process…

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Can boric acid help with a yeast infection?

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