Research finds pre-pregnancy weight affects infant growth response to breast milk

New Orleans, LA — In the first study of its kind, LSU Health New Orleans researchers report that women’s pre-pregnancy overweight or obesity produces changes in breast milk, which can affect infant growth. The research findings are published in PLOS ONE, available online here. «The importance of this study is that it demonstrates that breast…

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Once thought to be asexual, single-celled parasites caught in the act

IMAGE: The single-celled parasite Leishmania can reproduce sexually, according to a study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The finding could… view more  Even single-celled organisms desire partners every now and then. Leishmania — single-celled parasites that cause infections of the skin and internal organs —…

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One-fifth of US surgeons still overusing riskier procedure to create kidney dialysis access

IMAGE: A diagram showing how kidney dialysis is conducted after an arteriovenous (AV) fistula surgery has provided access to the circulatory system. A new Johns Hopkins Medicine study reveals that many… view more  Credit: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/National Institutes of Health Long-term hemodialysis is a lifesaver for approximately half a million…

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People using third-party apps to analyze personal genetic data

The burgeoning field of personal genetics appeals to people who want to learn more about themselves, their family and their propensity for diseases. More and more consumers are using services like 23andMe to learn about their genetic blueprint. Included with most of these services is the ability for users to download their «raw» genetic data,…

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Salmonella resistant to antibiotics of last resort found in US

Researchers from North Carolina State University have found a gene that gives Salmonella resistance to antibiotics of last resort in a sample taken from a human patient in the U.S. The find is the first evidence that the gene mcr-3.1 has made its way into the U.S. from Asia. There are more than 2,500 known…

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Study shows that strength and weight training can control diabetes in obese individuals

IMAGE: A moderate training protocol reduced liver fat and made the organ more sensitive to insulin, even before loss of body weight occurred. view more  Credit: Guilherme Peruca Research conducted at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in São Paulo State, Brazil, shows that vigorous physical exercise such as strength and weight training can reduce accumulated liver…

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Environmental champions honored by Toxics Use Reduction Institute

BOSTON — State legislators joined the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) program today to recognize 2018 Champions of Toxics Use Reduction at the Massachusetts State House. The annual event recognizes outstanding leaders who are making the Commonwealth a safer place to live and work. Honorees include community organizations and companies that received grants from the…

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Bats, Not Dogs, Are the Most Common Source of Rabies

Bats are the main cause of human rabies in the United States and have been for several years, responsible for infecting seven of every 10 people who develop the disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Wednesday. Even though the actual number of rabies cases is very small, the C.D.C. made its…

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