Medical News Today: Red meat and death risk: Study offers new insights

People who increased their red meat intake over 8 years had a higher death risk in the following 8 years than people whose meat intake stayed the same. Conversely, decreasing meat intake and replacing it with more healthful alternatives reduced death risk. Eating red meat can raise the risk of premature death. These are the…

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36 Hours in Oxford

Over the centuries, the oldest university in the English-speaking world has had quite an influence on its namesake city, as even visitors here can attest. Wandering through Oxford’s ancient streets, overhearing conversations in a marvelous spectrum of accents — about mathematics and music and the intricacies of Kurdish politics — it’s easy to feel the…

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Women are better than men at remembering words and faces

Have you ever had an argument with someone of the opposite sex and realized that the two of you had different recollections of past events? Well, new research suggests that women may be slightly better than men at remembering certain things, including conversations and people’s faces. Women ‘have a slight advantage’ when it comes to…

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Encouraging critically necessary blood donation among minorities

IMAGE: Better community education and communication are critical for increasing levels of blood donation among minorities, according to a study by researchers at Georgia State University and Georgia Southern University. view more  Better community education and communication are critical for increasing levels of blood donation among minorities, according to a study by researchers at Georgia State…

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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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