American Teenagers Are Declaring ‘Virginity Rocks’

Some are wearing them in jest. Others sport them sincerely. But whatever their motivation, teenagers across the country have been going wild for shirts that bear a chaste declaration: “Virginity Rocks.” The clothing items became popular online thanks to a social media influencer and are now stocked by a major retail chain with a presence…

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Aging Out of the Mammogram

When Janet Halloran last saw her primary care physician, the doctor asked whether she had undergone her annual mammogram. Yes, she replied, she had. At 76, Ms. Halloran, a real estate broker in Cambridge, Mass., is past the age that most medical guidelines recommend breast cancer screening for someone with no history of the disease.…

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How to Lose Weight and Keep It Off

Many people who have struggled for years with excess weight know that the hardest and often the most frustrating job is not getting it off but keeping it off. Recent decades have seen countless popular diet schemes that promised to help people shed unwanted pounds, and as each of these diets failed in the long…

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Instagram makes it easier to exercise

Exercising can be a chore. We know it’s good for us, and we may do it, but it’s not always fun. When training gets tough, finding something or someone that helps us get over that motivational hump can be just what we need. Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) have now…

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Is your child getting enough sleep?

There are plenty of good reasons to make sure children get enough sleep, but their parents’ evening peace is nowhere near the most important one. «If we make sure our children get enough sleep, it can help protect them from mental health problems,» says Bror M. Ranum, a PhD candidate at the Norwegian University of…

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Cancer diagnostics

A good indicator of dysregulation in live cells is a change in their RNA expression. MicroRNA (miRNA), a special type of RNA, is considered a biomarker for carcinogenic cells. A team of scientists from China has found a way to amplify miRNA in live tumor cells for bioimaging. As they report in the journal Angewandte…

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Free coronavirus sequencing kits for researchers offered by U-M startup

ANN ARBOR—As doctors, scientists and governments try to get a grip on COVID-19, the University of Michigan startup Arbor Biosciences is providing free kits to capture the genetic code of virus samples. Variations in that code reveal how the virus has morphed over time—for instance, enabling it to change from an animal disease to one…

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Transgender adults holding gender-affirming IDs have better mental health

PHILADELPHIA (March 16, 2020) — Having gender-affirming documents, such as a passport, driver’s license, or birth certificate, may improve mental health among transgender adults, according to findings published today in The Lancet Public Health from researchers at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health. «Having IDs that don’t reflect how you see yourself, and how…

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