New plastic surgery statistics reveal trends toward body enhancement

VIDEO: Infographic video available for redistribution with credit to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. view more  New data released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) shows there were nearly a quarter million more cosmetic procedures performed in 2018 than the previous year. According to the ASPS annual plastic surgery statistics report, there were…

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New study shows an eye scan can detect signs of Alzheimer’s disease

SAN FRANCISCO — March 11, 2019 — Researchers from the Duke Eye Center have shown that a new, non-invasive imaging device can see signs of Alzheimer’s disease in a matter of seconds. The researchers found that the small blood vessels in the retina at the back of the eye are altered in patients with Alzheimer’s.…

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Smoking during pregnancy doubles the risk of sudden unexpected infant death, study warns

The first findings to result from a collaboration between Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Microsoft data scientists provides expecting mothers new information about how smoking before and during pregnancy contributes to the risk of an infant dying suddenly and unexpectedly before their first birthday. According to the study published in Pediatrics, any amount of smoking…

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NIH study shows many preteens screen positive for suicide risk during ER visits

A research team found nearly one-third of youth ages 10 to 12 years screened positive for suicide risk in emergency department settings. As part of a larger study on youth suicide risk screening in emergency departments, researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health, and collaborators sought…

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New species of stiletto snake capable of sideways strikes discovered in West Africa

IMAGE: Close up of the the first discovered specimen of the newly described species (Atractaspis branchi or Branch’s Stiletto Snake) in its natural habitat. view more  Following a series of recent surveys in north-western Liberia and south-eastern Guinea, an international team of researchers found three stiletto snakes which were later identified as a species previously unknown…

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New genetic data on 50,000 UK Biobank participants available to global health research

A vast tranche of new UK Biobank genetic data becomes available to health researchers today, offering an unprecedented resource to enhance understanding of human biology and aid in therapeutic discovery. The exome sequence data of 50,000 UK Biobank participants were generated at the Regeneron Genetics Center through a collaboration between UK Biobank, Regeneron (US) and…

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Air pollution may impact fetal cardiovascular system, Rutgers study says

Microscopic particles in air pollution inhaled by pregnant women may damage fetal cardiovascular development, according to a study by Rutgers researchers. The study, published in the journal Cardiovascular Toxicology, found that early in the first trimester and late in the third trimester were critical windows during which pollutants most affect the mother’s and fetus’ cardiovascular…

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Computer kidney could provide safer tests for new medications

MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2019 — A University of Waterloo researcher has spearheaded the development of the first computational model of the human kidney. The new model will allow scientists to gain better insights into how new drugs that target the kidney, such as diabetes medication, may work. It will also enable researchers to better learn…

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Researchers discover new nitrogen source in Arctic

IMAGE: The research vessel Sikuliaq navigates ice during an expedition to study nitrogen processes. Researchers have revealed that the partnership between an alga and bacteria is making the essential element… view more  Credit: Kim Kenny Scientists have revealed that the partnership between an alga and bacteria is making the essential element nitrogen newly available in the…

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