New genetic engineering strategy makes human-made DNA invisible

IMAGE: This new genetic engineering tool opens up the possibilities for research on bacteria that haven’t been well studied before. view more  Credit: Image courtesy of Peter Hoey. Bacteria are everywhere. They live in the soil and water, on our skin and in our bodies. Some are pathogenic, meaning they cause disease or infection. To design…

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Fainting during pregnancy can be a sign of problems for both mother and baby

IMAGE: Cardiology researcher Padma Kaul said she wants to see fainting included with other pregnancy-induced conditions like pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes as a warning sign for mothers’ cardiovascular health. view more  Credit: Padma Kaul Women have long been told fainting is a common but harmless symptom of pregnancy, but new research shows it may indicate issues…

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E-cigs and heated tobacco products are harmful and do not help smokers to quit

In a new statement published by the European Respiratory Society (ERS) Tobacco Control Committee [1], an international coalition of respiratory doctors and scientists have warned that tobacco harm reduction strategies which support the use of alternative nicotine delivery products for smoking cessation are not effective and are based upon incorrect assumptions and undocumented claims. They…

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Reading clinician visit notes can improve patients’ adherence to medications

BOSTON—A new study of patients reading the visit notes their clinicians write, report positive effects on their use of prescription medications. The study, Patients Managing Medications and Reading their Visit Notes: A survey of OpenNotes participants, published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine, shows that when patients read their notes, they report significant benefits,…

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UTSA study shows vaping is linked to adolescents’ propensity for crime

(San Antonio, May 28, 2019) — UTSA criminal justice professor Dylan Jackson recently published one of the first studies to explore emerging drug use in the form of adolescent vaping and its association with delinquency among 8th and 10th grade students across the nation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 4.9 million…

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As plaque deposits increase in the aging brain, money management falters

IMAGE: Scans of two study participants show the brain of a cognitively healthy 74-year-old (top row) who demonstrated average financial skills compared to an 86-year-old with mild Alzheimer’s disease (bottom row)… view more  Credit: Duke Health DURHAM, N.C. — Aging adults often show signs of slowing when it comes to managing their finances, such as calculating…

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What to Cook Today

Good morning. It’s Memorial Day, a holiday that honors those who have given their lives in military service to the United States. That is a not inconsiderable number. More than a million Americans have been killed in combat since the birth of the nation, and nearly 7,000 have perished over the course of the past…

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Medical News Today: Using EEG data to diagnose Parkinson’s disease

Currently, diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease relies on a neurologist’s professional opinion. Researchers behind a new study believe that an EEG may be a more effective alternative. New research suggests that an EEG test could help diagnose Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease affects more than 10 million people worldwide, according to the Parkinson’s Foundation, but no scan…

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Sleep Apnea Can Have Deadly Consequences

Although the woman in her 50s had been effectively treated for depression, she remained plagued by symptoms that often accompany it: fatigue, sleepiness and lethargy, even though she thought she was getting enough sleep. With depression no longer causing her persistent symptoms, her psychiatrist advised her to consult a sleep specialist. Sure enough, a night…

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What 8 Green Thumbs Wore to the New York Botanical Garden

Unlike other design shows, the Garden Furniture & Antiques Fair draws a highfalutin crowd who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty. The fair, which took place in April at the New York Botanical Garden, showcased exotic plants, rare outdoor furniture and celebrity landscapers. Here’s how eight attendees got into the spring spirit. Image CreditAmy…

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