Do less and get stronger: Science proves you can lift less with better results

Weightlifters could do less and get stronger by changing the amount they lift each session, according to new research. Sports scientists from the University of Lincoln, UK, compared the average weights lifted by two groups over six weeks: one using a traditional training method of a «one rep max» — the maximum weight an athlete…

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Mason joins NIH grant to study young environmental exposures

Rosemary Higgins, Associate Dean for Research, College of Health and Human Services (CHHS), and Germaine Buck Louis, Dean, CHHS, received $1,457,607 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for: «ECHO Consortium on Perinatal Programming of Neurodevelopment.» This project is part of NIH’s Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program. The overall objective of this…

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Congenital heart disease more deadly in low-income countries

Washington (Jan. 31, 2020) — Even though mortality from congenital heart disease (CHD) has declined over the last three decades as diagnosis and treatments have advanced, the chances for a child to survive a CHD diagnosis significantly differs based on the country where he or she is born. This eye-opening finding is drawn from the…

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The Lancet: Modelling study estimates spread of 2019 novel coronavirus

Authors caution that given the lack of a robust and detailed timeline of records of suspected, probable, and confirmed cases and close contacts, the true size of the epidemic and its pandemic potential remains unclear. New modelling research, published in The Lancet, estimates that up to 75,800 individuals in the Chinese city of Wuhan…

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Institut Pasteur sequences the whole genome of the Wuhan coronavirus, 2019-nCoV

On January 24, 2020, the French Ministry of Health confirmed the first three cases of patients affected by the Wuhan coronavirus. On January 29, 2020, the Institut Pasteur, which is responsible for monitoring respiratory viruses in France, sequenced the whole genome of the coronavirus known as «2019-nCoV», becoming the first institution in Europe to sequence…

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Toward a portable concussion detector that relies on an infrared laser

ANN ARBOR—With no way to reliably tell whether an athlete has a concussion, many may be playing with an undiagnosed injury. Likewise, 2 million people die every year because we don’t have an early warning when brain cells are dying—and another 4 million experience cognitive disabilities. Now, a team of doctors and engineers has developed…

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Migraine rats, medical facts

London, UK: Migraine mechanisms are still far from being fully understood. Escalating data from animal models are «fact-checking» the neurophysiological and behavioral correlates of the migraine experience in humans. A series of studies published in the journal Cephalalgia, the official journal of the International Headache Society, have described the underlying mechanisms and molecules related to…

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Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation awards nearly $4.3M to top young scientists

New York, NY (January 31, 2020) — The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on supporting brilliant, early career researchers, named 16 new Damon Runyon Fellows. The recipients of this prestigious, four-year award are outstanding postdoctoral scientists conducting basic and translational cancer research in the laboratories of leading senior investigators across the…

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