Making a meal of it: Mosquito spit protein controls blood feeding

IMAGE: AAPP depletion prolongs probing and prediuresis time in TG mosquitoes. Probing time (A) and prediuresis time (B) were determined in both WT and TG mosquitoes. The TG mosquitoes had significantly… view more  Kanazawa, Japan — Biting insects use a range of tools when sucking blood from hosts to maximize their chances of a good meal.…

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Tech-savvy people more likely to trust digital doctors

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Would you trust a robot to diagnose your cancer? According to researchers at Penn State, people with high confidence in machine performance and also in their own technological capabilities are more likely to accept and use digital healthcare services and providers. «There is increasing use of automated systems in the medical…

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Post-bypass survival linked to civil status and class

IMAGE: Researcher at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, and surgical nurse. view more  Credit: Photo by Laila Ostlund Civil status, education, and income are factors shown to be clearly associated with duration of survival after a bypass operation. A postoperative patient aged 60 with a spouse or cohabiting partner, high educational attainment, and high income has…

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Measuring quality of life after pediatric kidney transplant

IMAGE: This is Kaushalendra Amatya, Ph.D., pediatric psychologist and lead author. view more  Credit: Children’s National VANCOUVER, British Columbia — After receiving a kidney transplant, children may experience quality-of-life difficulties that underscore the importance of screening transplant recipients for psychosocial function, according to Children’s research presented May 4, 2019, during the 10th Congress of the International…

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NIH funds new research with Bogalusa heart study members

BATON ROUGE, LA. — A consortium of Louisiana scientists from LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Tulane University and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center aims to discover how blood sugar levels early in life contribute to a person’s brain health in middle age. These results could lead to new blood sugar management guidelines for children and…

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Following DASH diet can reduce heart failure risk in people under 75

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — May 10, 2019 — A diet proven to have beneficial effects on high blood pressure also may reduce the risk of heart failure in people under age 75, according to a study led by researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine, part of Wake Forest Baptist Health. The observational study of more…

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Nanotubes enable travel of Huntington’s protein

IMAGE: Scripps Research neuroscientists Srinivasa Subramaniam, PhD, and Manish Sharma, PhD, review confocal microscope images of the Huntington’s protein moving between neurons via nanotube. view more  Credit: Courtesy Scripps Research JUPITER, Fla.—May 10, 2019—A toxic protein linked to Huntington’s disease can move from neuron to neuron through a nanotube tunnel whose construction is initiated by a…

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Receiving weekend food improves school attendance among children living with hunger

IMAGE: Children from food-insecure households were more likely to attend school on Fridays if they received weekend meals through the BackPack food-distribution program at their school, according to a new study… view more  Credit: Photo by Fred Zwicky CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Children living in food-insecure households are more likely to attend school on Fridays if they’re…

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Global Health: Gilead Will Donate Truvada to U.S. for H.I.V. Prevention

Image Truvada, made by Gilead Sciences, currently costs about $20,000 annually. The company has been under pressure to make the drug more widely available. CreditNicole Bengiveno/The New York Times Gilead Sciences, maker of Truvada, the only drug approved to prevent infection with H.I.V., will donate enough of the drug to supply 200,000 patients annually for up…

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Tech Trade Show Restores Award to Sex Toy After Outcry

The country’s largest consumer electronics convention has restored an award that it had promised to give — but then rescinded — to a high-tech sex toy for women and gender-nonconforming people. The convention, CES, is held each January in Las Vegas to great anticipation. An appearance — and certainly, an award — at the show…

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