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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Frugal Traveler: Taking the $57-a-Day Challenge in Prague

In 1991, the last time I set foot in Prague, it was the Czechoslovakian capital, and things were so cheap to a Western college student bearing hard currency that if you ordered an ice cream cone and didn’t like the flavor, you were tempted to throw it away and get another one. Beer by the…

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Medical News Today: What to know about supplements for muscles

Muscle-building supplements can improve physical performance during resistance training and help stimulate muscle growth. Protein and creatine are two popular supplements that can have these effects. Resistance training, such as weightlifting, puts a high degree of strain on the muscles. Over time, the muscles adapt, becoming stronger and, typically, larger. Many muscle-building supplements are available…

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What Do New State Abortion Laws Really Mean for Women?

This week, the governor of Georgia signed one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. It effectively outlaws the procedure after six weeks of pregnancy. Republican governors in three other states — Mississippi, Kentucky and Ohio — have signed similar laws this year, marking a new and more severe tactic by the anti-abortion…

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