Drug trial seeking first ever treatment for dangerous side effect of Prader-Willi syndrome

One in every 15,000 children is affected by Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), a complex, genetic endocrine condition caused by a disorder of chromosome 15. It’s non-inheritable, meaning the condition isn’t passed down from a family member. Among the regular side effects like growth hormone deficiency, hypothyroidism, delayed puberty, behavioral problems and learning difficulties, but hyperphagia is…

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Less offspring due to territorial conflicts

Both species, humans and chimpanzees, can be extremely territorial, and territorial disputes between groups can turn violent, with individuals killing each other. In humans, such between-group competition can escalate to war and devastating loss of human life. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology studied wild Western chimpanzees to find out whether territorial…

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2020 Vision: Looking Forward — Experiences, Experiments, and Beyond

The 2020 combined conference of the Society for Scientific Exploration (SSE) and the Parapsychological Association (PA) will be held in Durham, NC from June 16-19, 2020. This conference proposes to address the past, the present, and the future, and lay a foundation from which we can step forward in scientific discovery. The SSE and PA…

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Time for a closer look at Pyrethroid insecticides

January 3, 2020 — In an invited Commentary just published in JAMA Internal Medicine, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health professors Drs. Steven Stellman and Jeanne Mager Stellman offer their perspective on results from a recent study on Pyrethroid, among the most widely used insecticides in the world for public health control of vector-borne illnesses,…

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Versatile bile acids

Could bile acids—the fat-dissolving juices churned out by the liver and gallbladder—also play a role in immunity and inflammation? The answer appears to be yes, according to two separate Harvard Medical School studies published in Nature. The findings of the two studies, both conducted in mice, show that bile acids promote the differentiation and activity…

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MDI Biological Laboratory to expand innovative data literacy program

BAR HARBOR, MAINE — The MDI Biological Laboratory has announced that it is expanding its innovative SEPA (Science Education Partnership Award) program, which aims to improve secondary school education in data literacy while addressing the public health threat posed by arsenic in well water. The National Institute for General Medical Sciences, an institute of the…

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Yale study urges lifesaving drug treatment to combat Ukraine’s HIV epidemic

New Haven, Conn. — A new study led by Yale University researchers finds that scaling up use of methadone and buprenorphine — medications for treating opioid use disorder known as opioid agonist therapies (OATs) — could greatly reduce HIV transmission rates and prevent deaths in Ukraine, where the disease is epidemic among people who inject…

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With Partial Flavor Ban, Trump Splits the Difference on Vaping

In September, President Trump, the first lady and two of his top health officials gathered in the Oval Office to announce they would take what Mr. Trump called “very, very strong” action against the fast-growing epidemic of teenage vaping: a ban on the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes. Groups representing thousands of vape shops around…

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Rachel Feinstein Unveils the Darker Side of Fantasyland

If Rachel Feinstein had a spirit guide, it would probably be Sleeping Beauty. For the artist — known for her extravagantly detailed fantasy sculptures, installations and paintings — the fairy tale princess may be the most relatable of the otherworldly creatures that animate her work.   “When I was younger, I was asleep for a long time, my ideas…

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