Health impact of support between African American couples when dealing with racial discrimination

URBANA, Ill. – Experiences of racial discrimination are a common source of stress for African Americans, and research shows discrimination can have a damaging impact on the physical and emotional health of African American individuals. Family studies researchers at the University of Illinois, knowing the interdependence of individuals in close, romantic relationships, wanted to know…

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Are herpes virus infections linked to Alzheimer’s disease?

Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine report today in the journal Neuron evidence that refutes the link between increased levels of herpes virus and Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, the researchers provide a new statistical and computational framework for the analysis of large-scale sequencing data. About 50 million people worldwide are affected by Alzheimer’s disease, a…

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A new way to optimize sleep and light exposure can reduce jet lag and improve alertness

TROY, N.Y. — Whether you’re traveling for work or for fun, nothing ruins the start of a trip quite like jet lag. Engineers affiliated with the Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a way to deliver personalized advice using smart wearable technology that would help travelers adjust more…

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OU study uses genetics and menthol to examine how the skin senses irritation

NORMAN, OKLA. – A new University of Oklahoma study could have implications on our understanding of how certain sensory signals are transmitted through the body. An OU experiment led by neuroscientist Christian Lemon, Ph.D., Department of Biology, set out to discover how menthol’s irritant sensation is transmitted by the nervous system. Menthol, perhaps best-known as…

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