Study shows racial differences in personal care product use, may lead to health inequities

A large survey of women in California shows significant racial and ethnic differences in the types of personal care products women use on a daily basis. Because many personal care products contain endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) like parabens and phthalates that interfere with the body’s hormones, the findings could shed light on how different products…

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Novel simulation method predicts blood flow conditions behind von Willebrand disease

For the first time, researchers can quantitatively predict blood flow conditions that likely cause pathological behavior of the human blood protein von Willebrand factor (vWF). Predictions from this new method of simulation, developed at Lehigh University, can be used to optimize the design of the mechanical pumps known as left ventricular assist devices used in…

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Bone marrow disorder nearly 10-times more common in those with venom allergy

Researchers at Michigan Medicine found that people with venom allergies are much more likely to suffer mastocytosis, a bone marrow disorder that causes higher risk of fatal reactions. The team of allergists examined approximately 27 million United States patients through an insurance database – easily becoming the nation’s largest study of allergies to bee and…

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