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New gene editing technique could drive out mosquito-borne disease
Scientists at UC Berkeley and UC Riverside have demonstrated a way to edit the genome of disease-carrying mosquitoes that brings us closer to suppressing them on a continental scale. The study used CRISPR Cas9 gene-editing technology to insert and spread genes designed to suppress wild insects, while at the same time avoiding the resistance to these efforts that evolution would typically favor. The proof-of-concept study was demonstrated in fruit flies but ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jun 27
Are activity monitors fit for exercise research? Getting there, but further st...
June 26, 2017 - Activity monitors or fitness trackers are fun and informative gadgets to help track daily physical activity. But as a source of objective data for research on the health benefits of exercise, they re not yet fully up to speed, reports a paper in Progress in Preventive Medicine , the official journal of the European Society of Preventive Medicine . The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer . Advances in the development of objective monitori ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jun 27
Endocrine Society issues Scientific Statement on obesity's causes
WASHINGTON--A new Scientific Statement issued by the Endocrine Society calls for more research aimed specifically at understanding the underlying mechanisms that make it difficult to maintain long-term weight loss. Despite decades of research and billions of dollars spent each year on treatment, understanding of the underlying causes of obesity remains limited. One in three American adults is affected by obesity, and it costs an estimated 147 billion a yea ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jun 27
Community-wide effort to fight childhood obesity shows promise
Boston, MA - A large-scale effort to reduce childhood obesity in two low-income Massachusetts communities resulted in some modest improvements among schoolchildren over a relatively short period of time, suggesting that such a comprehensive approach holds promise for the future, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study, along with two others evaluating Massachusetts efforts to reduce childhood obesity, will be publ ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jun 27
Comprehensive program improves measures of childhood obesity at community heal...
BOSTON - A comprehensive program to reduce or prevent childhood obesity in low-income communities led to significant improvements in obesity-related measures among children cared for at a Massachusetts community health center. The report of a study led by a MassGeneral Hospital for Children physician is one of three in the July issue of Obesity describing implementation of the Mass. Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration MA-CORD at community health cente ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jun 27
Study: Lack of sleep + spat with spouse = potential health problems
A lack of sleep doesn t just leave you cranky and spoiling for a fight. Researchers at The Ohio State University Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research say it also puts you at risk for stress-related inflammation. This type of inflammation is associated with higher risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis and other diseases. We know sleep problems are also linked with inflammation and many of the same chronic illnesses. So we were interested ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jun 27
Scratch test -- wound healing disrupted by smoke but not by Vype e-cigarette v...
A new laboratory study reveals that cigarette smoke completely prevented wound healing at concentrations over 20 in a wound healing assay, whereas e-cigarette vapour had no effect, even at 100 concentration and double the amount of nicotine relative to smoke see Figure 1 . The scratch test involves growing a layer of endothelial cells in the lab -- these are cells that line the inside of blood vessels -- creating a wound scratch and observing how long it t ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jun 27
New study links hot flashes with depression
CLEVELAND, Ohio June 26, 2017 --With age comes a greater risk of depression, especially in women. With 15 of the female population in the US being 65 or older, and the number expected to double in the next 50 years, there is a major focus on age-related disorders, including depression. A new study published in Menopause , the journal of The North American Menopause Society NAMS , documents an association between hot flashes and a greater risk of depression ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jun 27
Deaths among patients with opioid disorders may be cut by one-third by better ...
Following three possible recommendations in providing medical care to people with an opioid addiction may cut deaths among such patients by as much as one-third, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Analyzing the care given to people treated in the Veterans Affairs health care system, researchers looked at whether receiving recommended medical care was associated with a lower risk of death. They found that deaths were much lower among patients with o ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jun 27
Researchers examine brain region that affects drug use habits
The human brain is nimble. It can reorganize itself to learn new things, catalog memories, and even break old habits. So, what if our brains could be taught to suppress cravings, especially the destructive impulse to use drugs University of Iowa researchers studying the infralimbic cortex--a region of the brain that controls addictive behavior--performed a series of experiments in which rats were given cocaine, then taken off the drug. The scientists found ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jun 27
Dartmouth study finds legal cannabis laws impact teen use
HANOVER, NH -- A new study by researchers at Dartmouth has found that adolescents living in medical marijuana states with a plethora of dispensaries are more likely to have tried new methods of cannabis use, such as edibles and vaping, at a younger age than those living in states with fewer dispensaries. The study will appear in the August issue of Drug and Alcohol Dependence . This study was driven by two motivations-- the need to understand if and how th ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jun 27
Messages with moral-emotional words are more likely to go viral on social media
Tweets about political topics that include moral and emotional language are more likely to spread within the ideological networks of the sender, a team of researchers has found. Its study, which examined Twitter messages related to gun control, climate change, and same-sex marriage, points to both the potential and limits of communicating on social media. The content that spreads the most may have the biggest impact on social media, so individuals, communi ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jun 27
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