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Speedy bacteria detector could help prevent foodborne illnesses
This news release was issued on 21-Sept-2016 It seems like almost every week another food product is being recalled because of contamination. One of the more common culprits is a pathogenic strain of E. coli . To help prevent illnesses caused by this bacteria in food or water, researchers have developed a new nanosensor to rapidly detect its presence. The study appears in the journal ACS Infectious Diseases . Millions of illnesses and more than 1,000 death ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 7
Vaccinating babies without vaccinating babies
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Scientists have long understood that mother s milk provides immune protection against some infectious agents through the transfer of antibodies, a process referred to as passive immunity. A research team at the University of California, Riverside now shows that mother s milk also contributes to the development of the baby s own immune system by a process the team calls maternal educational immunity. Specific maternal immune cells in the ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 7
Using satellite images to better target vaccination
Satellite images that capture short-term changes in population size in communities in the developing world can help vaccination campaigns achieve more complete coverage to help prevent and control disease outbreaks. A team of researchers led by Penn State scientists have combined satellite imagery, vaccination records, and measles case reports to illustrate how using predictable population fluctuations can help to improve vaccination coverage -- a vital fa ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 7
Chicken korma, Eton mess and a genetic variant provide clues to our food choices
People who carry variants in a particular gene have an increased preference for high fat food, but a decreased preference for sugary foods. This work has provided insights into why we make particular food choices, with potential implications for our understanding of obesity. This is one of the first studies to show a direct link between food preference and specific genetic variants in humans. Most people find high fat, high sugar foods particularly appetis ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 7
Make an October weight resolution
You probably weigh less this week than you ll weigh any week over the entire year If you re an average American, your weight starts to rise from this week on. The culprit The holiday season--Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year s. Research findings just published in the New England Journal of Medicine show that the weight you gain in the next 3 months can take over 5 months to lose. From their analysis of the weight patterns of nearly 3,000 ind ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 7
Nighttime hot flashes may spark mild depression
Washington, DC--A woman s perception that she is experiencing a high number of nighttime hot flashes can trigger mild symptoms of depression during menopause, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology Metabolism . Menopause occurs when a woman s ovaries stop producing estrogen and other hormones, and her menstrual periods stop, according to the Hormone Health Network. The transition takes place graduall ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 7
Developing brain regions in children hardest hit by sleep deprivation
Sleep is vital for humans. If adults remain awake for longer than usual, the brain responds with an increased need for deep sleep. This is measured in the form of slow wave activity using electroencephalography EEG . In adults, these deep-sleep waves are most pronounced in the prefrontal cortex - the brain region which plans and controls actions, solves problems and is involved in the working memory. Sleep deprivation in children increases deep sleep in po ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 7
Jetlag is given the swerve by adjusting meal times on the ground, find researc...
Long-haul cabin crew can ease symptoms of jetlag by regulating meal times on their days off. Traditionally cabin crew rely on sleep strategies sleeping in a dark room, avoiding caffeine before bedtime etc to alleviate jet-lag, but these do not reset body clocks. More research could be done into whether the timing of meals and their content has a similar positive effect on jet-lag. A study published today in the journal Psychology and Health has found that ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 7
What Twitter behavior accompanies mental health crises?
A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association indicates that there were two specific types of heightened Twitter discussions in 2014 related to mental health expected increases in response to planned behavioral health events and unexpected increases in response to unanticipated events. To date, no studies have analyzed communication on Twitter about mental health, particularly depression and suicide. The patterns of T ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 7
Mental illness genetically linked to drug use and misuse
There are many reports of drug use leading to mental health problems, and we all know of someone having a few too many drinks to cope with a bad day. Many people who are diagnosed with a mental health disorder indulge in drugs, and vice versa. As severity of both increase, problems arise and they become more difficult to treat. But why substance involvement and psychiatric disorders often co-occur is not well understood. In addition to environmental factor ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 7
Study finds new approach to block binge eating
Boston --A new therapeutic target for the treatment of compulsive binge eating has been identified by researchers at Boston University School of Medicine BUSM . The study, which is published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology , reports the beneficial effects of the activation of a class of receptors, Trace Amine-Associated Receptor 1 TAAR1 , on compulsive, binge eating. TAAR1 discovered in 2001, is a receptor that binds molecules in the brain called tr ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 7
How effective is a smartphone app in teaching sexual health to teen girls?
Across the globe, there is increased focus on developing interventions related to comprehensive sexual health education for adolescents, with the ultimate goal of combatting unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. The challenge has been how best to reach this audience in a way that is meaningful, relevant and easy to understand. A research team led by Lynae M. Brayboy, MD, reproductive endocrinologist in the Division of Reproductive Endoc ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 7
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