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Alternative splicing is crucial to muscle mass maintenance

Despite the importance that changes in muscle mass have in aging, overall body metabolism and in chronic disease, we still don’t fully understand the mechanisms that contribute to the maintenance of adult muscle mass. “A number of cell signaling and metabolic pathways have been studied regarding their involvement in sustaining adult muscle mass, but not […]

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Focussed ultrasound used to improve effects of cancer drugs

Researchers have made a breakthrough in more precisely targeting drugs to cancers. Using ultrasound and lipid drug carriers (liposomes), a multi-disciplinary team of biomedical engineers, oncologists, radiologists and anaesthetists at the University of Oxford have developed a new way to improve the targeting of cancer drugs to tumours. The new technology has been used in […]

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Multivitamins do not promote cardiovascular health

Taking multivitamin and mineral supplements does not prevent heart attacks, strokes or cardiovascular death, according to a new analysis of 18 studies published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal. “We meticulously evaluated the body of scientific evidence,” said study lead author Joonseok Kim, M.D., assistant professor of cardiology in the […]

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Whooping cough vaccine: The power of first impressions

The current whooping cough vaccine was universally adopted in the US in 1996 to replace the original vaccine based on killed Bordetella pertussis because of a stronger safety profile. The new formulation was found to be effective in preventing whooping cough during vulnerable stages in the lifespan but the kind of pertussis vaccine used to […]

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Visual perceptual skills are updated by process similar to memory reconsolidation, study finds

A new study shows that updating visual perceptual skills—which humans rely on to recognize what they see, including potential threats, and ignore unimportant background—is an active process with many similarities to the way they stabilize memories. Published in Nature Human Behavior, the study led by Brown University researchers tested whether memory reconsolidation, observed in animals, […]

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Study reveals how shift work disrupts metabolism

Working night shifts or other nonstandard work schedules increases your risk of becoming obese and developing diabetes and other metabolic disorders, which ultimately also raises your risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer. Exactly why this happens has been unclear, but a new study conducted at Washington State University (WSU) has brought scientists closer to […]

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Higher visceral fat ratio seen with recurring urolithiasis

(HealthDay)—Recurrent stone-forming patients have high visceral fat ratios compared to first-time stone-forming patients, according to a study published in the June issue of the International Journal of Urology. Shimpei Yamashita, from the Wakayama Medical University in Japan, and colleagues compared various fat parameters based on computed tomography images between 148 recurrent stone-forming patients and 152 […]

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Why Kim Kardashian Wants You to Google Pineapple Juice

We’re used to mysterious social media posts from Kim Kardashian West. But a new Instagram photo has left a lot of followers scratching their heads. On Sunday, the reality star shared an image of herself cracking open a can of pineapple juice. Wearing nothing but a one-piece swimsuit, she wrote a cryptic caption: “Google the benefits of pineapple juice.” Google […]