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Using an anti-smoking drug to control neurons

An anti-smoking drug now has a new job—as a chemical switch to turn select neurons on or off. The drug latches on to designer proteins, called ion channels, that control whether or not a neuron will send a message. By putting those proteins only in certain groups of neurons, scientists can target modulation of specific […]

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Computer model shows how to better control MRSA outbreaks

A research team led by scientists at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health report on a new method to help health officials control outbreaks of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, a life-threatening antibiotic-resistant infection often seen in hospitals. The researchers are the first to reveal the invisible dynamics governing the spread of these […]

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Eating a serving of button mushrooms a day could prevent diabetes

Eating a serving of button mushrooms a day could prevent diabetes: Fungi improves glucose control Eating button mushrooms daily could prevent type 2 diabetes by boosting gut bacteria (but it must be a particular portion size) Eating mushrooms increases levels of the bacteria Prevotella in mice  Prevotella produces the acids propionate and succinate These play […]

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Triple Combo Blood Pressure Pill Can Improve BP Control

TUESDAY, Aug. 14, 2018 — Treatment with a pill combining low doses of three antihypertensive drugs results in an increased proportion of patients with mild-to-moderate hypertension achieving their target blood pressure (BP), according to a study published in the Aug. 14 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Ruth Webster, Ph.D., from the […]

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Study Says This Simple Strategy Can Help Stop You Overeating

When you’re about to chow down on some sweet potato fries it’s easy to focus on how dang delicious they’re going to be, but a new study has found that honing in on their healthy attributes instead, could help you cut calories and nail portion control.  In the experiment, researchers from the University of Tübingen […]