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Uncovering a ‘smoking gun’ of biological aging clocks

A newly discovered ribosomal DNA (rDNA) clock can be used to accurately determine an individual’s chronological and biological age, according to research led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The ribosomal clock is a novel biomarker of aging based on the rDNA, a segment of the genome that has previously been mechanistically linked […]

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Unraveling the Mystery of Hiccups

SATURDAY, Feb. 2, 2019 — Most everyone gets them, but no one really knows why. Hiccups are a reflexive spasm of the diaphragm, and they can happen to anyone from newborns to the elderly. It’s even common for babies in the womb to be seen hiccuping on ultrasounds, according to Dr. Stacey Milunic. She is […]

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Nanoparticles in food can alter the behavior of gut bacteria

Researchers from the University Medical Center of Mainz in Germany and colleagues from other centers in Germany, Austria, and the United States have discovered that the ultra-tiny particles can bind to gut bacteria. In a study paper about their work — which now appears in the journal npj Science of Food — the authors explain […]

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First Generic Version of Advair Diskus Approved for Asthma, COPD

THURSDAY, Jan. 31, 2019 — The first generic form of the Advair Diskus (fluticasone propionate and salmeterol inhalation powder) inhaler has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It can now be used to treat children aged 4 or older with asthma and adults with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). “People […]

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More High-Value Care Associated With Receipt of Primary Care

THURSDAY, Jan. 31, 2019 — Receipt of primary care is associated with significantly more high-value care, slightly more low-value care, and a better health care experience, according to a study published online Jan. 28 in JAMA Internal Medicine. David M. Levine, M.D., M.P.H., from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and colleagues compared propensity score-weighted […]