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Novel genetic study sheds new light on risk of heart attack

Loss of a protein that regulates mitochondrial function can greatly increase the risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack), Vanderbilt scientists reported Oct. 3 in the journal eLife. The study illustrates how “integrative genomics,” a combination of basic research, a human biobank linked to electronic health records and novel computational genetic approaches can identify genetically determined […]

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Here’s Something to Sleep On

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 — Seems that you can get too much — as well as too little — of a good thing when it comes to sleep. In what’s billed as the world’s largest sleep study, too little or too much sleep can impair your brain, researchers report. The study included more than 40,000 […]

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Physiologist publishes findings on the role of the protein titin in muscle contraction

In the field of muscle physiology, scientists study muscle movement at the molecular level—chiefly, proteins such as myosin, actin and titin—to understand how muscles contract. Their research improves human health and quality of life in a wide range of areas, including rehabilitation engineering, prosthesis design and the treatment of neuromuscular diseases such as muscular dystrophy, […]

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Studies needed on impact of cannabis use on puberty

McMaster University researchers say there is an urgent need for studies on the physical health effects of cannabis use, including its impact on puberty. The call comes following a systematic review of existing literature that identified an absence of such research. The results of the review were published in Adolescent Health, Medicine and Therapeutics. “While […]

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Brain iron on MRI linked to disability in multiple sclerosis

(HealthDay)—Brain iron at quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is associated with disability in multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study recently published in Radiology. Robert Zivadinov, M.D., Ph.D., from the University at Buffalo in New York, and colleagues conducted a prospective study between March 2009 and November 2013 involving 600 participants with MS (452 with […]

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Coffee Shop Workers on Front Lines of Opioid Crisis

MONDAY, Sept. 24, 2018 — New research suggests that employees in coffee shops and fast food places can be trained to respond to opioid overdoses at their places of business. “Because opioid overdoses may occur in public bathrooms, business managers and staff unwittingly become first responders. Providing training to service industry employees on how to […]

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FDA Issues Warning on Pet Reactions to Common Flea Medicine

FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 — Flea medicines protect your pet, but some animals can have serious side effects from products containing isoxazoline, U.S. health officials warn. Although most dogs and cats handle this powerful pesticide just fine, others can have severe reactions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. Isoxazoline products have been associated […]