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How the gut microbiota develops in the first five years of life

The human gut microbiota largely reaches an adult-like composition by five years of age, but important differences remain, finds a study published on March 31st in the journal Cell Host & Microbe. Several bacterial taxa that have been associated with human health are acquired late in childhood and have not reached their adult abundance by […]

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Six pregnancy complications are among red flags for heart disease later in life

Six pregnancy-related complications—high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, preterm delivery, small-for-gestational-age delivery, pregnancy loss or placental abruption—increase a woman’s risk for developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) later in life, according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association, published today in the Association’s flagship journal Circulation. The statement calls for vigorous prevention of these risk […]

Pet Care

How a Quick Pivot Saved a Pet’s Life

Twelve-year-old Nicole B. was walking her six-month-old pug, Sky, in her South Los Angeles neighborhood when Sky was suddenly attacked by another dog. “He came out of nowhere,” says Nicole, describing the attack that occurred last November. “I jumped and accidentally let go of Sky’s leash, and they kept fighting.” When the other dog finally […]

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From Hiding to Hiking: Binney’s New Lease on Life

As a Registered Veterinary Technician and aspiring dog behaviorist, April K. is passionate about the work of the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center (BRC), where she serves as a foster parent and volunteer. In December 2019, April offered to foster a recent graduate—rescued dog Binney—from the program. After treatment at the BRC, undersocialized dogs often benefit […]

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‘Patient activation’ may improve quality of life in individuals with kidney disease

Researchers previously demonstrated that online peer mentoring for individuals with chronic kidney disease (CKD) improves patient activation—or patients’ willingness and ability to take actions to manage their health and care—and quality of life (QOL). Now the investigators have looked at the correlation between QOL and patient activation among patients with CKD who participated in an […]

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US life expectancy up for first time in four years

Credit: CC0 Public Domain US life expectancy is up for the first time in four years, driven by factors including a fall in the rate of fatal drug overdoses and cancer deaths, official statistics showed Thursday. The increase in 2018, the latest year for which data is ready, was marginal: 78.7 years compared to 78.6 […]