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Genetic Tug of War in the Brain Influences Behavior

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Researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine report that a nuanced, targeted version of parental control over gene expression, is the method of choice over classic genomic imprinting. Published in Cell Reports, so-called noncanonical imprinting is particularly prevalent in the brain, and skews the genetic message in subpopulations of cells so that mom, or dad, has a stronger say. The mechanism can influence offspring behavior, and because it is observed more frequently than classic imprinting, appears to be preferred.

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The Next MacGyver Will Be a Woman — and a UW Engineering Student May Invent Her

Twelve finalists have been picked to invent the heir to Angus MacGyver — the 1980s television hero who inspired a generation of engineers by foiling criminals with household items like cooking oil, a shop vac or a tube sock. Only this time the engineering heroine will be a woman.

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Is Facebook Use Always Associated with Poorer Body Image and Risky Dieting?

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College women who are more emotionally invested in Facebook and have lots of Facebook friends are less concerned with body size and shape and less likely to engage in risky dieting behaviors. But that’s only if they aren’t using Facebook to compare their bodies to their friends’ bodies, according to the authors of a surprising new study at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

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Women Inventors, Treating Anorexia, 3D Models of the Intestine, and More Top Stories 9 July 2015

Other topics include the importance of nursing in medicine, more efficient drug development, studying the arts improves medical care, and more...

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Patent Filings by Women Have Risen the Fastest in Academia

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The number of women across the globe filing patents with the U.S. Patent and Trade Office over the past 40 years has risen fastest within academia compared to all other sectors of the innovation economy, according to a new study from Indiana University.

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In Tight Money Times, Parents Favor Daughters Over Sons

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When a family finds itself in tough economic times, parents are likely to be more financially generous to a daughter than to a son. And the reason has to do with something parents often tell their adult children – they really want grandchildren. And researchers led by Kristina Durante of Rutgers Business School have found that evolution have made this urge instinctual - based on the higher statistical probability that a daughter will produce offspring than a son.

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Athlete Safety, Smart Concrete, and the Dangers of Sugary Drinks; Top Stories for 30 June 2015

Other topics include; grape seed oil to reduce obesity, gender differences in chronic pain, workplace wellness, healthcare in rural Africa after Ebola, cancer treatment, and finding a cure for MERS.

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Research Finds Males and Females Process Chronic Pain Differently

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Male and female mice use different immune cells to process chronic pain, indicating that different therapies for different genders could better target the problem.

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His and Her Pain Circuitry in the Spinal Cord

New research reveals for the first time that pain is processed in male and female mice using different cells. These findings have far-reaching implications for our basic understanding of pain, how we develop the next generation of medications for chronic pain, and the way we execute basic biomedical research using mice.

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Women on the $10? These Eight Women Could Fill the Bill

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Some notable but lesser-known women in American history might be overlooked as possibilities for the soon-to-be redesigned $10 bill. Who are the other women who merit consideration on the $10?