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Kids Eating Habits, Video Games Helping Kids Eat Fruits and Veggies, New Ways to Stop Weight Gain in Young Adults, and More in the Obesity News Source

Kids Eating Habits, Video Games Helping Kids Eat Fruits and Veggies, New Ways to Stop Weight Gain in Young Adults, and More in the Obesity News Source

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New Technique Can Provide Better Cell Transplants Against Parkinson's Disease

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Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have used a completely new preclinical technique and analysis of tissue from patients to show exactly what happens when certain patients with Parkinson's disease are restored as a result of nerve cell transplants. They have also identified what makes many of the transplant patients develop serious side effects in the form of involuntary movements.

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How a Female Sex Hormone May Protect Against STIs: Study

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A team of researchers led by McMaster University’s Charu Kaushic has revealed for the first time how estradiol, a female sex hormone present during the menstrual cycle and found in oral contraceptives, may work to protect women against sexually transmitted viral infections.

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New Study Finds Atrial Fibrillation Patients Treated With Warfarin Have Higher Rates of Dementia

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Study of more than 10,000 patients treated long term with the blood thinner, warfarin, reveals higher rates of dementia for patients with atrial fibrillation versus non-AF patients

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High-Fructose Diet During Pregnancy May Harm Placenta, Restrict Fetal Growth

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A new study in mice and women by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that a high-fructose diet during pregnancy may harm the placenta and restrict fetal growth. Additionally, researchers believe a commonly prescribed drug may mitigate the negative effects.

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You Could Mistakenly Believe You’re Allergic to This Common Antibiotic

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According to a Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine allergist, most people who believe they're allergic to this common antibiotic may not be allergic at all. In fact, 10 years after a mild reaction to the drug, up to 90 percent of people will have outgrown a penicillin allergy.

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Yeast Infection Linked to Mental Illness

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In a study prompted in part by suggestions from people with mental illness, Johns Hopkins researchers found that a history of Candida yeast infections was more common in a group of men with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder than in those without these disorders, and that women with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder who tested positive for Candida performed worse on a standard memory test than women with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder who had no evidence of past infection.

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Placenta Size and Offspring Bone Development Linked

A larger placenta during pregnancy could lead to larger bones in the children, a new Southampton study has shown.

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Inadequate Financial Savings Tied to Increased Childhood Health Risks

The connection between a family’s income and childhood health has been well-established, with lower income linked to poorer health and a greater likelihood of more chronic conditions. Now a new study by UCLA researchers shows that the size of the paycheck is not all that matters when it comes to children’s health risks. So does the amount that a family has tucked away in savings.

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Breast Milk Linked to Significant Early Brain Growth in Preemies

Feeding premature babies mostly breast milk during the first month of life appears to spur more robust brain growth. Preemies whose daily diets were at least 50 percent breast milk had more brain tissue and cortical-surface area by their due dates than premature babies who consumed significantly less breast milk.

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Gut Bacteria May Predict Risk of Life-Threatening Infections Following Chemotherapy

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A new study led by researchers at the University of Minnesota and Nantes University Hospital in France shows that the bacteria in people’s gut may predict their risk of life-threatening blood infections following high-dose chemotherapy.

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Experimental Drug Cancels Effect From Key Intellectual Disability Gene in Mice

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A University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher who studies the most common genetic intellectual disability has used an experimental drug to reverse — in mice — damage from the mutation that causes the syndrome. The condition, called fragile X, has devastating effects on intellectual abilities.

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Experts Call for Increased Action on Protecting Those with Food Allergies

Professor Elliott founder Queen’s University Belfast's Institute for Global Food Security, is co-author of a paper published in The Royal Society of Chemistry’s journal Analyst, outlining a strategy to close the gaps in current processes for detecting and measuring allergens – substances in foods that can trigger an allergic reaction. The publication comes during the UK’s Allergy Awareness Week

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Despite Efforts, Childhood Obesity Remains on the Rise

The alarming increase in U.S. childhood obesity rates that began nearly 30 years ago continues unabated, with the biggest increases in severe obesity, according to a study led by a Duke Clinical Research Institute scientist.

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Even Low Levels of Air Pollution Appear to Affect Children’s Lung Health

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According to new research led by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) pulmonologist and critical care physician Mary B. Rice, MD, MPH, improved air quality in U.S. cities since the 1990s may not be enough to ensure normal lung function in children. The findings were recently published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care, a journal of the American Thoracic Society.

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Sophisticated ‘Mini-Brains’ Add to Evidence of Zika’s Toll on Fetal Cortex

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Studying a new type of pinhead-size, lab-grown brain made with technology first suggested by three high school students, Johns Hopkins researchers have confirmed a key way in which Zika virus causes microcephaly and other damage in fetal brains: by infecting specialized stem cells that build its outer layer, the cortex.

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Finding Sleep's Sweet Spot

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A new study in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine finds a link between adequate sleep, earlier bedtimes and heart-healthy behavior.

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Targeted Missiles Against Aggressive Cancer Cells

Targeted missiles that can enter cancer cells and deliver lethal cell toxins without harming surrounding healthy tissue. This has been a long-standing vision in cancer research, but it has proved difficult to accomplish. A research group at Lund University in Sweden has now taken some crucial steps in this direction.

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Researchers Pinpoint Part of the Brain That Recognizes Facial Expressions

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Researchers at The Ohio State University have pinpointed the area of the brain responsible for recognizing human facial expressions.