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Vitamin D Deficiency Raises Risk of Schizophrenia Diagnosis

Vitamin D-deficient individuals are twice as likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia as people who have sufficient levels of the vitamin, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).

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High-Salt Diet Doubles Threat of Cardiovascular Disease in People with Diabetes

People with Type 2 diabetes who eat a diet high in salt face twice the risk of developing cardiovascular disease as those who consume less sodium, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).

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3-D Printed Tissues Advance Stem Cell Research

Tissue engineering and vascular biology expert Guohao Dai, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, recently won a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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As Kids Head Back to School, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Says Students Should Expect Healthy Meals

Significant improvements in school meals designed to improve the health of 32 million schoolchildren are taking place nationwide thanks to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, championed by the First Lady Michelle Obama and implemented through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. During Kids Eat Right Month this August, as children head back to the classroom, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says more school meal changes are in store.

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It’s Not Too Early to Get Your Child’s School Physical

It hardly seems that summer has begun and already Frozen backpacks and 25-cent crayons are filling the stores. Though summer fun will last a few more weeks it’s not too early to start thinking about your child’s back-to-school physicals and making sure they are up to date on their vaccines.

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Loyola Stritch Summer Program Inspires Pre-Med Students

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What’s it like to be a first-year medical school student? Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine gave a taste of the experience this summer to college juniors and seniors or recent graduates looking to enter medical school. The school’s ASPIRE program – “Academic Summer Program Integrating Resources for Excellence” – is geared toward those who have a desire to care for the underserved.

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Bumblebees in Trouble: Commercialization Has Sickened Bumblebees Around the World. Can We Save Them?

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Freezing Blueberries Improves Antioxidant Availability

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Blueberries pack a powerful antioxidant punch, whether eaten fresh or from the freezer, according to South Dakota State University graduate Marin Plumb. Anthocyanins, a group of antioxidant compounds, are responsible for the color in blueberries, she explains. Since most of the color is in the skin, freezing the blueberries actually improves the availability of the antioxidants.

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Study Examines Presence of Uterine Cancers at the Time of Hysterectomy Using Morcellation

Among women undergoing a minimally invasive hysterectomy using electric power morcellation, uterine cancers were present in 27 per 10,000 women at the time of the procedure, according to a study published by JAMA. There has been concern that this procedure, in which the uterus is fragmented into smaller pieces, may result in the spread of undetected malignancies.

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