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Vitamin D May Play Key Role in Preventing Macular Degeneration

Women who are deficient in vitamin D and have a specific high-risk genotype are 6.7 times more likely to develop AMD than women with sufficient vitamin D status and no high risk genotype.

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Quantifying the Impact of Volcanic Eruptions on Climate

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Large volcanic eruptions inject considerable amounts of sulphur in the stratosphere which, once converted into aerosols, block sun rays and tend to cool the surface of the Earth down for several years. An international team of researchers has just developed a method, published in Nature Geoscience, to accurately measure and simulate the induced drop in temperature.

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DNA-Guided 3-D Printing of Human Tissue is Unveiled

UCSF researchers have developed a technique to build tiny models of human tissues using a process that turns human cells into a biological equivalent of LEGO bricks. These mini-tissues in a dish can be used to study how particular structural features of tissue affect normal growth or go awry in cancer.

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Airline Quality Rating Researcher to Give Holiday Travel Forecast

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Dean Headley, Airline Quality Rating co-author from Wichita State University, will announce this year's holiday forecast for air travelers at 11 a.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 10. Find out how you can participate in the virtual news conference.

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Scientists Create Designer Proteins That Control Enzyme Activity

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Scientists have developed a novel approach to control the activity of enzymes through the use of synthetic, antibody-like proteins known as monobodies. The findings have widespread implications for a broad range of industrial, scientific and medical applications in which enzymes are used.

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“Happy Meals” Bill Could Improve Healthfulness of Fast Food Meals for Kids in New York City

A bill to improve the nutritional value of fast food restaurant meals marketed to children—like McDonald’s Happy Meals—could have a wide enough impact to reduce calories, fat, and sodium, according to a new study led by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Penn Medicine Hospitals Recognized Among First Approved “Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by Human Rights Campaign in 2015

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Chester County Hospital were announced among the 2015 class of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” list, and the first to be announced in the organization’s rolling admissions in 2015. The HRC Foundation is the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization. Since the program's inception in 2013, the Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health has implemented 25 LGBT health education and training initiatives, had six research papers published or in press, and six research presentations given on various LGBT health topics.

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Loyola University Chicago Faculty Earn Prestigious NIH Grant

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Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine has been awarded a prestigious National Institutes of Health U01 grant to study the prevention of lower urinary tract symptoms in women. Nearly half of all women in the US suffer from a pelvic disorder. The $3.7 million grant will be awarded over five years to a Stritch team, led by co-principal investigators Elizabeth Mueller, MD, MSME and Linda Brubaker, MD, MS, FACS, FACOG,

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How Media ‘Fluff’ Helped Hitler Rise to Power

"Hitler at Home," a new book by a University at Buffalo architectural historian, traces how Hitler's inner circle manipulated the public by using home and lifestyle stories to soften his image prior to World War II. The news coverage that resulted from this effort was widespread and haunting.