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Adolescent Girls Choose to Drink at Lower Blood Alcohol Concentrations

Gender and a family history of alcoholism (FH) are two genetically determined factors known to affect someone’s risk for developing alcohol-use disorders (AUDs). Adolescence is also a critical period for the development of AUDs; drinking habits can be unstable and environmental factors such as peer pressure may be substantial. This study looked at how gender and FH might affect alcohol use in a sample of 18- to 19-year-olds from the Dresden Longitudinal Study on Alcohol use in Young Adults (D-LAYA).

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Minimum Legal Drinking Age of 21 Can Protect Against Later Risk of Death

The minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) in the U.S. regulates the age at which individuals can legally purchase and possess alcohol in public. An MLDA of 21 has been linked to a number of benefits, including a lower risk for alcoholism in adulthood. However, no studies have examined linkages between exposure to MLDAs during young adulthood and mortality later in life. This study examined if young adults – college and non-college students – exposed to a permissive MLDA (younger than 21) had a higher risk of death from alcohol-related chronic diseases compared to those exposed to an MLDA of 21.

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Controlling Cardiac Scarring Could Help Heart Tissue Regenerate

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The potential promise of targeting non-muscle cells in the heart responsible for cardiac scarring could lead to new treatments for heart disease, Virginia Tech researchers say in a review paper.

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Rheumatology Leaders Respond to MACRA Proposed Rule

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) praised the agency for recognizing the important role qualified clinical data registries (QCDRs) will play in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) payment pathway, but expressed a number of concerns regarding the complexity and timing of requirements for small and solo practices, the absence of key cost data in the Resource Use category of MIPS, and the formidable barriers that exclude many rheumatologists from participating in the Alternative Payment Model (APM) track.

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Bidens’ Cancer Moonshot Summit to Bring National Cancer Community Together

Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden will host a Cancer Moonshot Summit in Washington, D.C. at the White House. Cheryl Willman, MD, Director and CEO of The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center, will attend. At the same time, the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center will host a local Cancer Moonshot Summit.

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WIU Faculty, Staff Studying Zika Virus

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A group of Western Illinois University student and faculty researchers are spending the summer conducting surveillance of tick-borne diseases and mosquito-borne arboviruses in regional counties.

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New Devices Causing “Paradigm Shift” in Stroke Care

New devices called stent retrievers, which effectively reverse strokes, are revolutionizing the treatment of certain stroke patients.

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Life Is Art for Loyola Kidney Transplant Patient

A kidney transplantation means much more than good health to Jason E. Jones. The 53 year-old Hyde Park artist and Loyola Medicine patient draws daily creative inspiration from his chronic health experience. "My new kidney changed not only my life but my life's work," said Mr. Jones, who has been an artist for two decades. "My whole health journey became part of my artistic process and my daily experiences with medication and dialysis were incorporated into my artwork."

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Cross Talk Between Hormone Receptors Has Unexpected Effects

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Although the estrogen receptor is considered dominant in breast cancer, the progesterone receptor assumes control when both receptors are present and exposed to estrogens and progestins. Then, the progesterone receptor drives estrogen receptor activity. Treating tumor-bearing mice with an estrogen antagonist and a progestin antagonist caused rapid tumor regression.

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Zika Virus Alerts May Have Prompted Uptick in Abortion Requests in Latin America

Pregnant women in Latin American countries were more likely to seek an abortion after receiving health alerts about Zika virus, according to a study co-authored by Princeton University researchers and published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Analysis of Genetic Repeats Suggests Role for DNA Instability in Schizophrenia

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International researchers centered at Nagoya University use a highly sensitive technique to identify significantly more DNA sequence repeats in patients with schizophrenia than in control individuals, and outline a possible link between genome instability and disease.

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Study: Use of Chiropractic in the VA Rising Steeply

The use of chiropractic services in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system has seen a steep rise over more than a decade, according to research published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT), the official scientific journal of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).

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Faster Detection of Pathogens in the Lungs

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What used to take several weeks is now possible in two days: thanks to new molecular-based methods, mycobacterial pathogens that cause pulmonary infections or tuberculosis can now be detected much more quickly. Time-consuming bacteria cultures no longer need to be taken from the patient samples, meaning that a suitable therapy can be started quickly.

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UTSW Research: Primary Care Visits Result in More Colon Cancer Screening, Better Followups

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People who visit their primary care physicians are more likely to get potentially life-saving colon cancer screenings and follow up on abnormal stool blood test results – even in health systems that heavily promote mail-in home stool blood tests that don’t require a doctor visit, a study involving UT Southwestern population health researchers shows.

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Regenerative Medicine Offering New Treatment for Bronchopleural Fistulas

For the first time in human application, Mayo Clinic researchers successfully closed an open wound on the upper chest caused by postoperative complications of lung removal. The protocol and approach were based on an ongoing trial investigating this method to treat anal fistulas in Crohn’s disease.

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LGBT+ Experts from the Lucy A. Wicks Clinic of NewYork-Presbyterian Available for Interview

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