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Calorie Restriction Lets Monkeys Live Long and Prosper

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Settling a persistent scientific controversy, a long-awaited report shows that restricting calories does indeed help rhesus monkeys live longer, healthier lives. A remarkable collaboration between two competing research teams — one from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and one from the National Institute on Aging — is the first time the groups worked together to resolve one of the most controversial stories in aging research.

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Hospital Costs, Physician Charges, Health Care Costs, Health Insurance

Patients Face ‘Surprise’ Medical Bills From Out-of-Network Specialists

The average anesthesiologist, emergency physician, pathologist and radiologist charge more than four times what Medicare pays for similar services, often leaving privately-insured consumers stuck with surprise medical bills that are much higher than they anticipated, new research in JAMA suggests.

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When It Comes to Mating, Fruit Flies Can Make Rational Choices

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In a paper published Jan. 17 in the journal Nature Communications, University of Washington researchers report that fruit flies — perhaps the most widely studied insect in history — show signs of rational decision-making when choosing a mate.

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AU Experts Comment on the Inauguration of the 45th President and Related Issues

American University Experts Comment on the Inauguration of the 45th President and Related Issues

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asthma and children, Childhood Asthma, obesity and children, asthma and obesity, respiratory ailments, Respiratory Health

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Nerve, Nerve Damaging Protein, Protein Particles, Prions, Bacteria, Misfolded Protein, Clostridium botulinum, C. Botulinum, Forming Prions, Bacterial Survival, Amyloid

New Trick Up Their Sleeve

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Nerve-damaging protein particles called prions have long been known to exist in mammals. Now, in a surprising discovery, investigators from Harvard Medical School report they have found evidence that bacteria can also make prions. Prions—self-propagating clumps of misfolded protein—have been identified as the cause of several rare but universally fatal neurodegenerative conditions, including bovine spongiform encephalopathy, popularly known as mad cow disease.

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Bill to Protect Sports Providers Crossing State Lines Moves to Senate

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill on Jan. 9 that would protect sports medicine professionals, including doctors of chiropractic (DCs), by ensuring their malpractice insurance is valid when they travel with teams across state lines. The legislation, H.R. 302, now moves to the Senate for consideration.

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UAH Lab Uses Predictive Analysis to Determine Electrical Insulator Failures

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A new laboratory dedicated to predictive failure testing of electrical insulators used by utilities, electrical component manufacturers, aerospace firms and NASA is now open in the Engineering Building at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).

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GeoVax to Collaborate with Georgia State on Development of Hepatitis B Therapeutic Vaccine

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The Georgia State University Research Foundation has entered into a research collaboration agreement with GeoVax Labs, Inc., a Georgia-based biotechnology company developing human vaccines, to advance development of a therapeutic vaccine for treatment of chronic Hepatitis B infections.

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Are You Ready to Explore Baby’s Genome?

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A national consortium of clinical geneticists is studying the ins and outs of potentially using genome sequencing for newborn health screenings and beyond.

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New Tool Can Help Policymakers Prioritize Information Needs for Synthetic Biology Tech

New technologies are developed at a rapid pace, often reaching the market before policymakers can determine how they should be governed. Now researchers have developed a model that can be used to assess emerging synthetic biology products to determine what needs to be done to inform future policies.

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Penn Medicine Launches First Apple ResearchKit App for Sarcoidosis Patients

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Penn Medicine today launched its first Apple ResearchKit app, focused on patients with sarcoidosis, an inflammatory condition that can affect the lungs, skin, eyes, heart, brain, and other organs. The effort marks Penn’s first time using modules from Apple’s ResearchKit framework, as part of the institution’s focus on mobile health and innovative research strategies.

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Endocrine Society, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism , Endocrinology, Type 1 Diabetes, Microbiome, Microbiota, Intestinal Bacteria, Inflammation

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Unseen Role of the First Lady Is Why the Position Remains Important Today, Says ISU Professor

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First ladies are often defined by the causes they champion, but they also play a vital role the public rarely sees, says Stacy Cordery, an expert on first families and a professor of history at Iowa State University. That behind-the-scenes role is why Cordery says the position is still important.

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Nyu Langone, Agnel Sfeir, Mitochondria, Genetics, common deletion, strand displacement, Pearson syndrome, Kearns-Sayre, ophthalmopl

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Trump's Unpredictability Signals a Shift From the Norm for Inaugural Addresses

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WVU Researcher Uncovers Influence of Microorganisms on Soil Carbon Storage

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West Virginia University researcher is uncovering critical information about tiny organisms under our feet, which although small, can have a huge impact on the environment.

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Image Release: ALMA Reveals Sun in New Light

New images from ALMA reveal stunning details of our Sun, including the dark, contorted center of an evolving sunspot nearly twice the diameter of the Earth.

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Affordable Care Act (ACA), Health Insurance, medicaid expansion, Mental Health, Substance Abuse

More with Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders Have Health Insurance

Significantly more people with mental illness and substance use disorders had insurance coverage in 2014 due to the expansion of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but many barriers to treatment remain, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests.







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