World Study Shows Better Health Care as Important as Controlling Risk Factors for Heart Health

The research shows that for better heart health, rich countries should continue to deliver high quality health care while trying to reduce risk factors, while poor countries need to avoid the rise of risk factors but also substantially improve their health care.

– McMaster University|27-Aug-2014 5:00 PM EDT

Protein in ‘Good Cholesterol’ May Be a Key to Treating Pulmonary Hypertension

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Oxidized lipids are known to play a key role in inflaming blood vessels and hardening arteries, which causes diseases like atherosclerosis. A new study at UCLA demonstrates that they may also contribute to pulmonary hypertension, a serious lung disease that narrows the small blood vessels in the lungs. Using a rodent model, the researchers showed that a peptide mimicking part of the main protein in high-density lipoprotein (HDL), the so-called “good” cholesterol, may help reduce the production of oxidized lipids in pulmonary hypertension. They also found that reducing the amount of oxidized lipids improved the rodents’ heart and lung function.

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences|27-Aug-2014 4:25 PM EDT

A New Report Examines First Reported Spread of Vaccinia Virus Through Shaving After Contact Transmission

A 30-year-old unvaccinated male security forces student is the first reported case of spreading the smallpox vaccine virus (vaccinia) across his face by shaving after he had inadvertently acquired the virus during combative training at the largest U.S. Air Force training installation, according to a recently released health surveillance report.

– Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center (AFHSC)|27-Aug-2014 4:00 PM EDT

A Touching Story: The Ancient Conversation Between Plants, Fungi and Bacteria

The mechanical force that a single fungal cell or bacterial colony exerts on a plant cell may seem vanishingly small, but it plays a heavy role in setting up some of the most fundamental symbiotic relationships in biology, according to a new study led by Jean-Michel Ané, a professor of agronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

– University of Wisconsin-Madison |27-Aug-2014 4:00 PM EDT

Researchers Investigating New Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis

A new treatment under investigation for multiple sclerosis (MS) is safe and tolerable in phase 1 clinical trials, according to a study published August 27, 2014, in Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation, a new online-only, freely accessible, specialty medical journal. The publication is part of the Neurology® family of journals, published by the American Academy of Neurology.

– American Academy of Neurology (AAN)|27-Aug-2014 4:00 PM EDT

Novel ‘Butterfly’ Molecule Could Build New Sensors, Photoenergy Conversion Devices

Exciting new work by a Florida State University research team has led to a novel molecular system that can take your temperature, emit white light, and convert photon energy directly to mechanical motions. And, the molecule looks like a butterfly.

– Florida State University|27-Aug-2014 3:00 PM EDT

Experiments Explain Why Some Liquids Are ‘Fragile’ and Others Are ‘Strong’

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Only recently has it become possible to accurately “see” the structure of a liquid. Using X-rays and a high-tech apparatus that holds liquids without a container, a physicist at Washington University in St. Louis has compared the behavior of glass-forming liquids as they approach the glass transition. The results are the strongest demonstration yet that bulk properties like viscosity are linked to microscopic ones like structure.​

– Washington University in St. Louis|27-Aug-2014 3:00 PM EDT

Gang Life Brings Deep Health Risks for Girls

Being involved in a gang poses considerable health-related risks for adolescent African American girls, including more casual sex partners and substance abuse combined with less testing for HIV and less knowledge about preventing sexually transmitted diseases, according to a new study.

– University of Chicago|27-Aug-2014 2:00 PM EDT
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