Prenatal Risk Factors May Put Children at Risk of Developing Kidney Disease

Certain prenatal risk factors are associated with the development of chronic kidney disease in children, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). Future studies should investigate whether modifying these factors could help protect children’s kidney health.

– American Society of Nephrology (ASN)|4/17/2014 5:00 PM EDT

Texas Tech Survey: Abbott to Win Texas Governor, Voter ID Law Didn’t Cause Problems and Texans Split on Gay Marriage

Texas Tech releases info on hot-button issues.

– Texas Tech University|4/17/2014 4:00 PM EDT

National DNA Day is April 25; Experts Available for Comment

Friday, April 25, is National DNA Day, the date which commemorates completion of the Human Genome Project, the national effort to identify and decode all 6 billion letters in human DNA. Since that time, medical researchers and practitioners have found new ways to apply genomics for everyone who needs healing, and thanks to staggering technological advancements and next-generation sequencing, the cost to sequence a patient’s genome has decreased from $3 billion for the first human genome in 2003 to approximately $1,500.

– Mayo Clinic|4/17/2014 4:00 PM EDT

Sporting Latest Tech Toy Can Make You Seem More Like a Leader

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If you want to be perceived as a leader, new research from Vanderbilt University suggests investing in the latest technological gadgets is the way to go.

– Vanderbilt University|4/17/2014 4:00 PM EDT

Embargoed AJPH Research: School Bullying and Fighting, Smoke-Free Impacts, Firearm Safety Laws

In this month’s release, find studies about recent trends in the decrease of bullying and physical fighting among school-aged youth; the decrease in COPD hospitalizations in smoke-free communities; and the association between firearm safety laws and gun ownership among parents of preschool-aged children.

– American Public Health Association (APHA)|4/17/2014 4:00 PM EDT

The Ilk of Human Kindness

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that older women, plucky individuals and those who have suffered a recent major loss are more likely to be compassionate toward strangers than other older adults.

– University of California, San Diego Health Sciences|4/17/2014 3:00 PM EDT

New Study Connects Mutant Enzyme RECQ4 to Cancer’s ‘Warburg Effect’

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New City of Hope study finds that a cancer-prone mutation of the gene RECQ4 causes its corresponding enzyme, RECQ4, to accumulate in the mitochondria. This can cause mitochondrial dysfunction, possibly explaining cancer's "Warburg effect" of preferring lactic acid fermentation over aerobic respiration to generate energy.

– City of Hope |4/17/2014 3:00 PM EDT

More, Bigger Wildfires Burning Western U.S.

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Wildfires across the western United States have been getting bigger and more frequent over the last 30 years – a trend that could continue as climate change causes temperatures to rise and drought to become more severe in the coming decades, according to new research.

– University of Utah|4/17/2014 3:00 PM EDT
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