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Like a Baby: The Vicious Cycle of Childhood Obesity and Snoring

Poor nutrition and lack of exercise lead to the increasing prevalence of obesity which, in turn, is the major predictor of diabetes and future risk of cardiovascular disease in western societies. Excess weight is also closely associated with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the increasingly common and potentially serious sleep disorder that is often marked by loud snoring. OSA affects about 5 to 10 percent of children 8 to 11 years old. While evidence suggests that OSA appears to exacerbate obesity and its comorbidities such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, its effects on children have not yet been studied in detail.

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New Research: Americans Overwhelmingly Want Foreign Policy Supporting Gender Equality

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Most Americans strongly support a U.S. foreign policy that promotes global gender equality, according to a new survey by researchers at Tufts University. The survey also found that Americans’ support for the advancement of women and girls remains high even when those goals conflict with priorities, such as international trade or relations with friends and allies.

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Amherst Offers Visiting Program for Students from Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

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Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Katharine Fretwell ’81 has spent her morning discussing Early Decision applications—it’s a busy time of year for her staff—but another type of candidate is weighing heavily on her mind: students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Parasites Suck It Up

Depletion of a fatty molecule in human blood propels malaria parasites to stop replicating and causing illness in people and instead to jump ship to mosquitoes to continue the transmission cycle, according to a new study by an international research team.

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New Online “Aging in Place Toolkit” Launches in Time for National Family Caregivers Month and Family Holiday Season

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New easy-to-navigate website available to 700,000 Bay State family caregivers by providing online and phone support – an eldercare roadmap and helpline for aging-in-place planning

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Babson College to Host First International Rocket Pitch in Chile

Babson College will host its first-ever international Rocket Pitch competition at Municipalidad de Vitacura in Santiago, Chile, on Thursday, November 23, 2017.

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Sleeping Through the Snoring: Researchers ID Neurons That Rouse the Brain to Breathe

A common and potentially serious sleep disorder, obstructive sleep apnea affects at least one quarter of U.S. adults and is linked to increased risk of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease. In a paper published today in the journal Neuron, researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) identified specific neural circuitry responsible for rousing the brain of mice in simulated apnea conditions. The findings could lead to potential new drug therapies to help patients with obstructive sleep apnea get more rest.

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More Daylight in New England May Take a Bite Out of Crime

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Gene Expression Study Reveals “Hidden” Variability in How Cancer Cells Respond to Drugs

Drug exposure can cause significant changes in gene expression without affecting growth or survival in some cell lines, highlighting strategies to better evaluate drug effectiveness.

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Personal Data, Computer Security, Mobile App Development , Smartphones, Computer Science, Consumer Protection

Researchers Expose Secret Misuse of Personal Data by Mobile Apps, Create Solution to Help Consumers

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Computer science researchers at Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio have developed a novel solution to inform mobile device users about the hidden misuse of their personal data.







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