The pathway to Parkinson’s takes a surprising twist

In neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson’s disease, a specific group of neurons start to die one by one, causing movement problems and other symptoms. Scientists have long focused on finding out why these neurons die. Now it turns out, they might not even be dead. Researchers at The Rockefeller University found that affected neurons in Parkinson’s disease can shut down without […]

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First case of dengue spread by sex confirmed in Spain

Spanish health authorities confirmed Friday a case of a man spreading dengue through sex, a world first for a virus which until recently was thought to be transmitted only by mosquitos. The case concerns a 41-year-old man from Madrid who contracted dengue after having sex with his male partner who picked up the virus from a mosquito bite during a […]

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Study vaccine protects monkeys against four types of hemorrhagic fever viruses

Scientists funded by the National Institutes of Health have developed an investigational vaccine that protected cynomolgus macaques against four types of hemorrhagic fever viruses endemic to overlapping regions in Africa. The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and Profectus BioSciences of New York are developing and testing the candidate quadrivalent VesiculoVax vaccine, with support from NIH’s National Institute of […]

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Researchers discover enzyme’s role in ‘natural killer T cell lymphoma’

Natural killer T cell lymphoma (NKTL) is an aggressive form of cancer with very poor treatment outcomes in the advanced stages. NKTL generally affects the upper airways and digestive tracts in patients, but can also involve the gastrointestinal system, skin and other soft tissues. NKTL is rare but relatively prevalent in Asian and Latin American populations. It is known that […]

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Mated female mosquitoes are more likely to transmit malaria parasites

Female mosquitoes that have mated are more likely to transmit malaria parasites than virgin females, according to a study published November 7 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Farah Dahalan of Imperial College London, Mara Lawniczak from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, and colleagues. The results of this study imply that efforts to target male mosquitoes might not only suppress […]

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How to deal with smartphone stress

In the past decade, smartphones have gone from being a status item to an indispensable part of our everyday lives. And we spend a lot of time on them, around four hours a day on average. There’s an increasing body of research that shows smartphones can interfere with our sleep, productivity, mental health and impulse control. Even having a smartphone […]

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Do I have the flu or not?

A person has all the signs of flu: fever, chills, cough, headache and fatigue. But just because the signs are there, it’s not a foregone conclusion that flu is the cause as there are other viruses and illnesses with shared symptoms. Influenza-like illness, or ILI, is classified as an illness with a fever of 100 degrees or higher and a […]

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What Factors Make for the Best Assisted Living Facilities?

If you were born between 1946 and 1964, you count yourself, of course, as part of the baby boomer generation that is the largest in American history. And boomers age just like everyone else. In March 2018, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that by 2035, adults aged 65 and older will number more than 78 million. By comparison, kids aged […]

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Stressed to the max? Deep sleep can rewire the anxious brain

When it comes to managing anxiety disorders, William Shakespeare’s Macbeth had it right when he referred to sleep as the “balm of hurt minds.” While a full night of slumber stabilizes emotions, a sleepless night can trigger up to a 30% rise in anxiety levels, according to new research from the University of California, Berkeley. UC Berkeley researchers have found […]

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How much do we lie when we have sex on the brain?

In a world of seemingly endless opportunities for finding a mate, competition for a partner can be fierce. Not all that glitters is gold, as the old adage goes. If you’ve long suspected that people fudge the truth when it comes to presenting themselves to a potential partner, here’s the research to back you up. In a new study, published […]

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