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Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:54:52 EST
Progesterone to fight preterm birth
A new study provides additional support for treatment with vaginal progesterone to reduce the risk of preterm birth, neonatal complications and infant death in pregnant women with a short cervix. A shortened cervix is the most powerful predictor of preterm birth.
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:38:14 EST
Asthma attacks reduced in tree-lined urban neighborhoods
People living in polluted urban areas are far less likely to be admitted to hospital with asthma when there are lots of trees in their neighborhood, a new study has found.
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:38:08 EST
First-graders fitter than expected
Childhood obesity is often attributed to a lack of exercise. So what about sports among elementary school students? Scientists have pursued this question and collected the results of fitness tests for first-year students over a period of one decade. Their study shows that students did not lose their strength. Speed or balance even increased over the time of 10 years. One change was in the boys, whose endurance decreased compared to the girls of the same age.
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:38:05 EST
Protein key to cancer cells ability to spread identified
Scientists have made a discovery that could reduce the spread of cancer by hindering a protein that binds cancer cells together and allows them to invade tissues. The groundbreaking study identified a protein, known as cadherin-22, as a potential factor in cancer metastasis, or spread, and showed that hindering it decreased the adhesion and invasion rate of breast and brain cancer cells by up to 90 percent.
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:37:45 EST
Link between obesity and cancer is not widely recognized
A new study has shown that the majority of people in the United Kingdom do not understand the connection between weight issues and cancer. Obesity is associated with thirteen types of cancer, including those of the breast, kidney, bowel, and womb. However, after surveying 3293 adults, taken as representative of the UK population, researchers found that only a quarter of respondents were aware of the link between obesity and cancer.
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:37:40 EST
Brain astrocytes linked to Alzheimer's disease
Astrocytes, the supporting cells of the brain, could play a significant role in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD), according to a new study. This is the first time researchers discovered a direct association between astrocytes and AD.
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:36:57 EST
Could this protein protect people against coronary artery disease?
The buildup of plaque in the heart's arteries is an unfortunate part of aging. But by studying the genetic makeup of people who maintain clear arteries into old age, researchers have identified a possible genetic basis for coronary artery disease (CAD), as well as potential new opportunities to prevent it.
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:53:30 EST
Employees want to sit down less and walk more during work days
Desk-based workers would like to spend less time sitting down and more time walking or doing physical activity as part of their working day, research suggests.
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:52:50 EST
Novel therapeutic target discovered for estrogen receptor positive (ER+) breast cancer
A new protein has been identified in a common subtype of breast cancer which can potentially offer more effective therapies for the future.
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:51:15 EST
Dog ownership linked to lower mortality rate
A team of scientists have used national registries of more than 3.4 million Swedes aged 40 to 80 to study the association between dog ownership and cardiovascular health. Their study shows that dog owners had a lower risk of death due to cardiovascular disease or to other causes during the 12-year follow-up.
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