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Tue, 18 Dec 2018 07:47:22 EST
How much are we learning about the genome? Natural selection is science's best critic
Even as they've struggled to highlight parts of the human genome worth investigating, scientists have wondered how much they're actually learning through the methods they use. Now, two researchers have determined that natural selection and our own evolutionary history might be science's best critics, and guides for future research.
Tue, 18 Dec 2018 07:47:05 EST
New genetic testing technology enhances precision of analysis of clinical biomarkers
Scientists have announced the invention of a genetic testing technology that allows the number of clinical biomarkers to be analyzed at the single-molecule level, which enhances the sensitivity of tests in precision medicine and will make them more affordable in future. The TAC-seq method, for which a patent is pending, is already being used in fertility clinics to determine the personal variations in the menstrual cycle for opportune embryo transfer.
Mon, 17 Dec 2018 16:41:15 EST
Children of problem drinkers more likely to marry someone with a drinking problem
Children of parents who have alcohol use disorder are more likely to get married under the age of 25, less likely to get married later in life, and more likely to marry a person who has alcohol use disorder themselves, according to a new study.
Mon, 17 Dec 2018 15:15:37 EST
CBD in marijuana may worsen glaucoma, raise eye pressure
A study has found that CBD -- a major chemical component in marijuana -- appears to increase pressure inside the eye of mice, suggesting the use of the substance in the treatment of glaucoma may actually worsen the condition.
Mon, 17 Dec 2018 14:41:50 EST
Biodegradable, edible film kills pathogens on seafood
A biodegradable, edible film made with plant starch and antimicrobial compounds may control the growth of foodborne pathogens on seafood, according to researchers.
Mon, 17 Dec 2018 14:41:43 EST
Vaccine using microneedle patch with RSV virus, immune-stimulating compound is effective against RSV
Skin vaccination using a microneedle patch that contains the inactivated respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and a compound that stimulates immune responses to the virus has been found to enhance protection against this serious disease and reduce inflammation in the body after exposure to the virus, according to a new study.
Mon, 17 Dec 2018 14:41:40 EST
Depression, anxiety may take same toll on health as smoking and obesity
An annual physical typically involves a weight check and questions about unhealthy habits like smoking, but a new study suggests health care providers may be overlooking a critical question: Are you depressed or anxious?
Mon, 17 Dec 2018 12:59:18 EST
Early postpartum opioids linked with persistent usage
Researchers have published findings indicating that regardless of whether a woman delivers a child by cesarean section or by vaginal birth, if they fill prescriptions for opioid pain medications early in the postpartum period, they are at increased risk of developing persistent opioid use.
Mon, 17 Dec 2018 12:59:06 EST
Gently stroking babies before medical procedures may reduce pain processing
Researchers found that gently stroking a baby seems to reduce activity in the infant brain associated with painful experiences. Their results suggest that lightly brushing an infant at a certain speed -- of approximately 3 centimeters per second -- could provide effective pain relief before clinically necessary medical procedures.
Mon, 17 Dec 2018 12:00:52 EST
Researchers observe charge-stripe crystal phase in an insulating cuprate
Heating the surface of a cuprate high-temperature superconductor allowed a team of researchers to modify the material into an insulating state, where they found an exotic liquid crystal phase, the team reports.
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