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GM soybean oil causes less obesity and insulin resistance but is harmful to liver function

Oct 02 2017 - 00:10
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have tested a genetically-modified soybean oil used in restaurants and found that while it induces less obesity and insulin resistance than conventional soybean oil, its effects on diabetes and fatty liver are similar to those of conventional soybean oil, the major vegetable cooking oil used in the United States, with popularity on the increase worldwide. The study also compares the GM soybean oil to coconut and olive oils.
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Doctors define 'safe and effective' margins for 'one and done' skin removal around suspicious moles

Oct 02 2017 - 00:10
By carefully tracing a line of at least 2 millimeters outside of and around the edges of a mole that is suspected of being a cancer, doctors can remove all of its cells and avert the need for a second surgery.
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Our muscles measure the time of day

Oct 02 2017 - 00:10
Biological clocks are ticking everywhere throughout our body, and a 'master clock' in the brain synchronizes all the subsidiary ones in various organs. An international team of researchers led by the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and supported by the SNSF, has found that such a circadian clock is at work in our muscles. Their research shows that perturbations of this machinery might be important for type 2 diabetes development.
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Feeling sated can become a cue to eat more

Oct 02 2017 - 00:10
When hunger pangs strike, we usually interpret them as a cue to reach for a snack; when we start to feel full, we take it as a sign that we should stop eating. But new research shows that these associations can be learned the other way around, such that satiety becomes a cue to eat more, not less. The findings suggest that internal, physical states themselves can serve as contexts that cue specific learned behaviors.
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A sea of spinning electrons

Oct 02 2017 - 00:10
Picture two schools of fish swimming in clockwise and counterclockwise circles. It's enough to make your head spin, and now scientists at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and the University of Florida have discovered the 'chiral spin mode' -- a sea of electrons spinning in opposing circles.
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Text messaging program may help pregnant women kick the smoking habit

Oct 02 2017 - 00:10
An intensive text messaging program provides some pregnant women help in fighting the urge to light up a smoke
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Adulteration of proprietary Chinese medicines & health products poses severe health risks

Oct 02 2017 - 00:10
Traditional Chinese medicine is widely used as a form of complementary medicine all over the world for various indications and for improving general health.
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Physician licensing laws keep doctors from seeking care

Oct 02 2017 - 00:10
Mayo Clinic research shows that licensing requirements in many states include questions about past mental health treatments or diagnoses, with the implication that they may limit a doctor's right to practice medicine. The findings appear today in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
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DNA mutations shed in blood predicts response to immunotherapy in patients with cancer

Oct 02 2017 - 00:10
In a first-of-its-kind study, University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers report that a blood sample, or liquid biopsy, can reveal which patients will respond to checkpoint inhibitor-based immunotherapies.
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Liquid biopsies may help predict response to immune checkpoint inhibitors

Oct 02 2017 - 00:10
The number of alterations detected in the DNA collected from blood samples (liquid biopsies) of cancer patients treated with immune checkpoint inhibitors was associated with response to the treatment.
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If your child is bilingual, learning additional languages later might be easier

Oct 02 2017 - 00:10
It is often claimed that people who are bilingual are better than monolinguals at learning languages. Now, the first study to examine bilingual and monolingual brains as they learn an additional language offers new evidence that supports this hypothesis, researchers say.
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Financial incentives for physicians did not increase follow-up of patients after discharge

Oct 02 2017 - 00:10
A financial incentive for physicians to see patients sooner after discharge from hospital did not appear to influence physician behavior, found a study published in CMAJ.
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By decoding how HPV causes cancer, researchers find a new potential treatment strategy

Oct 02 2017 - 00:10
A study that teases apart the biological mechanisms by which human papillomaviruses (HPV) cause cancer has found what researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center say is a new strategy that might provide targeted treatment for these cancers.
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Update on an endangered Philippine cycad species

Oct 01 2017 - 00:10
Empirical studies of in situ populations invaluable for conservation efforts.
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Radical research raises hopes for eye disease treatment for premature babies

Oct 01 2017 - 00:10
Ground-breaking research by Monash University scientists has demonstrated the previously unknown existence of a disease-fighting immune cell in the eye and points to potential novel ways of treating eye disorders in premature babies and diabetic adults.
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Global experts seek to end damaging dementia psychosis cycle

Oct 01 2017 - 00:10
A new research report calls for a change in approach in the treatment of psychosis in dementia, to find alternatives to highly damaging antipsychotics.
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Win-win strategies for climate and food security

Oct 01 2017 - 00:10
Efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the agriculture and forestry sectors could lead to increased food prices -- but new research identifies strategies that could help mitigate climate change while avoiding steep hikes in food prices.
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Meet the hominin species that gave us genital herpes

Oct 01 2017 - 00:10
New research uses innovative data modeling to predict which species acted as an intermediary between our ancestors and those of chimpanzees to carry HSV2 -- the genital herpes virus -- across the species barrier.
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'Revolutionary' new gesture control tech turns any object into a TV remote

Oct 01 2017 - 00:10
Imagine changing the channel of your TV simply by moving your cup of tea, adjusting the volume on a music player by rolling a toy car, or rotating a spatula to pause a cookery video on your tablet.New gesture control technology that can turn everyday objects into remote controls could revolutionise how we interact with televisions, and other screens -- ending frustrating searches for remotes that have slipped down the side of sofa cushions.
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