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Cellular protein a target for Zika control

12 min ago from Science Daily

A cellular protein that interacts with invading viruses appears to help enable the infection process of the Zika virus, according to researchers who suggest this protein could be a key...

Watch: Don Cheadle says he is Boggle champion among 'Avengers' cast

1 hour ago from UPI

Don Cheadle said on "The Tonight Show" that he is the current Boggle champion among the "Avengers" cast.

Overdose deaths tied to antianxiety drugs like Xanax continue to rise

1 hour ago from Sciencenews.org

Benzodiazepines, widely used but addictive drugs to treat anxiety and insomnia, are contributing to a growing number of overdose deaths.

Bee-killing mite isn't a vampire after all

3 hours ago from Physorg

Varroa mites may be mighty small – about the size of the head of a pin – but the parasites are a primary cause of colony collapse disorder, a large...

Living With Cancer: A Cancer Rap, With Thanks to Nina Simone

4 hours ago from NY Times Health

After too many cancer-related setbacks and deaths I started belting Nina Simone’s protest with new words, invigorated by her spirit of indignant fury.

New York Confronts Its Worst Measles Outbreak in Decades

5 hours ago from NY Times Health

The disease spread within ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities where vaccination rates are low and some are suspicious of government health workers.

Next on Ford's chopping block: regional health care agencies called LHINs

5 hours ago from CBC: Health

In what would be its first major move to restructure Ontario's health system, the Doug Ford government is considering a sharp cut to the bureaucracies that are supposed to co-ordinate...

Low chance but high risk — Zika virus still a threat to travellers

5 hours ago from CBC: Health

The Zika virus should remain a concern for some Canadians planning winter vacations in sunny climes, doctors say.

New Diet Guidelines to Benefit People and the Planet: More Greens for All, Less Meat for Some

13 hours ago from NY Times Science

A report in the medical journal The Lancet recommends cutting food waste and consumption of red meat, especially among people who eat a lot of it.

Brazil eyes new law for agriculture chemicals

13 hours ago from C&EN

Advocates say the proposal would modernize regulation and use of new chemicals; critics worry about human health and environmental impacts

Dermatologists prescribe the most antibiotics, even after cut back

14 hours ago from UPI

U.S. dermatologists are prescribing fewer antibiotics overall but are writing more short-term orders for the drugs, a new study finds.

Less beef, more beans. Experts say world needs a new diet

14 hours ago from CBC: Health

Scientists in nutrition, health and sustainability compile what a healthy diet looks like — and also how to provide that food for a world population growing to 10 billion.

Cancer diagnosis can quadruple suicide risk, study says

14 hours ago from UPI

The risk of suicide is more than four times higher among Americans with cancer than those without the disease, a new study finds.

New yeast model of metabolic disorders may lead to life-saving therapies

15 hours ago from Science Daily

A new study suggests that the role of yeast, the world's most basic eukaryotic unicellular organism, may pave the way for the development of novel, more effective therapies for congenital...

La fotosíntesis de diseño mejora el rendimiento de las cosechas

15 hours ago from C&EN

La bioingeniería corrige errores en la fotosíntesis del tabaco, lo que permite aumentar el rendimiento de los cultivos un 40%

Researchers rescue photoreceptors, prevent blindness in animal models of age-related macular degeneration

16 hours ago from Science Daily

Using a novel patient-specific stem cell-based therapy, researchers prevented blindness in animal models of geographic atrophy, the advanced 'dry' form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is a leading cause...

Sleeping Less Than 6 Hours a Night Tied to Heart Disease

16 hours ago from NY Times Health

An argument for a good night’s sleep: People who slept less than six hours were at higher risk for hardening of the arteries, a new study found.

High-Dose Vitamin D No Better Than Low-Dose

16 hours ago from NY Times Health

There was no difference in changes in bone mineral density or number of fractures in older men and women who took high versus low doses of vitamin D.

Gastric bypass surgery may benefit muscle strength more than previously thought

17 hours ago from Science Daily

Gastric bypass surgery improves relative muscle strength and physical performance in people with obesity, according to a new study.

Smoking speeds up aging, study shows

17 hours ago from UPI

Smoking has always been tied to negative health outcomes, but new research zeros in on exactly what harm it causes.

Chaos in the body tunes up your immune system

18 hours ago from Science Daily

Chaos in bodily regulation can optimize our immune system, according to researchers. The discovery may prove to be of great significance for avoiding serious diseases such as cancer and diabetes.

Fighting perinatal mood and anxiety disorders on multiple levels

18 hours ago from Science Daily

Over the past several decades, it's become increasingly recognized that perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs), including postpartum depression, are more than just "baby blues." They're the most common complication...

Acupressure relieves long-term symptoms of breast cancer treatment, study finds

18 hours ago from Science Daily

A new study finds acupressure could be a low-cost, at-home solution to a suite of persistent side effects that linger after breast cancer treatment ends.

Risk of infection from water in the air at home

18 hours ago from Science Daily

Researchers have developed a more detailed framework for understanding and managing the risk of transmitting a bacterial disease via water spray from sinks, showers and toilets. As continuous testing of...

Mechanism for leukaemia cell growth revealed, prompting new treatment hopes

19 hours ago from Science Daily

A mechanism which drives leukaemia cell growth has been discovered by researchers, who believe their findings could help to inform new strategies when it comes to treating the cancer.

Scientists grow perfect human blood vessels in a petri dish

19 hours ago from Science Daily

Scientists have managed to grow perfect human blood vessels as organoids in a petri dish for the first time. The breakthrough engineering technology dramatically advances research of vascular diseases like...

BAE contracted for repairs, upgrades on guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey

19 hours ago from UPI

BAE Systems received a $9.7 million contract for a scheduled Surface Incremental Availability on the USS Halsey, primarily for structural repairs and system alterations.