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Higher social class linked to fewer bone fractures among non-white women

Higher social class linked to fewer bone fractures among non-white women

If you are a middle-aged African-American or Asian woman, your social class may play a significant role in how likely you are to suffer bone fracutres, a UCLA-led study suggests. The study, published in the current issue of Osteoporosis International, is unique in that it followed Asian, African-American and white women for a period of nine years during mid-life; most previous studies on socioeconomic status and osteoporosis risk had focused solely on older white women and often had not collected information on fractures over time. The new findings help shed light on the importance of social class — and particularly education levels — in the fracture risk of mid-life women from different racial and ethnic groups, the researchers said Continue reading

Coffee Consumption Reduces Mortality Risk from Liver Cirrhosis

Coffee Consumption Reduces Mortality Risk from Liver Cirrhosis

New research reveals that consuming two or more cups of coffee each day reduces the risk of death from liver cirrhosis by 66%, specifically cirrhosis caused by non-viral hepatitis. Continue reading

Coal plant closure in China led to improvements in children’s health

Coal plant closure in China led to improvements in children’s health

Decreased exposure to air pollution in utero is linked with improved childhood developmental scores and higher levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a key protein for brain development, according to a study looking at the closure of a coal-burning power plant in China led by researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health at the Mailman School of Public Health. The study is the first to assess BDNF and cognitive development with respect to prenatal exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), a component of air pollution commonly emitted from coal burning. Results appear online in the journal PLOS ONE Continue reading

Coal plant closure in China led to improvements in children’s health

Coal plant closure in China led to improvements in children’s health

Decreased exposure to air pollution in utero is linked with improved childhood developmental scores and higher levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a key protein for brain development, according to a study looking at the closure of a coal-burning power plant in China led by researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health at the Mailman School of Public Health. The study is the first to assess BDNF and cognitive development with respect to prenatal exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), a component of air pollution commonly emitted from coal burning. Results appear online in the journal PLOS ONE Continue reading

Qigong improves quality of life for breast cancer patients, study suggests

Qigong improves quality of life for breast cancer patients, study suggests

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Scientists discover genes responsible for cornea blindness

Scientists discover genes responsible for cornea blindness

Jan. 15, 2013 — Scientists at Singapore Eye Research Institute and A*STAR’s Genome Institute of Singapore have succeeded in identifying genes for central corneal thickness that may cause potentially blinding eye conditions. Continue reading

Chinese medicine yields secrets: Atomic mechanism of two-headed molecule derived from Chang Shan, a traditional chinese herb

Chinese medicine yields secrets: Atomic mechanism of two-headed molecule derived from Chang Shan, a traditional chinese herb

Dec. 23, 2012 — The mysterious inner workings of Chang Shan — a Chinese herbal medicine used for thousands of years to treat fevers associated with malaria — have been uncovered thanks to a high-resolution structure solved at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI). Described in the journal Nature this week, the structure shows in atomic detail how a two-headed compound derived from the active ingredient in Chang Shan works Continue reading

Substance with promising in vitro anti-cancer effects synthesized: Substance found in tiny amounts in Chinese medicinal herb

Substance with promising in vitro anti-cancer effects synthesized: Substance found in tiny amounts in Chinese medicinal herb

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Biologists engineer algae to make complex anti-cancer ‘designer’ drug

Biologists engineer algae to make complex anti-cancer ‘designer’ drug

Dec. 10, 2012 — Biologists at UC San Diego have succeeded in genetically engineering algae to produce a complex and expensive human therapeutic drug used to treat cancer. Their achievement, detailed in a paper in this week’s early online issue of The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , opens the door for making these and other “designer” proteins in larger quantities and much more cheaply than can now be made from mammalian cells Continue reading

Pig genomes provide massive amount of genomic data for human health

Pig genomes provide massive amount of genomic data for human health

ScienceDaily (Nov. 14, 2012) — The availability of a reference genome for a species is extremely important in the deeper understanding of its biology and evolution, and today marks the publication of two studies involving researchers from the BGI on the whole-genome sequencing, analysis and production of high quality reference genomes for the pig in the journals Nature and GigaScience (a BGI and BioMed Central journal). The Nature study from the Swine Genome Sequencing Consortium presents the reference genome of a breed of pig that is an economically important food source, and the GigaScience study, led by researchers from the BGI, Beijing Institute of Animal Science (IAS) and Chinese Academy of Agriculture Science (CAAS), focuses on a miniature pig used for medical research. Continue reading