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Discovery of cellular snooze button advances cancer, biofuel research

Discovery of cellular snooze button advances cancer, biofuel research

The discovery of a cellular snooze button has allowed a team of Michigan State University scientists to potentially improve biofuel production and offer insight on the early stages of cancer. Continue reading

An end to needle phobia: Device could make painless injections possible

An end to needle phobia: Device could make painless injections possible

Imagine no tears during infant vaccines and no fear of the needle for those old enough to know what’s coming. Such painless injections could be possible with a device that applies pressure and vibration while the needle is inserted in the skin, according to a study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting Continue reading

Efficacy of ‘natural’ bed bug pesticides compared

Efficacy of ‘natural’ bed bug pesticides compared

Concerns over human-insecticide exposure has stimulated the development of alternative bed bug control materials, and many essential oil-based pesticides and detergent insecticides have been developed in recent years. But how well do they work Continue reading

Moms who choose to breastfeed older babies motivated by health, nutrition benefits

Moms who choose to breastfeed older babies motivated by health, nutrition benefits

Mothers who decide to breastfeed their children beyond 1 year of age consider their child’s physical and social development to be most important, while the advice of health care professionals, family and friends are least important, according to a study to be presented Monday, Oct. 13 at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition in San Diego Continue reading

Similar but different: New discovery for degenerative diseases

Similar but different: New discovery for degenerative diseases

Researchers from the University of Melbourne have established how two diseases that present in similar ways are in fact quite different. Progressive Supranuclear palsy (PSP) and Parkinson’s Disease (PD) have overlapping symptoms but remain difficult to distinguish Continue reading

Two oncogenes linked to agressiveness and incidence of leukemia in mice

Two oncogenes linked to agressiveness and incidence of leukemia in mice

Proteins regulating cell division determine tumour growth. Continue reading

Effect of antibiotic susceptibility for patients with bloodstream infection

Effect of antibiotic susceptibility for patients with bloodstream infection

In an analysis of more than 8,000 episodes of Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections, there were no significant differences in the risk of death when comparing patients exhibiting less susceptibility to the antibiotic vancomycin to patients with more vancomycin susceptible strains of S. Continue reading

Drinking decaf or regular coffee maybe good for the liver

Drinking decaf or regular coffee maybe good for the liver

Researchers from the National Cancer Institute report that decaffeinated coffee drinking may benefit liver health. Results of the study published in Hepatology, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, show that higher coffee consumption, regardless of caffeine content, was linked to lower levels of abnormal liver enzymes. This suggests that chemical compounds in coffee other than caffeine may help protect the liver Continue reading

Investigation into GI scope-related infections changes national guidelines

Investigation into GI scope-related infections changes national guidelines

National guidelines for the cleaning of certain gastrointestinal (GI) scopes are likely to be updated due to findings from UPMC’s infection prevention team. Continue reading

Mortality risk of overweight, obesity similar for blacks, whites

Mortality risk of overweight, obesity similar for blacks, whites

A study from American Cancer Society researchers finds the increased risk of premature death associated with a higher body mass index (BMI) is similar for African Americans and whites, in contrast to previous, smaller studies that indicated the association may be weaker for African Americans. Continue reading