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Rising prevalence of obesity in the US and UK, 65 million more in the US and 11 million in the UK by 2030

in medicine

Using a simulation model, researchers project 65 million more obese adults in the USA and 11 million more obese adults in the UK by 2030. 

Children in low and middle income countries need vitamin A supplements

in medicine

A new study suggests that children in low and middle income countries should be given vitamin A supplements to prevent death and illness.  According to the study vitamin A supplements for these children could save 600,000 lives a year.

Prenatal stress passed across generations and disrupt masculinization of the developing mouse brain

in environment, medicine, biology, omics

A new study finds that experiences in the womb can lead to individual differences in stress response that may be passed across generations.  The study shows that sons of male mice exposed to prenatal stress are more sensitive to stress as adults and these mice may have smaller testes.

The study was published in the August 17 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience.

Caffeine lowers risk of UV-induced skin cancer - new study

in medicine, biology

Like to drink a coffee in the morning?  How about taking a bath in light coffee? The results of a new study suggest that caffeine applied directly to the skin might help prevent damaging ultra violet (UV) light from causing skin cancer.

High Levels of Flame Retardant Chemicals in California Pregnant Women

in environment, medicine

Pregnant women in California have very high levels of banned chemicals used in flame retardants, the highest levels ever reported among pregnant women worldwide!  This is the result of a study published by scientists at the University of California San Francisco and they further add that this is likely due to California’s strict flammability regulations.

Human Brains Shrink With Age, But Not Chimpanzee's

in medicine, biology

Human brains shrink with aging. The extreme amount of brain shrinkage resulting from normal aging in humans seems to be unique. Brains shrink in humans, potentially causing a number of health problems and mental illnesses as people age, but do they shrink similarly in the chimpanzees, our closest relatives?

Dolphins’ “Remarkable” Recovery from Injury Might Provide Insights for the Care of Human Injuries

in medicine, biology

A dolphin’s ability to heal quickly from a shark bite with apparent indifference to pain, resistance to infection, hemorrhage protection, and near-restoration of normal body contour might provide insights for the care of human injuries, says Dr Michael Zasloff at the Georgetown University Medical Center.

Glucose meters to be used for food, water and blood chemistry- new study

in technology, environment, medicine, biology, omics

Glucose meters can do more than just measuring blood glucose.  A new invention published in Nature Chemistry claims that glucose meters can be used for the quantitative detection of a broad range of target molecules in blood, water or food.