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Parental leave, childcare and lactation policies: How schools of public health in the United States stack up

Family leave policies at public health institutions in the United States largely fall short of national public health recommendations for new parents, despite widespread recognition of the health importance of dedicated parental care for children in their earliest months of life. A new study by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and other institutions in […]

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Researchers point to a common cause in sudden death syndromes

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) are syndromes that share many medical similarities but whose physiological causes are poorly understood. An opinion article publishing March 21 in the journal Trends in Neurosciences suggests that the inability for an individual to wake up when their CO2 blood levels rise, likely […]

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Stroke risk drops in both black and white older adults

Recent reductions in hospitalization and death due to stroke extend to both black and white Medicare beneficiaries, reports a study in the April issue of Medical Care. The reductions in mortality after initial stroke have been even greater in black Medicare patients, according to the new research by Margaret C. Fang, MD, MPH, of the […]

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Imaging data reveals nanomedicines in lungs

The PneumoNP project aims at developing new inhaled nanotherapeutic formulations to combat lung infection. The novel drug is comprised of an antibiotic carried by a nanoparticle. For this project, Spanish researchers from CIC BiomaGUNE track the location of the therapeutic particles in rat airways. The use of nanoparticles in formulations is anticipated to lengthen the […]

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Oscillation in muscle tissue

When a muscle grows or a muscle injury heals, some stem cells develop into new muscle cells. A research team at the MDC led by Carmen Birchmeier has now described in the journal Genes & Development how this process is regulated by two proteins produced in an oscillatory manner. Muscle stem cells have to be […]

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Testosterone therapy in hypogonadism can prevent progression to T2DM

(HealthDay)—Testosterone therapy (TTh) can prevent progression to type 2 diabetes (T2D) in men with prediabetes and hypogonadism, according to a study published online March 12 in Diabetes Care. Aksam Yassin, M.D., Ph.D., from the Institute for Urology and Andrology in Norderstedt, Germany, and colleagues examined whether TTh in men with hypogonadism and prediabetes prevents progression […]

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Democracy linked to global health gains in low-, middle-income countries

Most studies that look at whether democracy improves global health rely on measurements of life expectancy at birth and infant mortality rates. Yet those measures disproportionately reflect progress on infectious diseases—such as malaria, diarrheal illnesses and pneumonia—which relies heavily on foreign aid. A new study led by Stanford Medicine and the Council on Foreign Relations […]

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Becoming Active in Middle Age Still Offers Health Benefits

FRIDAY, March 8, 2019 — Becoming physically active in middle age may provide comparable health benefits to long-term participation in leisure-time physical activity (LTPA), according to a study published online March 8 in JAMA Network Open. Pedro F. Saint-Maurice, Ph.D., from the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Maryland, and colleagues used data from 315,059 adult […]

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CDC: GI, respiratory illnesses more likely in low-income children

(HealthDay)—Children from lower-income households are more likely to report recent childhood gastrointestinal and respiratory illnesses but are less likely to miss any school days, according to research published in the March 8 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. David Berendes, Ph.D., from the CDC in Atlanta, […]