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Video game link to Alzheimer’s?

Video gamers spend a collective three billion hours per week in front of their screens. And while the average young person will have spent 10,000 hours gaming by the time they are 21, the effects of video gaming on the brain are only beginning to be understood. Now, a new study published in the journalProceedings […]

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Vaping flavorings found to alter lung function at cellular level




Certain flavorings used in electronic cigarette liquids may alter important cellular functions in lung tissue, according to new research presented at this year’s American Thoracic Society International Conference. Researcher Temperance Rowell, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said the observed changes in cell viability, cell proliferation, and calcium signaling was flavor-dependent. “The […]




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Lab study suggests mad cow disease can be transmitted by plants




A study appearing in the latest issue of Cell Reports suggests that grass plants can bind, uptake, and transport infectious prions. The researchers, from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, say that plants may play an important role in environmental prion contamination. Prions are protein-based infectious agents responsible for a group of […]




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Compelling new evidence for artificial lighting’s role in breast cancer




Scientists have found that for laboratory rats with human breast tumors, exposure to dim light at night made the tumors resistant to the breast cancer drug tamoxifen. The new findings, appearing in the journal Cancer Research, are the first to show that a significant correlation exists between melatonin levels and the effectiveness of tamoxifen. “Resistance […]




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Windshield washer water a “significant” source of Legionnaire’s




Outbreaks of Legionnaire’s disease are most often linked to large-scale air conditioning systems, but new research shows that automobile windshield washers can harbor the Legionella bacteria for long periods and release potentially dangerous numbers of these bacteria into the air. The findings, presented yesterday at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, suggest […]




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A bad boss can cripple your immune system




A stressful workplace can dramatically change gene expression in our immune system and significantly impact our health, say Ohio State University scientists in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Study co-author John Sheridan said that although the mind-body health connection is well established, the inner workings of that association are still not […]




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