Tagged: general health

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Talking sensibly about depression

Summary points Depression is the leading mental health—related cause of the global burden of disease and is the focus of World Health Day 2017. Despite robust evidence of the effectiveness of interventions ranging from...

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Flu immunity shows its age

As we age, our immune systems change; in many ways not for the better. For instance, the elderly account for 90% of influenza deaths annually. Pillai et al. now report that influenza-infected human monocytes,...

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Unveiling the Zika virus

The ongoing Zika virus epidemic is of grave concern because of its apparent links to congenital microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome. Sirohi et al. present a near-atomic-resolution structure of mature Zika virus determined by cryo-electron...

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Goodbye to the BMI

Researchers from University of California, Santa Barbara and UCLA report that millions of Americans labeled overweight or obese based on their body mass index (BMI) are, in fact, perfectly healthy. Their findings (“Misclassification of...

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More neurons mean less need for sleep

Sleep is seemingly universal among animals. Daily sleep time varies considerably between mammalian species and also during mammalian development, yet we still don’t know what drives this variation. Herculano-Houzel hypothesized that sleep-inducing metabolites produced...

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Battling the Bulge

Several years ago, antiobesity drug development was not looking so hot. In 2007, Sanofi-Aventis failed to win US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for rimonabant a pill that successfully helped people shed pounds...

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Blood-Gut Barrier

A person’s gut is full of microbes some beneficial, some not. Friend or foe, these bacteria must be prevented from accessing the rest of the body, where they could cause harm. In a paper...

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How Fats Influence the Microbiome

The types of lipids mice consume affect the composition of their gut microbiota, which influences whether the animals develop obesity-related inflammation, according to a study published today (August 27) in Cell Metabolism. Mice fed...

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Next Generation: Smart Insulin Patch

The device: A patch containing 121 microneedles loaded with specialized nanoparticles designed to release insulin when glucose levels are high could make insulin delivery a little bit “smarter,” according to a study published today...

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Bird Flu Spreads in China and the U.S.

From January 19 to February 25, nine Chinese provinces saw 59 new laboratory-confirmed cases of human patients infected with avian influenza A(H7N9), which can cause severe pneumonia, the Chinese National Health and Family Planning...

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