Call to action for stronger, better-funded federal nutrition research

The nation needs to strengthen and increase funding for federal nutrition research and improve cross-governmental coordination in order to accelerate discoveries, grow the economy, and—most importantly—improve public health, food/nutrition security, and population resilience, according to a high-level group of research, policy, and government experts. Their new white paper, supported by The Rockefeller Foundation and entitled […]

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What silicone wristbands say about chemical exposure in Uruguayan children

Millions of children fail to reach their developmental potential worldwide, in part due to higher rates of exposure to current and legacy pollutants. Researchers studying chemical exposures among children in Uruguay turned to an unlikely data collection device as part of a recent study: silicone wristbands. These wristbands—the kind many people around the world wear […]

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Study shows genetic markers are useful in predicting osteoporotic fracture risk

A new study shows that genetic pre-screening could reduce the number of screening tests needed to identify individuals at risk for osteoporotic fractures. Douglas P. Kiel, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Musculoskeletal Research Center in the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife, is an author on the report published this […]

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Prostate cancer metastasis linked to revival of dormant molecular program

When prostate cancer progresses to a more-dangerous metastatic state, it does so by resurrecting dormant molecular mechanisms that had guided the fetal development of the prostate gland but had been subsequently switched off, say scientists from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The study, an international collaboration with The Netherlands Cancer Institute, was published in Nature Genetics. “It […]

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‘Love hormone’ oxytocin could be used to treat cognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disorder in which the nerve cells (neurons) in a person’s brain and the connections among them degenerate slowly, causing severe memory loss, intellectual deficiencies, and deterioration in motor skills and communication. One of the main causes of Alzheimer’s is the accumulation of a protein called amyloid β (Aβ) in clusters […]

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Doctors motivated by both health, malpractice concerns when ordering additional tests

A UCLA-led study has found that dermatopathologists, who specialize in diagnosing skin diseases at the microscopic level, are motivated both by patient safety concerns and by malpractice fears—often simultaneously—when ordering multiple tests and obtaining second opinions, with a higher proportion of these doctors reporting patient safety as a concern. When ordering additional microscopic tests for […]

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