Archive | April 2016

Bearded dragons show REM and slow wave sleep

IMAGE: Sleeping bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps).
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Credit: MPI f. Brain Research/ S. Junek

Behavioural sleep is ubiquitous among animals, from insects to man. In humans, sleep is also characterized by brain activity: periods of slow-wave activity …
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What dermatologists need to know about African-American hairstyling practices and the risk of traction alopecia

The contributing factors of traction alopecia are shown. Credit: Johns Hopkins MedicineIn a review of 19 studies, researchers at Johns Hopkins say they can confirm a “strong association” between certain scalp-pulling hairstyles—many common among African-Americans—and the…
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New book aims to guide women through menopause

As preteens, girls often take health classes to teach them about their changing bodies during puberty. For moms-to-be, classes deal with pregnancy and newborn care.
Yet, no classes are offered about menopause, a part of life that 6,000 U.S. women reach every day. A new…
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Existing non-antibiotic therapeutic drugs could help combat antibiotic-resistant pathogens

The rise of antibiotic resistant bacterial pathogens is an increasingly global threat to public health. In the United States alone antibiotic resistant bacterial pathogens kill thousands every year.
But non-antibiotic therapeutic drugs already approved for other…
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Research highlights global economic burden of norovirus

While norovirus is often linked in the news to outbreaks on cruise ships, the highly contagious stomach bug sickens nearly 700 million around the world every year and results in roughly $4.2 billion in health care costs and $60.3 billion in societal costs annually, new…
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Women less likely to stick to cardiac rehabilitation program than men, study finds

Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of disability globally. Participation in cardiac rehabilitation programs is associated with significantly lower death, but evidence suggests that women are significantly less likely to stick to a cardiac rehabilitation program…
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