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Suppression of Chloroquine is Scandalous

Posted: 17 Jun 2020 08:01 PM PDT

It’s hardly newsworthy that medical science is distorted by money. But last week, a case arose that is so blatant, so extreme, and so suspiciously criminal that it should become a rallying point for all of us interested in reform. It involves the two best-respected medical journals in the world, and a finding that immediately […]
Big boost in EV ‘adoption’ could improve air quality, spark economic/jobs growth, in California, group insists

Posted: 17 Jun 2020 02:01 PM PDT

“Dedicated high-speed rail dollars kept in the Valley will simply go farther,” the Air Quality Matters blog post of Jun. 14th, showed how $4.2 billion in state rail bonds, in being applied to construction work in California’s San Joaquin Valley, could be a tremendous asset where hiring, stimulating local economies and improving area and state […]
Wearable patch may provide new treatment option for skin cancer

Posted: 17 Jun 2020 11:42 AM PDT

Conventional melanoma therapies, including chemotherapy and radiotherapy, suffer from the toxicity and side effects of repeated treatments due to the aggressive and recurrent nature of melanoma cells. Less invasive topical chemotherapies have emerged as alternatives, but their widespread uses have been hindered by both the painful size of the microneedles and the rapidly dissolving behavior […]
How does our brain trigger different sighs?

Posted: 17 Jun 2020 11:41 AM PDT

One group of neurons controls various types of sighing, but they receive their instructions from different areas of the brain depending on the reason for the sigh, according to a study scheduled to publish June 16 in the journal Cell Reports. Humans and other mammals sigh automatically once every few moments­ to maintain proper lung […]
Premature epigenomic aging acts like a ‘sleeper cell’ that is awaken by Western-style diet

Posted: 17 Jun 2020 11:40 AM PDT

The epigenome is sometimes referred to as the “software” or “operating system” of the genome. It comprises small chemical modifications to DNA and the proteins that make up our chromosomes, and controls the activity of all the genes within the genome. During early life, as our organs develop, the epigenome guides and changes along with […]
Novel Antisense Drug Shows Promise in Slowing Fatty Liver Disease

Posted: 17 Jun 2020 11:39 AM PDT

Using a first-of-its-class drug in a clinical trial, an international research effort headed by a scientist at University of California San Diego School of Medicine reports that inhibition of a key enzyme safely and effectively improved the health of persons with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a chronic metabolic disorder that affects hundreds of millions […]
Honeybee lives shortened after exposure to two widely used pesticides

Posted: 17 Jun 2020 11:38 AM PDT

The lives of honeybees are shortened – with evidence of physiological stress – when they are exposed to the suggested application rates of two commercially available and widely used pesticides, according to new Oregon State University research. In a study published in the journal PLOS ONE, honeybee researchers in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences found detrimental effects […]
Study Reveals DNA Secrets of 100 Tomato Types

Posted: 17 Jun 2020 11:37 AM PDT

When Pulitzer Prize and Grammy award winner Kendrick Lamar rapped “I got millions, I got riches buildin’ in my DNA,” he almost certainly wasn’t talking about the humble tomato. But a new study unveiling more than 230,000 DNA differences across 100 tomato varieties which will allow breeders and scientists to engineer larger, juicier, more profitable […]
Gut bacteria may modify behavior in worms, influencing eating habits

Posted: 17 Jun 2020 11:36 AM PDT

Gut bacteria are tiny but may play an outsized role not only in the host animal’s digestive health, but in their overall well-being. According to a new study in Nature, specific gut bacteria in the worm may modify the animal’s behavior, directing its eating decisions. The research was funded in part by the National Institutes […]
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders May Increase the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes and Other Metabolic Issues

Posted: 17 Jun 2020 07:01 AM PDT

Adults with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) may have an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, and other metabolic abnormalities such as low HDL cholesterol and elevated levels of triglycerides compared to people without FASD, according to a new study supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National […]

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