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Female reproductive tract blocks weak sperm from reaching egg

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 16:51
A new study has found that slow-swimming sperm are disadvantaged by narrow areas of the female reproductive tract, preventing them from reaching an egg.

Longer-lived sperm produces offspring with healthier lifespans

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 16:02
Sperm that live for longer before fertilising an egg produce healthier offspring – according to new research from the University of East Anglia and Uppsala University in Sweden.

Antidepressant drug could save people from deadly sepsis, research suggests

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 15:48
An antidepressant drug used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder could save people from deadly sepsis, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine suggests.

Blood-based liquid biopsies can accurately track cancer treatment responses

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 15:47
Results of two clinical studies have added to evidence that blood-based liquid biopsies can accurately track lung cancer treatment responses by measuring circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) during immunotherapy and related treatments.

Care Not Killing poll: Assisted suicide would fundamentally change doctor-patient relationship

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 15:46
Introducing physician-assisted suicide would fundamentally change the doctor-patient relationship, finds a major new poll for Care Not Killing.

Health officers with surgical training are a safe alternative for performing C-sections

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 14:51
Sierra Leone has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world -- for every 100,000 live births, 1360 women will die. In Norway, that number is just 5 women per 100,000 live births; in the US, it's 14, according to the United Nations Population Fund.

Breakthrough study highlights the promise of cell therapies for muscular dystrophy

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 14:46
The University of Minnesota Medical School continues its legacy of advancing cell replacement therapies with a scientific breakthrough that highlights the promise of cell therapies for muscular dystrophy.

Women fare worse than men following aortic heart surgery, study finds

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 13:47
New research says women fare worse than men following aortic heart surgery.

CWRU awarded NIH grant to identify effective treatments for intimate partner violence

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 13:44
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine's Gunnur Karakurt, PhD has been awarded a four-year, $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to identify effective treatments for intimate partner violence, and to develop a decision-making tool for care providers.

Verbal autopsy interviews capture more accurate data about causes of deaths in Uganda

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 13:25
Training community health workers to perform verbal autopsy interviews captured more accurate and complete data about the number and causes of deaths in a rural sub-county of Uganda than current health facility-dependent surveillance methods, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and their in-country partners.

New reversible antiplatelet therapy could reduce risk of blood clots, prevent cancer metastasis

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 13:19
A new reversible, drug-free antiplatelet therapy could reduce the risk of blood clots and potentially prevent cancer metastasis, according to a study published today in Science Translational Medicine.

Study shows how neuroactive steroids inhibit activity of pro-inflammatory proteins

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 12:56
For the first time, scientists discovered how neuroactive steroids naturally found in the brain and bloodstream inhibit the activity of a specific kind of protein called Toll-like receptors, which have been known to play a role in inflammation in many organs, including the brain.

Majority of gender minority youth do not identify with traditional sexual identity labels

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 12:46
A large proportion of sexual and gender minority youth do not identify with traditional sexual identity labels - such as gay, lesbian, and bisexual - but instead describe previously little understood sexual identities using emerging sexual identity labels such as pansexual, non-binary, or asexual, according to a new University of Connecticut study.

Study finds link between endocrine-disrupting chemicals and equine metabolic syndrome

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 12:43
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals in a horse's environment may play a role in the development of equine metabolic syndrome.

Breakthrough test developed to measure pain

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 12:42
A breakthrough test developed by Indiana University School of Medicine researchers to measure pain in patients could help stem the tide of the opioid crisis in Indiana, and throughout the rest of the nation.

Quality of patient care does not improve after physician-hospital integration

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 12:37
In an age of increased integration between physicians and hospitals, regulators should continue to scrutinize proposed hospital mergers and take steps to maintain competition, according to a new paper by experts at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Prenatal exposures to BPA may pose threat to human ovarian function

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 12:33
While previous studies have shown the adverse health effects of prenatal exposure to the industrial chemical bisphenol A, there is little evidence surrounding effects specifically on ovarian function.

Mount Sinai awarded $12.5 million NIH grant for research program in aging biology

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 12:32
Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have been awarded a $12.5 million grant from the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health, for a five-year program called the U19 that consists of four multidisciplinary projects in aging biology.

Media representations of love may justify gender-based violence in young people

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 12:22
The media have become key agents of socialization in the construction of teenagers' and young people's identities. In particular, media representations of sexuality and love become informal educational agents of the first order on these issues.

Use of liver grafts from older donors decreased despite better outcomes in recipients

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 11:52
More than 10 percent of patients waiting for a liver transplant die each year. This observational study looked at trends in the transplantation of livers from older donors and outcomes in recipients of these older livers from 2003 to 2016.