Women prefer beards but some are put off by fear of LICE and fleas

Women DO prefer men with beards – but those who don’t may be put off by an evolutionary fear they harbour LICE or fleas, study claims Almost 1,000 women in America were quizzed on their facial hair preferences They were also asked about their disgust towards parasites and bacteria Women who were squeamish about hair-borne pests were not keen on beards […]

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Betrayed by bile: bile acids help norovirus sneak into cells

A new study led by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals that human noroviruses, the leading viral cause of foodborne illness and acute diarrhea around the world, infect cells of the small intestine by piggybacking on a normal cellular process called endocytosis that cells use to acquire materials […]

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Study finds racial/ethnic disparities in pain treatment by emergency responders

Whether or not a patient receives pain treatment when seeking emergency medical services may depend, in part, on their race or ethnicity, according to a new study by Portland State researchers. The study was published in the journal Medical Care and was led by PSU Sociology Ph.D. student Jamie Kennel and Associate Professor of Sociology Hyeyoung Woo. “We found evidence […]

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Study estimates that half of US adults will be obese by 2030

There’s no way to sugarcoat this news: Nearly half of American adults will be obese within a decade and one-quarter will be severely so, a new report predicts. It corrects for a weakness in previous estimates that may have made the problem seem not as big as it really is. Those estimates often relied on national health surveys and people […]

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Weight loss drug from the 90s 'could slash epileptic seizures by 75%'

Controversial weight loss drug pulled from sale in the 1990s over heart damage fears ‘cuts the number of seizures in children with a severe form of epilepsy’ Fenfluramine was found to make people develop leaky heart valves in high doses Doctors stopped using it in 1997 but it has been found to have brain benefits It could reduce seizures by […]

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Woman saved by colleagues after having brain haemorrhage at work Christmas party

Trudi Kemp was enjoying a chat with a colleague at a work Christmas party, a glass of wine in one hand and a plate of nibbles in the other. But within a few minutes, she had collapsed on the floor and was fighting for her life. At the time, Trudi, from Wimbledon, south west London, was working as executive director […]

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Tendency to correlate uptick in suicides and social media is not backed by data

Are smartphones and screen media behind the rise in adolescent suicide and dysphoria—or are economic and parental pressures just as likely contributors? The recent increases in adolescent suicide in the United States have raised concerns about the effects of heavy online screen-media use. Some researchers have suggested that the elevated suicide rate and depression among adolescents and young adults reflect […]

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Scientists reliably predict people’s age by measuring proteins in blood

The carnival worker who tries to guess your age relies on aspects of your appearance, such as your posture and whether any wrinkles emanate from the corners of your eyes and lips. If the carny’s guess is more than a few years off, you win a stuffed koala. But a team of Stanford University School of Medicine scientists doesn’t need […]

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Breast milk could help prevent heart disease caused by premature birth

Early use of breast milk could play a vital role in preventing heart disease in prematurely born infants, according to a paper led by researchers at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) and the Rotunda Hospital. The review article, published in the journal Pediatric Research, was written in collaboration with researchers from Harvard Medical School, University of Oxford and […]

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Another One! Meghan, Harry Hope to Get Pregnant Again by Next Year

Back-to-back babies! Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry want to give their 6-month-old son, Archie Harrison Mounbatten-Windsor, a little brother or sister sooner rather than later. The Duke, 35, and Duchess of Sussex, 38, are hoping to conceive baby No. 2 by next year, a source exclusively reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly. “Their family is their No. 1 […]

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