Studies gauge effect of soft drink taxation, advertising and labeling laws

Laws affecting the labeling, marketing and taxation of sugary soft drinks impact the behavior of both consumers and manufacturers, according to two studies published this week in PLOS Medicine. In the first study, Camila Corvalán of the University of Chile and colleagues analyzed the impact of Chile’s Law of Food Labeling and Advertising, implemented in 2016. The law mandates front-of-packaging […]

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'When I Was Diagnosed With Herpes, I Thought My Life Was Over. But It's Given Me Purpose And Direction In My Career.'

. n July 2015, I had recently graduated from college with my degree in gender and sexuality studies, along with a promising internship in my field. My self-confidence as it related to my career, my body image, and my impending future was at an all-time high. Then I woke up one morning with pain around my vulva and told myself […]

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How long coronaviruses persist on surfaces and how to inactivate them

A review article summarizes everything that researchers know about the lifetime of corona viruses on surfaces and the effect of disinfectants. How long do corona viruses persist on surfaces such as door handles or hospital bedside tables? Which methods can be used to kill them effectively? A research team from Greifswald and Bochum has compiled all published data that are […]

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Botanical drug is shown to help patients with head and neck cancers

In a UCLA-led phase I clinical trial, a new plant-based drug called APG-157 showed signs of helping patients fight oral and oropharyngeal cancers. These cancers are located in the head and the neck. APG-157 is made up of multiple compounds produced by plants, including curcumin. UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers found that treatment with this botanical drug resulted in […]

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Researcher’s technology differentiates between Parkinson’s disease and multiple system atrophy

Scientists have found a way to distinguish between two progressive neurodegenerative diseases, Parkinson’s disease (PD) and multiple system atrophy (MSA), using a technology developed by a researcher at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). The discovery was published today in Nature. It is challenging to distinguish between the two diseases because the early signs are similar—disturbances […]

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Zika vaccine induces potent Zika and dengue cross-neutralizing antibodies

A new study led by scientists at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research has shown for the first time that a single dose of an experimental Zika vaccine in a dengue-experienced individual can boost pre-existing flavivirus immunity and elicit protective cross-neutralizing antibody responses against both Zika and dengue viruses. Findings were published today in Nature Medicine. Researchers analyzed the […]

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