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Effects of teenage motherhood may last multiple generations

The grandchildren of adolescent mothers have lower school readiness scores than their peers, according to a study published February 6, 2019 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Elizabeth Wall-Wieler of Stanford University and colleagues at the University of Manitoba. Previous studies have established that children born to adolescent mothers are less ready for school

A reservoir of bacteria—sink drains next to toilets in patient rooms may harbor dangerous organisms

Sinks situated next to patient toilets in hospital rooms may be reservoirs for Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC), increasing the risk of dangerous germ transmission, according to new research published in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), the journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. The study found a high prevalence

Sleep apnea may stop you from forming life memories

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder that affects more than 18 million adults in the United States and over 100 million people worldwide. Those with the condition often have fragmented sleep because OSA interrupts their breathing briefly but repeatedly. OSA also lowers a person’s oxygen levels, and the combination of poor sleep and

Enzyme that breaks down amino acids may promote aging

Permanently arrested cell growth is known as “cellular senescence”, and the accumulation of senescent cells may be one cause of aging in our bodies. Japanese researchers have discovered that a certain enzyme in our bodies promotes cellular senescence by producing reactive oxygen species. Drugs that target this enzyme could potentially suppress this process, and inhibit

Cancer has a biological clock and this drug may keep it from ticking

A new drug shows potential to halt cancer cells’ growth by stunting the cells’ biological clock. The findings from scientists at the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience and Nagoya University’s Institute of Transformative BioMolecules (ITbM) advance a burgeoning area of research: turning the body’s circadian rhythms against cancer. Their study, conducted on human kidney

Dengue virus immunity may protect children from Zika symptoms

Previous infection with dengue virus may protect children from symptomatic Zika, according to a study published January 22 in the open-access journal PLOS Medicine by Eva Harris of the University of California, Berkeley, and colleagues. Zika virus emerged in northeast Brazil in 2015 and spread rapidly across the Americas, affecting populations that have been largely

A Robot May Soon Be Cleaning Spills at Your Grocery Store

Grocery shopping is a fairly dull experience. Unless there are samples, there is nothing particularly exciting about squeezing avocados or feeling up fruits. But if you shop at Giant, things are about to get a whole lot better: The supermarket chain just unveiled spill-cleaning robots, and these bad boys have googly eyes! The robot —

Faulty Sperm May Explain Recurring Miscarriages

THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 — A series of miscarriages may signal that a man’s sperm is not up to par, new British research suggests. The findings could lead to new treatments to reduce the risk of miscarriage, said researchers at Imperial College London. “Traditionally, doctors have focused attention on women when looking for the causes

Being Bullied May Alter the Teen Brain

THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 — Teens who are often bullied may be left with shrinkage in key parts of their brain, increasing their risk for mental illness, European researchers report. They said such shrinkage eventually appears to create a growing sense of anxiety, even after taking into account the possible onset of other mental health

Your postal code may influence your health: study

Where you live in Canada may play a role in your risk of major diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. Researchers at McMaster University have identified trends linking health and lifestyle factors like access to public transit, the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables in grocery stores, the prices of popular foods, the availability