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Waistlines of US adults continue to increase

The prevalence of abdominal obesity and average waist circumference increased among U.S. adults from 1999 to 2012, according to a study in the September 17 issue of JAMA. 403 more words

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Avian influenza ( H3N8 ) virus isolated in harbor seals poses a threat to humans

No evidence that seasonal flu vaccines protected against the harbor seal virus

Avian H3N8 is also believed to have triggered a human flu pandemic in the 1880s. 937 more words

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Study: Women infected with common parasite have increased risk of attempting suicide

University of Maryland senior author urges further study of possible link between Toxoplasma gondii and suicidal behavior

BALTIMORE, July 2, 2012 — Women infected with the Toxoplasma gondii (T. 1,430 more words

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Polio: Mutated virus breaches vaccine protection


Polio: Mutated virus breaches vaccine protection- The polio epidemic in the Congo in 2010 was especially serious. 445 people were verifiably infected, mostly young adults. The disease was fatal for 209 of them. 128 more words

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Western diet changes gut bacteria and triggers colitis in those at risk

15 Jun 2012

Certain saturated fats that are common in the modern Western diet can initiate a chain of events leading to complex immune disorders such as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) in people with a genetic predisposition, according to a study to be published early online in the journal Nature. 845 more words

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Folic acid intake during early pregnancy associated with reduced risk of autism in offspring

June 13, 2012

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) —

A new study by researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute suggests that women who consume the recommended daily dosage of folic acid, the synthetic form of folate or vitamin B-9, during the first month of pregnancy may have a reduced risk of having a child with autism. 958 more words

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