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The Truth About 4 Popular Heart Health Supplements

  The Truth About 4 Popular Heart Health Supplements Watching your cholesterol levels is a smart idea, especially since one in three people have high levels of “bad” cholesterol: low-density lipoprotein (LDL). If you’re facing an increased risk for high …

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Turning any room into an operating room

“The idea of SurgiBox is to take the operating room and shrink it down to just the patient’s size. Keeping an entire room clean and surgery-ready requires a lot of resources that many hospitals and surgeons across the globe don’t …

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How much potassium is too much?

  How much potassium is too much? An international collaboration to investigate why and how potassium can help lower blood pressure will be trialled at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane. The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute’s Professor Michael Stowasser …

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Is “man flu” really a thing?

  Is “man flu” really a thing? Robert H. Shmerling, MD This one got by me. I’d never heard of “man flu” but according to a new study of the topic, the term is “so ubiquitous that it has been …

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Bariatric Surgery and the Gut-Brain Connection

  Bariatric Surgery and the Gut-Brain Connection Why do some people stay slim after having bariatric surgery while others regain the weight? Kimberley Steele, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Bariatric Research and Innovation, is looking at …

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Camelina oil improves blood lipid profile

  Camelina oil improves blood lipid profile The use of camelina oil reduces overall and LDL cholesterol levels in persons with impaired glucose metabolism, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. The findings were published in …

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Research sheds light on how microtubules are assembled

  Research sheds light on how microtubules are assembled by Bill Snyder Microtubules are the “railroad tracks” essential for moving intracellular “freight” around in the cell. They’re also part of the spindle that pulls the two centrosomes apart during cell …

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Using mechanical forces to improve wound healing

MIT alumnus Dennis Orgill developed a process of infusing scaffolds — collagen skin grafts — with healthy skin cells to promote a more effective regeneration. The scaffold was invented by Professor Ioannis Yannas. Photo: John Freidah   Using mechanical forces …

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Supercharged antibiotics could turn tide against superbugs

Dr Mark Blaskovich … the number of patients dying from vancomycin-resistant bacteria prompted his team to look at revitalising old antibiotics.   Supercharged antibiotics could turn tide against superbugs An old drug supercharged by University of Queensland researchers has emerged …

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Can ‘sleeping’ while you’re awake boost brain function?

  Can ‘sleeping’ while you’re awake boost brain function? Mimicking sleep processes in the awake brain of elderly people could prevent age-related decline in brain function. The University of Queensland’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences researcher Dr Martin Sale …

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Portable 3D brain-scanner set to save lives

  Portable 3D brain-scanner set to save lives A new portable, non-invasive brain scanner is set to speed-up the diagnosis of brain injuries and stroke types by creating an immediate 3D image of the brain. The device is expected to …

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Protocol improves ICU patient hand-offs at shift changes

Caregivers discuss a patient case at UW Medical Center, where the communication protocol was developed. Clare McLean   Protocol improves ICU patient hand-offs at shift changes A UW Medicine-developed approach standardizes communications between caregivers, supplying critical details about patients. Every …

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