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Cancer: Common antibiotic may boost immune system

New research in mice finds that taking the antibiotic vancomycin before underoing radiation therapy alters gram-positive bacteria in the gut, thus boosting the immune system and enhancing the antitumor effect of the treatment. Share on PinterestA common anti…

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Athletes are better at tuning out background brain noise

People who play sports appear to have an enhanced ability to process sounds from their environment, according to new research. Share on PinterestAthletes’ brains may be better at processing the sensory environment, new research suggests. Scientists at North…

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Even ‘dead,’ this probiotic may be effective against inflammation

New research using roundworms and mice has shown that one probiotic of human origin does not have to be alive to reduce markers of inflammation and promote health. Share on PinterestEven when inactivated, a strain of Lactobacillus paracasei could reduce inf…

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Global warming may cause birds to shrink

As the planet continues to warm, researchers are increasingly pointing out the ways in which global warming will affect our health and that of the species around us. Share on PinterestNew research suggests that sparrows may have decreased in size due to glo…

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Companies selling risky stem cell products receive FDA warning

Companies in the United States that had been selling products derived from umbilical cord blood usually involving stem cells without approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have now received urgent warnings from the agency. Share on PinterestThe…

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BPA levels in humans may be much higher than previously thought

After using a new method for assessing levels of bisphenol A (BPA) in the body, scientists suggest that human exposure to the industrial chemical is much higher than previous estimates have suggested. Share on PinterestPlastic water bottles often contain BPA…

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Probiotics: Benefits for immunity may depend on sex

For the first time, a new study shows that “Probiotics and prebiotics can have different effects on the immune system in male, compared [with] female, piglets.” The findings have important implications for research on the effects of these supplements, as well…

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Researchers find over 40 new species of fish in one lake

There are many thousands of species of fish inhabiting the world’s waters. Recently, researchers have uncovered around 40 new species in a lake in Africa. The number is impressive, but the investigators explain how these new varieties came to be. Share on P…

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How many head and neck injuries does cell phone use cause?

Some have dubbed texting “the new drunk driving” and for good reason. New research suggests that texting while walking can also be dangerous, as it rounds up all the head and neck injuries that occurred due to cell phone use over a 20 year period. Share on P…

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Physical activity may protect against prostate cancer

Researchers using a new method of assessing risk factors for prostate cancer have found an intriguing link between a lack of physical activity and an increased risk of this condition. Share on PinterestNew evidence suggests that being physically active coul…