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06/29/2017

What’s on your skin? Archaea, that’s what

It turns out your skin is crawling with single-celled microorganisms — and they’re not just bacteria. A study has found that the skin microbiome also contains archaea, a type of extreme-loving microbe, and that the amount of it varies with age.
06/29/2017

Paving the way for promising treatment for hot flashes

Fifteen years ago, Dr. Naomi Rance was at work when she experienced her first hot flash. Rance, a physician and researcher, took note. As it turns out, her basic scientific research on estrogen’s involvement with hot flashes may lead to a promising treatment for them.
06/29/2017

Scientists identify cause, possible treatment for life-threatening gut condition

Investigators have discovered a genetic cause and potential treatment strategy for a rare immune disorder called CHAPLE disease. Children with the condition can experience severe gastrointestinal distress and deep vein blood clots. No effective treatments are available to ameliorate or prevent these life-threatening symptoms.
06/29/2017

Study of US seniors strengthens link between air pollution and premature death

A new study of 60 million Americans — about 97 percent of people age 65 and older in the United States — shows that long-term exposure to airborne fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and ozone increases the risk of premature death, even when that exposure is at levels below the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.
06/28/2017

Mice provide insight into genetics of autism spectrum disorders

The CHD8 gene is associated with some cases of human autism. A new study shows that mice with mutated CHD8 show defects in brain development and behavioral changes, and may give insight into genetic causes of autism spectrum disorders.