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Dog genes give insight into human brain tumors

Certain breeds of dog are susceptible to human-like brain tumors. Researchers from the Uppsala University and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences recently investigated the genomes of these breeds. Their findings could lead to a better understanding of the causes of human gliomas.

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Do artificial sweeteners during pregnancy increase risk of high infant BMI?

Research, published this week in JAMA Pediatrics, demonstrates a link between the consumption of artificially sweetened drinks during pregnancy and an increase in the body mass index of their infants. Although the results of the study cannot prove causation, they are sure to spark further research.

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Heartburn drug prematurely ages blood vessels

Many Americans who suffer from heartburn find relief from the discomfort by taking proton pump inhibitors - an over-the-counter medication. Although these drugs are widely used, concerns are mounting over their long-term effects on the body. Recent studies have demonstrated links between proton pump inhibitors and a range of health conditions. A new study, published in Circulation Research, finds a potential mechanism to explain these negative health implications.

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Why you should never make a decision when you are hungry

Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have pinned down a hormone that is produced when we are hungry that interferes with rationality and decision-making. Rats given the hormone ghrelin were more likely to act on impulse.

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Bipolar, autism, and schizophrenia might share genetic origin

A new, in-depth genetic study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, finds a potential link between bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and autism. Although the findings are tentative, they open the door to new avenues of investigation.

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Warfarin use for atrial fibrillation increases dementia risk

Atrial fibrillation is a relatively common condition, and - because of the aging population - it is becoming more common. This rise is mirrored by elevated usage of the blood-thinning drug, warfarin. The drug has saved countless lives, but new research shows a hidden danger - an increased risk of dementia in atrial fibrillation patients.

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Cutting-edge research shows how Zika attacks fetal brains

Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Maryland recently engaged state-of-the-art biological techniques to delve into the mechanisms behind the Zika virus' mode of attack in the fetal brain.

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Why do we sleep badly during the first night in a new place?

Most people will have experienced the so-called first-night effect at some point in their life. When sleeping in an unfamiliar setting for the first time, it is likely to take longer to drop off, and the sleep we finally do get will be broken and unsatisfying. For the first time, scientists have discovered why this might be.

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Loneliness increases risk of heart disease and stroke

Findings published this week in the journal Heart demonstrate that loneliness and isolation are as serious a risk factor for stroke and heart disease as anxiety and a stressful job. The findings open a debate about how society and the medical community should respond.

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Protein responsible for flu blues identified

Alongside the predictable physical effects of viral infections, like sore throat and fever, people often experience a drop in mood and cognitive ability. New research published in Immunity might have tracked down the molecular origins of this depressing feature of the flu.
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