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Benefits Of Owning A Pet

It’s not a secret that having pet/pets is very good and can be a really enriching experience for us, which can give us lots of joy while also teaching us responsibility.And it doesn’t take a super-complicated scientific equation to explain as well because the simple thought of caring for an animal and giving them love is a tried-and-tested formula for happiness. Need any proof? Well then, just look at the
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Spread of coronavirus confirms WHO fears, say experts

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The sharp rise in cases and the geographical spread of the coronavirus outside China confirm WHO fears over dealing with the crisis, experts warned Sunday as they appealed for ever greater vigilance. "There has been a profound shift in the direction that COVID-19 (new coronavirus) is taking over the past 48 hours," said Professor Devi Sridhar, Director of the Global Health Governance Programme at the University
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UT Dallas scientists awarded CPRIT grants for lung, kidney cancer research

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has awarded new grants totaling $1.8 million to two University of Texas at Dallas scientists for their research related to lung and kidney cancers. The Individual Investigator Awards are among 55 new grants totaling more than $78 million that the institute announced Feb. 19. To date, CPRIT has awarded $2.49 billion in grants to Texas research institutions and organizations through its
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Wearable ‘Brain Stimulator’ May Boost Stroke Recovery

By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A noninvasive magnetic brain stimulation device worn less than an hour a day can increase activity near stroke-injured areas of the brain, a small, preliminary study suggests. Those improvements in brain activity might then lead to increased motor function in people who have had a stroke, the researchers said. "We were excited to see a strong
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Following ERAS Protocol Associated With Better Outcomes After Hip, Knee Surgery

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Greater adherence to the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) care protocol is associated with fewer complications after elective total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA), according to a prospective multicenter cohort study. In a paper in JAMA Surgery, Dr. Javier Ripolles-Melchor of Infanta Leonor University Hospital, in Madrid, and colleagues note that postoperative complications after these procedures increase hospital length of stay (LOS).
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Poor Income Influences Parents’ Perception Of Healthy Tap Water

In comparison to parents with low income, a new study found that parents with high annual income are more likely to perceive tap water at home or drinking fountains in schools as completely safe to consume for their children. The ratio that reflected this difference in perception was at 62 percent versus 80 percent. Parents held this differing viewpoint despite having no knowledge of how the water was processed and treated beforehand. The study
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Floating Petri dishes? Coronavirus puts cruise industry in the dock

The coronavirus cluster detected on the Diamond Princess cruise ship is by far the biggest cluster of cases outside mainland China Deadly viruses, chickenpox outbreaks and mass cases of the runs: sometimes luxury cruise ship holidays are not the trips of a lifetime elderly passengers had hoped for. Cruise-goers have fallen sick en masse in the past, their predicament on the high seas coming into sharp focus because the holidays
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Novel discovery about enzymes ensures efficient DNA repair

DNA is the hereditary material in humans, a unique cookbook of who we are. This is where you'll find the answer as to why you have your specific eye and hair color, or perhaps why you sunburn easily. Imagine your DNA as a giant cookbook with thousands of recipes. These recipes are genes that have to be read every single day. You may think that a skin cell only contains
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‘Stranger Things’ Sheds Light on a Rare Disorder

What does all that online interest mean in the real world? Potentially, a lot, according to Erica Mossholder, executive director of the nonprofit Children's Craniofacial Association. When the public learns about rare craniofacial conditions, that can make a difference in the daily lives of people with them, she noted. "One of our parents coined the term, 'More sharing leads to less staring,'" Mossholder said. CCD is quite rare, but some
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‘Hit With a Truck’ – How Iran’s Missiles Inflicted Brain Injury on U.S. Troops

(Reuters) - In the wee hours of Jan. 8, Tehran retaliated over the U.S. killing of Iran's most powerful general by bombarding the al-Asad air base in Iraq. Among the 2,000 troops stationed there was U.S. Army Specialist Kimo Keltz, who recalls hearing a missile whistling through the sky as he lay on the deck of a guard tower. The explosion lifted his body - in full armor - an