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Gut bacteria help digest dietary fiber, release important antioxidant

Dietary fiber found in grains is a large component of many diets, but little is understood about how we digest the fiber, as humans lack enzymes to break down the complex molecules. Some species of gut bacteria break down the fiber in such a way that it not only becomes digestible, but releases ferulic acid, […]

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USPSTF affirms evidence-based methods for smoking cessation

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) concludes that there is substantial net benefit for behavioral and pharmacological therapies for smoking cessation, alone or combined. These findings form the basis of a final recommendation statement published in the Jan. 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Carrie D. Patnode, Ph.D., M.P.H., from […]

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Toddler tantrums? Pediatricians offer tips to curb bad behavior

Toddler behavior won’t always be good. Outbursts are normal. Yet, you can also use those aggravating moments to help shape your little one’s behavior, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Start by teaching the “house rules,” the AAP advises. Put away valuables you don’t want your toddler to touch. Consider setting up an […]

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Exposure therapy also helps patients with childhood trauma process the past

Childhood trauma can have a lifelong effect. Many therapists do not dare to confront these vulnerable patients with their past because they are concerned that the patients will be unable to cope. Research has now shown that exposure therapy can be helpful for this group of people. Sexual abuse by a teacher or systematic abuse […]

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Ovarian cancer surgery outcomes studied

The introduction of optimal surgery in the treatment of advanced ovarian cancer in order to achieve complete cytoreduction has had the main objective of increasing survival and providing a definitive diagnosis for patients that will allow some cases to be cured. However, it is highly aggressive and often presents serious post-operative complications that can cause […]

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Scientists investigate for the first time the long-term damage to women’s brains caused by gender violence

The research team of the BELIEVE project at the University of Granada (UGR) has identified the numerous changes in the brain caused by gender violence among female victims. This is the first study of its kind to be carried out worldwide using structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques and a whole-brain methodology. The results of […]

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New CDC director takes over beleaguered agency amid crisis

As the coronavirus swept across the globe last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sank into the shadows, undermined by some of its own mistakes and stifled by an administration bent on downplaying the nation’s suffering. Now a new CDC director is arriving to a mammoth task: reasserting the agency while the pandemic […]