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Sunday, October 5, 2014

ScienceDaily: Top News

ScienceDaily: Top News

Vitamin D significantly improves symptoms of winter-related atopic dermatitis in children

Posted: 03 Oct 2014 10:54 AM PDT

A study conducted in more than 100 Mongolian schoolchildren found that daily treatment with a vitamin D supplement significantly reduced the symptoms of winter-related atopic dermatitis, a type of eczema.

Moderate weekly alcohol intake linked to poorer sperm quality in healthy young men

Posted: 02 Oct 2014 07:12 PM PDT

Moderate alcohol intake of at least 5 units every week is linked to poorer sperm quality in otherwise healthy young men, suggests research. And the higher the weekly tally of units, the worse the sperm quality seems to be, the findings indicate, prompting the researchers to suggest that young men should be advised to steer clear of habitual drinking.

Strong working memory puts brakes on problematic drug use

Posted: 02 Oct 2014 10:11 AM PDT

Adolescents with strong working memory are better equipped to escape early drug experimentation without progressing into substance abuse issues, says a researcher. Most important in the picture is executive attention, a component of working memory that involves a person's ability to focus on a task and ignore distractions while processing relevant goal-oriented information, she says.

New technology isolates tumor cells from blood to optimize cancer therapy

Posted: 02 Oct 2014 10:10 AM PDT

Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) from breast cancer patients were isolated from blood and grown in the laboratory for extensive genetic analysis. Such analysis enabled the identification of the most effective cancer drug or drug combination for each patient's tumor -- a significant step towards "precision" cancer treatment.

MRSA biofilms in joint fluid make infections tough to tackle

Posted: 02 Oct 2014 09:37 AM PDT

Scientists come one step closer to understanding why joint infections are difficult to treat. Biofilms play a role. "Biofilm formation has been suspected to play a key role during septic arthritis and prosthetic joint infection." said one expert. "This study could help explain why these infections have been so difficult to treat and point to therapeutic approaches that could make antibiotics more effective."

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