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Bat flu virus may be capable of infecting human cells

Bat flu virus may be capable of infecting human cells

Bats sighted this Halloween may not be quite as boo-tiful as they look. Bats have long been associated with haunted houses, spooky caves, and vampires. However, their nexus with the bloodcurdling and bone-chilling is not the only reason the masses fear them; they are also reservoirs for infectious disease. Now, researchers have been successful in […]

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Genetic risk factor for binge eating discovered

Genetic risk factor for binge eating discovered

Researchers have identified a gene (CYFIP2) associated with binge eating. This finding represents one of the first examples of a genome-wide significant genetic factor to be identified for binge eating in model organisms or humans. In addition, the researchers discovered a network of downregulated genes involved in myelination (the process of forming a sheath around […]

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Onion compound suppresses ovarian cancer cell proliferation

Onion compound suppresses ovarian cancer cell proliferation

Onions are low in calories and high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. This pungent vegetable has previously been cited for its health benefits, including lowering risk of certain cancers and helping with depression. But now, a new study has found that a compound found in onions has anti-ovarian cancer effects. A new study reveals that […]

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Why are women more vulnerable to eating disorders? Brain study sheds light

Why are women more vulnerable to eating disorders? Brain study sheds light

Eating disorders are much more common among women than men. Now, a new study may have uncovered a neurological explanation for this disparity. Researchers find that women are more likely than men to experience brain activity relating to negative body perception. Researchers find that in response to perceived obesity, women have more negative feelings about […]

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Migration routes hold key to bird flu spread, global study finds

Migration routes hold key to bird flu spread, global study finds

Monitoring the migration routes of wild birds could help to provide early warning of potential bird flu outbreaks, experts say. The recommendation follows new research that shows migrating birds can help to spread deadly strains of avian flu around the world. Some strains of bird flu viruses are highly lethal in birds they infect and […]