Thursday, 25 Apr 2019

One in nine U.S. women drink during pregnancy, and numbers are rising

(HealthDay)—Even though the harms to babies are well known, one in nine pregnant women in the United States drinks alcohol, new research shows. In one-third of those cases, frequent binge drinking is also often involved. What’s more, the rate of drinking during pregnancy is actually on the rise, with a slight uptick in the rate […]

Ben & Jerry's Releases 2 New Summertime Flavors

Summer is nigh, and you know what that means: pitchers of frozen rosé margaritas and indulging on pints of glorious, creamy ice cream. Or maybe that’s just us? Either way, Ben & Jerry’s has introduced two new flavors we can’t wait to dig into. But you can’t pick these flavors up at any ‘ole grocery […]

Scientists reproduce complete copy of ‘anti-tumor antibiotic’: Breakthrough reveals new ways to combat drug-resistant bacteria and fight cancer

After 20 years of dedicated research, scientists have cracked the chemical code of an incredibly complex ‘anti-tumour antibiotic’ known to be highly effective against cancer cells as well as drug-resistant bacteria, and have reproduced it synthetically in the lab for the first time. This major breakthrough and world-first could hail a new era in the […]

Parenting without a partner: Single moms redefine modern family

For Deirdre Diener, it was very simple. She always wanted to be a mom. But she found herself divorced at 42, no longer a step-mother and without children of her own. That’s when she decided she would not give up on her dream of motherhood, and go it alone. Diener, a hard-working marketing professional, told […]

Three-antibiotic cocktail clears ‘persister’ Lyme bacteria in mouse study: Scientists isolate slow-growing variant Lyme bacteria forms that caused severe symptoms, resisted standard single-antibiotic Lyme treatment in the mouse model

A new study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that a slow-growing variant form of Lyme bacteria caused severe symptoms in a mouse model. The slow-growing variant form of Lyme bacteria, according to the researchers, may account for the persistent symptoms seen in ten to twenty percent of Lyme […]

Pregnant women with type 1 diabetes are at risk of giving birth prematurely

Pregnant women with type 1 diabetes are at increased risk of delivering their baby prematurely. The risk increases as blood sugar levels rise, however women who maintain the recommended levels also risk giving birth prematurely. These are the findings from researchers at Karolinska Institutet and the Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden, published in Annals of Internal […]

Missing out on just 16 minutes of sleep could wreck your day at work

‘Findings from this study provide empirical evidence for why workplaces need to make more efforts to promote their employees’ sleep. ‘Good sleepers may be better performers at work due to greater ability to stay focused an on-task with fewer errors and interpersonal conflicts.’ This isn’t the first time it’s been suggested that employers could benefit […]

Ginkgo seed extracts show antibacterial activity on skin pathogens: Experiments were guided by a prescription in a 16th-century text

Extracts from the seeds of the Ginkgo biloba tree show antibacterial activity on pathogens that can cause skin infections such as acne, psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema, a study at Emory University finds. Frontiers in Microbiology is publishing the results of laboratory experiments showing that the extracts inhibit the growth of Cutibacterium acnes, Staphylococcus aureus and […]