Melanin-concentrating hormone receptor 1 polymorphisms are associated with components of energy balance in the CODING study

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BACKGROUND: The melanin-concentrating hormone receptor 1 (MCHR1) is a G protein-coupled receptor that regulates energy balance and body composition in animal models. Inconsistent effects of MCHR1 polymorphisms on energy homeostasis in humans may partly be attributable to environmental factors. OBJECTIVES: We examined the effect of 4 single nucleotide polymorphisms (rs133073, rs133074, rs9611386, and rs882111) in the MCHR1 gene on body composition as well as energy-related lifestyle...
Authors: Bénédicte Fontaine-Bisson, James Thorburn, Anne Gregory, Hongwei Zhang, Guang Sun

High dietary phosphorus intake is associated with all-cause mortality: results from NHANES III

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BACKGROUND: Elevated serum phosphorus is associated with all-cause mortality, but little is known about risk associated with dietary phosphorus intake. OBJECTIVE: We investigated the association between phosphorus intake and mortality in a prospective cohort of healthy US adults (NHANES III; 1998-1994). DESIGN: Study participants were 9686 nonpregnant adults aged 20-80 y without diabetes, cancer, or kidney or cardiovascular disease. Exposure to dietary phosphorus, which was assessed...
Authors: Alex Chang, Mariana Lazo, Lawrence Appel, Orlando Gutierrez, Morgan Grams

CES 2014: Rehabtek changes medical rehab methods

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At the Consumer Electronics Show, Rehabtek is shaking up the medical rehab industry with robotics like their ankle model designed to help children with it's interactive games.

Rehabtek is one of nearly 30 exhibitors funded by NSF this week at Eureka Park, which features new grassroots technology.

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Science Behind the News: Influenza & Flu Vaccines

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Every flu season, Americans battle coughs, fevers and body aches. The flu is a respiratory illness caused by a virus, a pathogen that causes disease in the human body. To understand how the flu is caught, spread and treated, Duke University's Katia Koelle explains the biology of a virus and how it is transmitted. "Science Behind the News" is produced in partnership with NBC Learn.

Provided by the National Science Foundation & NBC Learn

Science Behind the News: Drug-Resistant Bacteria

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As disease-causing bacteria becomes increasingly resistant to antibiotics, scientists like Erin Carlson from Indiana University are turning to natural sources to find new medicines. "Science Behind the News” is produced in partnership with NBC Learn.

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Science Behind the News: Allergies

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Seasonal Allergies affect more than 40 million Americans each year. Plant biologist Dr. Kristina Stinson of Harvard University explains how allergies affect the body, and why warmer weather could lead to longer, more severe allergy seasons. "Science Behind the News" is produced in partnership with NBC Learn.

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