Laboratory experiments show that eating food contaminated with even relatively low levels of radiation can have detrimental effects on pale grass blue butterflies, a common species in Japan; these effects are passed down the generations, but are reversible.
Jodie Dodd and colleagues comment on a systematic review and meta-analysis suggesting that diet is linked to pre-eclampsia, highlighting that although the findings are limited by the included studies, adopting a healthy diet in pregnancy is important.
Evidence from a meta-analysis suggests that high energy intake and low levels of dietary calcium and magnesium are associated with pre-eclampsia, indicating that strategies to prevent hypertensive disorders of pregnancy should focus on diet.
A new report characterizing the genome-wide DNA methylation patterns in pancreatic adenocarcinoma, using methylCap-seq.
Epigenetics may explain how sex hormones in women could influence risk of asthma after puberty.
The 1918 influenza pandemic initially entered India via Bombay (now Mumbai) and over time, and with distance from the city, showed a pattern of speed deceleration and decreased overall virulence but with a prolonged epidemic wave.
The publicity surrounding actress Angelina Jolie’s decision to undergo genetic testing for the BRCA1 gene and subsequently a risk reducing mastectomy has resulted in an increase of referrals to clinics in the UK.
Susy Yusung and Jonathan Braun comment on a modeling study suggesting no molecular mimicry between measles antigens and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), highlighting that the findings support the safety of pediatric MMR vaccines.
Peter Byass comments on new estimates for the global burden of liver cirrhosis mortality, highlighting the challenges of this analysis and discussing the ways in which the data could be used for risk-reduction strategies.
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) patients undergoing outpatient protease-inhibitor-based triple therapy can find the treatment physically, emotionally and socially draining, and need systematic support from specially trained professionals in symptom management.
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