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State Regulations for Indoor Tanning Could Lead to a National Regulatory Framework

A national regulatory framework designed to prevent and limit indoor tanning is needed to alleviate the cancer burden and reduce the billions in financial costs from preventable skin cancer, say two Georgetown University public health experts.

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GW Researcher Finds Differences in Brain Expression of RORA Gene May Contribute to Sex Bias in Autism

Valerie Hu, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and molecular medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, has found an important sex-dependent difference in the level of RORA protein in brain tissues of males and females. Specifically, females without autism have a slightly higher level of RORA in the frontal cortex of the brain than males without autism, while the levels of the protein are comparably lower in the brain of both males and females with autism.

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Study Identifies Brain Regions Activated When Pain Intensity Doesn’t Match Expectation

Picture yourself in a medical office, anxiously awaiting your annual flu shot. The nurse casually states, “This won’t hurt a bit.” But when the needle pierces your skin it hurts, and it hurts a lot. Your expectations have been violated, and not in a good way.

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Dartmouth Research Finds Common Cancer Drug Increases Collagen in Melanoma

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, and investigators are uncertain how its presence affects the behavior of melanoma cells.

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Research Shows That Any Dose of Alcohol Combined With Cannabis Significantly Increases Levels of THC in the Blood

Cannabis plus alcohol is one of the most frequently detected drug combinations in car accidents, yet the interaction of these two compounds is still poorly understood. A study appearing online today in Clinical Chemistry, the journal of AACC, shows for the first time that the simultaneous use of alcohol and cannabis produces significantly higher blood concentrations of cannabis’s main psychoactive constituent, Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), as well as THC’s primary active metabolite, 11-hydroxy-THC (11-OH-THC), than cannabis use alone.

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Trending Stories Report for 27 May 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: genetics, cancer, nanotech, elderly care, marketing research, energy, children's health, and immunology.

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NYU Researchers Examine Obesity Perceptions Among Chinese-American Adults in NYC

As the first to examine the accuracy of body weight perception in Chinese Americans, this study identified that approximately one-third of Chinese Americans incorrectly perceived their body weight. Having found that accuracy of bodyweight perception was associated with several demographic factors, this study lays a good foundation for future possible intervention studies for obesity management in Chinese Americans.

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Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care Director Named President of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons

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Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care Director Dr. Steven Libutti has been named President of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons

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Autism and Rare Childhood Speech Disorder Often Coincide

Some children with autism should undergo ongoing screenings for apraxia, a rare neurological speech disorder, because the two conditions often go hand-in-hand, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.