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Evidence-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding contest preparation: nutrition and supplementation – jissn.com

The popularity of natural bodybuilding is increasing; however, evidence-based recommendations for it are lacking. This paper reviewed the scientific literature relevant to competition preparation on nutrition and supplementation, resulting in the following recommendations. – Eric R Helms

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THIS TEST CAN DETECT ANY VIRUS THAT INFECTS HUMANS – popsci.com

In order for a doctor to treat a patient, the exact cause of that patient’s illness must be found first. If a virus is the cause, current diagnostic tests are often not sensitive enough to detect the virus, or the doctor must already suspect which virus in particular is causing the symptoms before they can order the appropriate test to

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Western diet is associated with a smaller hippocampus: a longitudinal investigation – biomedcentral.com

Recent meta-analyses confirm a relationship between diet quality and both depression and cognitive health in adults. While the biological pathways that underpin these relationships are likely multitudinous, extensive evidence from animal studies points to the involvement of the hippocampus. The aim of this study was to examine the association between dietary patterns and hippocampal volume in humans, and to assess

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Challenges to the management of curable sexually transmitted infections – biomedcentral.com

Each year, hundreds of millions of new cases of curable sexually transmitted infections (STIs) occur worldwide resulting in reproductive and other serious sequelae, as well as enhanced transmission of HIV. The clinical management and control of these STIs should include as a minimum access to services that provide timely and accurate diagnostic testing together with effective treatment. – Sepehr N

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Wild bird surveillance for highly pathogenic avian influenza H5 in North America – virologyj.com

It is unknown how the current Asian origin highly pathogenic avian influenza H5 viruses arrived, but these viruses are now poised to become endemic in North America. Wild birds harbor these viruses and have dispersed them at regional scales. – Paul L. Flint*, John M. Pearce, J. Christian Franson and Dirk V. Derksen

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Satisfying needs through Social Networking Sites: A pathway towards problematic Internet use for socially anxious people? – sciencedirect.com

Following the theoretical frameworks of the dual-factor model of Facebook use and the Self Determination Theory, the present study hypothesizes that the satisfaction of unmet needs through Social Networking Sites (SNSs) may represent a pathway towards problematic use of Internet communicative services (GPIU) for socially anxious people – Silvia Casale, , Giulia Fioravanti

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New perspectives on probiotics in health and disease – www.sciencedirect.com

The gut microbiota continues to fascinate scientists in many realms when it is considered that humans contain 90% bacteria. Correlations between changes in composition and activity of the gut microbiota and common disorders such as cancer, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, inflammatory bowel diseases, obesity, oral health, etc. have been proposed. – Eric Banan-Mwine Daliri, Byong H. Lee

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The moderating role of smoking amount per day on the relations between anxiety sensitivity, smoking dependence, and cognitive–affective aspects of smoking among treatment seeking smokers – www.sciencedirect.com

The current study examined the moderating effects of smoking amount per day on the relation between anxiety sensitivity and nicotine dependence, cigarette smoking outcome expectancies, and reasons for quitting smoking among 465 adult, treatment-seeking smokers (48% female; Mage = 36.6, SD = 13.5) – Charles P. Brandt , Jafar Bakhshaie, Lorra Garey, Norman B. Schmidt, Adam M. Leventhal, Michael J.

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Association between air pollutants and dementia risk in the elderly – www.sciencedirect.com

The aging rate in Taiwan is the second highest in the world. As the population ages quickly, the prevalence of dementia increases rapidly. There are some studies that have explored the association between air pollution and cognitive decline, but the association between air pollution and dementia has not been directly evaluated – Yun-Chun Wua, Yuan-Chien Linb, Hwa-Lung Yub, Jen-Hau Chenc,

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Birth Control Pills May Reduce Endometrial Cancer Risk

Birth control pills can have a number of positive health benefits that go beyond avoiding unwanted pregnancy, including lighter and less painful periods, reduced symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and even fewer pimples. Now new research suggests we can add cancer prevention to the list. BY  Jessica Firger  8/5/15 AT 10:54 AM, NEWSWEEK.

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Internet-vs. group-delivered cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia: A randomized controlled non-inferiority trial – sciencedirect.com/science

The aim of this study was to compare guided Internet-delivered to group-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for insomnia. We conducted an 8-week randomized controlled non-inferiority trial with 6-months follow-up – Kerstin Blom , Hanna Tarkian Tillgren, Tobias Wiklund, Ewa Danlycke, Mattias Forssen, Alexandra Soderstr, Robert Johansson, Hugo Hesser, Susanna Jernelov, Nils Lindefors, Gerhard Andersson, Viktor Kaldo

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To Feel or Not to Feel When My Group Harms Others? The Regulation of Collective Guilt as Motivated Reasoning – psp.sagepub.com

Four studies tested the proposition that regulation of collective guilt in the face of harmful ingroup behavior involves motivated reasoning. Cognitive energetics theory suggests that motivated reasoning is a function of goal importance, mental resource availability, and task demands – Keren Sharvit, Marco Brambilla, Maxim Babush, Francesco Paolo Colucci

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Benevolent Sexism and Support of Romantic Partner’s Goals Undermining Women’s Competence While Fulfilling Men’s Intimacy Needs – psp.sagepub.com

The current research demonstrates how benevolent sexism functions to undermine women’s competence while facilitating men’s access to heterosexual intimacy by prompting different support behaviors by men and women. Objective coders rated the support provision exhibited during heterosexual couples’ (N = 100) video-recorded discussions of each other’s personal goals. – Matthew D. Hammond, Nickola C. Overall

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Generic Assignments, Strain Histories and Properties of Pure Cultures of Cyanobacteria – mic.sgmjournals.org

On the basis of a comparative study of 178 strains of cyanobacteria, representative of this group of prokaryotes, revised definitions of many genera are proposed. Revisions are designed to permit the generic identification of cultures, often difficult through use of the field-based system of phycological classification – Rosmarie Rippka, Josette Deruelles, John B. Waterbury, Michael Herdman, Roger Y. Stanier

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Study Shows Plastic Microbeads in Facial Scrubs Pollute Great Lakes – ecowatch.com

Ever think about what happens to those plastic microbeads in exfoliating products that you rub on your face and body? By Kaye Spector, ECO WATCH.

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World’s first artificial surfing lake – bbc.com

Britain’s first artificial surfing lake is due to open in Snowdonia next year. Camera/editing: Tony Smith, BBC

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Olympians Are Getting Ill Training in Rio’s Feces-Contaminated Water – news.vice.com

Competitors gearing up for next year’s summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro have fallen sick while training and competing in the city’s water venues, which reportedly contain levels of bacteria and viruses equivalent to raw sewage. VICE News.

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Importing Both Salamanders and Their Potential Destruction – nytimes.com

We humans can drive species toward extinction by hunting them or destroying their habitat. But we can also threaten them in a more subtle but no less dangerous way: by making them sick – Carl Zimmer

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Engineers create world’s first white laser beam – theverge.com

Researchers at Arizona State University have created the world’s first white laser beam, according to a new study published in Nature. – Loren Grush

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Phenomena: Germination – phenomena.nationalgeographic.com

It’s been almost a month since a case of avian influenza was detected in poultry in the central United States. So it might seem that the epidemic—which over several months caused the destruction of 49.5 million chickens and turkeys—can safely be considered over – Maryn McKenna

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Here’s the Actual Reason Why You Snack More at Night – menshealth.com

Ever wonder why you get the midnight munchies? Your brain’s reward center is less receptive to food in the evening, which means that you need more high-calorie junk at night to satisfy a craving, suggests new research from Brigham Young University. (Men’s Health Magazine) BY MARYGRACE TAYLOR, MAY 27, 2015

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Some first results from the new, higher-energy Large Hadron Collider – theguardian.com

The European Physical Society High Energy Physics conference is taking place now in Vienna – John Butterworth

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MERS Antibodies Discovered In Dromedary Camels – huffingtonpost.com

Scientists have found signs of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), the new coronavirus that has so far killed about half of the people infected by it, in one-humped camels

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When Your Medicine Makes You Sick – huffingtonpost.com

So far this year the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that drug companies have “voluntarily” recalled more than 30 prescription drugs – Spencer Aronfeld

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Monsanto Is Trying To Become The Biggest Company In The History Of Agriculture – modernfarmer.com

  Monsanto, the enormous agricultural technology corporation perhaps best known for its genetically modified seeds and its herbicide Roundup, is on a mission.

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Lambs immunized with an inactivated variant of Anaplasma phagocytophilum – actavetscand.com

Anaplasma phagocytophilum (formerly Ehrlichia phagocytophila) is an obligate intracellular bacterium causing the disease tick-borne fever (TBF) in domestic ruminants – Snorre Stuen

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Nitric oxide maintains cell survival of Trichomonas vaginalis upon iron depletion – parasitesandvectors.com

Iron plays a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of Trichomonas vaginalis, the causative agent of highly prevalent human trichomoniasis. T. vaginalis resides in the vaginal region, where the iron concentration is constantly changing – Petrus Tang

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The Chinese herb-derived Sparstolonin B suppresses HIV-1 transcription – virologyj.com

The Chines herb derived Sparstolonin B, (SsnB), is a recently identified natural compound that selectively blocks TLR2- and TLR4-mediated inflammatory signaling. But it is unknown whether this compound has any effect on HIV infection – Jian Liang

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World’s first malaria vaccination approved after 30 years of trials – telegraph.co.uk

Scientists across Africa are celebrating the news that the world’s first vaccination against malaria has been approved by the European Medicines Agency

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Psychiatric genomics – a double-edged sword? – genomicseducation.hee.nhs.uk

Back in 2010, a commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggested that, while a long time coming, insights into the genetics of psychiatric disorders were finally arriving “thick and fast” and could “transform the practice of psychiatry” over the next 10 years

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