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  • April 30, 2017
    Strictly Embargoed until April 30, 2017 | 13:00 (BST)[April 30, 2017, 08.00am US Eastern Time (ET)]A new analysis describes different classifications of patients who are hospitalized with acute heart failure based on various characteristics, which may help guide early decisions regarding triage and treatment.For the analysis, investigators examined information from the ESC Heart Failure Long-Term Registry, a prospective, observational study collecting hospitalization and 1-year...
  • April 30, 2017
    Strictly Embargoed until April 30, 2017 | 7:30am (BST)[April 30, 2017, 2.30am US Eastern Time (ET)]Researchers have completed a randomized clinical trial in patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), which currently has no effective treatment for reducing morbidity and mortality.Elevated heart rate is a predictive factor of worse outcomes and increased mortality in patients with HFpEF, but this trial found that heart rate reduction with the drug ivabradine does not...
  • April 27, 2017
    Animals can match their background to avoid detection by predators. For instance, numerous species have evolved color patterns that help them blend into their surroundings and avoid predators—a phenomenon called crypsis. A new experimental study found that ghost crabs in the Solomon Islands may achieve crypsis by actively choosing to live in sand background that matches their body color.Work by biologists from the University of Miami shows that crabs with dark coloration choose dark sand while...
  • April 27, 2017
    Some mushrooms produce long-chain unsaturated carboxylic acids as their chemical defense against insect larvae. The biosynthesis of these polyenes relies on only one enzyme, as German scientists have now discovered. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, they report the unprecedented multiple double-bond-shifting activity by the enzyme, which is representative of a yet uncharacterized phylogenetic clade of polyketide synthases. Mushrooms feed on dead plant material and thus fulfill an essential...
  • April 27, 2017
    A new study found no evidence that a commercially available e-cigarette vapor promotes the development of cancer in laboratory cells. In contrast, smoke from a reference cigarette was positive for cancer-promoting activity at very low concentrations.The findings suggest that e-cigarettes may provide a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes.“This is the first time this particular test, the Bhas 42 assay, has been used to compare tobacco and nicotine products,” said Dr. Damien Breheny, lead...
  • April 26, 2017
    A Cochrane Review published today finds standardized tobacco packaging may lead to a reduction in smoking prevalence and reduces the appeal of tobacco. According to the World Health Organization, tobacco use kills more people worldwide than any other preventable cause of death. Global health experts believe the best way to reduce tobacco use is by stopping people starting to use tobacco, and encouraging and helping existing users to stop.The introduction of standardized (or ‘plain’) packaging...
  • April 26, 2017
    Hoboken, NJ (April 2017)—You’ve probably noticed: Negativity has pervaded our culture and daily lives. Whether you love or hate the current political climate, it’s hard to deny that our nation has ever been as divided, fearful, and vocal as it is today. Add in the avalanche of complaining that dominates social media and it’s not easy to be positive or happy right now. There is a solution, says best-selling author Jon Gordon. You absolutely can rise above the negativity all around you. It’s not...
  • April 26, 2017
    Two new publications in the journal Molecular Reproduction and Development validate the usefulness of a test that determines if sperm can capacitate, a process that allows them to fertilize an egg.The first paper validates the underlying technology of the test, called the Cap-Score Sperm Function Test, and demonstrates its accuracy, reproducibility, and precision.  The second paper reports on two studies. In a trial of men with unexplained infertility, men with Cap-Scores above a...
  • April 24, 2017
    Hoboken, NJ—April 24, 2017—John  Wiley & Sons, Inc., (NYSE:JWA) (NYSE:JWB) today announced its partnership with StudyAce LLC, the customizable learning platform that integrates course content into a variety of games, flashcards and practice tests.  Wiley’s Real World Psychology  (Catherine Sanderson/Karen Huffman) and Contemporary Business (Boone, Kurtz, & Berston) VitalSource Bookshelf versions are now available on the StudyAce platform. This partnership brings together...
  • April 24, 2017
    Infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) can lead to cirrhosis as well as liver cancer. A Hepatology study from Taiwan has found that statins may provide benefits to patients with HBV- or HCV-related cirrhosis.When the liver fails to compensate for the functional overload resulting from disease, a situation called decompensation occurs. Decompensation significantly lowers the survival rate among patients with cirrhosis, and very few effective drugs are available. This...