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Vitamin D May Protect Against Pollution-associated Asthma Symptoms in Obese Children

A new study finds vitamin D may be protective among asthmatic obese children living in urban environments with high indoor air pollution. 

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UMSOM Researchers Unveil Progress and Challenges in Introducing Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia

Each year there are nearly 11 million cases of typhoid, a disease that is spread through contaminated food, drink and water. 

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NASA’s LRO Sheds Light on Lunar Water Movement

Scientists, using an instrument aboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), have observed water molecules moving around the dayside of the Moon.

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Atmospheric Scientists Reveal the Effect of Sea-ice Loss on Arctic Warming

Enhanced warming in the Arctic (north of 67°N) is found in both recent observational investigations and model simulations with greenhouse gases (GHGs) emissions increasing.

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Why You Lose Hearing for a While After Listening to Loud Sounds

When we listen to loud sounds, our hearing may become impaired for a short time. 

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Improving Researchers’ Abilities to Forecast Epidemics

An annual influenza season forecasting challenge issued by the US Centers for Disease Control provides unique insight into epidemic forecasting, according to a study published in the journal Scientific Reports.

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Sewage Reveals Levels of Antimicrobial Resistance Worldwide

A comprehensive analysis sewage collected in 74 cities in 60 countries has yielded the first, comparable global data, which show the levels and types of antimicrobial resistant bacteria that are present in mainly healthy people in these countries. 

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Hookah Smokers Are Inhaling Toxic Chemicals That May Harm the Heart

Smoking tobacco in waterpipes, more commonly known as hookahs, results in inhaling toxic chemicals, often at levels exceeding cigarette smoke, that may harm the heart and blood vessels, according to a new scientific statement published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.  

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Canadians’ Consumption of Fruit and Vegetables Drops 13 per Cent in 11 Years

Two surveys taken 11 years apart show a 13-per-cent decrease in the amount of fruit and vegetables being consumed by Canadians, new UBC research has found.

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Stressed-Out Meerkats Less Likely To Help Group

Dominant female meerkats use aggression to keep subordinates from breeding, but a new study finds this negative behavior also can result in the latter becoming less willing to help within the group.

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