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Day: May 26, 2016

Biodegradable Plastics Are Not So Biodegradable, Says UN Report

Biodegradable plastics are not as green as they were previously thought to be, according to a report of the United Nations, entitled “MARINE PLASTIC DEBRIS AND MICROPLASTICS”. The new report of the UN says that the rate at which biodegradable plastics break down is extremely slow. Some of them need very high temperatures to actually

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Air Pollution Linked With Weight Gain and Insulin Resistance

Air pollution is linked to weight gain, obesity and insulin resistance. Thanks to a new study, we now have yet another reason to hate it. The paper is published in FASEB Journal. Though air pollution has pervaded almost all of our planet, Beijing, the capital of China, remains the most affected one by far. According

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Bloodstream Infections, A Growing Challenge

The resilience of pathogens that result in bloodstream infections is discussed in an article published in a special issue of Virulence. The human fight happening at the microscopic and molecular level remains a staunch one – the human body is constantly combating pathogen attack, among which feature bloodstream infections (BSI) which are considered to be resilient.

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Spanking Children Linked With Mental Health Problems in Adulthood

Spanking is linked with increased risks of developing anti-social behaviour, mental health problems, aggression, and disrupted cognition, says a new study published in the Journal of Family Psychology. A meta-analysis of studies spanning over 5 decades has been conducted by researchers from the University of Texas and the University of Michigan to evaluate the effects of

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Why Men Have Shorter Lives Than Women: Blame the Loss of Y Chromosome

Why do men live relatively shorter lives than women? This question might be partly answered by new findings recently published in the American Journal of Human Genetics: the loss of Y chromosome in blood cells of some men might be linked with Alzheimer’s disease. To test their hypothesis of whether loss of Y chromosome in

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