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UK drinking guidelines are a poor fit with Britain's heavy drinking habits
(Wiley) The UK government's current alcohol guidelines are unrealistic and largely ignored because they have little relevance to people's drinking habits, according to a new report by the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group in collaboration with the University of Stirling.

Carbohydrates are the third revolution in evolution, besides nucleic acids & proteins
(World Scientific) The publication entitled Carbohydrate Chemistry: State of the Art and Challenges for Drug Development offers an overview of key aspects of carbohydrate biology and chemistry that are fundamental for the design of novel therapeutics. The four-part structure of this book introduces these essential components to life, starting from their structure and biological roles and covering analytical methods and synthesis, that pave the way for the development of a wide range of therapeutic applications.

Viruses thrive in big families, in sickness and in health
(University of Utah Health Sciences) A study led by the University of Utah School of Medicine finds that every child puts a household at increased risk for viral infections. Childless households had infections during 3-4 weeks of the year, while families with six children were infected for 45 weeks. But only half who tested positive reported feeling ill. Published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, the results can help families and health care providers know when illness should be cause for concern.

How white blood cells limit muscle regeneration
(Emory Health Sciences) Researchers have identified a protein produced by white blood cells (CD163) that puts the brakes on muscle repair after injury in mice. The findings point to a target for potential treatments aimed at enhancing muscle regeneration.

Review highlights steps needed to deal with bed bugs in multi-family housing
(Wiley) A new review highlights how an integrated pest management approach that utilizes a combination of chemical and nonchemical control options is the best strategy for getting rid of bed bug infestations.

Finding the 'conservación' in conservation genetics
(American Genetic Association) A recently published special issue of the Journal of Heredity focuses on case studies of real-world applications of conservation genetics in Latin America, from nabbing parrot smugglers to exposing fraudulent fish sales.

Coordinated effort by health care facilities can prevent many hospital-acquired infections
(University of Utah Health Sciences) Working together and communication are critical to stop the spread of many HAIs, a CDC-led study finds.

IU biologist contributes to international effort to expand theory of evolution
(Indiana University) An Indiana University professor is part of an international team of biologists working to expand Darwin's theory of evolution to encompass factors that influence a species' growth and development beyond genetics -- as well as to consider the impact of species on the environment.

Biology, not just physics, controls release of scent compounds from plants
(Purdue University) Purdue University research suggests active biological mechanisms transport scent and taste compounds known as volatiles from plant cells to the atmosphere, a finding that could overturn the textbook model of volatile emission as a process that occurs solely by diffusion.

Rutgers tomato reinvented with even more flavor
(Rutgers University) A new tomato that combines the nostalgia-inducing flavor of an heirloom with the durability of supermarket varieties is Rutgers' answer to anyone who wonders what happened to the flavorful Jersey tomatoes of the past. Now as the university's 250th anniversary approaches, a team of researchers are working to create a new and improved Rutgers tomato, reviving a variety that was thought to be lost to history. They have narrowed their search down to three possibilities.

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