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Scientists call for investigation of mysterious cloud-like collections in cells
(Georgetown University Medical Center) About 50 years ago, electron microscopy revealed the presence of tiny blob-like structures that form inside cells, move around and disappear. But scientists still don't know what they do -- even though these shifting cloud-like collections of proteins are believed to be crucial to the cell, and therefore could offer a new approach to disease treatment. Now, researchers are issuing a call to investigators to focus their attention on the role of these formations.

Faster, cheaper tests for sickle cell
(Harvard University) Harvard scientists have developed a new test for sickle cell disease that provides results in just 12 minutes and costs as little as 50 cents -- far faster and cheaper than other tests.

Family dinners good for teens' mental health, could protect from cyberbullying
(The JAMA Network Journals) Cyberbullying was associated with mental health and substance use problems in adolescents but family dinners may help protect teens from the consequences of cyberbullying and also be beneficial for their mental health.

Quality of US diet improves, gap widens for quality between rich and poor
(The JAMA Network Journals) The quality of the US diet showed some modest improvement in the last decade in large measure because of a reduction in the consumption of unhealthy trans fats, but the gap in overall diet quality widened between the rich and the poor.

Research letter: Viewers ate more while watching Hollywood action flick on TV
(The JAMA Network Journals) Television shows filled with action and sound may be bad for your waistline. TV viewers ate more M&Ms, cookies, carrots and grapes while watching an excerpt from a Hollywood action film than those watching an interview program.

Permanent AF doubles risk of stroke compared to paroxysmal AF
(European Society of Cardiology) Permanent atrial fibrillation (AF) doubles the risk of stroke compared to paroxysmal AF, according to research in more than 6,000 patients presented at ESC Congress today by Dr. Thomas Vanassche from Belgium. The findings suggest that a simple clinical assessment of the type of AF can help doctors to better estimate stroke risk.

Fruit consumption cuts CVD risk by up to 40 percent
(European Society of Cardiology) Daily fruit consumption cuts the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) by up to 40 percent, according to research presented at ESC Congress today by Dr. Huaidong Du from Oxford, UK. The findings from the seven-year follow-up study of nearly a half million people in the China Kadoorie Biobank found that the more fruit people ate, the more their risk of CVD declined.

Quality of US diet shows modest improvement, but overall remains poor
(Harvard School of Public Health) Dietary quality in the US has improved steadily in recent years -- spurred in large part by reduced trans fat intake -- but overall dietary quality remains poor and disparities continue to widen among socioeconomic and racial/ethnic groups, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health.

Location of body fat can increase hypertension risk
(American College of Cardiology) People with fat around their abdominal area are at greater risk of developing hypertension when compared to those with similar body mass index but fat concentrations elsewhere on the body, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Family dinners reduce effects of cyberbullying in adolescents
(McGill University) Sharing regular family meals with children may help protect them from the effects of cyberbullying, according to a study by McGill professor Frank Elgar, Institute for Health and Social Policy. Because family meal times represent social support and exchanges in the home that benefit adolescents' well-being, Elgar suggests that this family contact and communication can also reduce some of the distressing effects of cyberbullying.

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