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Safer, with more benefits: Parents' vaccine views shifting
(University of Michigan Health System) Over the same time period that multiple outbreaks of measles and whooping cough made headlines around the country, parents' views on vaccines became more favorable.

Second-line cetuximab active beyond progression in quadruple wild-type patients with mCRC
(European Society for Medical Oncology) Patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) that are mutation-free in the KRAS, NRAS, BRAF and PIK3CA genes showed significant benefit from continuing anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) therapy beyond progression following first-line chemotherapy and an anti-EGFR monoclonal antibody, according to study results presented at the ESMO 17th World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer in Barcelona, Spain.

'Invisible' protein structure explains the power of enzymes
(Umea University) A research group at Ume University in Sweden has managed to capture and describe a protein structure that, until now, has been impossible to study. The discovery lays the base for developing designed enzymes as catalysts to new chemical reactions for instance in biotechnological applications. The result of the study is published in the journal Nature Communications.

Early exposure to cat urine makes mice less likely to escape from cats
(Society for Experimental Biology) Mice that are exposed to the powerful smell of cat urine early in life do not escape from cats later in life. Researchers at the A. N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russia, have discovered that mice that smell cat urine early in life, do not avoid the same odor, and therefore do not escape from their feline predators, later in life.

Studies confirm regorafenib benefit in pre-treated metastatic colorectal cancer
(European Society for Medical Oncology) The phase IIIb CONSIGN study has confirmed the benefit of regorafenib in patients with previously treated metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC), researchers announced at the ESMO 17th World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer 2015 in Barcelona. The safety profile and progression free survival were similar to phase III trial results.

Millions of children's lives saved through low-cost investments
(Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation) More than 34 million children's lives have been saved since 2000 because of investments in child health programs at a cost of as little as $4,205 per child, according to a new analysis in The Lancet. From 2000 to 2014, low- and middle-income country governments spent $133 billion on child health. Donors spent $73.6 billion. The governments saved about 20 million children, and the donors saved an additional 14 million children.

Smart mouth guard could detect teeth grinding, dehydration, concussions
(University of Florida) The next big thing in wearable technology may show up right inside your mouth.

WATCHMAN device gives patients alternative to blood thinners and reduces stroke risk
(MedStar Washington Hospital Center) MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center was the first in the Washington metropolitan region to implant the newly approved WATCHMAN Device. The new device is designed to prevent stroke in high-risk patients with atrial fibrillation who are seeking an alternative to blood-thinning medication. Blood thinners are effective in stroke risk reductions for A-fib patients, but many cannot tolerate these drugs because of the risk of bleeding. Now, there's a new option.

Do you really think you're a foodie?
(Cornell Food & Brand Lab) Think you're a foodie? Adventurous eaters, known as 'foodies,' are often associated with indulgence and excess. However, a new Cornell Food and Brand Lab study shows just the opposite -- adventurous eaters weigh less and may be healthier than their less-adventurous counterparts.

Long-term memories are maintained by prion-like proteins
(Columbia University Medical Center) Research from Eric Kandel's lab has uncovered further evidence of a system in the brain that persistently maintains memories for long periods of time.

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