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Baby photos now start at fertilization

Baby photos now start at fertilization

The advent of advanced ultrasound and cheap printing technologies has made it possible for parents to take home an image of their child who is still in the mother’s womb. Now, IVF clinics have developed the ‘embryoscope’ technique that allows parents to witness even the beginning of their child’s life at the moment of conception and in the first few days after fertilization.

The embryoscope technique is a cutting-edge timelapse photography that IVF clinics use to monitor cell development in the first few days before implantation of embryo in the mother’s womb.

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‘Playboy’ behavior is bad for mental health: study

‘Playboy’ behavior is bad for mental health: study

Men who adhere to "playboy" behavior and remain stuck closely to 'masculine gender norms' are significantly more likely to suffer psychological problems than those who conform less to such traits, according to a study published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology.

A team of researchers at Indiana University examined nearly 20,000 men, and discovered a significant link between "playboy" or "sexist" behavior and mental health problems like depression, stress, anxiety and drug abuse.

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Heinz recalls more than 5K pounds of gravy

Heinz recalls more than 5K pounds of gravy

A labeling glitch prompted American food processing giant Heinz Co. to recall more than five thousand pounds of gravy, just in time for the run-up to Thanksgiving.

The company confirmed that it has issued a recall for nearly 5,022 pounds (500 jars) of Heinz HomeStyle Bistro Au Jus Gravy because some of the jars may be mislabeled as Heinz Pork Gravy. The mislabeling means that those jars are not labeled as containing milk and soy.

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Dogs have better memory abilities than previously thought

Dogs have better memory abilities than previously thought

Dogs have better memories than previously thought as a new study has showed that they can remember and emulate their owners’ actions up to an hour later.

Claudia Fugazza, an animal behavior researcher at Budapest-based Eotvos Lorand University, studied 17 dogs and found that they had better powers to retain information that heir expectations.

Through a method called “Do As I Do,” the researchers taught dogs to observe actions performed by their owners, and then imitate those action upon hearing the command “Do it.”

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California delays commercial crabbing season for Dungeness

California delays commercial crabbing season for Dungeness

A toxin from algae blooms prompted California wildlife officials to indefinitely delay the commercial crabbing season for Dungeness along a 120-mile-stretch of northern coast of the state.

Commercial crabbing for Dungeness, which is a tradition on holiday tables for many people in this part of the nation, was scheduled to start by Dec. 1, 2016. Following yesterday’s decision, the Humboldt Bay to Point Reyes stretch will remain closed to crabbing.

Rates of Alzheimer’s & dementia risks decline: study

Rates of Alzheimer’s & dementia risks decline: study

Rates at which Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia are hitting older Americans are apparently on the decline since 2000, a new study suggested.

A team of researchers analyzed data gathered in two snapshots, in 2000 and 2012, and found that the number of people with the conditions in the United States has been falling for the last one and half decade.

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Texas A&M’s new research complex to help drive health research forward

Texas A&M’s new research complex to help drive health research forward

Texas A&M University’s under-construction Global Health Research Complex is widely expected to help drive the higher education institution’s animal and human health research forward.

The university broke ground on the ambitious $86 million project last Friday. The project received $75 million in funding from the 84th Texas Legislature in addition to $11 million that it received from the Permanent University Fund.

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Artificial pancreas system to make life easier for diabetics

Artificial pancreas system to make life easier for diabetics

Amid increasing cases of diabetes, the FDA recently approved an artificial pancreas system that has a continuous glucose sensor which works directly with an insulin pump, allowing patients to continuously monitor their blood sugar level without the need of frequently piercing a finger.

Katie Marquart, a pediatric endocrinologist from Gundersen Health System, said that the new system provides constant information to insulin pump to allow, enabling the device to release more or less insulin in the blood as required by the body.

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E-cigarettes are as hazardous as conventional cigarettes: study

E-cigarettes are as hazardous as conventional cigarettes: study

While manufacturers of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have along been touting the devices as a good alternative to conventional cigarettes, a new study has warned that e-cigarettes are as equally hazardous as conventional cigarettes.

A team of researchers led by Dr. Irfan Rahman, of the UR School of Medicine & Dentistry, studied the potential detrimental effects of e-cigarettes on oral health on cellular and molecular levels. They found that e-cigarettes are as equally damaging to the user’s gums and teeth as usual cigarettes.

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A quick look at marijuana legalization

A quick look at marijuana legalization

President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump differ on many things but they have one thing in common -- both believe that states should be allowed to decide on marijuana legalization on their on.

Addressing a crowd at a campaign event in Nevada in 2015, Trump said the matter of marijuana legalization should be a state issue, and federal government should not mess with it.

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