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July 2008 Archive

July 30, 2008

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Children’s Physical Activity Drops From Age 9 to 15

Physical activity levels dropped sharply in a large group of American children between the ages of 9 and 15, according to a long-term study. By the age of 15, most failed to reach the daily recommended activity level.

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Unhealthy Habits May Boost Eskimos’ Heart Risks

A new study shows that Alaskan Eskimos have significantly higher rates of fatty deposits in their arteries than the general U.S. population, possibly because smoking rates are at least 3 times higher than average among adult Eskimos. The researchers suggest that smoking, saturated fats and other unhealthy choices may be impinging on the traditional, healthy lifestyles of Alaska natives.

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How the Brain Orders Events

Researchers have long wondered whether the language we speak affects the way we interpret the world. A new study shows that, regardless of their language, people tend to order events the same way when they’re not speaking about them.

July 14, 2008

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Learning How Cold Sore Viruses Hide

Once you’ve been infected with a herpesvirus, like the virus that causes cold sores, it takes up permanent residence in your body, hiding quietly in your nerve cells until the next outbreak. Now scientists say they’ve discovered tiny molecules that seem to help the cold sore virus stay inactive and protected. The finding may eventually lead to new strategies for treating these persistent infections.

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Diverse Autism Mutations May Share Common Mechanism

Many of the seemingly diverse mutations that lead to autism may cause the disorder through a similar underlying mechanism, according to a new study.

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Studies Show Cancer Vaccine Progress

Two new studies bring researchers closer to being able to design vaccines to treat cancer.

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