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Milk-maker hormone may help liver regenerate

The hormone prolactin is probably best known for its role in stimulating milk production in mothers after giving birth. But prolactin also has an important function in the liver. This organ has the highest number of prolactin ...

Oct 15, 2013
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When it comes to the good cholesterol, fitness trumps weight

There's no question that high levels of good cholesterol—also known as high-density lipoprotein (HDL)—seem to be protective against heart disease. Rather than depositing fat into the blood vessels the way the "bad" cholesterol ...

Oct 09, 2013
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Getting an expected award music to the brain's ears

Several studies have shown that expecting a reward or punishment can affect brain activity in areas responsible for processing different senses, including sight or touch. For example, research shows that these brain regions ...

Sep 25, 2013
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Transmitting future asthma by smoking today

Asthma is a serious public health problem. An estimated 300 million people worldwide suffer from this sometimes deadly lung disease, a number expected to increase to 400 million by 2025. One well-established risk factor for ...

Sep 20, 2013
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Why hard drinking is harder on the body with age

(Medical Xpress)—It's no secret that chronic alcohol abuse can cause a variety of health problems. Along with a greater risk of cancer, cardiovascular and liver disease, and depression, heavy over time drinking leads to ...

Jun 24, 2013
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