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Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

When big isn't better: How the flu bug bit Google

Numbers and data can be critical tools in bringing complex issues into crisp focus. The understanding of diseases, for example, benefits from algorithms that help monitor their spread. But without context, a number may just ...

Neuroscience

New clues to memory formation may help better treat dementia

Do fruit flies hold the key to treating dementia? Researchers at the University of Houston (UH) have taken a significant step forward in unraveling the mechanisms of Pavlovian conditioning. Their work will help them understand ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Hospital disinfectants struggling to kill C. diff bacteria colonies

The deadly and notoriously stubborn superbug, Clostridioides difficile (C. diff), is putting up a winning fight against hospital-grade disinfectants meant to kill it, according to results of a new study published in the Antimicrobial ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Childhood chores not related to self-control development

Although assigning household chores is considered an essential component of child-rearing, it turns out they might not help improve children's self-control, a coveted personality trait that allows people to suppress inappropriate ...

Health

Health care intervention: Treating high-need, high-cost patients

In crisis and with nowhere else to turn, thousands of patients with complex needs—serious mental and physical health problems and substance use disorders—every year flock to emergency rooms in Harris County, Texas and ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Suicide risk factors vary by ethnic group

Approximately 8.3 million adults in the United States reported thinking about suicide last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While thoughts and deeds are clearly different, University of Houston ...

Overweight & Obesity

The role of a single molecule in obesity

A single cholesterol-derived molecule, called 27-hydroxycholesterol (27HC), lurks inside your bloodstream and will increase your body fat, even if you don't eat a diet filled with red meat and fried food. That kind of diet, ...

Health

Understanding where patients live can improve patient health

Family physicians typically don't consider where patients live when assessing their health care needs, despite research that indicates a person's environment can significantly affect their health. Things like access to health ...

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