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Beginner Tips And Tricks For Playing The Guitar

People in countless cultures and musical traditions have long favored music made by the guitar. For that reason, lots of people have a deep desire to learn to play guitar themselves. The piece that follows will help anyone interested in picking up the guitar get started in a productive, successful way. Keep your motivation high. […]


Medicaid expansion helps uncover undiagnosed HIV infections

The Medicaid expansion facilitated by the Affordable Care Act led to increases in the identification of undiagnosed HIV infections and in the use of HIV prevention services such as preexposure prophylaxis drugs, says new research co-written by a team of University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign experts who study the intersection of health care and public policy. […]


Anonymous cell phone data can quantify behavioral changes for flu-like illnesses

Cell phone data that is routinely collected by telecommunications providers can reveal changes of behavior in people who are diagnosed with a flu-like illness, while also protecting their anonymity, a new study finds. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) published the research, led by computer scientists at Emory University and based on […]


Researchers find melatonin is effective against polycystic kidney disease

A hormone commonly associated with sleep-wake regulation has been found to reduce cysts in fruit flies, according to Concordia researchers. It’s a finding that may affect the way we treat some kidney diseases and reduce the need for kidney transplants. In a new paper published in the journal Molecules, alum Cassandra Millet-Boureima (MSc 19) and […]


Two antiviral enzymes transform pre-leukemia stem cells into leukemia

Since stem cells can continually self-regenerate, making more stem cells, and differentiate into many different specialized cell types, they play an important role in our development and health. But there can also be a dark side—stem cells can sometimes become cancer stem cells, proliferating out of control and leading to blood cancers, such as leukemia […]


Country diary: hammering hail and a rare sight of crystalline beauty

Dull, snow-stained cloud over the hills showed the winter storm approaching, rapidly, from the east. When it hit the village, driven by a gale that tore at the heavy boughs of the beech trees, the air temperature was hovering close to zero. What fell wasn’t the mist of soft, slow flakes from remembered childhood, but […]


Mouse study: Gabapentin prevents harmful structural changes in spinal cord

Research led by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine found that the widely prescribed pain-relief drug gabapentin can prevent harmful structural changes in the injured spinal cords of mice, and also block cardiovascular changes and immune suppression caused by spinal cord injury. “Gabapentin is often prescribed as a treatment for […]


Tri-active contraceptive gel combines spermicidal, anti-viral, libido-enhancing agents

Researchers from North Carolina State University have created a trifunctional contraceptive gel that contains spermicidal, anti-viral and libido-enhancing agents in one formulation. When tested in a rat model, the gel both enhanced male libido and prevented pregnancy in 100% of cases, as compared to an average 87% effective rate with a commercially available contraceptive gel. […]