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Twins born 1 year apart in Utah and Arizona

Twins born 1 year apart in Utah and Arizona

Two families in the two different U.S. states are celebrating the birth of their identical twins who took birth in different years – in 2016 and 2017.

Utah couple Huyen Nguyen and Nick Criddle welcomed their identical twin boys, named James and Matthew, into the world at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31 and at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1, respectively.

James and Matthew weighed 5 pounds and 5 pounds, 5 ounces, respectively. Describing his twin boys’ differences, father Nick Criddle said, “This is James, he is older and wiser. This is Matthew younger, a little stronger.”

Gates Foundations announces $140 million investment in Intarcia for HIV prevention device

Gates Foundations announces $140 million investment in Intarcia for HIV prevention device

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has participated in Series EE funding round of Intarcia for development of HIV prevention device. The Gates Foundation will invest $500 shortly and has announced additional $90 million tied to milestones that Intarcia will achieve in future. Intarcia has raised $206 during the current funding round. The company raised $2015 in September 2015.

Children with Obese Parents Face Higher Risk of Developmental Delays: NIH Research

Children with Obese Parents Face Higher Risk of Developmental Delays: NIH Research

Children with obese parents face an increased risk of developmental delay as per a new research conducted by the National Institutes of Health. The research suggests that children of obese parents have higher risk of being slow learners and they could also be clumsy. Obese mothers have generally performed worse in motor skill tests compared to health weight mothers and this could be inherited by child as well, the research suggests. The research team also found that in case the father is obese, the child has higher risk of failure in social competence tests.

Fresh Drug Approvals Decline to Six Year Low in 2016

Fresh Drug Approvals Decline to Six Year Low in 2016

The new drugs approved by the U.S. FDA and the European Medicines Agency has touched a six year low in year 2016. The decline is alarming for pharmaceutical research. The U.S. FDA approved 22 new drugs for sale in 2016. In 2015, the FDA had approved 45 drugs for sale in the United States. The European Medicines Agency approved 81 medicines in year 2016 compared to 93 in 2015. However, European Drug Agency counts generic drugs in the list of approved drugs as well.

Marijuana can help in many health issues

Marijuana can help cure various health issues

Marijuana legalization has long been a controversial issue across the United States as many people and authorities are in support of Marijuana while several continue to oppose it. The support for medicinal and recreational marijuana has grown over the last few years and many states have already relaxed rules regarding marijuana use.

Dopamine Receptors for Overweight People Could Be Reason Behind Low Physical Activity

Dopamine Receptors for Overweight People Could Be Reason Behind Low Physical Activity

Exercising and regular physical activity are considered among the top ways to shed extra weight but physical activity is usually found low among people in overweight and obese categories. A new research conducted by researchers at the National Institutes for Health (NIH) has suggested that a chemical imbalance in brain makes is really difficult for overweight individuals to raise their level of physical activity or exercise. The research team found that diet-induced obesity leads to changes in functioning of brain.

Lawsuit alleges St. Ives Apricot Scrub damages skin

Lawsuit alleges St. Ives Apricot Scrub damages skin

St. Ives Apricot Scrub claims to give people softer skin but a recently filed lawsuit alleges that the popular product is “unfit” to be sold as a facial scrub because it can do real harm to the user’s skin.

The lawsuit has been filed by Kaylee Browning and Sarah Basile in the U.S. District Court in California against British-Dutch multinational consumer goods giant Unilever, the parent company of St. Ives.
Browning and Basile claim that the scrub contains crushed walnut shells, which make the product completely unsuitable to be used on face.

Overweight People Face Changes in Dopamine and This Impacts Their Physical Activity Trends: Research

Overweight People Face Changes in Dopamine and This Impacts Their Physical Activity Trends: Research

Most overweight people know that it is not easy to shed that extra weight and a new research has suggested that changes in dopamine could be the reason behind difficulty to get rid of sedentary lifestyle. For people who are overweight, it is difficult to exercise and with changes in brain chemicals, it can be concluded that they face even tougher battle against extra weight. The research was conducted by a team at National Institutes for Health (NIH) and has been published in prominent journal Cell Metabolism.

Exercising Tough for Overweight People Due to Chemical Imbalance: Research

Exercising Tough for Overweight People Due to Chemical Imbalance: Research

Exercising and regular physical activity are considered among the top ways to shed extra weight but physical activity is usually found low among people in overweight and obese categories. A new research conducted by researchers at the National Institutes for Health (NIH) has suggested that a chemical imbalance in brain makes is really difficult for overweight individuals to raise their level of physical activity or exercise. The research team found that diet-induced obesity leads to changes in functioning of brain.

Fight against zika continues

Fight against zika continues

Amid growing cases of zika infection across the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has University of Florida researchers with a $10 million grant to find ways to stop zika-like diseases from becoming widespread in the nation.

University officials confirmed yesterday that the Southeast Regional Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Disease’s Gateway Program received the grant from the CDC for leading a new research program focused at stopping diseases like zika.

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