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Monday, September 28, 2015

Health Research: Lower sperm motility in men exposed to common chemical ♦ Diabetes medication could be used to treat alcohol dependence ♦ Flu vaccine expected to be a 'good match

This year's flu vaccine expected to be a 'good match' Every year at this time, we hear it's time to get the flu shot. After last year's vaccine missed the mark, how does the Center for Disease Control regain the public's confidence that their predictions will hold up this year? With the facts.
Lower sperm motility in men exposed to common chemical Men with higher exposure to the substance DEHP, a so-called phthalate, have lower sperm motility and may therefore experience more difficulties conceiving children, according to a new study.
Diabetes medication could be used to treat alcohol dependence A medication used for diabetes and obesity also could be a valuable tool for the treatment of alcohol dependence, a new study on mice and rats shows.
Chip-based technology enables reliable direct detection of Ebola virus Chip-based technology has been enhanced to provide reliable detection of Ebola virus and other viral pathogens. The system uses direct optical detection of viral molecules and can be integrated into a simple, portable instrument for use in field situations where rapid, accurate detection of Ebola infections is needed to control outbreaks.
Rapidly assessing the next influenza pandemic Influenza pandemics are potentially the most serious natural catastrophes that affect the human population. New findings suggest that with both timely and accurate data and sophisticated numerical models, the likely impact of a new pandemic can be assessed quickly, and key decisions made about potential mitigation strategies.

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