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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Health Research: Quality Control for portable, rapid, low-cost DNA sequencing ♦ Obesity more dangerous than lack of fitness ♦ Large proportion of IBS sufferers are vitamin D deficient

NanoOK: Quality Control for portable, rapid, low-cost DNA sequencing Scientists have been putting Oxford Nanopore's MinION sequencer through its paces with an open-source, sequence alignment-based genome analysis tool called 'NanoOK.'
Email between patients, physicians improves health A third of patients with chronic conditions who exchanged secure emails with their doctors said that these communications improved their overall health.
Large proportion of IBS sufferers are vitamin D deficient A large proportion of people living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) are vitamin D deficient, a new study has found. The British study, which is the first of its kind, found that out of 51 IBS patients tested 82 per cent exhibited insufficient vitamin D levels.
Obesity more dangerous than lack of fitness A new study has dismissed the concept of 'fat but fit.' In contrast, the results from the new study suggest that the protective effects of high fitness against early death are reduced in obese people.

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