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(The Independent) A study into the genetic nature of friendship has found that, on average, close friends are likely to be as genetically related to one another as fourth cousins who share the same great, great, great grandparents. The findings suggest there is an unexplained mechanism that helps us to choose our friends based on how similar they are to us in terms of their DNA, said James Fowler, professor of medical genetics at the University of California, San Diego.
(Reuters) U.S. government data released on Tuesday showed that 2.3 percent of American adults are either gay or bisexual and that these men and women more often reported serious anxiety and having self-destructive habits than their straight peers… Gays and bisexuals fared as well or better than their straight peers in some areas, like exercising, taking HIV tests and receiving flu vaccines.
(Science Daily) Bacteria found in the bladders of healthy women differ from bacteria in women with a common form of incontinence, according to researchers. Approximately 15 percent of women suffer from UUI and yet an estimated 40 -- 50 percent do not respond to conventional treatments. One possible explanation for the lack of response to medication may be the bacteria present in these women. "These findings may have strong implications for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of women with this form of incontinence," said a co-investigator.
(Daily Telegraph‎) Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.
(The Frugal Shopper, U.S. News & World Report) Owning a pet is a special experience and the connection you share can truly enrich your life. You want to pay back your pet’s unconditional love with the best care possible, but the costs can be intimidating. Here’s some good news: Fido can stay happy and healthy with these money-saving tips that won’t sacrifice his quality of life.
(Sharecare.com) Vision can change dramatically after people turn 40. Learn more as Dr. Oz discusses in this video what happens to your vision as you age and what to do about it.
(The Frugal Shopper, U.S. News & World Report) Eyewear can be expensive, but these sources can help you cut costs.
(LiveScience) A student in Taiwan who left disposable contact lenses in her eyes for six months straight developed a rare and serious eye infection that ultimately took her vision, according to news reports.
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