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Why scientists are studying hibernation to tackle obesity
New research in hibernating mammals reveals that noncoding DNA may play a role in mechanisms related to obesity control in humans and other animals. (Medical News Today)

Penile melanosis: What to know
Penile melanosis is a benign condition that causes dark patches of skin to appear on the penis. Learn about its appearance and more in this article. (Medical News Today)

Humans and autoimmune diseases continue to evolve together
As humans have evolved the ability to fight pathogens, these same adaptations have led to the emergence of inflammatory diseases, new research suggests. (Medical News Today)

What to know about diphallia (double penis)
Diphallia, or double penis, is a very rare genetic condition. Learn about its symptoms, causes, and treatment options, as well as its effects on a male's life, here. (Medical News Today)

How dormant herpes springs back to life
Researchers have now uncovered a cellular mechanism that may explain how the herpes simplex virus goes into and comes out of hiding. (Medical News Today)

Hair loss on temples: Everything you need to know
There are several potential reasons why a person might lose hair on the temples. Read on to find out the various causes and their associated treatments. (Medical News Today)

New research finds better way of calculating dogs' real ages
A team of researchers says that it has found a more accurate way to calculate dogs' real age and to show how it compares with age in human years. (Medical News Today)

Atrial fibrillation: Height could predict risk
New research confirms that the taller a person is, the higher their risk of atrial fibrillation, a common condition that affects the heart. (Medical News Today)

This vitamin D mechanism helps combat melanoma
Scientists have found that manipulating a cell signal, involving vitamin D, can slow the growth of melanoma cells and their advance to the lungs in mice. (Medical News Today)

Alcohol intake and reduced brain volume: What explains the link?
Data from three different studies suggest that lower brain volume and a propensity for alcohol use may have the same underlying cause: genetic factors. (Medical News Today)

Preventing herpes infections: Study offers new insights
A new study reveals a key protein that can encourage or slow the progression of the herpes simplex virus 1 and tests a compound that blocks the virus. (Medical News Today)

Monkeys: Past social stress impacts genes, health
New research suggests socially stressful experiences that occurred in the past leave a long lasting print on genes and health in monkeys and humans. (Medical News Today)

Brain activity has role in human aging and longevity
After studying human tissue, mice, and worms, scientists link excessive brain activity to reduced life span and find that its suppression can extend life. (Medical News Today)

How whales and dolphins evolved for life at sea
New research identifies 85 genes, the loss of which may have allowed whales, dolphins, and other cetaceans to adapt to life in an aquatic environment. (Medical News Today)

New three-sexed roundworm species has 'extreme arsenic resistance'
Scientists have found a new ringworm species that has three sexes and is resistant to 500 times the arsenic concentration that would kill a human. (Medical News Today)

Best foods to eat with cystic fibrosis
In this article, we list some of the best foods for people with cystic fibrosis to eat to help boost their energy intake and nutrient status, even during periods of appetite loss. (Medical News Today)

Body clock influences how well the immune system works
Current research in mice demonstrates that body clocks play a crucial role in how effectively certain immune cells respond when triggered to become active. (Medical News Today)

What is the average weight for a 13-year-old?
The average weight for 13-year-olds is different for boys and girls, and puberty and genetics can also factor in. Learn about the average weight and BMI for a 13-year-old here. (Medical News Today)

What is the mechanism behind compulsive sexual behavior?
A new study searches for the molecular mechanism at the core of compulsive sexual behavior. Changes in the regulation of two genes may be key, it suggests. (Medical News Today)

Mouse study sheds new light on fat formation
A recent study in mice has found a new biological mechanism that regulates the formation and accumulation of white fat tissue, a key factor in obesity. (Medical News Today)

Cancer: Why drug testing needs to improve
A new study finds that many new cancer drugs may not work in the way their developers think they do, which could have implications for their effectiveness. (Medical News Today)

Scientists discover the structure of cancer molecule
New research from the United Kingdom has now revealed the structure and function of a molecule that may help cancer develop and become treatment resistant. (Medical News Today)

Has a small trial stumbled upon a way to reverse biological aging?
A small clinical trial has found that an experimental treatment meant to reverse the aging of a key player in the immune system achieved a lot more. (Medical News Today)

Average life expectancies for cystic fibrosis
Several factors affect cystic fibrosis life expectancy, and averages vary by age. This is partly due to recent advances in treatment and care. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

How to stop or reduce a stutter
There is no cure for a stutter, but there are several steps that can help a person reduce stuttering. These steps include quick tips and long term treatment. Learn about them here. (Medical News Today)

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