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Inherited mutation leads to overproduction of EPO


A newly-discovered hereditary mutation is responsible for an increased production of erythropoietin (EPO) in the blood. This mutation causes a messenger RNA (mRNA) that is not normally involved in the formation of proteins to be reprogrammed so that it produces EPO, thus abnormally increasing the number of red blood cells.
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Hormones may affect girls' interests, but not their gender identity or playmates


Prenatal exposure to male hormones influences which activities girls are interested and engage in, but the effects of those hormones don't extend to gender identity or who they socialize with, according to Penn State researchers.
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New study suggests hormone therapy helps reduce curvature of the spine


The Women's Health Initiative found that hormone therapy (HT) use was associated with a reduction in vertebral fracture risk. A new study shows these same benefits may also guard against a woman's risk of developing hyperkyphosis, an exaggerated curvature of the spine that creates a forward stooped posture.
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Female hormones may be linked to asthma, study suggests


Fluctuations in female sex hormones could play a role in the development of allergies and asthma, a major review of evidence suggests.
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Ohio University study shows Vitamin D3 could help heal or prevent cardiovascular damage


A new study conducted by Ohio University scientists suggests that a little more sunlight might help restore damage to your cardiovascular system.
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The first step in generating an artificial adrenal gland


In a new study, published in Cell Reports, researchers from the William Harvey Research Institute at Queen Mary University of London used cells derived from urine to take the first step in generating an artificial adrenal gland.
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