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Staph and A Secret Weapon

Researchers are getting closer to understanding the workings of Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium that causes more than 60,000 infections each year. And that could lead to better treatment for the infections.

The bacterium, S. aureus, is often a harmless organism found in the nose and skin of 30 percent of people. But it can cause serious infections if it gets into deeper tissues.

His Cheating, Your Health

By Eve Marx
The news isn’t pretty. Your husband has been having sex with someone else, and you’ve been having sex with your husband. Just as you were congratulating yourself for having a happy, healthy sex life when so many of your married friends are complaining their sex life is over, you discover the downside of your husband’s strong libido: He’s been indulging his erotic desires with another woman.

A Cure for Glaucoma?

Scientists have discovered a cause of glaucoma that could lead to eventually to an eye drop that cures the illness.

A Lifetime of Outdoor Activity Ups Eye Disease Risk

Exfoliation syndrome (XFS), an eye condition that is a leading cause of secondary open-angle glaucoma and can lead to an increased risk of cataract and cataract surgery complications, is more prevalent in people who spend a great deal of time in the sun over the years. This is especially true of those who work or play where the sun reflects off water or snow, according to a multi-university study published on September 4th 2014 in JAMA, Ophthalmology. The team reports that wearing sunglasses may help prevent the syndrome.

Age Alters Immune Response to Grief

Young people have a more robust immune response to the loss of a loved one, according to new research from the University of Birmingham in the UK, providing insight into how different generations cope with loss.

The study, published in September 2014 the journal Immunity and Ageing, shows how the balance of our stress hormones during grief changes as we age – meaning elderly people are more likely to have reduced immune function and, as a result, suffer from infections.

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