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Effects of Physical Activity On Children's Growth

To describe the current scientific knowledge on the effects of physical exercise on the growth of children and adolescents since intrauterine life. A search was carried out in the Medline, Embase, Scielo, and Cochrane databases of studies published from 1990 to 2018. The authors included studies with different designs: clinical trials, cohort, cross-sectional and review studies.

Blacks At Higher Risk Of Sudden Cardiac Death

A sizable study still can not explain why black Americans are much more likely than whites to suffer sudden cardiac death. "At the end of the day, we just don't have a full understanding of why patients who are black are more likely to succumb to [sudden cardiac death]—a clear problem and knowledge gap on many levels," said study lead author Dr. Rajat Deo, University of Pennsylvania.

How Skin Cells Protect Themselves Against Stress

The skin is our largest organ, and, among other things, it provides protection against mechanical impacts. To ensure this protection, skin cells have to be connected to one another especially closely. Exactly how this mechanical stability is provided on the molecular level was unclear for a long time.

Mandatory Taper Off Chronic Opioids Might Be Harmful

Mandatory opioid tapers could sometimes do more harm than good, international medical experts warn in an open letter to health authorities. The letter, published in the journal Pain Medicine, outlines risks associated with forced tapering of opioids and petitions U.S. policymakers to develop guidelines that are not "aggressive and unrealistic."