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Toxoplasma gondii Linked to Entrepreneurialism, New Discovery

A latest study has found that a parasite infestation found in cat feces could make a person an entrepreneur. Cat feces commonly contain parasiteToxoplasma gondii and its infection can often go unnoticed in most individuals. A new study has found that people who have had T. gondii infection are around 1.4 times more likely to major in business studies compared to those who were not infected.

Glucotypes Reveal New Patterns Of Glucose Dysregulation

According to a study, researchers developed a device that keeps extra-close tabs on the ups and downs of blood glucose levels reveals that most people see only a partial picture of the sugar circulating in their blood. It turns out that the level of sugar in an individual's blood, especially in individuals who are considered healthy, fluctuates more than traditional means of monitoring, like the one-and-done finger-prick method, would have us believe.

Often, these fluctuations come in the form of "spikes," or a rapid increase in the amount of sugar in the blood, after eating specific foods most commonly, carbohydrates. There are lots of folks running around with their glucose levels spiking, and they don't even know it. The study was published online in PLOS Biology.

Relationship Between Low Iodine Intake And Hearing Loss

Researchers conducted a study of US teens with the lowest levels of urinary iodine were five-times more likely to have hearing loss associated with speech comprehension than their peers with higher iodine levels.

This relationship has important public health implications because youth with hearing impairment experience academic difficulties, have behavioral problems, and demonstrate lower performance in oral language compared with peers with normal hearing. The study was published online in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

Human Bone Cells Can Be Affected By Microgravity

Researchers have suggested that normal physiological processes, such as the functional integrity of muscles and bone mass, can be affected by microgravity during spaceflight. During the lifespan, bone not only develops as a structure designed specifically for mechanical tasks but also adapts for efficiency. 

Life on Earth developed under the influence of normal gravity (1g). The lack of weight-bearing forces makes microgravity an ideal physical stimulus to evaluate bone cell responses. One of the most serious problems induced by long-term weightlessness is a bone mineral loss.