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Regular consumption of deep-fried foods like chicken, french fries and doughnuts has been associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer by investigators at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Previous studies have suggested that eating foods made with high-heat cooking methods, like grilled meat, may increase the risk of prostate cancer but this is the first one to implicate deep frying to cancer.

Sick children suffering dehydration from flu or other illnesses may risk significant kidney injury if given drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen, according to researchers writing in the Journal of Pediatrics.

Jason Misurac, M.D., and colleagues from
Indiana University School of Medicine
and Butler University reported that nearly 3 percent of cases of pediatric acute kidney injury over a decade could be traced directly to having taken the common non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. Although small in terms of percentage of total kidney damage cases, they noted that the children with problems associated with NSAIDs included four young patients who needed dialysis, and at least seven who may have suffered permanent kidney damage.

The 1950s are irrationally idealized by some economists and also irrationally derided by some in culture, but a new paper in the Archives of Sexual Behavior seeks to rehabilitate the cultural aspects and make the case that the 1950s use of penicillin, and not birth control or more common abortions a decade later, created the 'sexual revolution' and its rise in in risky, consequence-free behavior during the "swinging 60s". 

In a development that could lead to faster and more effective toxicity tests for airborne chemicals, scientists from Rice University and Nano3D Biosciences have used magnetic levitation to grow some of the most realistic lung tissue ever produced in a laboratory.

In the new study, researchers combined four types of cells to replicate tissue from the wall of the bronchiole deep inside the lung.

In vitro laboratory tests have historically been conducted on 2-D cell cultures grown in flat petri dishes, but scientists have become increasingly aware that cells in flat cultures sometimes behave and interact differently than cells that are immersed in 3-D tissue.

A group of researchers say they have shown environmental toxicants can negatively affect as many as three generations of an exposed animal's offspring.

Washington State University scientists led by molecular biologist Michael Skinner says he  found reproductive disease and obesity in the descendants of rats exposed to the plasticizer bisephenol-A, or BPA, as well DEHP and DBP, plastic compounds known as phthalates. In the journal Reproductive Toxicology, they report the first observation of cross-generation disease from a widely used hydrocarbon mixture the military refers to as JP8.

 Stratasys Ltd., a manufacturer of 3D printers and production systems for prototyping and manufacturing, says that the "magic arms" WREX exoskeleton, designed by Nemours/Alfred l. duPont Hospital for Children, has been nominated for the Designs of the Year 2013 awards by London's Design Museum.