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Among the six categories included in the Health Sciences Network is one featuring the latest scientific publications in the Health Sciences. The most recently published articles deal with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and anti-inflammatory property of chlorophyll.

The Health Sciences category of the Life-Sciences Magazine covers the effects of disease and medical treatment on the overall condition of organisms. This section currently contains more than 243,000 articles. A great part of these contributions derive from nearly 3,000 international scientific journals covering this science topic.

One of the latest inclusions deals with the implications of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) for cardiovascular health. GDM is a pregnancy complication that is becoming more prevalent with increasing rates of obesity and advancing maternal age. GDM not only increases risk for maternal and fetal complications during pregnancy, but also significantly increases a woman’s risk of both type 2 diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease. The authors argue that medical therapies such as metformin that prevent progression to type 2 diabetes mellitus may be primarily important to prevent cardiovascular disease among women with GDM.

A newly published article on the anti-inflammatory property of chlorophyll revisits the folklore use of green leaves to treat inflammation. Chlorophyll a from fresh leaves showed potent anti-inflammatory activity against carrageenan-induced paw edema in mice and formalin-induced paw edema in rats by inhibiting expression of a pro-inflammatory bacterial cytokine gene in cells. The authors conclude that chlorophyll a and its degradation products are promising anti-inflammatory agents for the development of phytomedicine or conventional medicine to treat inflammation and related diseases.

The social network was established to discover and share scholarly and popular content in the basic and applied life and earth sciences including biology, agriculture, forestry, the environmental sciences, and the health sciences.

While the very latest Health Sciences content is rarely older than a few minutes, the front page of usually presents stories submitted ca. 20-60 minutes ago. All categories including that of Health feature RSS Feeds. All categories and articles can be bookmarked and shared with the AddThis buttons which include the increasingly popular Google+1 button.

The website newly features a "Top Content" sidebar which includes the most actively read and shared articles available on the site and the Google Translate gadget which supports translating's content into over 50 languages. The site's own search function enables users to search for keywords or phrases. For every story displayed, it also suggests up to 10 related articles which are displayed sorted by relevancy. maintains the Twitter account @Life_Sciences_ which currently features 76,761 tweets and 1,193 followers. The Health category is represented by Twitter's @MagazineHealth containing 80,547 tweets.


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