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Pollution Shrinks Brains, Causes Silent Strokes

April 24, 2015 | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Air pollution can shrink brains, lead to cognitive problems and even cause silent stokes, according to new research published by Stroke a journal of the American Heart Association.

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Some Progestins May Hike Cancer; Some Estrogens May Ward it Off

April 24, 2015 4:03 pm | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Comments

A recent analysis of  long-term after-effects of a specific hormone replacement therapy (HRT)—non-physiologic hormones created by Wyeth—finds that a pattern observed while women took the drugs during the famous Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) remains true years later.

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Wellness Advocate, Bestselling Author: I Faked Cancer

April 24, 2015 10:12 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A woman who became a bestselling author and wellness advocate after she claimed she healed herself of a brain tumor through a healthy diet recently admitted she never had cancer, according to a magazine investigation published this week.

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Regulatory and Clinical Factors Limiting US Non-Vascular Stent Market Growth

April 21, 2015 2:36 pm | by Priya Radhakrishnan, Director of Medical Devices, GlobalData | Comments

The future growth of the non-vascular stent market by 2021 will be slower in the US than almost every other major market.

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Researchers Test Blood-Based Biopsy for Finding Cancer

April 21, 2015 12:29 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

This method is delivering some promising results in early trials.

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Immunotherapy is Not a Curiosity Anymore

April 20, 2015 1:58 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

One of the main sessions at this year’s Experimental Biology Conference in Boston was the Tang Prize Award lecture. 

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As Subdural Hematomas Increase, so do Brain Growth Studies

April 17, 2015 2:47 pm | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Comments

There will be 60,000 annual cases of chronic subdural hematoma (SDH) by 2030, making SDH the U.S.’s most common adult brain surgery disorder, says a new study by New York University (NYU) researchers.

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Oldest Ever DNA Sample from Calcified Neanderthal Man

April 17, 2015 1:52 pm | by Sean Alloca, Editor, Forensic Magazine | Comments

Bones found in an Italian cave over two decades ago might have provided the oldest Neanderthal DNA ever tested.

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Fitness Trackers Could Support MS Treatments: Study

April 16, 2015 3:13 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

The team of investigators will present their findings this week at the annual American Academy of Neurology meeting.

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Heavy Drinking May Cause More Strokes Than Hypertension Does in Mid-Life

April 15, 2015 9:13 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Comments

Research has shown that drinking two or fewer alcoholic beverages a day may be beneficial for men’s hearts. A new study suggests that danger could be a heartbeat away: more than two drinks a day in middle age may raise men’s stroke risk more than hypertension (high blood pressure, HBP) or diabetes does.

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IBM Opens Up New Health Data Venture

April 15, 2015 9:01 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

Apple, Johnson & Johnson, and Medtronic will be partners on this program.

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A Guide to Targeted NGS: Generating Accurate Data for Personalized Medicine

April 15, 2015 8:57 am | by Ellen Prediger, Ph.D., Senior Writer, Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT) | Comments

As personalized medicine is integrated into mainstream medical treatment, sequencing clinically relevant genes using the latest next generation sequencing (NGS) technologies will prove instrumental in guiding clinicians towards informed treatment decisions.

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Getting Bigger Brains Through Exercise

April 14, 2015 10:08 am | by Bioscience Technology Staff | Comments

The brain gets bigger with physical exercise, according to two recent studies.

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New Compound Could Offer Therapy for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

April 14, 2015 9:15 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

An international research team has developed a compound that successfully targets and destroys aggregated proteins, leading to hopes for a new class of drugs effective against a multitude of diseases including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

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Managing Complexity in Biofuels Production with a Laboratory Information Management System

April 13, 2015 8:53 am | by Colin Thurston, Project Director, Thermo Fisher Scientific | Comments

Biofuels production has changed considerably over the past decade. Basic fermentation has been largely replaced by more complex processes that involve custom-engineered microorganisms that are capable of converting a diverse range of biomasses into fuel.

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Dreams and REM Sleep May Be About Memory Consolidation

April 13, 2015 8:39 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Comments

Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, during which vivid dreaming occurs, may be a period in which memory is consolidated, according to research in Science Advances.

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