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Next-generation GMOs: Pink Pineapples and Purple Tomatoes

April 1, 2015 | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | Comments

Cancer-fighting pink pineapples, heart-healthy purple tomatoes and less fatty vegetable oils may someday be on grocery shelves alongside more traditional products.

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Experimental Cancer Drug Restores Memory in Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s

April 1, 2015 11:07 am | by Bill Hathaway, Yale University | Comments

Memory and as well as connections between brain cells were restored in mice with a model of Alzheimer’s given an experimental cancer drug.

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Researchers Identify “Beige” Fat-Burning Cells in Humans

April 1, 2015 10:57 am | by Steve Tokar, UC San Francisco | Comments

For the first time, a research team, led by a UC San Francisco biologist, has isolated energy-burning “beige” fat from adult humans, which is known to be able to convert unhealthy white fat into healthy brown fat. The scientists also found new genetic markers of this beige fat.

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Getting Enough Sleep? App Helps Identify Common Sleep Disorders in Patients

April 1, 2015 10:44 am | by Johns Hopkins | Comments

Each year, more than 60 million Americans fail to get enough sleep at night due to a chronic sleep disorder. Yet few of these patients will be diagnosed and receive the care they need, even if they’re already seeing other doctors, such as a primary care physician.

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To Statin or Not to Statin?

April 1, 2015 10:11 am | by Johns Hopkins | Comments

Johns Hopkins report offers physicians tips to help patients make the right call.

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3-D Human Skin Maps Aid Study of Relationships Between Molecules, Microbes and Environment

March 31, 2015 4:39 pm | by University of Calif, San Diego | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences used information collected from hundreds of skin swabs to produce three-dimensional maps of molecular and microbial variations across the body. 

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Clues into Cognitive Dysfunction in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

March 31, 2015 4:33 pm | by Columbia University | Comments

Scientists at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health have identified a unique pattern of immune molecules in the cerebrospinal fluid of people with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) that provides insights into the basis for cognitive dysfunction.

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Intelligent Neuroprostheses Mimic Natural Motor Control

March 31, 2015 4:22 pm | by Cognitive Neuroscience Society | Comments

Neuroscientists are taking inspiration from natural motor control to design new prosthetic devices that can better replace limb function. In new work, researchers have tested a range of brain-controlled devices - from wheelchairs to robots to advanced limbs - that work with their users to intelligently perform tasks.

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Researchers Build Brain-Machine Interface to Control Prosthetic Hand

March 31, 2015 4:13 pm | by University of Houston | Comments

A research team from the University of Houston has created an algorithm that allowed a man to grasp a bottle and other objects with a prosthetic hand, powered only by his thoughts.

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Premature Aging of Stem Cell Telomeres Linked to Emphysema

March 31, 2015 4:03 pm | by Johns Hopkins | Comments

Lung diseases like emphysema and pulmonary fibrosis are common among people with malfunctioning telomeres, the "caps" or ends of chromosomes. Now, researchers from Johns Hopkins say they have discovered what goes wrong and why.

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An Apple a Day May Not Keep the Doctor Away: Study

March 31, 2015 10:45 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | Comments

An apple a day doesn't necessarily keep the doctor away. That's according to proverb-busting research that found daily apple eaters had just as many doctor visits as those who ate fewer or no apples. 

How Immune Cells Facilitate the Spread of Breast Cancer

March 30, 2015 5:10 pm | Comments

The body's immune system fights disease, infections and even cancer, acting like foot soldiers to protect against invaders and dissenters. 

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Fasting, Less-Toxic Cancer Drug May Work as Well as Chemotherapy

March 30, 2015 5:05 pm | by USC | Comments

Fasting in combination with chemotherapy has already been shown to kill cancer cells, but a pair of new studies in mice suggests that a less-toxic class of drugs combined with fasting may kill breast, colorectal and lung cancer cells equally well.

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Blood-Based Biomarkers could Enable Accurate TB tests for Diagnosis

March 30, 2015 4:57 pm | Comments

Researchers have identified blood-based biomarkers in patients with active tuberculosis (ATB) that could lead to new blood-based diagnostics and tools for monitoring treatment response and cure.

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MRI based on Sugar Molecule Can Tell Cancerous from Noncancerous Cells

March 30, 2015 4:51 pm | by Johns Hopkins University | Comments

Imaging tests like mammograms or CT scans can detect tumors, but figuring out whether a growth is or isn’t cancer usually requires a biopsy to study cells directly.

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Colleges Getting Out of Health Insurance Business

March 30, 2015 4:45 pm | by Donna Gordon Blankinship, Associated Prss | Comments

​The federal health care overhaul is leading some colleges and universities to get out of the health insurance business.

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