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Imaging Test May Identify Biomarker of Alzheimer's Disease

May 28, 2015 | by Radiological Society of North America | Comments

Degeneration of the white matter of the brain may be an early marker of specific types of Alzheimer's disease (AD), including early-onset AD, according to results of a new study published in the journal Radiology.

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Autism Linked to Genetic Mutation – and Researchers Say They Can Undo it

May 28, 2015 12:14 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The genetic roots of autism have been investigated for more than a decade, as DNA sequencing has continued to improve. A new study points to a particular mutation in mice causing autistic-like behavior, adding to a list of potential causes.


PETA and Doctors’ Group Ask for More Animal Testing Regulation

May 28, 2015 10:01 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine are asking for better tracking, and a gentler approach, for animal testing in the U.S.


Diagnosing Cancer With Help from Bacteria

May 28, 2015 9:56 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | Comments

Engineered probiotics can detect tumors in the liver.


Scientists Tout New ‘Rosetta Stone’ for Prostate Cancer Mutations

May 27, 2015 10:18 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

About 90 percent of advanced prostate cancers have particular genetic mutations that can provide a target for cancer drugs. An international team of scientists say they have cataloged a comprehensive map of those mutations in metastatic prostate cancers, in a paper published in the journal Cell.


Tiny Heart, Big Promise

May 27, 2015 9:56 am | by Children's Hospital Los Angeles | Comments

Understanding how cells become coronary vessels may lead to advances in repairing heart damage .


From Worker to Queen at the Drop of a Gene

May 27, 2015 9:36 am | by University of Leicester | Comments

Researchers discover the genes that cause the buff-tailed bumblebee to develop into a male, worker or queen.


New Chip Makes Testing for Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria Faster, Easier

May 27, 2015 9:23 am | by University of Toronto | Comments

Researchers have designed a small and simple chip to test for antibiotic resistance in just one hour, giving doctors a shot at picking the most effective antibiotic to treat potentially deadly infections. Their work was was published this week in the international journal Lab on a Chip.


Babies Can Think Before They Can Speak

May 27, 2015 9:09 am | by Northwestern University | Comments

Humans are able to learn abstract relations even before the first year of life.


Scientists are Designing Decoy Drugs to Fool Cancer

May 27, 2015 9:06 am | by Columbia University | Comments

Cancer cells are shifty characters. They use a number of dirty tricks to survive and infiltrate the body. Now scientists are fighting back with some sneaky strategies of their own. A study published in Cancer Discovery describes how researchers have created new decoy drugs that can intercept the deceptive growth signals that cancer cells send out.


Master Gene Regulator Could be New Target for Schizophrenia Treatment

May 26, 2015 10:12 am | by MIT | Comments

Researchers have identified a master genetic regulator that could account for faulty brain functions that contribute to schizophrenia.


WHO Addresses Antimicrobial Resistance, Immunization Gaps, and Malnutrition

May 26, 2015 10:05 am | by World Health Organization | Comments

The World Health Assembly agreed on resolutions to tackle antimicrobial resistance; improve access to affordable vaccines and address over- and under-nutrition.


Study Maps Prenatal Cells

May 26, 2015 9:57 am | by UCLA | Comments

Research delivers new data for stem cell scientists to more accurately study infertility.


‘Pain-sensing’ Gene Discovery Could Aid Development of New Pain Treatments

May 26, 2015 9:40 am | by University of Cambridge | Comments

A gene essential to the production of pain-sensing neurons in humans has been identified by an international team of researchers. The discovery, reported in the journal Nature Genetics, could have implications for the development of new methods of pain relief.


Glancing at Greenery Can Markedly Boost Concentration Levels

May 26, 2015 9:31 am | by University of Melbourne | Comments

Researchers find only 40 seconds of green can make a huge difference to productivity


Tiny Spheres of Human Cells Mimic the Brain

May 26, 2015 9:22 am | by Stanford University | Comments

Researchers have figured out how to create spheres of neuronal cells resembling the cerebral cortex, making functional human brain tissue available for the first time to study neuropsychiatric diseases such as autism and schizophrenia



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