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January 29, 2015 | by Stephanie Dutchen, Harvard Medical School | Comments

Researchers have begun to appreciate the importance of copy number variation when considering the connections between DNA and disease.                     

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Study Shows Menopause Does Not Increase or Create Difficulty Sleeping

January 29, 2015 3:05 pm | by University of Pennsylvania | Comments

Women in their late thirties and forties who have trouble sleeping are more than three times more likely to suffer sleep problems during menopause than women who have an easier time getting shut-eye.          

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Hydrogen Sulfide Could Help Lower Blood Pressure

January 29, 2015 3:00 pm | by University of Exeter | Comments

Research has indicated that a new compound, called AP39, which generates minute quantities of the gas hydrogen sulfide inside cells.                      

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Novel Eye-Tracking Technology Detects Concussions and Head Injury Severity

January 29, 2015 2:49 pm | by NYU Langone | Comments

This research could move the medical community one step closer toward effectively detecting concussion and quantifying its severity.                      

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WHO: Ebola Response Shifts to Ending Epidemic

January 29, 2015 2:23 pm | by Maria Cheng - AP Medical Writer | Comments

The U.N. health agency said the three most affected countries - Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia - have reported fewer than 100 cases in the past week, for the first time since June.             

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New Method for Identifying Most Aggressive Childhood Cancers

January 28, 2015 3:14 pm | by Lund University | Comments

A group of researchers has found a new way to identify the most malignant tumors in children.                            

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'Healthy' Fat Tissue Could be Key to Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

January 28, 2015 3:08 pm | by Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research | Comments

Researchers found they could ‘reverse’ type 2 diabetes in laboratory models by dampening the inflammatory response in fat tissue.                      

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Exploring Upper Motor Neuron Degeneration in ALS

January 28, 2015 3:00 pm | by Nora Dunne, Northwestern University | Comments

For the first time, scientists have revealed a mechanism underlying the cellular degeneration of upper motor neurons, a small group of neurons in the brain recently shown to play a major role in ALS pathology.         

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Researchers Design Tailored Tissue Adhesives

January 28, 2015 2:47 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT | Comments

After undergoing surgery to remove diseased sections of the colon, up to 30 percent of patients experience leakage from their sutures, which can cause life-threatening complications.             

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Harvard's Odyssey Unlocks Big Data

January 28, 2015 2:40 pm | by Harvard Gazette | Comments

As technology evolves and becomes further integrated into society, massive amounts of data are being collected and stored.                       

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Ancient Israeli Skull May Document Migration from Africa

January 28, 2015 2:37 pm | by Malcolm Ritter - AP Science Writer | Comments

The skull dates from around 55,000 years ago, fitting into the period when scientists had thought the migrants inhabited the area.                      

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Surgeon General: 'Desperate Need of Clarity' on E-Cigarettes

January 28, 2015 11:04 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Public health officials are "in desperate need of clarity" on electronic cigarettes to help guide policies, the nation's newly appointed surgeon general said.                                            

Diets, Nutrition Essential for Mental Health

January 28, 2015 10:59 am | by University of Melbourne | Comments

Evidence is rapidly growing showing vital relationships between both diet quality and potential nutritional deficiencies and mental health, a new international collaboration led by the University of Melbourne and Deakin University has revealed.               

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Diabetes in Rats Treated with Engineered Probiotic

January 28, 2015 10:53 am | by Cornell University | Comments

Cornell researchers have achieved this feat in rats by engineering human lactobacilli, a common gut bacteria, to secrete a protein called Glucagen-like peptide 1 (GLP-1).                    

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Spider Electro-Combs Its Sticky Nano-Filaments

January 28, 2015 10:48 am | by University of Oxford | Comments

The majority of spiders spin silk threads several micrometres thick but unusually the 'garden centre spider' or 'feather-legged lace weaver' Uloborus plumipes can spin nano-scale filaments. Now an Oxford University team think they are closer to understanding how this is done.

Longevity Gene Variant Discovery

January 28, 2015 10:36 am | by UCSF | Comments

People who carry a variant of a gene that is associated with longevity also have larger volumes in a front part of the brain involved in planning and decision-making, according to researchers at UC San Francisco.                                      

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