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Baby Kangaroo Given Second Chance – in Wallaby Pouch

July 1, 2015 | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Makaia, a baby tree kangaroo, was just over 5-weeks-old after his 3-year-old mother was killed by a falling tree branch in November at an Australian zoo. So, the zookeepers set the kangaroo up with a foster mother– a wallaby.

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Too Hot: Temperatures Messing With Sex of Australian Lizards

July 6, 2015 10:28 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | Comments

Hotter temperatures are messing with the gender of Australia's bearded dragon lizards, a new study finds.

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Uncovering the Mechanism of Our Oldest Anesthetic

July 6, 2015 10:23 am | by MIT | Comments

Researchers reveal brainwave changes in patients receiving nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas.”

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Enzyme Provides Built-in Protection Against Atherosclerosis

July 6, 2015 10:12 am | by University of Michigan | Comments

Staying active, never smoking and controlling diabetes and cholesterol can prevent hardening of the arteries, but effective treatment of atherosclerosis could come down to harnessing an enzyme already built in to the blood vessels.

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Seeing Is Believing

July 6, 2015 9:57 am | by Harvard Medical School | Comments

If your eyes deceive you, blame your brain. Many optical illusions work because what we see clashes with what we expect to see.

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Cranberry Juice Each Day Keeps Disease Risk at Bay

July 6, 2015 9:22 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Two glasses of cranberry juice a day might keep some disease away, according to a new study.

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Hitler Had a Diseased Brain that Caused His Downfall

July 6, 2015 9:17 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Adolf Hitler, the fascist leader responsible for millions of deaths through genocide and world war, has long been suspected of having Parkinson’s Disease toward the end of this life.

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Bioscience Bulletin: Doubts about DNA, the Impact of Digital Health, Cancer-fighting Magnolias

July 2, 2015 3:12 pm | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

Welcome to Bioscience Technology’s new series Bioscience Bulletin, where we bring you the five most popular headlines from the week.

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Researchers Define Unique Group of High-Risk Lymphoma Patients

July 2, 2015 11:15 am | by University of Rochester | Comments

The goal for many cancer patients is to reach the five-year, disease-free mark, but new research from UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute suggests that two years might be a more practical survival goal for people with follicular lymphoma.

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Study Offers Clue to Link Between Swine Flu Shot, Narcolepsy

July 2, 2015 11:07 am | by Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press | Comments

One vaccine used in Europe during the 2009 swine flu pandemic was linked to rare cases of a baffling side effect - the sleep disorder narcolepsy. Now new research offers a clue to what happened.

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Too Exhausted to Fight – and to Do Harm

July 2, 2015 10:58 am | by University of Cambridge | Comments

An ‘exhausted’ army of immune cells may not be able to fight off infection, but if its soldiers fight too hard they risk damaging the very body they are meant to be protecting, suggests new research.

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Chemists Design a Quantum-dot Spectrometer

July 2, 2015 10:40 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | Comments

New instrument is small enough to function within a smartphone, enabling portable light analysis.

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Forgetfulness and Errors Can Signal Alzheimer’s Decades Before Diagnosis

July 2, 2015 10:29 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Mistakes on memory and thought tests may give an indication of the future onset of Alzheimer’s, up to 18 years before diagnosis, according to a new study.

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Failure of Cells’ ‘Garbage Disposal’ System May Contribute to Alzheimer’s

July 1, 2015 12:54 pm | by Yale University | Comments

Lysosomes, the “garbage disposal” systems of cells, are found in great abundance near the amyloid plaques in the brain that are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists have long assumed that their presence was helpful — that they were degrading the toxic proteins that trigger amyloid plaque formation.  

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Researchers Develop Innovative Gene Transfer-based Treatment Approach

July 1, 2015 12:37 pm | by UNC | Comments

The experimental treatment uses a genetically modified virus to deliver a missing gene into the cerebrospinal fluid of children with giant axonal neuropathy (GAN).

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Stem Cell Gene Therapy Holds Promise for Eliminating HIV Infection

July 1, 2015 10:48 am | by UCLA | Comments

Scientists are one step closer to engineering a tool that could one day arm the body’s immune system to fight HIV — and win. The new technique harnesses the regenerative capacity of stem cells to generate an immune response to the virus.

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