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Playing Music By Professional Musicians Activates Genes For Learning and Memory

March 27, 2015 | by University of Helsinki | Comments

Playing music by professional musicians activates genes responsible for brain function and singing of songbirds.

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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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Medieval Remedy Found to be Highly Effective Against MRSA

March 31, 2015 3:52 pm | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | Comments

British researchers recently found that a thousand-year-old Anglo-Saxon treatment for eye infections works as an antibiotic against MRSA. MRSA kills more than 5,000 people each year in the U.S. Read more...

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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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Body’s Good Fat Tissue Communicates With Brain Through Sensory Nerves

March 27, 2015 3:50 pm | by Georgia State University | Comments

Brown fat tissue, the body’s “good fat,” communicates with the brain through sensory nerves, possibly sharing information that is important for fighting human obesity, such as how much fat we have and how much fat we’ve lost.

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HIV Can Lodge Quickly in Brain After Infection

March 27, 2015 3:15 pm | by Bill Hathaway, Yale University | Comments

HIV can establish itself in the brain as soon as four months after initial infection.

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The Brain in the Supermarket

March 27, 2015 3:11 pm | by Peter Dizikes, MIT | Comments

Researchers suggest that your brain is making a simpler calculation when you shop.

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