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Turning Science on its Head

April 21, 2014 2:07 pm | News | Comments

Neuroscientists have made a discovery that turns 160 years of neuroanatomy on its head. Myelin, the electrical insulating material in the body long known to be essential for the fast transmission of impulses along the axons of nerve cells, is not as ubiquitous as thought, according to new work.

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Bulletproof Nuclei? Stem Cells Exhibit Unusual Absorption

April 21, 2014 12:39 pm | News | Comments

Stem cells demonstrate a bizarre property never before seen at a cellular level, according to a new study. The property– known as auxeticity– is one which may have application as wide-ranging as soundproofing, super-absorbent sponges and bulletproof vests.

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Ginseng Can Treat, Prevent Influenza

April 21, 2014 12:17 pm | News | Comments

Ginseng can help treat and prevent influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages, according to new research findings.                   

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Down Syndrome, Leukemia Link Uncovered

April 21, 2014 11:48 am | News | Comments

Although doctors have long known that people with Down syndrome have a heightened risk of developing acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) during childhood, they haven’t been able to explain why. Now, a team investigators has uncovered a connection between the two conditions.

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Saudi Arabia reports 3 more deaths from MERS virus

April 21, 2014 5:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Saudi Arabia's health ministry says three more patients who contracted a potentially fatal Middle East virus related to SARS have died amid a recent increase in infections. The ministry posted details of the deaths in a statement Sunday evening. They included a 49-year-old resident of the city of...

Kids get codeine in ER despite risks, guidelines

April 21, 2014 2:19 am | by Lindsey Tanner - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite recommended limits on codeine use in children, the potent painkiller is prescribed for children in at least half a million emergency room visits each year, a study suggests. Use of the drug in that setting is hardly rampant — just 3 percent of kids' ER visits resulted in a codeine...

Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

April 20, 2014 1:20 pm | by Dina Cappiello - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change. A $500,000 study paid for by...

Hawaii is genetically engineered crop flash point

April 19, 2014 10:18 am | by Audrey Mcavoy - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

You can trace the genetic makeup of most corn grown in the U.S., and in many other places around the world, to Hawaii. The tiny island state 2,500 miles from the nearest continent is so critical to the nation's modern corn-growing business that the industry's leading companies all have farms...

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Second wave of milder flu hitting Northeast

April 18, 2014 5:19 pm | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A second, milder wave of flu is hitting the Northeast. Months ago, the flu season seemed to be winding down. But health officials on Friday reported widespread flu-like illnesses in six states. Rhode Island is the latest to join the list which includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Jersey and...

Court declines to block drug ruling in patent case

April 18, 2014 4:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court has declined to temporarily block a lower court ruling that opens the world's best-selling multiple sclerosis drug to competition from generic rivals. The order Friday from Chief Justice John Roberts is a victory for rivals challenging the maker of the drug Copaxone, Teva...

Study: Half of jailed NYC youths have brain injury

April 18, 2014 3:21 pm | by Jake Pearson - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City's jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most caused by assaults, according to a new study that's the latest in a growing body of research documenting head trauma among young offenders. Experts say the...

Expanded Water Purification Portfolio

April 18, 2014 2:01 pm | Thermo Fisher Scientific | Product Releases | Comments

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. has launched the Thermo Scientific Barnstead GenPure xCAD Plus water purification system, featuring advanced technology that allows simultaneous dispensing from three remote dispensers for exceptional flexibility and ease of use in shared laboratory environments.

Vitamin B3 Might Have Been Made in Space, Delivered to Earth by Meteorites

April 18, 2014 1:55 pm | News | Comments

Ancient Earth might have had an extraterrestrial supply of vitamin B3 delivered by carbon-rich meteorites, according to a new analysis by NASA-funded researchers. The result supports a theory that the origin of life may have been assisted by a supply of key molecules created in space and brought to Earth by comet and meteor impacts.

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Cloning Making a Comeback?

April 18, 2014 1:46 pm | by Cynthia Fox | Articles | Comments

Cloning has finally generated immunologically compatible embryonic stem cells for older humans: two men aged 35 and 75. It may also generate significantly fewer tumor-causing mutations than the popular induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) method of making ES cells.

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Building 'Smart' Cell-Based Therapies

April 18, 2014 1:38 pm | News | Comments

A Northwestern synthetic biology team has created a new technology for modifying human cells to create programmable therapeutics that could travel the body and selectively target cancer and other sites of disease. Engineering cell-based, biological devices that monitor and modify human physiology is a promising frontier in clinical synthetic biology, but no existing technology enabled bioengineers to build such devices.

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