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Women with Alzheimer’s Dementia May Not Benefit From Estrogen Drug

November 6, 2015 8:37 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

A new Neurology study found that women with dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease that received an estrogen-like drug, raloxifene, did not see any significant improvement in thinking skills and memory compared to women who received a placebo.


Tapeworm Cancer Spreads to Human Hosts

November 6, 2015 8:36 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A common tapeworm develops tumors, which can then spread to its human host, according to new CDC research. The first instance of a parasite spreading its cancer is believed to be rare – but could present health problems in less-developed countries with the unfortunate combination of tapeworm and HIV infections, according to the study, in the New England Journal of Medicine.


Software Application for Data Analysis and Graphing

November 5, 2015 10:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

OriginLab, a leading publisher of data analysis and graphing software, today announced the release of Origin and OriginPro 2016. Origin is an award-winning software application for data analysis and publication-quality graphing, tailored to the needs of scientists and engineers. OriginPro offers all of the features of Origin plus extended analysis tools.


An Easy Test for Sickle Cell Disease

November 5, 2015 10:15 am | by University of Connecticut | News | Comments

A team of biomedical engineers has developed a simple, inexpensive, and quick technique for the diagnosis and monitoring of sickle cell disease that can be used in regions where advanced medical technology and training are scarce.


New Gene Linked to Lung Cancer Spread and Tumor Formation

November 5, 2015 10:01 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

Worldwide, lung cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer. Most frequently, mortality is the result of metastasis -- when lung cancer spreads to other parts of the body, such as the brain, bones or liver. In a new study, scientists showed for the first time that the Myosin 9b gene is correlated with lung cancer tumor formation and metastasis.


Neurons Reprogrammed in Animals

November 5, 2015 9:42 am | by Harvard University | News | Comments

Building on earlier work in which they disproved neurobiology dogma by “reprogramming” neurons — turning one form of neuron into another — in the brains of living animals, researchers have now shown that the networks of communication among reprogrammed neurons and their neighbors can also be changed, or “rewired.”


Researchers Grow Brain Parts to Study Development, Disease

November 5, 2015 9:09 am | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Dr. Sergiu Pasca, a neuroscientist, used to envy cancer specialists. They could get their hands on tumors for research, while Pasca could not directly study key portions of a living brain. But these days, Pasca does the next best thing: He grows his own.


Optimizing ELISA

November 5, 2015 8:59 am | by Rishi Porecha, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

ELISA – Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay – is a commonly used biochemical technique for the evaluation of an antigen or antibody in a sample. This technique is used in a wide range of applications, including: clinical diagnostics, plant pathology, the detection of food allergens and drug screening.


WHO: Tuberculosis Deaths Outnumbered HIV, AIDs in 2014

November 5, 2015 8:43 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Mortalities from TB reached 1.5 million people in 2014 while HIV and AIDS caused 1.2 million deaths in the same period.


New Startup to Make Bacteria-Based Cancer Treatments

November 5, 2015 8:38 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The startup will explore what role these microbial agents play in the formation of cancer.


Cell Culture Media Platform

November 4, 2015 10:28 am | EMD Millipore | Product Releases | Comments

EMD Millipore has launched its CellventoTM CHO platform of cell culture media and companion feed formulations for batch, fed-batch and perfusion applications.

A Step Toward Understanding How Hibernation Protects Hearts

November 4, 2015 10:27 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A team reports a study of the proteins and genes that allow squirrels' hearts to stay healthy during the winter. A better understanding of this phenomenon could help researchers develop better treatments for people with cardiac disease.


Researchers Find Universality in Protein Locality

November 4, 2015 10:20 am | by NYU | News | Comments

A team of researchers has mapped out a universal dynamic that explains the production and distribution of proteins in a cell, a process that varies in detail from protein to protein and cell to cell, but that always results in the same statistical pattern. The findings potentially offer new insights into explaining the variability in phenotypes, or physical appearances.


Studies Reveal Key Insights About How Viral RNA Genomes Organize and Replicate

November 4, 2015 10:11 am | by UCLA | News | Comments

In separate studies scientists have revealed the three-dimensional atomic structure of a double-stranded RNA, or dsRNA, virus. The research demonstrates for the first time how viruses sense environmental conditions inside a host cell to trigger transcription, and presents key findings about how the dsRNA genome is organized inside the virus and RNA’s mechanism for self-replication.


Trial to Study Smoking-cessation Therapy Tailored to a Smoker’s DNA

November 4, 2015 9:51 am | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

A study may aid efforts to tailor smoking-cessation treatments to individual cigarette smokers, based on their DNA.



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