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High-fructose Diet Hampers Recovery From Traumatic Brain Injury

October 2, 2015 10:59 am | by UCLA | News | Comments

A diet high in processed fructose sabotages rats’ brains’ ability to heal after head trauma, neuroscientists report.


Enzyme Malfunction May Be Why Binge Drinking Can Lead to Alcoholism

October 2, 2015 10:48 am | by Stanford University | News | Comments

A new study in mice shows that restoring the synthesis of a key brain chemical tied to inhibiting addictive behavior may help prevent alcohol cravings following binge drinking.


Team Characterizes Genetic Mutations Linked to a Form of Blindness

October 2, 2015 10:38 am | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Achromatopsia is a rare, inherited vision disorder that affects the eye’s cone cells, resulting in problems with daytime vision, clarity and color perception. It often strikes people early in life, and currently there is no cure for the condition. In a new study, scientists has identified two naturally occurring genetic mutations in dogs that result in achromatopsia.  


Scientists Identify Key Receptor as Potential Target for Treatment of Autism

October 2, 2015 10:32 am | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

Scientists have uncovered a significant—and potentially treatable—relationship between a chemical that helps transmit signals in the brain and genetic mutations present in a subset of individuals with autism spectrum disorder.


Infections May Temporarily Increase Children’s Risk of Stroke

October 2, 2015 10:06 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Although stroke is very rare in children new research published Sept. 30 in Neurology found that the flu and colds may temporarily increase stroke risk in children, and that vaccines may decrease the risk of stroke.


EPA Sets New Ozone Standard, Disappointing All Sides

October 2, 2015 9:59 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration on Thursday established stricter limits on the smog-causing pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness, drawing swift condemnation from business leaders and Republicans who warned of damage to the economy.


Johns Hopkins Women and Men Score Equal Numbers of Key NIH Grants

October 2, 2015 9:27 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Young female and male Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Medical School M.D.’s and Ph.D.’s receive equal numbers of key National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants, says a recent Journal of Women’s Health study.


Adeno-Associated Virus Services for Gene Delivery

October 1, 2015 10:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

AMSBIO has introduced an expanded range of Adeno-associated virus (AAV) cloning and packaging services. Adeno-associated viruses are single-stranded DNA viruses that can infect a broad range of cell types including dividing and non-dividing cells and are, therefore, widely used vehicles for gene delivery.


Genes That Protect African Children From Developing Malaria Identified

October 1, 2015 10:39 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

Variations in DNA at a specific location (or 'locus') on the genome that protect African children from developing severe malaria, in some cases nearly halving a child’s chance of developing the life-threatening disease, have been identified in the largest genetic association study of malaria to date.


Researchers Show How Brain’s Wiring Leads to Cognitive Control

October 1, 2015 10:25 am | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

How does the brain determine which direction to let its thoughts fly? Looking for the mechanisms behind cognitive control of thought, researchers have used brain scans to shed new light on this question.


"Zelda" Protein Plays Flap-Open Role in Early Embryo Development

October 1, 2015 10:11 am | by NYU | News | Comments

Biologists have identified a mechanism that promotes activation of genes critical for the initiation of embryonic development.


Rare Q Fever Outbreak Reported in American Medical Tourists

October 1, 2015 9:38 am | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Five Americans came down with an unusual illness after traveling to Germany for a controversial treatment involving injections with sheep cells, health officials reported Wednesday.


Study Advances Possibility of Mind-Controlled Devices

October 1, 2015 8:27 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

A study published in the journal Nature Medicine has shown a possible path to creating effective neural prosthetics.


Using Zebrafish to Observe How Meningitis Infects the Brain

October 1, 2015 8:27 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Researchers from Duke University watch in real time as Cyptoccoccal meningitis moves through tissue, blood vessels and into the brain of transparent zebrafish larvae. 


FDA Warns Startup Selling Suspicious Blood-Based Cancer Tests

October 1, 2015 8:26 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The agency wants more insight into the company's data and marketing materials supporting the effectiveness of their product.



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