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Tide Turning in Ebola Fight After Hard Lessons

January 26, 2015 9:15 am | by Krista Larson and Maria Cheng - Associated Press | News | Comments

A top U.N. official in the fight against Ebola greeted just three patients at one treatment center he visited this week in Sierra Leone.                     

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Team Creates Device to Alleviate Dry Eye

January 23, 2015 5:01 pm | by Kris Newby, Stanford | News | Comments

To help these patients, Ackermann, PhD, a former Stanford Biodesign fellow, and his new company are testing two tiny devices that stimulate natural tear production by delivering micro-electrical pulses to the lacrimal gland. One model is inserted into the mucous membrane in the nasal cavity, and the other is inserted under the skin below the eyebrow. Tear delivery rates can be adjusted manually with a wireless controller. 

The Molecular Biology Behind ALS

January 23, 2015 4:58 pm | by Brandeis Univ. | News | Comments

By now, most everyone has seen videos all over social media of friends and family dousing themselves in ice cold water as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.                                                 

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Why All-Nighters Don't Work

January 23, 2015 4:53 pm | by Brandeis University | News | Comments

Scientists have long known that sleep, memory and learning are deeply connected. Most animals, from flies to humans, have trouble remembering when sleep deprived, and studies have shown that sleep is critical in converting short-term into long-term memory, a process known as memory consolidation.

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Reducing Myc Gene Activity Extends Healthy Lifespan in Mice

January 23, 2015 4:48 pm | by Brown University | News | Comments

A team of scientists based at Brown University has found that reducing expression of a fundamentally important gene called Myc significantly increased the healthy lifespan of laboratory mice, the first such finding regarding this gene in a mammalian species.

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Cell Culture Media for DHFR Negative Cell Lines

January 23, 2015 4:47 pm | Product Releases | Comments

EMD Millipore expanded its Cellvento CHO cell culture media portfolio of chemically defined, non-animal origin media formulations to include new products that specifically address DHFR negative cell lines.

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Telomere Extension Turns Back Aging Clock in Cultured Human Cells

January 23, 2015 4:44 pm | by Stanford University | News | Comments

A new procedure can quickly and efficiently increase the length of human telomeres, the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes that are linked to aging and disease.                

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Study Uncovers Secrets of Clump-Dissolving Protein

January 23, 2015 4:34 pm | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Workhorse molecules called heat-shock proteins contribute to refolding proteins that were once misfolded and clumped.                        

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Magnificent Blue Glow of Hong Kong Seas Also Disturbing

January 23, 2015 4:30 pm | by Seth Borenstein - AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Eerie fluorescent blue patches of water glimmering off Hong Kong's seashore are magnificent, disturbing and potentially toxic.                       

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Air-cooled Benchtop Centrifuge

January 22, 2015 4:59 pm | Product Releases | Comments

As the latest member of the Allegra suite of benchtop centrifuges, the Allegra X-5 air-cooled benchtop centrifuge from Beckman Coulter Life Sciences is designed specifically for clinical sample preparation. Bundled packages, which include swinging bucket rotors and common adapters, are offered for a range of clinical sample prep applications.

Long-Awaited Ebola Vaccine Study Coming Soon in Liberia

January 22, 2015 4:38 pm | by Lauran Neergard - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Long-awaited studies of two possible Ebola vaccines are set to begin in West Africa in a couple of weeks.                          

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Why Protein Mutations Lead to Parkinson's Disease

January 22, 2015 4:29 pm | by UCSD | News | Comments

A new study has shown for the first time why protein mutations lead to the familial form of Parkinson’s disease.                         

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Study Finds Videos Can Help Infants Learn Communication Skills

January 22, 2015 4:20 pm | by Emory University | News | Comments

Children under two years old can learn certain communication skills from a video.                              

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How the Immune System Promotes Digestive Health

January 22, 2015 4:11 pm | by University of Utah | News | Comments

It involves fostering a community of "good" gut bacteria.                                  

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Estrogen-Producing Neurons Influence Aggression in Both Sexes

January 22, 2015 4:00 pm | by Pete Farley, UCSF | News | Comments

A miniscule cluster of estrogen-producing nerve cells in the mouse brain exerts highly specific effects on aggressive behavior in both males and females.                  

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