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Blood Protein May Indicate Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

June 17, 2015 10:41 am | by King's College London | News | Comments

Scientists have identified a single blood protein that may indicate the development of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) years before symptoms appear, a disorder that has been associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease or other dementias.

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DDT’s Health Effects Continue to Ripple, with New Breast Cancer Link

June 17, 2015 10:12 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

DDT was a wonder pesticide, which turned the tide on everything from bed bugs to malaria-carrying mosquitoes during the 20th century. But even after its health and environmental effects were acknowledged and its agricultural use was banned in 1972, its toxic legacy continues, according to a new study.

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Chocolate — it’s Good for Your Heart, New Study Says

June 17, 2015 9:55 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Chocolate-lovers rejoice: new research says eating up to 100g of chocolate every day is linked to lower cardiovascular risks such as heart disease and stroke.

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Automated Gel Electrophoresis Systems

June 16, 2015 9:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

PerkinElmer launched the LabChip GX Touch and GXII Touch automated electrophoresis systems. The LabChip platform’s key feature is automation of conventional gel electrophoresis, eliminating the need for manual sample preparation. The LabChip GX Touch and GXII Touch reduce hands-on time and simplifying data generation via a user friendly operator touch screen.

Avocados May Hold Answer to Beating Leukemia

June 16, 2015 9:12 am | by University of Waterloo | News | Comments

Rich, creamy, nutritious and now cancer fighting. New research reveals that molecules derived from avocados could be effective in treating a form of cancer.

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Chemists Find Efficient, Scalable Way to Synthesize Potential Brain-Protecting Compound

June 16, 2015 9:04 am | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

Chemists have invented the first practical, scalable method for synthesizing jiadifenolide, a plant-derived molecule that may have powerful brain-protecting properties.

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MERS Not Given Same Vaccine Attention as Ebola, Other Viruses

June 16, 2015 8:51 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A MERS outbreak has infected about 150 people in South Korea, after a businessman apparently brought the virus back from the Middle East. Authorities are scrambling to control the spread of the illness, known fully as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. But a vaccine is not among their tools – since it doesn’t yet exist, and is probably not close to being developed.

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Toxic DNA Breaks

June 16, 2015 8:50 am | by Jessica Fujimori, MIT | News | Comments

A bacterium that is the most common cause of pneumonia — a leading cause of death worldwide — can damage DNA in lung cells, a new study has shown.

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Scientists Emerge From Isolated Dome on Hawaii Volcano Slope

June 16, 2015 8:48 am | by Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Six scientists who were living under a dome on the slopes of a dormant Hawaii volcano for eight months to simulate life on Mars have emerged from isolation.

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FDA Approves Implanted Device to Reduce Parkinson’s Symptoms

June 16, 2015 8:47 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it has approved an implantable device to help reduce Parkinson’s disease symptoms and a movement disorder known as essential tremor.   

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Researchers Discover How Moths See in the Dark

June 16, 2015 8:46 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

The experiment involved a robotic flower and infrared cameras. 

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Medella Plans to Take on Google, Microsoft in Building a Smart Contact Lens

June 16, 2015 8:45 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Medella received an investment of $100,000 from the Thiel Foundation this month, a philanthropic funding organization created by well-known venture capitalist Peter Thiel. 

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Environmentally Friendly Agarose for Nucleic Acid Electrophoresis

June 15, 2015 11:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cleaver Scientific, specialists in gel electrophoresis has introduced a new range of high grade agarose for nucleic acid electrophoresis. CleverGEL is a new environmentally friendly agarose suitable for routine analysis of nucleic acids using standard electrophoretic procedures.

Some Heartburn Drugs May Boost Risk of Heart Attack

June 15, 2015 11:17 am | by Stanford University | News | Comments

A data-mining study has found an association between the use of proton-pump inhibitors, which account for 100 million prescriptions per year in the United States alone, and the likelihood of incurring a heart attack down the road.

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Battling Brain Tumors

June 15, 2015 11:07 am | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Some brain tumor stem cells may have an Achilles’ heel, scientists have found. The cancer stem cells’ remarkable abilities have to be maintained, and researchers  have identified a key player in that maintenance process. When the process is disrupted, they found, so is the spread of cancer.

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