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‘Achilles’ Heel’ of Sickle Cell Disease?

September 17, 2015 8:38 am | by Harvard University | News | Comments

Researchers have found that changes to a small stretch of DNA may circumvent the genetic defect behind sickle cell disease. The discovery, outlined in the journal Nature, opens a promising path for developing gene-editing approaches to treat the disease and other hemoglobin disorders.


Beet Juice Boosts Muscle Power in Heart Patients

September 17, 2015 8:37 am | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Scientists have evidence that Popeye was right: Spinach makes you stronger. But it’s the high nitrate content in the leafy greens — not the iron — that creates the effect. Building on a growing body of work that suggests dietary nitrate improves muscle performance in many elite athletes, researchers  found that drinking concentrated beet juice — also high in nitrates — increases muscle power in patients with heart failure.


Excess Weight Tied to Increased Risk of Brain Tumor Type

September 17, 2015 8:36 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

There may be a link between being overweight or obese and an increased risk of a specific type of brain tumor, according to a new meta-analysis published online Sept. 16 in Neurology.


Three “Remarkable” Studies Say Clogged Pores May Cause ALS; Drug Targets ID’d

September 17, 2015 8:35 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Three studies, analyzing in different ways the leading ALS gene, came to what is being called a “remarkably” similar conclusion: the most common form of ALS may be caused by clogged pores in brain cell nuclear membranes.


Pharmaceutical Raw Materials

September 16, 2015 9:19 am | EMD Millipore | Product Releases | Comments

EMD Millipore, the Life Science business of Merck KGaA of Darmstadt, Germany, introduced enhancements to its industry-leading EMPROVE portfolio of pharmaceutical raw materials. The expanded documentation and regulatory information facilitates drug product manufacturers’ risk assessment workflows and supplier qualification.

Genetic Sleuthing

September 16, 2015 9:02 am | by Harvard University | News | Comments

Scientists fighting last year’s outbreak of Ebola used the power of genetic sequencing to unlock the secrets of the deadly virus, and now they’re doing the same for a similar, and far more prevalent, disease — Lassa fever.


Sewage Study Helps to Understand Human Health

September 16, 2015 8:48 am | by Julia Sklar, MIT News correspondent | News | Comments

Although sewage is something most people prefer to leave out of sight and out of mind, it can be a gold mine of information. A small sample of sewage is likely to contain a variety of biomarkers that can yield data on infectious and chronic diseases such as influenza and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).


'Our Chairs Are Killing Us,' Say Researchers

September 16, 2015 8:47 am | by Elsevier Health Sciences | News | Comments

Prolonged sitting time as well as reduced physical activity contribute to the prevalence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in a study of middle-aged Koreans. These findings support the importance of both reducing time spent sitting and increasing physical activity, say researchers.


Potential New Biomarker for Migraines

September 16, 2015 8:45 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine may have found a new blood biomarker for episodic migraines, according to recent research. 


NIMH Director Joins Google to Lead Mental Health Research

September 16, 2015 8:23 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

This hire expands upon the tech titan's ambitions in improving human health. 


New Technique Uses Sound Waves to Control Brain Cells

September 16, 2015 8:22 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

The hope is that this procedure could potentially replace deep-brain stimulation.


Argentine Ants May Infect Honeybees with Lethal Virus

September 16, 2015 8:22 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The scientists spent three years collecting and analyzing genomic data from Argentine ant populations in New Zealand, Argentina, and Australia.


Small Molecular Screening Libraries for Developmental Biology

September 15, 2015 10:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

AMSBIO has announced the launch of PATHM2 small molecules libraries for small scale screening in developmental biology and discovery research. PATHM2 libraries are available to identify accessory molecules that improve cell viability, proliferation or yields.

Viruses Flourish in Guts of Healthy Babies

September 15, 2015 10:38 am | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Bacteria aren’t the only nonhuman invaders to colonize the gut shortly after a baby’s birth. Viruses also set up house there, according to new research.


New Leukemia Gene Stops Blood Cells ‘Growing Up’

September 15, 2015 10:28 am | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

Scientists have identified a gene – FOXC1 – that, if switched on, causes more aggressive cancer in a fifth of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients, according to a Cancer Research UK study.



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