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Brain's Ability to Dispose of Key Alzheimer's Protein Drops Dramatically With Age

August 10, 2015 9:49 am | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

The greatest risk factor for Alzheimer's disease is advancing age. After 65, the risk doubles every five years, and 40 percent or more of people 85 and older are estimated to be living with the devastating condition. Researchers have identified some of the key changes in the aging brain that lead to the increased risk. The changes center on amyloid beta 42, a main ingredient of Alzheimer's brain plaques

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How Chronic Inflammation Can Lead to Cancer

August 10, 2015 9:29 am | by Helen Knight, MIT | News | Comments

Researchers discover how the immune system can create cancerous DNA mutations when fighting off infection.

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Mysterious Fungus Killing Snakes in at Least 9 States

August 10, 2015 9:09 am | by Wilson Ring, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hidden on hillsides in a remote part of western Vermont, a small number of venomous timber rattlesnakes slither among the rocks, but their isolation can't protect them from a mysterious fungus spreading across the eastern half of the country that threatens to wipe them out.

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The Frogs You'll Regret Picking Up

August 10, 2015 8:38 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

According to the researchers, both species’ skulls consist of numerous bony spines, which are enlarged in the nasal, jaw and occipital regions.

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Device Training and Onboarding: Patient Preference of Respiratory Device Training and Educational Tools

August 10, 2015 8:22 am | by Craig Baker, Executive Vice President, Noble | Articles | Comments

For patients diagnosed with chronic medical conditions, the proper use of self-administrated drug delivery is necessary for successful patient outcomes.

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Bioscience Bulletin: Jumping Robotic Insects, Blistering Plant Sap, and Collective Brain Power

August 7, 2015 1:47 pm | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Here are our top stories for this week!

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Toxic Algae Blooming in Warm Water from California to Alaska

August 7, 2015 10:15 am | by Phuong Le, Associated Press | News | Comments

A vast bloom of toxic algae off the West Coast is denser, more widespread and deeper than scientists feared even weeks ago, according to surveyors aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel.

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Scientists Show How Aging Cripples the Immune System, Suggesting Benefits of Antioxidants

August 7, 2015 10:03 am | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

Scientists have shown how aging cripples the production of new immune cells, decreasing the immune system’s response to vaccines and putting the elderly at risk of infection. The study goes on to show that antioxidants in the diet slow this damaging process.

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Scientists Grow Human Serotonin Neurons in Petri Dish

August 7, 2015 9:48 am | by University at Buffalo | News | Comments

Researchers have generated human serotonin neurons from human fibroblasts, the cells that give rise to connective tissue in the body.

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Sleep Position May Impact Brain’s Ability to Clear Waste

August 7, 2015 9:14 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

How you sleep – on your side, on your back, or face down – is usually thought of as a personal preference, but body position might actually affect how efficiently the brain clears waste, according to new research out of Stony Brook University.  The findings could have implications for the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases that are characterized by plaque buildup.

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IBM Makes $1B Buy to Boost Watson's Health Care Capabilities

August 7, 2015 9:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

IBM says it will pay $1 billion to acquire medical imaging and software company Merge Healthcare, part of an effort to boost the health care capabilities of Watson, its cognitive computing system.

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Scientists Explain Protein Clumps in Autopsy Brain Cells of ALS Patients

August 7, 2015 8:41 am | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

 Autopsies of nearly every patient with the lethal neurodegenerative disorder amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and many with frontotemporal dementia (FTD), show pathologists telltale clumps of a protein called TDP-43. Now, working with mouse and human cells, researchers report they have discovered the normal role of TDP-43 in cells and why its abnormal accumulation may cause disease.

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Autism Mutation Isolated – Could Be Treated with Specific Enzyme

August 7, 2015 8:41 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Autism is a large, sprawling genetic puzzle. Researchers found as many as 1,000 genetic mutations could make up the baffling variety along the spectrum. The mechanism at play in one of those many mutations is now on its way, according to new research.

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Gravimetric Dilutors

August 6, 2015 10:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Interscience is proud to launch a new range of gravimetric dilutors, the DiluFlow Elite 5kg, DiluFlow Elite 1 kg, DiluFlow Pro & DiluFlow with upgraded accuracy and design.

First 3-D-printed Drug Approved by FDA

August 6, 2015 10:09 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

An epilepsy drug that is manufactured via 3-D printing was approved by the FDA, the drugmaker announced.

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