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Diabetes Sugars and Alzheimer’s Brain Plaques Potentially Linked

May 5, 2015 | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Diabetes and Alzheimer’s could have a cause-and-effect connection, according to a study published this week.

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Neuroscientist Stops Primate Experiments After Protests

May 5, 2015 4:15 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A prominent neuroscientist who became the target of animal-right activists over the last several months will stop using primates in his research, according to multiple reports.

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Space madness: Long-term Space Trips Could Impair Astronaut Brains

May 1, 2015 2:59 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

When NASA first began sending astronauts out into space, they worried about “space madness” – a malady they thought weightlessness and claustrophobia would trigger out beyond the atmosphere of the earth. It never materialized. But they may have been on to something.

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A New Way to Think About Migraines

May 1, 2015 9:28 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

This is the second of three research findings highlighted by Dr. Rost, vice chair of the American Academy of Neurology Science Committee, at the AAN 67th annual meeting.

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Chipotle Tosses GMOs, but Will Other Restaurants Follow?

April 30, 2015 11:37 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The national fast-food chain rid its menu of genetically-modified ingredients this week, but other restaurants might not find it as easy to go cold-turkey from the genetically engineering crops currently dominating the market.

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Transfection Tips and Tricks

April 30, 2015 9:53 am | by Andrea Toell, Ph.D., Product Manager at Lonza Walkersville, Inc. | Comments

Transfection is used to modify cells for a wide range of applications, from basic research looking to understand gene function, to establishing disease models, developing new therapeutics, bioprocessing and biomanufacturing. The process hinges upon transferring a substrate into a cell to achieve a desired outcome.

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Is the World Failing in Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance?

April 30, 2015 9:06 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

Only 34 out of 133 countries participating in the recent survey of countries in the six WHO regions have a comprehensive national plan to fight resistance to antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines.

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Genetics Startup Raises $15M to Launch Low-Cost Cancer Tests

April 29, 2015 8:57 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

The test can assess the risk for breast and ovarian cancer.

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Sleep Apnea? There May Be an App for That

April 29, 2015 8:52 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Millions of Americans are short of breath while they sleep. Approximately one in 13 in the U.S. have sleep apnea. But to diagnose the disease involves an overnight hospital stay and a sleep study that costs thousands of dollars. A group of researchers at the University of Washington now say they have an app for that – a cheap alternative on a smartphone that could be available widely in a year or two to diagnose the disorder.

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Genocea's GEN-003 in Prime Position to Lead GH Vaccine Space

April 28, 2015 1:08 pm | by Daian Cheng, Ph.D., GlobalData Infectious Disease Analyst | Comments

An analysis of Genocea Biosciences’ investigational genital herpes (GH) vaccine, GEN-003. 

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Apple's ResearchKit - The Real Impact on Clinical Trials

April 28, 2015 8:59 am | by Merrilyn Datta, Ph.D., President and General Manager, Definiens | Comments

ResearchKit is being touted as having immense implications for the future of clinical trials.

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AAN 2015 Research Spotlight: A New Compound for Alzheimer’s

April 28, 2015 8:51 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

Neurologists from all over the world converged in Washington D.C. last week, with an estimated 13,000 attendees meeting at the 67th annual American Academy of Neurology conference to learn about new research in the field.

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Ebola Scare May Inform U.S.'s Response to Bioterrorism

April 28, 2015 8:48 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Last year’s Ebola scare might provide a blueprint for a response to the unthinkable: a bioterrorist attack in the U.S., some experts are saying. A House of Representatives subcommittee last week discussed what the domestic response – and over-response – may teach emergency responders in a “low probability” but “high-consequence” event.

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Some Progestins May Hike Cancer; Some Estrogens May Ward it Off

April 24, 2015 4:03 pm | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Comments

A recent analysis of  long-term after-effects of a specific hormone replacement therapy (HRT)—non-physiologic hormones created by Wyeth—finds that a pattern observed while women took the drugs during the famous Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) remains true years later.

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Wellness Advocate, Bestselling Author: I Faked Cancer

April 24, 2015 10:12 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A woman who became a bestselling author and wellness advocate after she claimed she healed herself of a brain tumor through a healthy diet recently admitted she never had cancer, according to a magazine investigation published this week.

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Pollution Shrinks Brains, Causes Silent Strokes

April 24, 2015 9:17 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Air pollution can shrink brains, lead to cognitive problems and even cause silent stokes, according to new research published by Stroke a journal of the American Heart Association.

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