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Making Age Reversal Real

November 4, 2014 1:23 pm Videos Comments

Professor David Sinclair has some complaints about the human lifespan. It’s too short, for a start. But, “it doesn’t have to be this way,” he told an audience on Monday.                       

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Researchers Reconstruct Early Stages of Embryo Development

November 4, 2014 12:36 pm Videos Comments

Researchers have managed to reconstruct the early stage of mammalian development using embryonic stem cells, showing that a critical mass of cells is needed for the cells to being self-organizing into the correct structure for an embryo to form. 

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Why Scratching Makes You Itch More

October 31, 2014 10:57 am Videos Comments

Turns out your mom was right: Scratching an itch only makes it worse. New research from scientists indicates that scratching causes the brain to release serotonin, which intensifies the itch sensation.              

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First Human Stomach Tissues Generated in Lab

October 30, 2014 12:24 pm Videos Comments

Scientists used pluripotent stem cells to generate functional, three-dimensional human stomach tissue in a laboratory– creating a new tool for researching the development and diseases of an organ central to several public health crises.    

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The Skin Cancer Selfie

October 29, 2014 1:02 pm Videos Comments

If melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is caught early enough it is almost always curable. Now, a camera capable of taking snapshots of the entire human body and rendering high-resolution images of a patient’s skin may help doctors spot cancer early and save lives.

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Dietary Flavanols Reverse Age-related Memory Decline

October 27, 2014 2:26 pm Videos Comments

Dietary cocoa flavanols—naturally occurring bioactives found in cocoa—reversed age-related memory decline in healthy older adults, according to a new study.                           

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Researchers Observe Brain Development in Utero

October 27, 2014 2:03 pm Videos Comments

New investigation methods using functional magnetic resonance tomography (fMRT) offer insights into fetal brain development. These in vivo observations will uncover different stages of the brain's development.              

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Protein Discovery May Unlock New HIV Treatment

October 24, 2014 10:16 am Videos Comments

Like a slumbering dragon, HIV can lay dormant in a person’s cells for years, evading medical treatments only to wake up and strike at a later time, quickly replicating itself and destroying the immune system. Scientists have now uncovered a new protein that participates in active HIV replication.

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Scientists to Use Tiny Particles to Fight Big Diseases

October 23, 2014 12:49 pm Videos Comments

Physicians will tell you: They are not winning the war on ovarian cancer. But researchers have combined medicine and advanced nanotechnological engineering to create a smarter, more targeted therapy that could overcome the most lethal gynecologic cancer.

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Cancer Drug Resistance Has an ‘Off Switch’

October 21, 2014 11:29 am Videos Comments

Scientists have uncovered details about how cancer is able to become drug resistant over time, a phenomenon that occurs because cancer cells within the same tumor aren’t identical.                     

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Tarantula Venom Illuminates Electrical Activity in Live Cells

October 21, 2014 11:01 am Videos Comments

Researchers have created a cellular probe that combines a tarantula toxin with a fluorescent compound to help scientists observe electrical activity in neurons and other cells.                     

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Stem Cell-based Intestinal Tissue Implanted in Mice

October 20, 2014 10:21 am Videos Comments

Researchers have successfully transplanted “organoids” of functioning human intestinal tissue grown from pluripotent stem cells in a lab dish into mice– creating an unprecedented model for studying diseases of the intestine.        

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Babies’ Hearts May Beat Path to Heart Attack Treatments

October 17, 2014 11:50 am Videos Comments

The seemingly miraculous power of babies’ hearts to repair themselves after being injured has spurred a research team to investigate if this ability can be harnessed for new heart attack treatments.               

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Brain’s Compass Relies on Geometric Relationships

October 16, 2014 2:24 pm Videos Comments

The brain has a complex system for keeping track of which direction you are facing as you move about; remembering how to get from one place to another would otherwise be impossible. Researchers have now shown how the brain anchors this mental compass.

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Scientists Sniff Out Unexpected Role for Stem Cells in the Brain

October 13, 2014 1:09 pm Videos Comments

Scientists report that newly formed brain cells in the mouse olfactory system— the area that processes smells— play a critical role in maintaining proper connections.                        

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