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Nicotine Exploits COPI to Foster Addiction

December 30, 2013 12:00 pm Videos Comments

A study in The Journal of General Physiology helps explain how nicotine exploits the body's cellular machinery to promote addiction. The findings could lead to new therapies to help people quit smoking. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco accounts for the greatest number of preventable deaths worldwide by any single agent. 

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Brain Coverings May Take Brunt of Concussion Impact

December 9, 2013 12:32 pm Videos Comments

There is more than meets the eye following even a mild traumatic brain injury. While the brain may appear to be intact, new findings report that the brain’s protective coverings may feel the brunt of the impact.            

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High Cholesterol Fuels the Growth, Spread of Breast Cancer

December 3, 2013 12:10 pm Videos Comments

A byproduct of cholesterol functions like the hormone estrogen to fuel the growth and spread of the most common types of breast cancers, researchers report.                            

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Scientists Determine Most Detailed Picture of Key Hepatitis C Protein

December 2, 2013 12:41 pm Videos Comments

Scientists have determined the most detailed picture yet of a crucial part of the hepatitis C virus, which the virus uses to infect liver cells. The new data reveal unexpected structural features of this protein and should greatly speed efforts to make an effective hepatitis C vaccine.

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X-ray Laser Can Generate Protein Structures from Scratch

November 26, 2013 11:03 am Videos Comments

A study shows for the first time that X-ray lasers can be used to generate a complete 3-D model of a protein without any prior knowledge of its structure.                            

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Study Reveals Potential Breakthrough in Hearing Technology

November 18, 2013 1:37 pm Videos Comments

Computer engineers and hearing scientists at The Ohio State University have made a potential breakthrough in solving a 50-year-old problem in hearing technology: how to help the hearing-impaired understand speech in the midst of background noise.

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Scientists Study Some Fishy Behavior to Solve an Animal Locomotion Mystery

November 5, 2013 12:18 pm Videos Comments

A multi-institutional research team, led by Johns Hopkins engineers, says it has solved the puzzle of why animals push in directions that don’t point toward their goal, like the side-to-side sashaying of a running lizard or cockroach.      

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Electric Current Helps Brain Curb Pain

October 29, 2013 12:01 pm Videos Comments

Imagine significantly reducing a persistent migraine or fibromyalgia by a visit to a doctor who delivers low doses of electricity to the brain. Scientists are optimizing the next generation for such a technique, called high-definition transcranial direct current stimulation, or HD-tDCS.

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Why is There No Cure for the Common Cold?

October 29, 2013 11:48 am Videos Comments

In a pair of landmark studies that exploit the genetic sequencing of the “missing link” cold virus, rhinovirus C, scientists have constructed a 3-D model of the pathogen that shows why there is no cure yet for the common cold.       

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Hidden HIV Reservoir Larger than Previously Thought

October 24, 2013 2:27 pm Videos Comments

In the fight to cure human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), researchers have been dealt a blow. A new study shows that the pool of inactive HIV viruses that lingers silently in a patient’s body is larger than expected.          

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Regeneration Method Induces New Human Hair Growth

October 21, 2013 12:08 pm Videos Comments

Researchers have devised a hair restoration method that can generate new human hair growth, rather than simply redistribute hair from one part of the scalp to another.                       

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'Biowheel' Wins International Breast Cancer Challenge

October 18, 2013 12:42 pm Videos Comments

A colorful wheel developed bioengineers to visualize protein interactions has won an international competition for novel strategies to study the roots of breast cancer.                       

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Compound in Grapes, Red Wine Could Help Treat Multiple Types of Cancer

October 14, 2013 10:06 am Videos Comments

A recent study by a University of Missouri researcher shows that resveratrol, a compound found in grape skins and red wine, can make certain tumor cells more susceptible to radiation treatment. This research, which studied melanoma cells, follows a previous MU study that found similar results in the treatment of prostate cancer.

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Genes Predispose Some to Negative Thoughts

October 10, 2013 11:36 am Videos Comments

A new study finds that some people are genetically predisposed to see the world darkly. The study finds that a previously known gene variant can cause individuals to perceive emotional events more vividly than others.         

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‘Peanut Butter’ Test Helps Diagnose Alzheimer’s

October 9, 2013 11:56 am Videos Comments

A dollop of peanut butter and a ruler to test for smell sensitivity can be used to confirm a diagnosis of early stage Alzheimer’s disease, researchers have found.                       

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