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Playing Music By Professional Musicians Activates Genes For Learning and Memory

March 27, 2015 | by University of Helsinki | Comments

Playing music by professional musicians activates genes responsible for brain function and singing of songbirds.

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Body’s Good Fat Tissue Communicates With Brain Through Sensory Nerves

March 27, 2015 3:50 pm | by Georgia State University | Comments

Brown fat tissue, the body’s “good fat,” communicates with the brain through sensory nerves, possibly sharing information that is important for fighting human obesity, such as how much fat we have and how much fat we’ve lost.

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HIV Can Lodge Quickly in Brain After Infection

March 27, 2015 3:15 pm | by Bill Hathaway, Yale University | Comments

HIV can establish itself in the brain as soon as four months after initial infection.

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Researchers Master Gene Editing Technique in Mosquito

March 27, 2015 10:49 am | by Rockefeller University | Comments

Researchers have harnessed a technique known as CRISPR-Cas9 editing in an important and understudied species: the mosquito, Aedes aegypti, which infects hundreds of millions of people annually with the deadly diseases chikungunya, yellow fever, and dengue fever.

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Researchers Help Create 'Gold Standard' Method for Measuring Alzheimer's Disease

March 27, 2015 10:42 am | by Mark Wheeler, UCLA | Comments

A team of researchers has validated the first standardized protocol for measuring one of the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Report: Diversity of New England Plant Life is Threatened

March 27, 2015 10:42 am | by Bob Salsberg, Associated Press | Comments

The report studied more than 3,500 known plant species and determined that 22 percent are considered rare, in decline, endangered or possibly extinct.

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Genetic Mutation Explains Why, in Rare Cases, Flu Can Kill

March 27, 2015 10:39 am | by Rockefeller University | Comments

Nobody likes getting the flu, but for some people, fluids and rest aren’t enough. A small number of children who catch the influenza virus fall so ill they end up in the hospital — perhaps needing ventilators to breathe — even while their family and friends recover easily. New research helps explain why: a rare genetic mutation.

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Two Exotic Termites Find Love in Florida

March 27, 2015 10:34 am | by Jennifer Kay, Associated Press | Comments

Two particularly hungry, exotic termite species apparently have found love halfway around the world and, as with so many other Florida hook-ups, the results are disturbing.

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Precision Medicine Shaping the Future of Cancer Research

March 27, 2015 10:32 am | by Columbia University | Comments

Nearly 50 years after the “war on cancer” was declared in the United States, precision medicine presages an era of increased understanding of the molecular basis of cancer and of the ability to design treatments tailored to a patient’s own genetic profile, a panel of experts said.

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Nanoparticle Therapy Promotes Wound Healing

March 27, 2015 10:23 am | by Yeshiva University | Comments

An experimental therapy developed by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University cut in half the time it takes to heal wounds compared to no treatment at all.

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MRI Based on Sugar Molecule Tells Cancerous From Noncancerous Cells

March 27, 2015 9:48 am | by Johns Hopkins University | Comments

Results of a study suggest that MRI could one day make biopsies more effective or even replace them altogether by noninvasively detecting telltale sugar molecules shed by the outer membranes of cancerous cells.

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Study: Ebola Takes Worst Toll On Babies, Other Young Kids

March 26, 2015 10:47 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | Comments

Ebola has taken its greatest toll on babies. About 90 percent of children under age 1 who caught the virus in West Africa died from it, the first large study of the epidemic's impact on children suggests.

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Study Announces Durable Ebola Vaccine

March 26, 2015 10:40 am | by Andrew Gould, University of Plymouth | Comments

A new study shows the durability of a novel CMV based Ebola virus vaccine strategy that may eventually have the potential to reduce ebolavirus infection in wild African ape species. 

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New Materials to Protect the Brain

March 26, 2015 10:39 am | by Denis Paiste, MIT | Comments

MIT graduate student Bo Qing studies synthetic gels that could be used in better equipment to protect against traumatic injuries.

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New Genetic Variant That Causes Autism Identified

March 26, 2015 10:30 am | by Johns Hopkins University | Comments

Using a novel approach that homes in on rare families severely affected by autism, a Johns Hopkins-led team of researchers has identified a new genetic cause of the disease.

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Common Bacteria on Verge of Becoming Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs

March 26, 2015 10:20 am | by Michael C. Purdy, Washington University in St. Louis | Comments

Antibiotic resistance is poised to spread globally among bacteria frequently implicated in respiratory and urinary infections in hospital settings, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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