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Research Could Lead to Next-Gen Cancer Therapy

March 10, 2016 | by Ryan Bushey, Digital Editor | Comments

The scientists studied two lung cancer patients where they found immune cells in the tumors that corresponded with the aforementioned antigens.


Hawaii Looks to Allow Psychologists to Prescribe Drugs

April 29, 2016 9:55 am | by Marina Starleaf Riker, Associated Press | Comments

State lawmakers are poised to make Hawaii one of a handful of states that allow psychologists to prescribe medication in hopes of increasing access to mental health services.


Scientists Turn Skin Cells into Heart, Brain Cells Using Drugs

April 29, 2016 9:53 am | by Gladstone Institutes | Comments

In a major breakthrough, scientists transformed skin cells into heart cells and brain cells using a combination of chemicals. The research lays the groundwork for one day being able to regenerate lost or damaged cells with pharmaceutical drugs.


Subtle Chemical Changes in Brain Can Alter Sleep-Wake Cycle

April 29, 2016 9:44 am | by University of Rochester | Comments

A study sheds new light on the biological mechanisms that control the sleep-wake cycle. Specifically, it shows that a simple shift in the balance of chemicals found in the fluid that bathes and surrounds brain cells can alter the state of consciousness of animals.


How Old Do You Look? Study Finds an Answer in Our Genes

April 29, 2016 9:36 am | by Cell Press | Comments

Researchers have found a gene that helps explain why some people appear more youthful than others.


Friends 'Better Than Morphine'

April 29, 2016 9:29 am | by University of Oxford | Comments

People with more friends have higher pain tolerance, researchers have found.


Sea Lion that Made Strange, 50-mile Trek to Ranch Found Dead

April 29, 2016 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Washington state biologists are trying to determine what killed a sea lion that was captured and released after it was strangely found in the driveway of a cattle ranch about 50 miles from the ocean.


Health Benefits from 1 Minute of Intense Exercise, Study Says

April 29, 2016 9:14 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

People often complain they don’t have time to exercise or fit a work-out routine into their busy schedules, but a new study may throw that excuse out of the window.  Researchers say just one minute of high intensity exercise results in similar health benefits as 45 minutes of moderate-intensity training. 


Biotech Startups Partner to Accelerate Personalized Cancer Detection and Treatment

April 28, 2016 11:02 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

Houston-based MolecularMatch, which launched its online platform two years ago to connect cancer patients to treatment options and clinical trials, has partnered with Liquid Biotech USA Inc., a personalized cancer diagnostics company, to advance early cancer detection and treatment.


Exercise Genes? Study Suggests Certain People with Depression May Benefit From Exercise

April 28, 2016 10:03 am | by University of Florida | Comments

Call it personalized medicine for depression -- but the prescription in this case is exercise, which researchers have found helps people with certain genetic traits.


Scientists Establish First Map of the Sea Lion Brain

April 28, 2016 9:56 am | by Vanderbilt University | Comments

A team of neuroscientists has conducted the first comprehensive study of the California sea lion's central nervous system, concentrating on the somatosensory system, which is concerned with conscious perception of touch, pressure, pain, temperature, position and vibration.


Hawaii Reaches Milestone in Fighting Dengue Fever Outbreak

April 28, 2016 9:51 am | by Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press | Comments

Hawaii officials say they have reached a milestone in controlling the state's dengue fever outbreak now that 30 days have passed since the last known infected person was contagious.


A Cellular Tree With Healthy Branches

April 28, 2016 9:47 am | by University of Iowa | Comments

Biologists have determined a group of genes associated with neurons help regulate dendrites' growth. But there's a catch: These genes, called gamma-protocadherins, must be an exact match for each neuron for the cells to correctly grow dendrites.


Analysis of Dog Genome Will Provide Insight into Human Disease

April 28, 2016 9:42 am | by The Genome Analysis Centre | Comments

An important model in studying human disease, the non-coding RNA of the canine genome is an essential starting point for evolutionary and biomedical studies, according to a new study.


Scientists Discover New Way to Regenerate Rare Blood Stem Cells

April 28, 2016 9:11 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

A team of researchers have gained knowledge about a key protein that enables greater control and regeneration of blood stem cells, leading to new strategies to control the growth of these cells and making enhanced numbers for transplantation possible.


Who Gets Hooked on Drugs? Genetic Markers Influence Addiction

April 27, 2016 10:18 am | by University of Michigan | Comments

Why does one person who tries cocaine get addicted, while another might use it and then leave it alone? Why do some people who kick a drug habit manage to stay clean, while others relapse? And why do some families seem more prone to addiction than others? The road to answering these questions may have a lot to do with specific genetic factors that vary from individual to individual, a new study in rats suggests.



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