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Study Uncovers Secrets of Clump-Dissolving Protein

January 23, 2015 | by University of Pennsylvania | Comments

Workhorse molecules called heat-shock proteins contribute to refolding proteins that were once misfolded and clumped.                        

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Team Creates Device to Alleviate Dry Eye

January 23, 2015 5:01 pm | by Kris Newby, Stanford | Comments

To help these patients, Ackermann, PhD, a former Stanford Biodesign fellow, and his new company are testing two tiny devices that stimulate natural tear production by delivering micro-electrical pulses to the lacrimal gland. One model is inserted into the mucous membrane in the nasal cavity, and the other is inserted under the skin below the eyebrow. Tear delivery rates can be adjusted manually with a wireless controller. 

The Molecular Biology Behind ALS

January 23, 2015 4:58 pm | by Brandeis Univ. | Comments

By now, most everyone has seen videos all over social media of friends and family dousing themselves in ice cold water as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.                                                 

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Why All-Nighters Don't Work

January 23, 2015 4:53 pm | by Brandeis University | Comments

Scientists have long known that sleep, memory and learning are deeply connected. Most animals, from flies to humans, have trouble remembering when sleep deprived, and studies have shown that sleep is critical in converting short-term into long-term memory, a process known as memory consolidation.

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Long-Awaited Ebola Vaccine Study Coming Soon in Liberia

January 22, 2015 4:38 pm | by Lauran Neergard - AP Medical Writer | Comments

Long-awaited studies of two possible Ebola vaccines are set to begin in West Africa in a couple of weeks.                          

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Why Protein Mutations Lead to Parkinson's Disease

January 22, 2015 4:29 pm | by UCSD | Comments

A new study has shown for the first time why protein mutations lead to the familial form of Parkinson’s disease.                         

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Study Finds Videos Can Help Infants Learn Communication Skills

January 22, 2015 4:20 pm | by Emory University | Comments

Children under two years old can learn certain communication skills from a video.                              

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How the Immune System Promotes Digestive Health

January 22, 2015 4:11 pm | by University of Utah | Comments

It involves fostering a community of "good" gut bacteria.                                  

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Estrogen-Producing Neurons Influence Aggression in Both Sexes

January 22, 2015 4:00 pm | by Pete Farley, UCSF | Comments

A miniscule cluster of estrogen-producing nerve cells in the mouse brain exerts highly specific effects on aggressive behavior in both males and females.                  

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Test Results Pending on Dead Birds in Northern California

January 22, 2015 3:54 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Nearly a week after a mysterious gray gunk surfaced on shorelines in the San Francisco Bay Area, the substance has killed more than 200 seabirds.                   

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A New Way to Test Brain Tumor Drugs

January 22, 2015 3:52 pm | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer | Comments

An Arizona hospital is testing medicines very early in development and never tried on brain tumors before.                         

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Building on Biocontainment

January 22, 2015 10:56 am | by Harvard Univ. | Comments

The creation of genetically modified and entirely synthetic organisms continues to generate excitement as well as worry.                                                                   

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New Govt Standards Target Pathogens in Poultry Products

January 22, 2015 10:41 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | Comments

Standards proposed by the Agriculture Department aim to reduce rates of salmonella and campylobacter, another pathogen that can cause symptoms similar to salmonella, in chicken parts, ground chicken and ground turkey. The standards would be voluntary but designed to pressure companies to take steps to reduce contamination.

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Moving Closer to a Personalized Treatment Solution for Intellectual Disability

January 22, 2015 10:36 am | by Scripps Research Institute | Comments

Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have produced an approach that protects animal models against a type of genetic disruption that causes intellectual disability, including serious memory impairments and altered anxiety levels.

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Lysosome Dysfunction Linked to Infant Failure to Thrive

January 22, 2015 10:31 am | by Northwestern Medicine | Comments

Neonatal intestinal disorders that prevent infants from getting the nutrients they need may be caused by defects in the lysosomal system that occur before weaning, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.                        

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“Sugar-Coated” Pill Helps The Medicine Go Down

January 22, 2015 10:22 am | by Cambridge Univ. | Comments

Cambridge scientists have discovered a solution for controlling one of the world’s biggest environmental and ecological pests – the zebra mussel.                                                                         

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