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Boy Who Lost Hands to Infection Gets Double-hand Transplant

July 29, 2015 | by Kathy Matheson, Associated Press | Comments

An 8-year-old boy who lost his hands and feet to a serious infection has become the youngest patient to receive a double-hand transplant, surgeons said Tuesday.

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‘Golden Jackals’ of East Africa are Actually Golden Wolves, Biologists Report

July 30, 2015 4:54 pm | by UCLA | Comments

Although they look very similar, the “golden jackals” of East Africa and those of Eurasia are two entirely different species, life scientists reported in the journal Current Biology.


Inadequate Hydration Can Lead to Impaired Cognitive, Emotional Function

July 30, 2015 4:46 pm | by Harvard University | Comments

More than half of all children and adolescents in the United States are under-hydrated — probably because they’re not drinking enough water — and that could have significant repercussions for their physical health and cognitive and emotional functioning, according to the first national study of its kind.


Identifying a Key Growth Factor in Cell Proliferation

July 30, 2015 4:38 pm | by Jessa Gamble, MIT | Comments

Researchers discover that aspartate is a limiter of cell proliferation.


Women’s Immune System Genes Operate Differently From Men’s

July 30, 2015 10:38 am | by Stanford University | Comments

A new technology reveals that immune system genes switch on and off differently in women and men, and the source of that variation is not primarily in the DNA.


Delirium and Inflammation

July 30, 2015 10:25 am | by Harvard University | Comments

Delirium, an acute state of confusion, often affects older adults following surgery or serious illness. Now, a study confirms that inflammation—an immune response that develops when the body attempts to protect itself from harmful stimuli—plays a role in the onset of delirium.


New Computer-Based Technology May Lead to Improvements in Facial Transplantation

July 30, 2015 10:17 am | by Johns Hopkins University | Comments

Following several years of research and collaboration, physicians and engineers say they have developed a computer platform that provides rapid, real-time feedback before and during facial transplant surgery, which may someday improve face-jaw-teeth alignment between donor and recipient.


Hormone in Brain Could Cause Overeating, Says Rutgers Science

July 30, 2015 9:37 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Eating for pure pleasure instead of hunger is controlled by a hormone in the brain, according to new Rutgers University research. The work could point to brain-first targets to combat the burgeoning obesity epidemic, according to the scientists.


In CRISPR Advance, Scientists Successfully Edit Human T Cells

July 29, 2015 10:11 am | by UCSF | Comments

Scientists have devised a new strategy to precisely modify human T cells using the genome-editing system known as CRISPR/Cas9.


FDA Approves Stomach-filling Balloon for Weight Loss

July 29, 2015 9:55 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | Comments

Federal health regulators on Tuesday approved an inflatable medical balloon that aids weight loss by filling up space in the stomach.


Chimps Use Clay to Detox and as a Mineral Supplement

July 29, 2015 9:44 am | by University of Oxford | Comments

Wild chimpanzees in the forests of Uganda are increasingly eating clay to supplement the minerals in their diet, according to a long-term international study published in the early version of the journal PLOS ONE.


Web App Helps Researchers Explore Cancer Genetics

July 29, 2015 9:20 am | by Brown University | Comments

As gene sequencing has gotten faster and cheaper, clinicians and researchers are able to use genomic data to study, diagnose, and develop a course of treatment for a variety of individual cancers. MAGI, an open-source tool lets users compare their data with enormous cancer genetics datasets.


Endangered Butterfly Recovering in Some, Not All, of Range

July 28, 2015 11:39 am | by Mary Esch, Associated Press | Comments

More than 20 years of habitat restoration and breeding programs have helped the endangered Karner blue butterfly make a comeback in the pine barrens of upstate New York where it was discovered by Russian author Vladimir Nabokov decades ago.


Researchers Create Smartphone-based Device that Reads Medical Diagnostic Tests Quickly and Accurately

July 28, 2015 11:34 am | by UCLA | Comments

A team of researchers from the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA has developed a new mobile phone-based device that can read ELISA plates in the field with the same level of accuracy as the large machines normally found in clinical laboratories.


Recurrent Ovarian Cancer Patients May Have Hope

July 28, 2015 11:17 am | by Harvard University | Comments

A gene therapy that delivers a protein that suppresses the development of female reproductive organs may improve survival rates in patients with ovarian cancer that has recurred after chemotherapy. Recurrence happens 70 percent of the time and is invariably fatal.


New Tool For Investigating RNA Gone Awry

July 28, 2015 11:15 am | by Northwestern University | Comments

A new technology – called “Sticky-flares” – developed by nanomedicine experts  offers the first real-time method to track and observe the dynamics of RNA distribution as it is transported inside living cells.



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