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Dozens of New Autism Genes Identified

October 30, 2014 | Comments

Two major genetic studies of autism have newly implicated dozens of genes in the disorder. The research shows that rare mutations in these genes affect communication networks in the brain and compromise fundamental biological mechanisms.    

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Video Game Study Shows Sleep Apnea May Affect Memory

October 30, 2014 2:30 pm | Comments

Sleep apnea may affect your ability to form new spatial memories, such as remembering where you parked your car, new research suggests. The study demonstrates through the playing of a specific video game that disruption of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep as a consequence of sleep apnea impairs spatial memory.

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Novel Ultrasound Technology Screens for Heart Conditions

October 30, 2014 1:41 pm | Comments

Engineers have determined for the first time the impact of a ring-shaped vortex on transporting blood flow in normal and abnormal ventricles within the human heart. In order to make the study possible, researchers have developed a novel ultrasound technology that makes screening cheaper and much easier.

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Lab-made 'Ribozyme' Could Explain Origins of Life

October 30, 2014 12:45 pm | Comments

Mimicking natural evolution in a test tube, scientists have devised an enzyme with a unique property that might have been crucial to the origin of life on Earth. The achievement is also likely to yield a powerful tool for evolving new and useful molecules.

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Wisconsin Studies Music and Memory Program

October 30, 2014 10:56 am | by Carrie Antlfinger - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Mike Knutson taught himself to play the harmonica as a child, and the 96-year-old sang with his family for most of his life. Even now, as he suffers from dementia, music is an important part of his life— thanks to a study looking at the impact of a nationwide music program aimed at helping dementia patients.

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Genetic Link to Kidney Stones Identified

October 29, 2014 1:14 pm | Comments

A new breakthrough could help kidney stone sufferers get an exact diagnosis and specific treatment after genetic links to the condition were identified.                             

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Genetic Screening Could Reduce Number of Breast Cancer Cases

October 29, 2014 12:37 pm | Comments

Should every newborn baby girl be genetically screened for breast-cancer risk? That isn’t cost-effective— yet. But if it were, would it be worthwhile? A previous study said no. But, new research suggests otherwise.           

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Investigating the Remarkable Memory of 'SuperAgers'

October 29, 2014 11:30 am | Comments

In 2012, scientists captured national attention by identifying for the first time a group of people over 80 with remarkable, age-defying memory power. Now, the same scientists will continue studying these “SuperAgers” to find out how they resist cognitive decline.  

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Researchers Sequence Enterovirus D68 Genome

October 29, 2014 11:24 am | Comments

Researchers have sequenced the genome of enterovirus D68 sampled from patients treated at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Nationwide, the virus has spread rapidly in recent months.                     

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Obama praising doctors fighting Ebola in Africa

October 29, 2014 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama is surrounding himself with health care workers battling Ebola in Africa to showcase what he calls their "incredible heroism." Amid debate over how returning health care workers should be monitored, Obama plans to make remarks from the White House Wednesday afternoon with...

Ebola puts Ghana's bush meat traders out of work

October 29, 2014 6:26 am | by Rodney Muhumuza - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Yaa Kyerewaa cuts a lonely figure beside a pile of animal parts: the jaws of a giant rodent, the hooves of wild pigs, snails. This bush meat was once considered a delicacy and fetched premium prices. But Ebola has frightened away customers and Kyerewaa hasn't sold anything in days. Accra's busy...

Supply rocket headed to space station explodes

October 28, 2014 9:27 pm | by Marcia Dunn - AP Aerospace Writer - Associated Press | Comments

An unmanned commercial supply rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff Tuesday evening, with debris falling in flames over the launch site in Virginia. No injuries were reported following the first catastrophic launch in NASA's commercial spaceflight effort. ...

Possible complete mammoth skeleton found in Idaho

October 28, 2014 4:28 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

AMERICAN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A portion of a Columbian mammoth skull and tusks have been uncovered in southeastern Idaho, and experts say a rare entire skeleton might be buried there. Experts estimate the mammoth was about 16 years old and lived about 70,000 to 120,000 years ago in what was a...

Ebola’s Patient Zero Was Guinean Toddler

October 28, 2014 4:27 pm | by Maria Cheng - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | Comments

In the Guinean village where the current West African Ebola outbreak began, 14 graves mark the spot where the lethal virus began to spiral out of control.                           

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Ebola nurse on defensive gets call from Obama

October 28, 2014 4:27 pm | by Ray Henry - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

A nurse who fueled Ebola fears by flying to Cleveland after being infected by her dying patient was released Tuesday from a hospital isolation unit, where doctors defended her as a courageous front-line caregiver. Another nurse, held for days in a medical tent in New Jersey after volunteering in...

Imaging the Genome

October 28, 2014 3:10 pm | Comments

A new study has allowed researchers to peer into unexplored regions of the genome and understand for the first time the role played by more than 250 genes key to cell growth and development.                 

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