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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.

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Bearded Dragons Show REM and Slow-wave Sleep

May 2, 2016 2:54 pm | by Max Planck Institute | Comments

Researchers describe for the first time REM and slow-wave sleep in a reptile, the Australian dragon Pogona vitticeps. This suggests that brain sleep dates back at least to the evolution of the amniotes, that is, to the beginning of the colonization of terrestrial landmass by vertebrate animals.

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Bioengineers Create First Online Search Engine for Functional Genomics Data

May 2, 2016 10:12 am | by University of California, San Diego | Comments

Bioengineers have created what they believe to be the first online search engine for functional genomics data. This new search engine, called GeNemo, is free for public use.

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Finding Sheds Light on What May Kill Neurons After Stroke

May 2, 2016 10:07 am | by University at Buffalo | Comments

Strokes, seizures, traumatic brain injury and schizophrenia: these conditions can cause persistent, widespread acidity around neurons in the brain. But exactly how that acidity affects brain function isn't well understood. Researchers have begun to unravel some of the puzzle.

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First Drug for Delusions in Parkinson's Patients Approved

May 2, 2016 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Federal health officials have approved an experimental drug to treat psychotic delusions and behaviors that often afflict patients with Parkinson's disease, the debilitating movement disorder.

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Puerto Rico Reports 1st US Zika-related Death Amid Outbreak

May 2, 2016 9:19 am | by Danica Coto and Mike Stobbe, Associated Press | Comments

Puerto Rico announced Friday that it has recorded the first Zika-related U.S. death amid an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus in the U.S. territory.

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Scientists Map Brain's 'Thesaurus' to Help Decode Inner Thoughts

May 2, 2016 9:15 am | by National Science Foundation | Comments

What if a map of the brain could help us decode people's inner thoughts? Scientists have taken a step in that direction by building a "semantic atlas" that shows in vivid colors and multiple dimensions how the human brain organizes language.

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Rosacea Linked to Increased Risk of Dementia, Alzheimer’s

May 2, 2016 8:55 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The chronic inflammatory disorder is marked by certain increased proteins, which are also active in some neurodegenerative disorders, the authors from the University of Copenhagen found.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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