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Playing Music By Professional Musicians Activates Genes For Learning and Memory

March 27, 2015 | by University of Helsinki | Comments

Playing music by professional musicians activates genes responsible for brain function and singing of songbirds.

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How Immune Cells Facilitate the Spread of Breast Cancer

March 30, 2015 5:10 pm | Comments

The body's immune system fights disease, infections and even cancer, acting like foot soldiers to protect against invaders and dissenters. 

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Fasting, Less-Toxic Cancer Drug May Work as Well as Chemotherapy

March 30, 2015 5:05 pm | by USC | Comments

Fasting in combination with chemotherapy has already been shown to kill cancer cells, but a pair of new studies in mice suggests that a less-toxic class of drugs combined with fasting may kill breast, colorectal and lung cancer cells equally well.

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Blood-Based Biomarkers could Enable Accurate TB tests for Diagnosis

March 30, 2015 4:57 pm | Comments

Researchers have identified blood-based biomarkers in patients with active tuberculosis (ATB) that could lead to new blood-based diagnostics and tools for monitoring treatment response and cure.

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MRI based on Sugar Molecule Can Tell Cancerous from Noncancerous Cells

March 30, 2015 4:51 pm | by Johns Hopkins University | Comments

Imaging tests like mammograms or CT scans can detect tumors, but figuring out whether a growth is or isn’t cancer usually requires a biopsy to study cells directly.

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Colleges Getting Out of Health Insurance Business

March 30, 2015 4:45 pm | by Donna Gordon Blankinship, Associated Prss | Comments

​The federal health care overhaul is leading some colleges and universities to get out of the health insurance business.

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Low Vitamin D Linked to Worse Prognosis in Type of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

March 30, 2015 4:41 pm | by University of Rochester | Comments

A new study found that people with lower vitamin D levels prior to treatment for follicular lymphoma succumb to the disease or face relapse earlier than patients with sufficient vitamin D levels in their blood.

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Body’s Good Fat Tissue Communicates With Brain Through Sensory Nerves

March 27, 2015 3:50 pm | by Georgia State University | Comments

Brown fat tissue, the body’s “good fat,” communicates with the brain through sensory nerves, possibly sharing information that is important for fighting human obesity, such as how much fat we have and how much fat we’ve lost.

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HIV Can Lodge Quickly in Brain After Infection

March 27, 2015 3:15 pm | by Bill Hathaway, Yale University | Comments

HIV can establish itself in the brain as soon as four months after initial infection.

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Researchers Master Gene Editing Technique in Mosquito

March 27, 2015 10:49 am | by Rockefeller University | Comments

Researchers have harnessed a technique known as CRISPR-Cas9 editing in an important and understudied species: the mosquito, Aedes aegypti, which infects hundreds of millions of people annually with the deadly diseases chikungunya, yellow fever, and dengue fever.

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Researchers Help Create 'Gold Standard' Method for Measuring Alzheimer's Disease

March 27, 2015 10:42 am | by Mark Wheeler, UCLA | Comments

A team of researchers has validated the first standardized protocol for measuring one of the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Report: Diversity of New England Plant Life is Threatened

March 27, 2015 10:42 am | by Bob Salsberg, Associated Press | Comments

The report studied more than 3,500 known plant species and determined that 22 percent are considered rare, in decline, endangered or possibly extinct.

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Genetic Mutation Explains Why, in Rare Cases, Flu Can Kill

March 27, 2015 10:39 am | by Rockefeller University | Comments

Nobody likes getting the flu, but for some people, fluids and rest aren’t enough. A small number of children who catch the influenza virus fall so ill they end up in the hospital — perhaps needing ventilators to breathe — even while their family and friends recover easily. New research helps explain why: a rare genetic mutation.

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Two Exotic Termites Find Love in Florida

March 27, 2015 10:34 am | by Jennifer Kay, Associated Press | Comments

Two particularly hungry, exotic termite species apparently have found love halfway around the world and, as with so many other Florida hook-ups, the results are disturbing.

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Precision Medicine Shaping the Future of Cancer Research

March 27, 2015 10:32 am | by Columbia University | Comments

Nearly 50 years after the “war on cancer” was declared in the United States, precision medicine presages an era of increased understanding of the molecular basis of cancer and of the ability to design treatments tailored to a patient’s own genetic profile, a panel of experts said.

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Nanoparticle Therapy Promotes Wound Healing

March 27, 2015 10:23 am | by Yeshiva University | Comments

An experimental therapy developed by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University cut in half the time it takes to heal wounds compared to no treatment at all.

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