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The Man with a Thousand Brains

October 31, 2014 | Comments

Forty million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer’s and this is only set to increase. But tiny brains grown in culture could help scientists learn more about this mysterious disease– and test new drugs.            

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Study IDs Possible Target to Treat Cocaine Addiction

October 31, 2014 12:07 pm | Comments

A new study has identified a potential target for therapies to treat cocaine addiction. Investigators found evidence that changing one amino acid in a subunit of an important receptor protein alters whether cocaine-experienced animals will resume drug seeking after a period of cocaine abstinence.

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PET Scan for Psychotherapy

October 31, 2014 11:56 am | Comments

A study has identified for the first time changes in the metabolic activity of a key brain region in patients successfully treated for depression with psychodynamic psychotherapy.                     

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Revealing the Root Causes of Alzheimer’s, Other Diseases

October 31, 2014 11:43 am | Comments

In the 1980s, researchers discovered vaults, naturally occurring nanoparticles that are composed mostly of proteins and number in the thousands inside every cell of the body. Now, data suggests that polyribosomes work like 3-D printers to both create and link together proteins and correctly form them into vaults.

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Mouse Model Could Accelerate Ebola Treatment Research

October 31, 2014 11:21 am | Comments

Researchers have developed a new genetic strain of mice that will significantly improve opportunities to test the initial efficacy of potential vaccines and treatments for Ebola and other emerging pathogens.             

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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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Dozens of New Autism Genes Identified

October 30, 2014 11:10 am | 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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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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Google Developing Pill to Detect Cancer

October 29, 2014 10:45 am | by Brandon Bailey - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Google is working on a cancer-detecting pill in its latest effort to push the boundaries of technology. Still in the experimental stage, the pill is packed with tiny magnetic particles, which can travel through a patient's bloodstream, search for malignant cells and report their findings to a sensor on a wearable device.

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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...

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