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President Obama Reveals Details About Precision Medicine Project

January 30, 2015 4:53 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

President Obama held a press conference today revealing new details surrounding the Precision Medicine initiative he announced during the State of The Union.                 

Inside Google's Secretive Life Sciences Lab

January 29, 2015 4:11 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

This is the first official look at the life sciences division of Google X.   ...

Variety Show

January 29, 2015 3:15 pm | by Stephanie Dutchen, Harvard Medical School | News | Comments

Researchers have begun to appreciate the importance of copy number variation when considering...

Hydrogen Sulfide Could Help Lower Blood Pressure

January 29, 2015 3:00 pm | by University of Exeter | News | Comments

Research has indicated that a new compound, called AP39, which generates minute quantities of...

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Decoding Sugar Addiction

January 29, 2015 2:33 pm | by MIT | News | Comments

Researchers have shown that inhibiting a previously unknown brain circuit that regulates compulsive sugar consumption does not interfere with healthy eating.                 

Arizona Monitoring Hundreds for Measles Linked to Disneyland

January 29, 2015 2:27 pm | by Felicia Fonseca - Associated Press | News | Comments

A measles outbreak in Arizona that originated at California's Disney parks is at risk of increasing dramatically in size as health officials keep tabs on 1,000 people, including nearly 200 children who could have been exposed at a Phoenix-area medical center.

WHO: Ebola Response Shifts to Ending Epidemic

January 29, 2015 2:23 pm | by Maria Cheng - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The U.N. health agency said the three most affected countries - Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia - have reported fewer than 100 cases in the past week, for the first time since June.             

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New Method for Identifying Most Aggressive Childhood Cancers

January 28, 2015 3:14 pm | by Lund University | News | Comments

A group of researchers has found a new way to identify the most malignant tumors in children.                            

'Healthy' Fat Tissue Could be Key to Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

January 28, 2015 3:08 pm | by Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research | News | Comments

Researchers found they could ‘reverse’ type 2 diabetes in laboratory models by dampening the inflammatory response in fat tissue.                      

Exploring Upper Motor Neuron Degeneration in ALS

January 28, 2015 3:00 pm | by Nora Dunne, Northwestern University | News | Comments

For the first time, scientists have revealed a mechanism underlying the cellular degeneration of upper motor neurons, a small group of neurons in the brain recently shown to play a major role in ALS pathology.         

Improving on Pancreatitis Treatment

January 28, 2015 2:52 pm | by Sharon Tregaskis, Columbia University | News | Comments

For people with pancreatitis, a noncancerous inflammation of the tiny ducts in the 6-inch organ, the discomfort can be devastating.                      

Researchers Design Tailored Tissue Adhesives

January 28, 2015 2:47 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

After undergoing surgery to remove diseased sections of the colon, up to 30 percent of patients experience leakage from their sutures, which can cause life-threatening complications.             

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Harvard's Odyssey Unlocks Big Data

January 28, 2015 2:40 pm | by Harvard Gazette | News | Comments

As technology evolves and becomes further integrated into society, massive amounts of data are being collected and stored.                       

Diabetes in Rats Treated with Engineered Probiotic

January 28, 2015 10:53 am | by Cornell University | News | Comments

Cornell researchers have achieved this feat in rats by engineering human lactobacilli, a common gut bacteria, to secrete a protein called Glucagen-like peptide 1 (GLP-1).                    

Longevity Gene Variant Discovery

January 28, 2015 10:36 am | by UCSF | News | Comments

People who carry a variant of a gene that is associated with longevity also have larger volumes in a front part of the brain involved in planning and decision-making, according to researchers at UC San Francisco.                                      

Nanoparticle that Lights Up Artery-Clogging Plaque to be Evaluated

January 28, 2015 10:07 am | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved for evaluating in people a nanoparticle-based imaging agent jointly developed at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of California, Santa Barbara, in collaboration with Texas A&M University.

Biology, Driven by Data

January 28, 2015 10:00 am | by MIT | News | Comments

Cells are incredibly complicated machines with thousands of interacting parts — and disruptions to any of those interactions can cause disease.                                     

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By Taking a Rest, Exhausted T Cells Live to Fight Another Day

January 26, 2015 9:56 am | by Howard Hughes Medical Institute | News | Comments

Killer T cells are one of the body's main lines of defense against pathogens.                               

Research Shows Infants Can Remember More Than Originally Thought

January 26, 2015 9:41 am | by Jenna Eckel, Penn State | News | Comments

This discovery is different from previous research that found an infant would experience “catastrophic forgetting” once their memory capacity is exceeded.                  

Researchers Solve Metabolic Mystery Lending Insight into Lafora Disease

January 26, 2015 9:32 am | by Elizabeth Adams, University of Kentucky | News | Comments

Scientists have determined how an enzyme essential for energy metabolism functions.                              

Millions of GMO Insects Could Be Released in Florida Keys

January 26, 2015 9:26 am | by Jennifer Kay - Associated Press | News | Comments

Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.              

WHO Adopts Reforms to Repair Reputation after Bungling Ebola

January 26, 2015 9:20 am | by Maria Cheng - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The World Health Organization has proposed reforms that could overhaul its structure after botching the response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak.                   

Tide Turning in Ebola Fight After Hard Lessons

January 26, 2015 9:15 am | by Krista Larson and Maria Cheng - Associated Press | News | Comments

A top U.N. official in the fight against Ebola greeted just three patients at one treatment center he visited this week in Sierra Leone.                     

The Molecular Biology Behind ALS

January 23, 2015 4:58 pm | by Brandeis Univ. | News | Comments

By now, most everyone has seen videos all over social media of friends and family dousing themselves in ice cold water as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.                                                 

Long-Awaited Ebola Vaccine Study Coming Soon in Liberia

January 22, 2015 4:38 pm | by Lauran Neergard - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Long-awaited studies of two possible Ebola vaccines are set to begin in West Africa in a couple of weeks.                          

Why Protein Mutations Lead to Parkinson's Disease

January 22, 2015 4:29 pm | by UCSD | News | Comments

A new study has shown for the first time why protein mutations lead to the familial form of Parkinson’s disease.                         

Study Finds Videos Can Help Infants Learn Communication Skills

January 22, 2015 4:20 pm | by Emory University | News | Comments

Children under two years old can learn certain communication skills from a video.                              

How the Immune System Promotes Digestive Health

January 22, 2015 4:11 pm | by University of Utah | News | Comments

It involves fostering a community of "good" gut bacteria.                                  

A New Way to Test Brain Tumor Drugs

January 22, 2015 3:52 pm | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

An Arizona hospital is testing medicines very early in development and never tried on brain tumors before.                         

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