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Some Progestins May Hike Cancer; Some Estrogens May Ward it Off

April 24, 2015 4:03 pm | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

A recent analysis of  long-term after-effects of a specific hormone replacement therapy (HRT)—non-physiologic hormones created by Wyeth—finds that a pattern observed while women took the drugs during the famous Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) remains true years later.

2015 Neuro Film Festival Winners

April 24, 2015 11:31 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Farrah J. Mateen, M.D., from Cambridge, Mass., is the grand prize winner of the 2015 Neuro Film...

Game Shows Mosquito's-eye View of Malaria

April 24, 2015 10:05 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

A new game about the life cycle of malaria that can be played on Android smartphones. Officially...

Link Discovery Points to Potential New Alzheimer's Treatment

April 24, 2015 9:50 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Researchers have identified how proteins that play a key role in Alzheimer’s disease are linked...

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How to Identify Drugs That Work Best for Each Patient

April 24, 2015 9:39 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

Implantable device could allow doctors to test cancer drugs in patients before prescribing chemotherapy.

Nerve Activity Stimulates Brain Tumor Growth

April 24, 2015 9:27 am | by Stanford University | News | Comments

New research shows that high-grade gliomas, the deadliest human brain tumors, increase their growth by hijacking some of the machinery of neuroplasticity, which normally helps the brain form new synapses.

Pollution Shrinks Brains, Causes Silent Strokes

April 24, 2015 9:17 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Air pollution can shrink brains, lead to cognitive problems and even cause silent stokes, according to new research published by Stroke a journal of the American Heart Association.

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Oxytocin Can Suddenly Switch on Maternal Behavior

April 23, 2015 10:04 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Injections of the "love" hormone, oxytocin, let non-mother rats suddenly hear the ultrasonic distress sounds of mothers’ pups, according to a study in mice published in Nature.

Babies Feel Pain 'Like Adults'

April 23, 2015 9:00 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

The brains of babies 'light up' in a very similar way to adults when exposed to the same painful stimulus, a brain scanning study has discovered. It suggests that babies experience pain much like adults.

Listen to Your Heart: Why Your Brain May Give Away How Well You Know Yourself

April 22, 2015 11:11 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

“Listen to your heart,” sang Swedish pop group Roxette in the late Eighties. But not everyone is able to tune into their heartbeat, according to an international team of researchers – and half of us under- or over-estimate our ability.

Two Studies Examine Diabetes Severity in Parkinson's, Sex Differences in Parkinson's Caregiving

April 22, 2015 11:02 am | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Findings reveal severe diabetes worsens Parkinson's symptoms.

Cirrhosis Deaths Drop 41 Percent from 2002 to 2012

April 22, 2015 10:43 am | by UNC | News | Comments

A new study has found dramatic improvements in the care of patients with cirrhosis and liver failure and recommends improved treatment strategies for patients with cirrhosis and concurrent bacterial infections.

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Researchers Test Blood-Based Biopsy for Finding Cancer

April 21, 2015 12:29 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

This method is delivering some promising results in early trials.

Detecting Low-Quality Antimalarial Drugs With a Lab-On-Paper

April 21, 2015 11:51 am | by University of Notre Dame | News | Comments

Access to high-quality medicine is a basic human right, but more than four billion people live in countries where many medications are substandard or fake.

Experts Warn Ebola Epidemic Could Return With a Vengeance

April 21, 2015 11:44 am | by St. George's University of London | News | Comments

Health experts have warned that a greater flexibility must be brought to medical trials to combat diseases like Ebola to avoid facing another nightmare outbreak.

Immunotherapy is Not a Curiosity Anymore

April 20, 2015 1:58 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

One of the main sessions at this year’s Experimental Biology Conference in Boston was the Tang Prize Award lecture. 

Cell Type Responsible for Scarring, Skin-cancer Growth Identified

April 17, 2015 3:12 pm | by Stanford University | News | Comments

A single cell type in the skin of mice is a major contributor to scarring after wound healing or radiation damage, and facilitates the growth of melanoma. Blocking the cell’s activity in humans may be possible with currently approved drugs.

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Angiogenesis Inhibitors Undermined by Immune Cells, Says Study

April 17, 2015 2:57 pm | by University of California San Francisco | News | Comments

Research suggests strategy to prevent relapse after therapies targeting tumor blood vessels.

As Subdural Hematomas Increase, so do Brain Growth Studies

April 17, 2015 2:47 pm | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

There will be 60,000 annual cases of chronic subdural hematoma (SDH) by 2030, making SDH the U.S.’s most common adult brain surgery disorder, says a new study by New York University (NYU) researchers.

Study Describes First Steps in Basic Biological Process that Could Be Used to Harness Therapeutic Cells

April 17, 2015 2:23 pm | by University of Penn Medicine | News | Comments

Understanding the molecular signals that guide early cells in the embryo to develop into different types of organs provides insight into how tissues regenerate and repair themselves.

Encountering a Wall Corrects 'GPS' Cells in Mouse Brains

April 17, 2015 10:20 am | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Researchers have found more evidence that the brain’s grid cells help a mouse mentally map its location in the dark.

Nanoparticles at Specific Temperature Stimulate Antitumor Response

April 17, 2015 9:59 am | by Dartmouth College | News | Comments

Dartmouth researchers identify precise heat to boost immune system against cancer tumors.

Income and Brain Anatomy

April 17, 2015 9:52 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

In middle-schoolers, neuroscientists find differences in brain structures where knowledge is stored.

Fitness Trackers Could Support MS Treatments: Study

April 16, 2015 3:13 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The team of investigators will present their findings this week at the annual American Academy of Neurology meeting.

Rare, Deadly Lymphoma Demystified

April 16, 2015 10:46 am | by Columbia University | News | Comments

Findings identify a cause of the disease and highlight potential therapeutic approach.

Disney-linked Measles Outbreak Soon to be Over in California

April 16, 2015 10:35 am | by Alicia Chang, Science Writer, Associated Press | News | Comments

A measles outbreak that began at Disneyland and reignited debate about vaccinations is nearing an end.

Open Road to the Circuit Diagram of the Brain

April 16, 2015 10:29 am | by Max Planck Institute | News | Comments

Staining method brings the reconstruction of all nerve cells and their connections within reach.

Scientists Use Brain Stimulation to Boost Creativity

April 16, 2015 10:17 am | by UNC | News | Comments

Using a weak electric current to alter a specific brain activity pattern, UNC School of Medicine researchers increased creativity in healthy adults. Now they’re testing the same experimental protocol to alleviate symptoms in people with depression.

Study Questions Accuracy of Certain Tumor-only Gene Mapping

April 16, 2015 9:23 am | by Lauran Neergaard, Medical Writer, Associated Press | News | Comments

More cancer patients are getting the genes in their tumors mapped to help guide their treatment. New research suggests that isn't always accurate enough, and a second test could help ferret out the culprit genes.

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