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Protecting The Brain

December 16, 2014 12:18 pm | by Cory Burris, Dalhousie University | News | Comments

New research focuses of detecting and treating damage to blood vessels in the brain.                              

Predicting Sepsis

December 16, 2014 11:56 am | by Susan McGreevey, Harvard Medical School | News | Comments

A team of investigators has identified what may be a biomarker predicting the development of sepsis.                           

Technology Directly Reprograms Skin Cells for New Role

December 16, 2014 11:29 am | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered a way to repurpose fibroblasts into functional melanocytes.                             

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'Super Bacteria' Found in Rio's Olympic Waters

December 16, 2014 11:21 am | by Jenny Barchfield - Associated Press | News | Comments

A drug-resistant super bacteria that's normally found in hospitals and is notoriously difficult to treat has been discovered in the waters where Rio de Janeiro's Olympic sailing events will be held.           

Proteins Drive Cancer Cells to Change States

December 16, 2014 11:12 am | News | Comments

A new study implicates a family of RNA-binding proteins in the regulation of cancer.                              

Neuronal Circuits Filter Out Distractions in the Brain

December 15, 2014 1:32 pm | by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory | News | Comments

The next time you are in a crowded room, or a meeting, or even at the park with your kids, take a look around. How many people are on their phone? Distractions invade every aspect of our lives. Status updates, text messages, email notifications all threaten to steal our attention away from the moment. 

Tackling One of The Biggest Questions in Dementia Research

December 15, 2014 12:09 pm | News | Comments

Researchers in Southampton are tackling one of the biggest questions in dementia research; why might current approaches in Alzheimer’s trials be failing? The new study is published in the Journal of Pathology and funded by Alzheimer’s Research UK and the Medical Research Council.          

Cancer Patients Testing Drugs on Mouse Avatars

December 15, 2014 11:58 am | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

They are paying a private lab to breed mice that carry bits of their own tumors so treatments can be tried first on the customized rodents.                    

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Signaling Mechanism Could be Target for Survival, Growth of Tumor Cells

December 15, 2014 11:54 am | by UT Southwestern | News | Comments

UT Southwestern Medical Center neurology researchers have identified an important cell signaling mechanism that plays an important role in brain cancer and may provide a new therapeutic target.                                 

Robotic Surgery Tool Treats Previously Inoperable Head and Neck Cancer

December 15, 2014 11:47 am | News | Comments

Researchers have advanced a robotic surgical technique to successfully access a previously unreachable area of the head and neck.                      

Blow to Chest Could Trigger Potentially Dangerous Heart Rhythm

December 15, 2014 11:39 am | News | Comments

A hard hit to the chest can cause an irregular heartbeat that may lead to death even days after the impact.                           

Brain Stimulation May Hold Key to Anxiety Treatment

December 15, 2014 11:27 am | News | Comments

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have found that that brain stimulation may help retrain unhelpful cognitive habits associated with anxiety and depression.                

Obese Children’s Brains More Responsive to Sugar

December 12, 2014 9:34 am | News | Comments

A new study found that the brains of obese children literally light up differently when tasting sugar. This elevated sense of “food reward” could mean some children have brain circuitries that predispose them to crave more sugar throughout life. 

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Scientists Find Way to Boost Healthy Cells During Chemo

December 12, 2014 9:01 am | News | Comments

It’s well known that chemotherapy helps fight cancer. It’s also known that it wreaks havoc on normal, healthy cells. Scientists are closer to discovering a possible way to boost healthy cell production in cancer patients as they receive chemotherapy. 

Discovery May Explain Why We Gain Weight

December 12, 2014 8:57 am | News | Comments

Researchers believe they’re on track to solve the mystery of weight gain – and it has nothing to do with indulging in holiday eggnog. They discovered that a protein, Thy1, has a fundamental role in controlling whether a primitive cell decides to become a fat cell, making Thy1 a possible therapeutic target.

Shedding New Light on Relationship Between Personality, Health

December 12, 2014 8:53 am | News | Comments

Researchers have found new evidence that explains how some aspects of our personality may affect our health and wellbeing, supporting long-observed associations between aspects of human character, physical health and longevity.       

Alcohol Interferes with the Body's Ability to Regulate Sleep

December 11, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

Researchers have found that drinking alcohol to fall asleep interferes with sleep homeostasis, the body’s sleep-regulating mechanism.                                 

Brain Inflammation a Hallmark of Autism

December 11, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

While many different combinations of genetic traits can cause autism, brains affected by autism share a pattern of ramped-up immune responses, an analysis of data from autopsied human brains revealed.               

Ebola Fighters Named Time Person of the Year

December 11, 2014 8:30 am | by Kiley Armstrong - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Doctors, nurses and others fighting Ebola through "tireless acts of courage and mercy" have been named Time's 2014 Person of the Year, the magazine announced Wednesday.                       

Patient’s Own Stem Cells Could Clear a Cloudy Cornea

December 11, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

Treating the potentially blinding haze of a scar on the cornea might be as straightforward as growing stem cells from a tiny biopsy of the patient’s undamaged eye and then placing them on the injury site, according to mouse model experiments.   

Testosterone May Contribute to Colon Cancer Tumor Growth

December 11, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

Researchers have found evidence suggesting that the male hormone testosterone may actually be a contributing factor in the formation of colon cancer tumors.                           

New ‘Electronic Skin’ for Prosthetics, Robotics

December 10, 2014 12:57 pm | News | Comments

For the first time, scientists report the development of a stretchable “electronic skin” closely modeled after our own that can detect not just pressure, but also what direction it’s coming from.               

Cognitive Training Can Mitigate Effects of Poverty

December 10, 2014 12:15 pm | News | Comments

The cognitive effects of poverty can be mitigated during middle school with a targeted intervention, according to new research.                                  

Worm's Mental GPS Helps Them Find Food

December 10, 2014 12:08 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have developed a mathematical theory–based on roundworm foraging that predicts how animals decide to switch from localized to very broad searching.                          

Sierra Leone Area to Hold Two-week Ebola 'Lockdown'

December 10, 2014 11:58 am | by Clarence Roy-MaCaulay - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities in an eastern district of Sierra Leone launched a two-week "lockdown" on Wednesday, hoping to halt the spread of Ebola after the area recorded seven confirmed cases in a day.                   

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