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‘Core’ Immune Cells Reduce Symptoms, Spread of Seasonal and Pandemic Influenza

June 17, 2015 11:19 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

Research shows that certain T cells, immune cells that fight infection, can help to control influenza infections by targeting a core structural protein common to all strains of influenza .

Blood Protein May Indicate Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

June 17, 2015 10:41 am | by King's College London | News | Comments

Scientists have identified a single blood protein that may indicate the development of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) years before symptoms appear, a disorder that has been associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease or other dementias.

DDT’s Health Effects Continue to Ripple, with New Breast Cancer Link

June 17, 2015 10:12 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

DDT was a wonder pesticide, which turned the tide on everything from bed bugs to malaria-carrying mosquitoes during the 20th century. But even after its health and environmental effects were acknowledged and its agricultural use was banned in 1972, its toxic legacy continues, according to a new study.

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Chocolate — it’s Good for Your Heart, New Study Says

June 17, 2015 9:55 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Chocolate-lovers rejoice: new research says eating up to 100g of chocolate every day is linked to lower cardiovascular risks such as heart disease and stroke.

Avocados May Hold Answer to Beating Leukemia

June 16, 2015 9:12 am | by University of Waterloo | News | Comments

Rich, creamy, nutritious and now cancer fighting. New research reveals that molecules derived from avocados could be effective in treating a form of cancer.

MERS Not Given Same Vaccine Attention as Ebola, Other Viruses

June 16, 2015 8:51 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A MERS outbreak has infected about 150 people in South Korea, after a businessman apparently brought the virus back from the Middle East. Authorities are scrambling to control the spread of the illness, known fully as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. But a vaccine is not among their tools – since it doesn’t yet exist, and is probably not close to being developed.

FDA Approves Implanted Device to Reduce Parkinson’s Symptoms

June 16, 2015 8:47 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it has approved an implantable device to help reduce Parkinson’s disease symptoms and a movement disorder known as essential tremor.   

Medella Plans to Take on Google, Microsoft in Building a Smart Contact Lens

June 16, 2015 8:45 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Medella received an investment of $100,000 from the Thiel Foundation this month, a philanthropic funding organization created by well-known venture capitalist Peter Thiel. 

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Some Heartburn Drugs May Boost Risk of Heart Attack

June 15, 2015 11:17 am | by Stanford University | News | Comments

A data-mining study has found an association between the use of proton-pump inhibitors, which account for 100 million prescriptions per year in the United States alone, and the likelihood of incurring a heart attack down the road.

Battling Brain Tumors

June 15, 2015 11:07 am | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Some brain tumor stem cells may have an Achilles’ heel, scientists have found. The cancer stem cells’ remarkable abilities have to be maintained, and researchers  have identified a key player in that maintenance process. When the process is disrupted, they found, so is the spread of cancer.

WHO: MERS Not Spreading Outside S. Korea Hospitals

June 15, 2015 10:54 am | by Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press | News | Comments

The MERS virus in South Korea, which has killed 14 people and infected nearly 140 in the largest outbreak outside the Middle East, hasn't spread outside hospitals among the wider community or become easier to transmit between humans, the World Health Organization said.

Genetic Link Between Creativity and Schizophrenia May Exist

June 15, 2015 10:47 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Genes for creativity may share small if significant links with genes for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, according to a new Nature Neuroscience study attracting some key accolades this week.

Cell Density Remains Constant as Brain Shrinks With Age

June 15, 2015 10:33 am | by Universitiy of Illinois | News | Comments

New, ultra-high-field magnetic resonance images (MRI) of the brain provide the most detailed images to date to show that while the brain shrinks with age, brain cell density remains constant.

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Eyeing Top Performance? Look to the Pupil

June 15, 2015 9:59 am | by Yale University | News | Comments

If you want to know who is ready to perform at the highest level, look them in the eyes — or more specifically, look at the diameter of their pupils, researchers report.

Bioscience Bulletin: Birth Month and Your Health; Spider-silk Fabric; A Protein with Many Shapes

June 12, 2015 4:32 pm | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Welcome to Bioscience Technology’s new series Bioscience Bulletin, where we bring you the five most popular headlines from the week.

Fragile X Proteins Involved in Proper Neuron Development

June 12, 2015 10:42 am | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

Fragile X syndrome is the most common inherited intellectual disability and the greatest single genetic contributor to autism. Unlocking the mechanisms behind fragile X could make important revelations about the brain.

2 S. Korean Hospitals Shut Over MERS Fears; 11th Person Dies

June 12, 2015 10:24 am | by Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Tong-Hyung | News | Comments

Authorities in South Korea temporarily closed two hospitals amid persistent fears over the MERS virus outbreak, which killed an 11th person Friday, though health officials said they are seeing fewer new infections.

Mini-breast Grown in Petri Dishes - a New Tool for Cancer Research

June 12, 2015 10:12 am | by Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health | News | Comments

A research group developed an assay whereby cultured human breast epithelial cells rebuild the three-dimensional tissue architecture of the mammary gland.

Are Offspring of Obese Moms Pre-programmed for Obesity, Metabolic Disease?

June 11, 2015 11:08 am | by American Diabetes Association | News | Comments

Umbilical cord stem cells offer clues to mechanism by which obesity and diabetes are passed to next generation.

Genetic Markers Provide Better Brain Cancer Classification

June 11, 2015 10:15 am | News | Comments

A team of scientists has shown that using just three molecular markers will help clinicians classify gliomas – the most common type of malignant brain tumors – more accurately than current methods.

South Korea Reports 10th Death from MERS Virus

June 11, 2015 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea reported a 10th death from the MERS virus on Thursday, although officials say they believe the disease has peaked.

A Single Protein’s Shape Determines Whether Parkinson’s or MSA Develops

June 11, 2015 9:51 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Whether a patient develops Parkinson’s disease or Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) depends on the shape of aggregates caused by a single protein known as alpha-synuclein, new research says. If the aggregates are ‘cylinders’ then Parkinson’s develops, while ‘ribbons’ lead to MSA.

Researchers Reduce Inflammation to Combat Obesity-Fueled Disease

June 10, 2015 10:55 am | by University of California San Diego | News | Comments

Researchers have found that augmenting a naturally occurring molecule in the body can help protect against obesity-related diseases by reducing inflammation in the fat tissues.

Scientists Gain First Glimpse of New Concepts Developing in the Brain

June 10, 2015 9:57 am | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

Scientists have — for the first time — documented the formation of a newly learned concept inside the brain, which shows that it occurs in the same brain areas for everyone.

Scientists Isolate Smallest Unit of Sleep to Date

June 9, 2015 12:13 pm | by Washington State University | News | Comments

Scientists have grown a tiny group of brain cells that can be induced to fall asleep, wake up and even show rebound sleep after "staying up late."The study - the first to document that sleep originates in small neural networks - opens the door to deeper understanding of the genetic, molecular and electrical aspects underlying sleep disorders.

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