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23andMe, Genentech to Collaborate on Parkinson's Data Project

January 8, 2015 1:47 pm | News | Comments

23andMe and Genentech team up to generate whole genome sequencing data for approximately 3,000 people in 23andMe's Parkinson's disease community.                   

Radiation, Hormone Therapy Prolong Survival for Older Men With Prostate Cancer

January 7, 2015 4:30 pm | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Adding radiation treatment to hormone therapy saves more lives among older men with locally advanced prostate therapy than hormone therapy alone.                   

The Best Offense Against Bacteria is a Good Defense

January 7, 2015 4:17 pm | by Ohio State University | News | Comments

A small protein active in the human immune response can disable bacterial toxins by exploiting a property that makes the toxins effective.                     

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Research Findings Have Implications for Regenerating Damaged Nerve Cells

January 7, 2015 4:07 pm | by University of Colorado, Boulder | News | Comments

Two new studies have identified a unique molecule that not only gobbles up bad cells, but also has the ability to repair damaged nerve cells.                    

Transcription Factor Regulates Repair Pathways in the Lung

January 7, 2015 3:55 pm | by Sarah Plumridge, Northwestern University | News | Comments

Scientists have found that a transcription factor protein may be critical for normal respiratory function.                          

Surprising New Tools to Rejuvenate the Brain

January 7, 2015 9:55 am | by Claire Conway - USCF | News | Comments

Scientists used to believe that our neurologic fate was sealed at birth with a single, lifetime allotment of brain cells.                                                               

Metabolic Changes Reveal Brain Differences in Bipolar Disorder

January 7, 2015 9:45 am | by Jennifer Brown - University of Iowa | News | Comments

Using a different type of MRI imaging, researchers at the University of Iowa have discovered previously unrecognized differences in the brains of patients with bipolar disorder. In particular, the study, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, revealed differences in the white matter of patients' brains and in the cerebellum.

Genetic Clue Points to Most Vulnerable Children

January 7, 2015 9:32 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

Some children are more sensitive to their environments, for better and for worse. Now Duke University researchers have identified a gene variant that may serve as a marker for these children, who are among society’s most vulnerable.  

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Researchers Map Direct Gut-Brain Connection

January 7, 2015 9:29 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

Researchers at Duke University have now mapped out another system, a cell-to-cell connection between the gut and the nervous system, that may be more direct than the release of hormones in the blood.              

How Bacteria Control Their Size

January 7, 2015 9:21 am | by WUSTL | News | Comments

Scientists have traditionally studied bacteria in large numbers, not individually. Working with tens of millions of cells in a culture flask, they tracked their growth by looking at how much the cells dimmed light passing through a tube.

Nestlé Health Science Invests $65M in Microbiome Therapy Startup

January 6, 2015 12:01 pm | News | Comments

The investment made by Nestle Health Science, a subsidiary of Nestle, will help fund the next stage of development for the startup's CDI treatment.                   

Fructose More Toxic Than Table Sugar in Mice

January 5, 2015 4:34 pm | by University of Utah | News | Comments

The fructose-glucose mixture found in high-fructose corn syrup was more toxic to mice than sucrose or table sugar.                       

Study IDs Risk Factors Linking Low Birthweight to Diabetes

January 5, 2015 4:27 pm | by Brown University | News | Comments

Studies consistently show that people born weighing 6 pounds or less face an increased risk for type 2 diabetes as adults.                       

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Researchers Study Potential Blood Test for Prostate Cancer

January 5, 2015 4:11 pm | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

Vanderbilt University researcher William Mitchell, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues in Germany and Canada have demonstrated a method for detecting “cell-free” tumor DNA in the bloodstream.                            

New Diet Pill Tricks the Body into Losing Weight

January 5, 2015 4:05 pm | by Salk Institute for Biological Studies | News | Comments

Researchers have developed an entirely new type of pill that tricks the body into thinking it has consumed calories, causing it to burn fat.                    

Technology Detects Lingering Cancer Cells During Breast Surgery

January 5, 2015 3:57 pm | by NYU | News | Comments

Patients are benefitting from new technology that detects microscopic amounts of cancer cells on removed tumor tissue not visible during or following surgical intervention.               

New Clues Why Older Women Are More Susceptible to Breast Cancer

January 5, 2015 3:48 pm | by Skip Derra, Contributing Writer | Articles | Comments

The idea that breast cancer becomes more prevalent with age is fairly well established, but the reasons why are still uncertain. Now, scientists from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have new insights into why older women are more susceptible to breast cancer.

New Version of Antibiotic Could Eliminate Risk of Hearing Loss

January 5, 2015 10:22 am | by Tracie White, Stanford University | News | Comments

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine report that they have developed a modified version of an aminoglycoside that works effectively in mice without the risk of causing deafness or kidney damage, another common side effect.

A Fascinating Year in Breast Cancer Advances

January 5, 2015 8:50 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Some of the most important advances in breast cancer this year were related to all kinds of heterogeneity: within tumors, between tumors in a single patient, and between tumors in early and later stages, according to oncologists speaking at conferences, and contacted by Bioscience Technology.

CDC Begins Search for Lab Safety Chief

January 2, 2015 4:29 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The CDC is creating this position after several embarrasing mishaps with hazardous material last year.                           

Possible Treatment Found for Infections Caused by Enterovirus

January 2, 2015 9:34 am | News | Comments

New research findings point toward a class of compounds that could be effective in combating infections caused by enterovirus D68, which has stricken children with serious respiratory infections and might be associated with polio-like symptoms in the United States and elsewhere.

Targeting the Cell's 'Biological Clock' in Promising New Cancer Therapy

January 2, 2015 9:22 am | News | Comments

Cell biologists at UT Southwestern Medical Center have targeted telomeres with a small molecule called 6-thiodG that takes advantage of the cell’s “biological clock” to kill cancer cells and shrink tumor growth.                                  

Bad Luck Plays Predominant Role in Cancer: Study

January 2, 2015 9:14 am | News | Comments

Scientists from the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have created a statistical model that measures the proportion of cancer incidence, across many tissue types, caused mainly by random mutations that occur when stem cells divide. 

Newly Identified Molecular Network in Brain Implicated in Autism

December 30, 2014 4:02 pm | News | Comments

A defect in communication between the two halves of the brain may be responsible for some cases of autism, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.                                

Ebola Patient in Britain Transferred to London

December 30, 2014 3:52 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A British health care worker who contracted the Ebola virus in West Africa has been transferred from Scotland to an isolation unit in London for specialist treatment.                          

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