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Sleeping Cancer Can ‘Wake Up’ Years Later

May 29, 2015 9:07 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Years, even decades, after remission some cancers return without warning. The “sleeping” cancer cells reactivate, “waking up” decades later, according to a British team of scientists, who say they may have found the molecular key to the change.

Diagnosing Cancer With Help from Bacteria

May 28, 2015 9:56 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

Engineered probiotics can detect tumors in the liver.

Zebrafish Model Gives New Insight on Autism Spectrum Disorder

May 28, 2015 9:46 am | by University of Miami | News | Comments

Study of zebrafish reveals how dysfunction of SHANK3 or SYNGAP1 genes play a role in the development of Autism Spectrum Disorder.


23andMe's Plan to Harness Data for Disease Treatments

May 28, 2015 8:59 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The company's massive database of genetic information it collected over the years will play an important role in this new project.

Imaging Test May Identify Biomarker of Alzheimer's Disease

May 28, 2015 8:59 am | by Radiological Society of North America | News | Comments

Degeneration of the white matter of the brain may be an early marker of specific types of Alzheimer's disease (AD), including early-onset AD, according to results of a new study published in the journal Radiology.

Scientists Tout New ‘Rosetta Stone’ for Prostate Cancer Mutations

May 27, 2015 10:18 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

About 90 percent of advanced prostate cancers have particular genetic mutations that can provide a target for cancer drugs. An international team of scientists say they have cataloged a comprehensive map of those mutations in metastatic prostate cancers, in a paper published in the journal Cell.

Tiny Heart, Big Promise

May 27, 2015 9:56 am | by Children's Hospital Los Angeles | News | Comments

Understanding how cells become coronary vessels may lead to advances in repairing heart damage .

New Chip Makes Testing for Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria Faster, Easier

May 27, 2015 9:23 am | by University of Toronto | News | Comments

Researchers have designed a small and simple chip to test for antibiotic resistance in just one hour, giving doctors a shot at picking the most effective antibiotic to treat potentially deadly infections. Their work was was published this week in the international journal Lab on a Chip.


Scientists are Designing Decoy Drugs to Fool Cancer

May 27, 2015 9:06 am | by Columbia University | News | Comments

Cancer cells are shifty characters. They use a number of dirty tricks to survive and infiltrate the body. Now scientists are fighting back with some sneaky strategies of their own. A study published in Cancer Discovery describes how researchers have created new decoy drugs that can intercept the deceptive growth signals that cancer cells send out.

Master Gene Regulator Could be New Target for Schizophrenia Treatment

May 26, 2015 10:12 am | by MIT | News | Comments

Researchers have identified a master genetic regulator that could account for faulty brain functions that contribute to schizophrenia.

WHO Addresses Antimicrobial Resistance, Immunization Gaps, and Malnutrition

May 26, 2015 10:05 am | by World Health Organization | News | Comments

The World Health Assembly agreed on resolutions to tackle antimicrobial resistance; improve access to affordable vaccines and address over- and under-nutrition.

‘Pain-sensing’ Gene Discovery Could Aid Development of New Pain Treatments

May 26, 2015 9:40 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

A gene essential to the production of pain-sensing neurons in humans has been identified by an international team of researchers. The discovery, reported in the journal Nature Genetics, could have implications for the development of new methods of pain relief.

Tiny Spheres of Human Cells Mimic the Brain

May 26, 2015 9:22 am | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Researchers have figured out how to create spheres of neuronal cells resembling the cerebral cortex, making functional human brain tissue available for the first time to study neuropsychiatric diseases such as autism and schizophrenia


Peeking into Healthy Brains to See if Alzheimer's is Brewing

May 26, 2015 9:08 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer's are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking.

Proteins May Slow Memory Loss in People With Alzheimer’s

May 22, 2015 10:04 am | by Iowa State University | News | Comments

Certain proteins may slow the devastating memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study.

Seeking Deeper Understanding of How the Brain Works

May 22, 2015 9:17 am | by MIT | News | Comments

Edward Boyden develops techniques to study the brain, and how it operates, in finer detail.

Women With MRI Abnormality Nine Times More Likely to Get Breast Cancer

May 22, 2015 9:11 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Healthy women possessing a certain abnormality on MRIs are nine times more likely to get breast cancer, according to research published in Radiology. The abnormality is called background parenchymal enhancement (BPE), a phenomenon in which areas of normal background breast tissue appear white, or enhanced.

Scientists Figure Out How Vitamin E Keeps Muscles Healthy

May 21, 2015 10:57 am | by Georgia Regents University | News | Comments

Body builders have it right: vitamin E does help build strong muscles, and scientists appear to have figured out one important way it does it.

Uncovering Mechanisms of Replication in HPV

May 21, 2015 10:28 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

Scientists have identified proteins that mediate aspects of virus replication in the lifecycle of human papillomavirus (HPV), a finding that may lead to new therapeutic targets for treatment of infections caused by the virus.

Shining a New Light on the Immune System

May 21, 2015 9:45 am | by University of St. Andrews | News | Comments

Scientists have developed a revolutionary method of identifying cells of the immune system with “molecular fingerprints” which could pave the way for the rapid detection of conditions such as leukemia and lymphoma from a small blood sample.

Promising Malaria and Dengue Vaccines Will Not Defeat Diseases

May 21, 2015 9:02 am | by Christopher J. Pace, Ph.D., GlobalData Managing Analyst, Infectious Diseases | Articles | Comments

The company expects that while vaccines will be an essential component of future dengue and malaria prevention and control efforts, immunization cannot succeed as a silver bullet solution for either disease.

Study Explains How Early Childhood Vaccination Reduces Leukemia Risk

May 20, 2015 10:09 am | by University of California San Francisco | News | Comments

A team of researchers has discovered how a commonly administered vaccine protects against acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common type of childhood cancer.

Researchers Identify Potentially Effective Treatment for Methamphetamine Addiction

May 20, 2015 10:07 am | by UCLA | News | Comments

A new study has found that Naltrexone, a drug used to treat alcoholism, may also be a promising treatment for addiction to methamphetamine.

New Technology Turns Smartphone into a DNA-Scanning Microscope

May 20, 2015 10:02 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Researchers at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have developed a new technology that turns a smartphone into a DNA-scanning fluorescent microscope.  Lead researcher Aydogan Ozcan, Howard Hughes Medical Institute chancellor professor at UCLA, sat down with Bioscience Technology to talk about this advancement and its implications for resource-poor labs, and for personalized medicine.

Abcodia Raises $8M to Launch Ovarian Cancer Screening Test

May 20, 2015 8:35 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Abcodia announced this week it raised $8 million to bring its ovarian cancer screening test called ROCA to market.

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