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Thumbs-Up for Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm

December 17, 2014 10:44 am | News | Comments

A paralysed woman who controlled a robotic arm using just her thoughts has taken another step towards restoring her natural movements by controlling the arm with a range of complex hand movements.                                             

Novel Tool to Study Life-Threatening Arrhythmias: A Genetically Engineered Pig

December 17, 2014 10:18 am | by NYU Langone | News | Comments

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have developed the first large animal model of an inherited arrhythmic syndrome – an advance that will lead to a better understanding of the biologic mechanisms important in normal heart conduction and rhythm. 

Women in Cell Biology Award Winners Announced at ASCB Meeting

December 17, 2014 10:05 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor, Drug Discovery & Development | Articles | Comments

Three exceptional women were given awards for their achievements and contributions to the scientific community at the 2014 ASCB (American Society for Cell Biology) meeting recently held in Philadelphia, Pa.

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Going After Colon Cancer With Strep Bacteria

December 17, 2014 9:40 am | by Skip Derra, Contributing Writer | Articles | Comments

A novel therapeutic to fight colon cancer by using the bacteria primarily responsible for causing strep throat is being explored in the labs of John McCormick of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.

Interactions Between Proteins Govern Tumor Suppression, Aging

December 16, 2014 12:54 pm | by UC Davis | News | Comments

Scientists have long known the p53 protein suppresses tumors. However, a recent animal study by UC Davis researchers has uncovered a complicated relationship between p53 and another protein, Rbm38, highlighting how the body calibrates protein levels. Too much Rbm38 reduces p53 levels, increasing the risk of cancer. Too little Rbm38 allows p53 overexpression, causing premature aging.

Which Dot Will They Hunt?

December 16, 2014 12:28 pm | by Max Planck Institute | News | Comments

Scientists are now able to shed light on important neural circuitry involved in the prey capture behavior of young zebrafish.                       

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.                           

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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.                             

'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.          

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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.                    

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. 

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.                       

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