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Body’s Good Fat Tissue Communicates With Brain Through Sensory Nerves

March 27, 2015 3:50 pm | by Georgia State University | News | Comments

Brown fat tissue, the body’s “good fat,” communicates with the brain through sensory nerves, possibly sharing information that is important for fighting human obesity, such as how much fat we have and how much fat we’ve lost.

Playing Music By Professional Musicians Activates Genes For Learning and Memory

March 27, 2015 3:36 pm | by University of Helsinki | News | Comments

Playing music by professional musicians activates genes responsible for brain function and singing of songbirds.

Disrupted Biological Clock Linked to Alzheimer's

March 27, 2015 3:21 pm | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

New research has identified some of the processes by which molecules associated with neurological diseases can disrupt the biological clock, interfere with sleep and activity patterns, and set the stage for a spiral of health concerns that can include a decreased lifespan and Alzheimer’s disease.

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HIV Can Lodge Quickly in Brain After Infection

March 27, 2015 3:15 pm | by Bill Hathaway, Yale University | News | Comments

HIV can establish itself in the brain as soon as four months after initial infection.

The Brain in the Supermarket

March 27, 2015 3:11 pm | by Peter Dizikes, MIT | News | Comments

Researchers suggest that your brain is making a simpler calculation when you shop.

Researchers Master Gene Editing Technique in Mosquito

March 27, 2015 10:49 am | by Rockefeller University | News | Comments

Researchers have harnessed a technique known as CRISPR-Cas9 editing in an important and understudied species: the mosquito, Aedes aegypti, which infects hundreds of millions of people annually with the deadly diseases chikungunya, yellow fever, and dengue fever.

Researchers Help Create 'Gold Standard' Method for Measuring Alzheimer's Disease

March 27, 2015 10:42 am | by Mark Wheeler, UCLA | News | Comments

A team of researchers has validated the first standardized protocol for measuring one of the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

Genetic Mutation Explains Why, in Rare Cases, Flu Can Kill

March 27, 2015 10:39 am | by Rockefeller University | News | Comments

Nobody likes getting the flu, but for some people, fluids and rest aren’t enough. A small number of children who catch the influenza virus fall so ill they end up in the hospital — perhaps needing ventilators to breathe — even while their family and friends recover easily. New research helps explain why: a rare genetic mutation.

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Precision Medicine Shaping the Future of Cancer Research

March 27, 2015 10:32 am | by Columbia University | News | Comments

Nearly 50 years after the “war on cancer” was declared in the United States, precision medicine presages an era of increased understanding of the molecular basis of cancer and of the ability to design treatments tailored to a patient’s own genetic profile, a panel of experts said.

MRI Based on Sugar Molecule Tells Cancerous From Noncancerous Cells

March 27, 2015 9:48 am | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

Results of a study suggest that MRI could one day make biopsies more effective or even replace them altogether by noninvasively detecting telltale sugar molecules shed by the outer membranes of cancerous cells.

Study: Ebola Takes Worst Toll On Babies, Other Young Kids

March 26, 2015 10:47 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Ebola has taken its greatest toll on babies. About 90 percent of children under age 1 who caught the virus in West Africa died from it, the first large study of the epidemic's impact on children suggests.

Study Announces Durable Ebola Vaccine

March 26, 2015 10:40 am | by Andrew Gould, University of Plymouth | News | Comments

A new study shows the durability of a novel CMV based Ebola virus vaccine strategy that may eventually have the potential to reduce ebolavirus infection in wild African ape species. 

Common Bacteria on Verge of Becoming Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs

March 26, 2015 10:20 am | by Michael C. Purdy, Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Antibiotic resistance is poised to spread globally among bacteria frequently implicated in respiratory and urinary infections in hospital settings, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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Why Some HPV Infections Go Away and Others Become Cancer

March 25, 2015 11:05 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

Immune system response isn't as crucial as activity of the infected cells themselves.

Official: Ebola Survivor May Have Infected New Liberia Case

March 25, 2015 10:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A woman who tested positive for Ebola in Liberia last week is dating a survivor of the disease, a health official said Tuesday, offering a possible explanation for how she became the country's first confirmed case in weeks.

Tuberculosis Research Takes Off

March 25, 2015 10:53 am | by Max Planck Institute | News | Comments

Scientists call for a global strategy for the development of new tuberculosis vaccines.

Nanotechnology Platform Shows Promise for Treating Pancreatic Cancer

March 25, 2015 10:43 am | by Shaun Mason, UCLA | News | Comments

Scientists at UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute and Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have combined their nanotechnology expertise to create a new treatment that may solve some of the problems of using chemotherapy to treat pancreatic cancer.

Study of Thousands of Brains Reveals Tau as Driver of Alzheimer's

March 25, 2015 10:07 am | by Mayo Clinic | News | Comments

By examining more than 3,600 postmortem brains, researchers at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Jacksonville, Florida, and Rochester, Minnesota, have found that the progression of dysfunctional tau protein drives the cognitive decline and memory loss seen in Alzheimer's disease.

Blueprint Medicine Files for $100M IPO

March 24, 2015 5:02 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The biotech firm is making a big bet on precision medicine.

Farmers Fund Research to Breed Gluten-free Wheat

March 24, 2015 11:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Kansas farmers are paying for genetic research to figure out exactly why some people struggle to digest wheat.

Behind the Measles Outbreak

March 24, 2015 11:23 am | by Tom Ulrich, Harvard | News | Comments

Study finds vaccination rate far below what's needed to keep virus in check.

Genomewide Screen of Learning in Zebrafish Identifies Enzyme Important in Brain

March 24, 2015 11:18 am | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania describe the first set of genes important in learning in a zebrafish model in the journal Neuron this week.

Changes in Blood-based Molecular Pathway Identified in Alzheimer's

March 24, 2015 11:03 am | by Rockefeller University | News | Comments

New research from Rockefeller University identifies a molecular cascade known as the contact system, which may provide opportunities for early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease through simple blood tests.

Brain Fitness For a Long and Healthy Life

March 23, 2015 10:03 am | by Dan Gordon, UCLA | News | Comments

The strategies for living a long and healthy life are well known and relatively simple, if not always easily executed: Maintain an appropriate weight. Eat the right foods. Exercise. Limit stress. Somewhat less has been known, or said, about ways to keep the mind fit for the duration. But that’s changing.

Having a Purpose in Life May Improve Health of Aging Brain

March 23, 2015 9:55 am | by American Heart Association | News | Comments

Having a strong sense that your life has meaning and direction may make you less likely to develop areas of brain damage caused by blockages in blood flow as you age.

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