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Text Message Reminders Increase Second Dose of Flu Vaccine in Children

December 29, 2014 4:18 pm | by Columbia University | News | Comments

Researchers studied the impact of text message reminders for the second dose of influenza vaccine required for many young children to protect them against the virus.                

Liberia Reports Dozens of New Ebola Cases on Border

December 29, 2014 4:08 pm | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh - Associated Press | News | Comments

Dozens of new Ebola cases have erupted in Liberia, near the border with Sierra Leone, Liberian health officials warned Monday, marking a setback amid recent improvements.               

Malaria Killing Thousands More Than Ebola in West Africa

December 29, 2014 4:05 pm | by Michelle Faul - Associated Press | News | Comments

West Africa's fight to contain Ebola has hampered the campaign against malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that is claiming many thousands more lives than the dreaded virus.             


Scientists Zero in on How Lung Cancer Spreads

December 26, 2014 10:09 am | by Cancer Research UK | News | Comments

Cancer Research UK scientists have taken microscopic images revealing that the protein ties tethering cells together are severed in lung cancer cells - meaning they can break loose and spread, according to research published in Cell Reports.  

Optogenetics Captures Neuronal Transmission in Live Mammalian Brain

December 26, 2014 10:04 am | News | Comments

Swiss scientists have used a cutting-edge method to stimulate neurons with light. They have successfully recorded synaptic transmission between neurons in a live animal for the first time.                                         

Molecular Mechanism Behind Health Benefits of Dietary Restriction Identified

December 26, 2014 9:36 am | by Harvard School of Public Health | News | Comments

A new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers identifies a key molecular mechanism behind the health benefits of dietary restriction, or reduced food intake without malnutrition. Also known as calorie restriction, dietary restriction is best known for its ability to slow aging in laboratory animals.

In the Face of Stress, Flies Unite

December 26, 2014 9:29 am | by Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne | News | Comments

Fruit flies respond more effectively to danger when in a group.                                 

Existing Drug May Prevent Foggy 'Old Age' Brain

December 26, 2014 9:27 am | by Rockefeller University | News | Comments

Forgetfulness, it turns out, is all in the head. Scientists have shown that fading memory and clouding judgment, the type that comes with advancing age, show up as lost and altered connections between neurons in the brain. But new experiments suggest an existing drug, known as riluzole and already on the market as a treatment for ALS, may help prevent these changes.


Diverse Autism Mutations Lead to Different Disease Outcomes

December 26, 2014 9:20 am | News | Comments

People with autism have a wide range of symptoms, with no two people sharing the exact type and severity of behaviors. Now a large-scale analysis of hundreds of patients and nearly 1000 genes has started to uncover how diversity among traits can be traced to differences in patients’ genetic mutations.

CDC Monitoring Tech for Possible Ebola Exposure

December 26, 2014 8:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A laboratory technician at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was being monitored Wednesday for possible accidental exposure to the Ebola virus that came during an experiment, officials said.                      

Culture Influences Incidence of Depression

December 24, 2014 9:45 am | News | Comments

Culture influences the link between emotion and depression, according to new research into depression in developing countries.                                                                   

Scientists ID Rare Cancer's Genetic Pathways

December 24, 2014 9:41 am | News | Comments

An international research team, including four Simon Fraser University scientists, has identified the "mutational landscape" of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC), a rare, highly fatal form of liver cancer that disproportionately affects people in Asian countries.

Whole-Genome Sequencing Can Identify Cancer-Related Mutations

December 24, 2014 9:35 am | News | Comments

UT Southwestern Medical Center cancer researchers have demonstrated that whole-genome sequencing can be used to identify patients' risk for hereditary cancer, which can potentially lead to improvements in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and care.


Biomedical Team Creates 'Nerve On A Chip'

December 24, 2014 9:30 am | by Sarah Netter, Tulane University | News | Comments

This company created a tool to improve pharmaceutical drug development by providing a faster and more advanced alternative to animal testing.                    

Researchers Shed Light on How 'Microbial Dark Matter' May Cause Disease

December 24, 2014 9:20 am | by UCLA | News | Comments

One of the great recent discoveries in modern biology was that the human body contains 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells. But much of that bacteria is still a puzzle to scientists.           

Smartphone Thumb Skills Alter Our Brains

December 24, 2014 9:11 am | News | Comments

When people spend time interacting with their smartphones via touchscreen, it actually changes the way their thumbs and brains work together, according to a report in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on December 23. More touchscreen use in the recent past translates directly into greater brain activity when the thumbs and other fingertips are touched, the study shows.

Light Flashes Help to 'Read,' 'Write' Brain Signals

December 22, 2014 4:58 pm | News | Comments

University College London researchers have developed an innovative way to understand how the brain works by using flashes of light, allowing them to both 'read' and 'write' brain signals.                                         

First Successful Vaccination Against “Mad Cow”-like Disease

December 22, 2014 4:47 pm | News | Comments

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and elsewhere say that a vaccination they have developed to fight a brain-based, wasting syndrome among deer and other animals may hold promise on two additional fronts: protecting U.S. livestock from contracting the disease, and preventing similar brain infections in humans.

New Cell Marking Technique to Help Understand How Our Brain Works

December 22, 2014 4:23 pm | by University of Southampton | News | Comments

Scientists have color marked individual brain cells to help improve our understanding of how the brain works.                         

Scientists Discover How Resveratrol Provides Health Benefits

December 22, 2014 4:12 pm | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have found that this red-wine ingredient once touted as an elixir of youth, powerfully activates an evolutionarily ancient stress response in human cells.          

Team Finds New Genetic Anomalies in Lung Cancer

December 22, 2014 10:56 am | News | Comments

Developing effective treatments for lung cancer has been challenging, in part because so many genetic mutations play a role in the disease. By analyzing the DNA and RNA of lung cancers, researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found that patients whose tumors contained a large number of gene fusions had worse outcomes than patients with fewer gene fusions.

Bacteria in Gut May Depend More on Diet than Genes

December 22, 2014 10:49 am | News | Comments

Genes are important, but diet may be even more important in determining the relative abundance of the hundreds of health-shaping bacterial species comprising an individual’s gut microbiota, according to UC San Francisco scientists whose latest mouse experiments to probe this nature-versus-nurture balance were published online in Cell Host and Microbe.

Homing Signal in Brain Explains Why Some People Are Better Navigators

December 22, 2014 10:44 am | News | Comments

The part of the brain that tells us the direction to travel when we navigate has been identified by UCL scientists, and the strength of its signal predicts how well people can navigate.                          

Scientists Discover Gene Critical for Proper Brain Development

December 22, 2014 10:36 am | News | Comments

  Scientists at A*STAR's Institute of Medical Biology (IMB) and Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology (IMCB) have identified a genetic pathway that accounts for the extraordinary size of the human brain.                                         

Meet The Newest Surgeon General

December 22, 2014 10:15 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

President Obama's pick for the position turned out to be controversial.                                

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