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Study Links Physical Activity to White-matter Integrity

September 17, 2014 2:00 pm | News | Comments

Like everything else in the body, the white-matter fibers that allow communication between brain regions also decline with age. In a new study, researchers found a strong association between the structural integrity of these white-matter tracts and an older person’s level of daily activity.

Artificial Sweeteners May Promote Diabetes

September 17, 2014 1:35 pm | by Malcolm Ritter - AP Science Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Using artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people by hampering the way their bodies handle sugar, suggests a preliminary study done mostly in mice.                       

Mechanism Behind Age-dependent Diabetes Discovered

September 17, 2014 1:10 pm | News | Comments

Aging of insulin-secreting cells is coupled to a progressive decline in signal transduction and insulin release, according to a recent study. The finding provides a new molecular mechanism underlying age-related impairment of insulin-producing cells and diabetes.

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Healthy Humans Make Nice Homes for Viruses

September 17, 2014 1:03 pm | News | Comments

The same viruses that make us sick can take up residence in and on the human body without provoking a sneeze, cough or other troublesome symptom, according to new research.                       

Abnormal Properties of Cancer Protein Revealed in Fly Eyes

September 17, 2014 12:44 pm | News | Comments

Mutations in the human retinoblastoma protein gene are a leading cause of eye cancer. Now, scientists have turned to fruit fly eyes to unlock the secrets of this important cancer gene.                   

CDC Study: Americans' Bellies Are Expanding Fast

September 16, 2014 4:35 pm | by Lindsey Tanner - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures — the most dangerous kind of obesity — has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according to a government study.              

ADHD Brain: Slow to Mature, Quick to Distract

September 16, 2014 3:06 pm | News | Comments

A peek inside the brains of more than 750 children and teens reveals a key difference in brain architecture between those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and those without.                   

Clues Explain How Breast Implants May Cause Lymphoma

September 16, 2014 2:58 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have identified clues to explain how breast implants may, on very rare occasions, contribute to the development of lymphoma. There have been 71 known cases worldwide of a type of blood cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) that the researchers suggest were associated with the patient's breast implants.

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Brain Scans Forecast Early Reading Difficulties

September 16, 2014 2:31 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have used brain scans to predict how young children learn to read, giving clinicians a possible tool to spot children with dyslexia and other reading difficulties before they experience reading challenges.         

19 Dates Tracing the Rise of Ebola

September 16, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Since the Ebola outbreak first emerged in West Africa, The Associated Press has been reporting on it. A timeline compiled from AP dispatches since March shows the dreaded disease being identified in a remote part of Guinea and then spreading to another country and then two more.

Smoking, Schizophrenia Linked by Altered Nicotine Signals

September 16, 2014 1:25 pm | News | Comments

A new study shows how schizophrenia is associated with increased rates and intensity of tobacco smoking by showing that the level of nicotine receptors in the brain was lower in schizophrenia patients than in a matched healthy group.     

Key Role of Language Gene Identified

September 16, 2014 1:18 pm | News | Comments

Neuroscientists have found that a gene mutation that arose more than half a million years ago may be key to humans’ unique ability to produce and understand speech.                         

Newly Spotted Genetic Variants Increase Diabetes Risk

September 16, 2014 1:13 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have identified nine genetic variants that dramatically increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, adding to our knowledge of the disease’s underpinnings and providing a glimpse of its vast genetic diversity.       

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UN: Nearly $1B Needed to Stop Ebola

September 16, 2014 11:36 am | by John Heilprin and Krista Larson - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of Ebola cases in West Africa could start doubling every three weeks and it could end up costing nearly $1 billion to contain the crisis, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday.                

Jacobsen Syndrome, Autism Linked

September 15, 2014 1:28 pm | News | Comments

A rare genetic disorder known as Jacobsen syndrome has been linked with autism, according to a recent joint investigation by researchers. In addition to suggesting better treatment options for people with Jacobsen syndrome, the finding also offers more clues into the genetic underpinnings of autism.

New Knowledge of Genes Driving Bladder Cancer Points to Targeted Treatments

September 15, 2014 1:08 pm | News | Comments

The story of cancer care seems so simple: find the mutated gene that causes cancer and turn it off or fix it. But rarely does a single gene cause cancer. More often, many genes are altered together to drive the disease. So the challenge becomes sorting out which altered genes are the most to blame in which cancers. A new study takes an important step toward answering this question in bladder cancer.

Neural Compensation Found in People With Alzheimer’s-related Protein

September 15, 2014 12:48 pm | News | Comments

The human brain is capable of a neural workaround that compensates for the buildup of beta-amyloid, a destructive protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study.                   

Schizophrenia is Actually 8 Genetic Disorders

September 15, 2014 12:41 pm | News | Comments

New research shows that schizophrenia isn’t a single disease but a group of eight genetically distinct disorders, each with its own set of symptoms.                             

U.S. Works to Step Up Ebola Aid, But is it Enough?

September 15, 2014 3:35 am | by Lauran Neergaard - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The American strategy on Ebola is two-pronged: Step up desperately needed aid to West Africa and, in an unusual step, train U.S. doctors and nurses for volunteer duty in the outbreak zone.                 

Study Links Genetic Mutation to Melanoma Progression

September 11, 2014 3:45 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have found that the genetic mutation BRAFV600E , frequently found in metastatic melanoma, not only secretes a protein that promotes the growth of melanoma tumor cells, but can also modify the network of normal cells around the tumor to support the disease's progression.

Two Anti-Ebola Vaccines in Historic Race

September 11, 2014 3:38 pm | by Cynthia Fox | Articles | Comments

One of the most rapidly fast-tracked vaccines in history— an anti-Ebola “ChAd3” vaccine— just started clinical trial in humans, and may be done as soon as November. But a second fast-tracked anti-Ebola vaccine— called an “rVSV” vaccine— is hot on its heels.

Gut Microbes Determine How Well Flu Vaccine Works

September 11, 2014 3:34 pm | News | Comments

Mice treated with antibiotics to remove most of their intestinal bacteria or raised under sterile conditions have impaired antibody responses to seasonal influenza vaccination, researchers have found.               

Mice and Men Share a Diabetes Gene

September 11, 2014 3:31 pm | News | Comments

A new study has identified a pathological process that takes place in both mice and humans towards one of the most common diseases that people face in the industrialized world: type 2 diabetes.                 

Neurochemical Imbalance Discovered in Schizophrenia

September 11, 2014 3:28 pm | News | Comments

Using human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs), researchers have discovered that neurons from patients with schizophrenia secrete higher amounts of three neurotransmitters broadly implicated in a range of psychiatric disorders.     

Using Antibiotics to Help Heart Problems

September 11, 2014 12:17 pm | News | Comments

A research team is looking at whether an antibiotic has the potential to prevent or treat irregular heartbeats brought on by other medicines, thanks to a grant from national charity in the UK.                 

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