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Newly-Found T Memory Stem Cells May Be Key to Gene Therapy

February 27, 2015 10:41 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Genetically engineered T memory stem cells (Tscm) can last more than 12 years in patients’ bodies, and can continually generate appropriate T cell armies for them, says an innovative study looking at two historic clinical trials.     

Million Man Study Examines Long-term Effects of Blocking Inflammation

February 27, 2015 10:07 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Inflammation - the body's response to damaging stimuli - may have a protective effect against...

Researchers Develop Method for Mapping Neuron Clusters

February 27, 2015 9:52 am | by NYU | News | Comments

A team of scientists has developed a method for identifying clusters of neurons that work in...

Study Identifies Neurons That Help Predict What Individuals Will Do

February 27, 2015 9:25 am | by Massachusetts General Hospital | News | Comments

A study by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has discovered two groups of...

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Scientists Discover Beliefs Can be as Powerful as Nicotine

February 26, 2015 10:32 am | by Ashley WennersHerron, Virginia Tech | News | Comments

Study participants inhaled nicotine, yet they showed significantly different brain activity.                            

New Molecule Could Slow Progression of Parkinson's

February 26, 2015 10:22 am | by University of Bath | News | Comments

Researchers have designed a molecule that, if developed into a drug, could slow the progression of Parkinson's Disease.                       

Unique Tags Identify Individual Yeast Families

February 26, 2015 10:05 am | by Krista Conger, Stanford School of Medicine | News | Comments

A technique developed by researchers has implications for understanding how cancer cells evolve as a tumor grows or how a virus spreads and changes during an infection.                  

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A New Understanding of Alzheimer's

February 26, 2015 9:46 am | by Peter Reuell, Harvard Gazette | News | Comments

Findings point to role of natural selection in disease.                                  

Graphene Shows Potential as Novel Anti-Cancer Therapeutic Strategy

February 25, 2015 10:35 am | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

Scientists have used graphene to target and neutralize cancer stem cells while not harming other cells.                          

Researchers Discover New Clues for Treatment of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

February 25, 2015 10:08 am | by James Hataway, UGA | News | Comments

Researchers have identified a previously unknown process that many bacteria, including those that cause disease in humans, use to survive. Their discovery could lead to new therapies for bacterial infections like MRSA and tuberculosis that are resistant to current antibiotic treatments.

Researchers Redefine Role of Brain's 'Hunger Circuit'

February 25, 2015 9:54 am | by Pete Farley, UCSF | News | Comments

Unexpected findings have implications for anti-obesity therapies.                                

How Brain Waves Guide Memory Formation

February 25, 2015 9:42 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

Neurons hum at different frequencies to tell the brain which memories it should store.                             

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Skin Test May Shed New Light on Alzheimer's, Parkinson's Diseases

February 25, 2015 9:32 am | by American Adcademy of Neurology | News | Comments

The study showed that skin biopsies can be used to detect elevated levels of abnormal proteins found in the two diseases.                       

Previously Unknown Effect of Vitamin A Identified

February 24, 2015 12:42 pm | by Lund University | News | Comments

Researchers have identified a previously unknown effect of vitamin A in human embryonic development.                           

Early Exposure to Peanuts Helps Prevent Allergies in Kids

February 24, 2015 12:25 pm | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

For years, parents of babies who seem likely to develop a peanut allergy have gone to extremes to keep them away from peanut-based foods.                    

Nano-Spies Force Tumors to Reveal Themselves

February 24, 2015 9:57 am | by Bruce Goldman, Stanford University | News | Comments

Investigators administered a customized genetic construct consisting of tiny rings of DNA, called DNA minicircles, to mice.                       

Obesity Genes Identified by Worldwide Research Team

February 24, 2015 9:43 am | by Queensland University of Technology | News | Comments

A massive worldwide analysis of genetic data from almost 340,000 people around the world has brought understanding of the genetic basis of obesity a step closer.                

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Study Shows Destroying Material That Cloaks Cancer Cells Could Benefit Patients

February 24, 2015 9:31 am | by Translational Genomics Research Institute | News | Comments

Like a stealth jet cloaks itself from radar, cancer cells cloak themselves within tumors by hiding behind a dense layer of cellular material known as stroma.                 

New ALS Gene and Signaling Pathways Identified

February 20, 2015 4:37 pm | News | Comments

Using advanced DNA sequencing methods, researchers have identified a new gene that is associated with sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease.                       

WHO Approves 1st Quick Test for Ebola

February 20, 2015 4:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization said Friday it has approved a quick test for Ebola that will dramatically cut the time it takes to determine - with reasonable accuracy - whether someone is infected with the deadly virus.                  

Challenges for Doctors Using Fitness Trackers, Apps

February 20, 2015 4:26 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Tech Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

More hospitals and doctors are starting to use data from fitness trackers and health apps to help treat patients. But they are moving cautiously. The technology has a lot of potential, but there are key challenges to work out...

Disruption in Brain Signals Shed New Light on Melancholic Depression

February 19, 2015 11:54 am | by University of New South Wales | News | Comments

Researchers have identified a distinctive brain signature in people with melancholic depression, supporting calls for its classification as a unique mood disorder type.               

Camel, Alpaca Antibodies Target Anticancer Viruses Directly to Tumors

February 19, 2015 11:49 am | by Julia Evangelou Strait, WUSTL | News | Comments

Using antibodies from camels and alpacas, scientists have found a way to deliver anticancer viruses directly to tumor cells, leaving other types of cells uninfected.                

Keeping Atherosclerosis in Check with Novel Targeted Nanomedicines

February 19, 2015 11:42 am | by Columbia University | News | Comments

Nanometer-sized “drones” that deliver a special type of healing molecule to fat deposits in arteries could become a new way to prevent heart attacks caused by atherosclerosis.              

New Nanogel for Drug Delivery

February 19, 2015 11:31 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

Scientists are interested in using gels to deliver drugs because they can be molded into specific shapes and designed to release their payload over a specified time period. However, current versions aren’t always practical because must be implanted surgically.

2 Dead, Over 170 Potentially Exposed in 'Superbug' Outbreak

February 19, 2015 11:21 am | by Robert Jablon, Associated Press | News | Comments

Contaminated medical instruments are suspected in a "superbug" outbreak at a Los Angeles hospital that has infected at least seven patients, two of whom died. More than 170 others may have been exposed to the antibiotic-resistant bacteria.   

How Right Hemisphere Assists Left When Damaged in Stroke

February 18, 2015 12:46 pm | by George Washington Univ. | News | Comments

A new study conducted by a researcher at the George Washington University suggests that the right hemisphere of the brain may be able to assist a damaged left hemisphere in protecting visual attention after a stroke.

Amyloid Formation May Link Alzheimer's, Type 2 Diabetes

February 18, 2015 12:28 pm | by Elsevier Health Sciences | News | Comments

The pathological process amyloidosis, in which misfolded proteins (amyloids) form insoluble fibril deposits, occurs in many diseases, including Alzheimer disease (AD) and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D). 

Tadpole Model Links Drug Exposure to Autism-Like Effects

February 18, 2015 11:51 am | News | Comments

Research suggests that fetal exposure to chemicals or drugs can cause neurological problems. Babies whose mothers take the epilepsy drug valporic acid (VPA) during pregnancy, for example, appear to have an elevated risk of developing an autism spectrum disorder.

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