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Researchers Help Create 'Gold Standard' Method for Measuring

March 26, 2015 3:59 pm | 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.

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...

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...

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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

Liberians Overcome Fear to Volunteer For Ebola Vaccine Trial

March 23, 2015 9:47 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

Liberians are overcoming their fears of Ebola to volunteer for a vaccine trial.

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US Anti-drugs Work in Colombia Uses Cancer-linked Herbicide

March 23, 2015 9:40 am | by Joshua Goodman, Associated Press | News | Comments

New labeling on the world's most popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer is raising more questions for an aerial spraying program in Colombia that underpins U.S.-financed efforts to wipe out cocaine crops.

Brain Injuries - Not Worth the Risk for One NFL Player

March 20, 2015 3:03 pm | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

It’s not all in your head. Brain injuries from sports are a steady unease for athletes.

New Hope for Beating Deadly Hereditary Stomach and Breast Cancers

March 20, 2015 10:07 am | by University of Otago | News | Comments

Deadly familial stomach and lobular breast cancers could be successfully treated at their earliest stages, or even prevented, by existing drugs that have been newly identified by University of Otago cancer genetics researchers.

Team Finds Key to Making Neurons From Stem Cells

March 20, 2015 9:55 am | by Steve Tokar, UC San Francisco | News | Comments

A research team at UC San Francisco has discovered an RNA molecule called Pnky that can be manipulated to increase the production of neurons from neural stem cells.

Altering Brain Chemistry Makes us More Sensitive to Inequality

March 20, 2015 9:42 am | by Thomas Levy, UC Berkeley | News | Comments

A new study by UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco researchers finds that giving a drug that changes the neurochemical balance in the prefrontal cortex of the brain causes a greater willingness to engage in prosocial behaviors, such as ensuring that resources are divided more equally.

Officials Urge Meningitis Shots at University of Oregon

March 20, 2015 9:21 am | by Jeff Barnard, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than half of the undergraduates at the University of Oregon have not been vaccinated against meningitis, despite the fact that one student has died and five others have been sickened since January.

Smarter by the Minute, Sort of

March 19, 2015 3:49 pm | by Alvin Powell, Harvard Staff Writer | News | Comments

New research is changing long-held ideas of how our minds age, painting a richer picture of different cognitive skills peaking across a lifetime, with at least one — vocabulary — peaking at a time when many are considering retirement.

Tumors Dedifferentiated by Chemo May Spawn New Paradigm

March 19, 2015 11:16 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

A Harvard University and Waterloo University team has found that a common breast cancer chemotherapy (chemo) can create stem-like cancer cells out of more differentiated tumor cells.

New Tool May Help Predict Who Will Develop Memory Problems

March 19, 2015 11:05 am | by American Academy of Neurology | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a new scoring system to help determine which elderly people may be at a higher risk of developing the memory and thinking problems that can lead to dementia, according to a new study published in the March 18, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Scientists Trace Genomic Evolution of High-risk Leukemia

March 19, 2015 10:53 am | by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital | News | Comments

Highly sensitive genomic analysis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells reveals for the first time how the malignant cells evolve to cause relapse.

Scientists Grow 'Mini-Lungs' to Aid the Study of Cystic Fibrosis

March 19, 2015 10:40 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have successfully created ‘mini-lungs’ using stem cells derived from skin cells of patients with cystic fibrosis, and have shown that these can be used to test potential new drugs for this debilitating lung disease.

Spread of Infectious Diseases Could be Linked to Changing Climate

March 19, 2015 10:13 am | by Joe Shust, Editor, Continuity Insights | Articles | Comments

Could a changing climate and changing environments have an impact on the spread of infectious diseases?  At least one zoologist thinks so.

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