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Key Survival Protein Found in Many Cancers

January 8, 2014 1:00 pm | Videos | Comments

Researchers have discovered a promising strategy for treating cancers that are caused by one of the most common cancer-causing changes in cells.                               

Living Brain Cells Made from Biobanked Alzheimer’s Tissue

January 7, 2014 12:54 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have, for the first time, generated induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells lines from non-cryoprotected brain tissue of patients with Alzheimer's disease.                          

Stimulating Brain Cells Stops Binge Drinking

January 6, 2014 11:39 am | News | Comments

Researchers have found a way to change alcohol drinking behavior in rodents, using the emerging technique of optogenetics, which uses light to stimulate neurons.                         


Neanderthal Genome Exposes Interbreeding

December 20, 2013 12:17 pm | News | Comments

An international research team has completed the first high-quality genome sequence of a Neanderthal, deepening knowledge about the genetic connections and population histories of ancient and modern humans.             

23andMe Plays Nice

December 17, 2013 10:23 am | by Cynthia Fox | Articles | Comments

23andMe, the consumer genetics company halted by the FDA for ignoring repeated questions, is being conciliatory. The company offered raw gene data, and interpretative reports, to the general public on more than 240 diseases and traits until Dec. 5, when it announced it would cease taking new customers as a result of FDA action. However: “the company is now writing conciliatory letters to regulators,” says an insider.

Breaking News: MRI Agent Linked to Brain Abnormalities

December 17, 2013 9:25 am | News | Comments

For the first time, researchers have confirmed an association between a common magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent and abnormalities on brain MRI, according to a new study.                    

Breaking News: First Step of Metastasis Halted

December 12, 2013 12:05 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have identified a unique class of breast cancer cells that lead the process of invasion into surrounding tissues, the first step in the deadly process of cancer metastasis, and have found a way to stop that invasion process in mice.   

HRT Aids Cognition After All, Say Two Menopause Studies

December 12, 2013 11:01 am | by Cynthia Fox | Articles | Comments

Two very different recent papers come to a similar conclusion: cyclical, physiologic hormone replacement therapy (HRT) aids memory in postmenopausal women. One paper found native progesterone, as it is in its natural state cycling the body, helps memory early post-menopause. The other paper found cyclic, physiologic, administered estrogen helps memory after induced menopause.


You Are What Your Father Eats

December 11, 2013 11:25 am | News | Comments

Mothers typically get all the attention, but a new study suggests that the father’s diet before conception may play an equally important role in the health of their offspring.                       

Brain Coverings May Take Brunt of Concussion Impact

December 9, 2013 12:32 pm | Videos | Comments

There is more than meets the eye following even a mild traumatic brain injury. While the brain may appear to be intact, new findings report that the brain’s protective coverings may feel the brunt of the impact.            

Smoking After Cancer Diagnosis Ups Death Risk

December 6, 2013 11:29 am | News | Comments

Men who continued to smoke after a cancer diagnosis had an increased risk of death compared with those who quit smoking after diagnosis, according to a new study.                          

Breaking News: Probiotics Alleviate Autism-like Behaviors

December 5, 2013 12:09 pm | News | Comments

Researchers are investigating a potential new therapy for autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders by treating gut microbiota with probiotic therapy, which influences autism-like behaviors in a mouse model.           

Report: 135 Million People Will Live with Dementia by 2050

December 5, 2013 12:04 pm | News | Comments

A new report has revealed that the number of people living with dementia worldwide in 2013 is now estimated at 44 million, reaching 76 million in 2030 and 135 million by 2050.                      


Brains of Men, Women Have Striking Wiring Differences

December 3, 2013 12:21 pm | News | Comments

A new brain connectivity study found striking differences in the neural wiring of men and women that’s lending credence to some commonly held beliefs about their behavior.                       

Stem Cells May Boost Cognition after Traumatic Brain Injury

December 3, 2013 11:31 am | by Cynthia Fox | Articles | Comments

Stem cells that quell inflammation shortly after traumatic brain injury (TBI) may also offer lasting cognitive gains, says the University of Texas Health Science Center. In a recent article, the team of Children’s Program in Regenerative Medicine Director Charles Cox reported they injected, into the blood of two groups of rats with traumatic brain injury (TBI), human multi-potent adult progenitor cells (MAPCs).

Breaking News: Promise for Possible HIV Cure

December 3, 2013 9:18 am | News | Comments

Researchers have used radioimmunotherapy to destroy remaining HIV-infected cells in the blood samples of patients treated with antiretroviral therapy, offering the promise of a strategy for curing HIV infection.           

Low Vitamin D May Cause Brain Damage

December 2, 2013 11:36 am | News | Comments

A new study suggests that a diet low in vitamin D causes damage to the brain. The new evidence shows that vitamin D serves important roles in organs and tissue, including the brain.                    

Aging Cells Could be Cause of Late-life Cancers

November 25, 2013 12:39 pm | News | Comments

Cancers that occur in later life could be down to the way our cells age, according to a new paper that says some cancers could be caused by older cells bypassing the switch that tells them to stop growing.              

First Map of Autism-risk Genes by Function Completed

November 21, 2013 12:21 pm | News | Comments

Recent studies have linked hundreds of gene mutations scattered throughout the brain to increased autism risk. Where do you start? Neuroscientists may finally have an answer.                      

Brain Still Injured from Concussion After Symptoms Fade

November 21, 2013 10:14 am | News | Comments

After a mild concussion, special brain scans show evidence of brain abnormalities four months later, when symptoms from the concussion have mostly dissipated, according to new research.                   

Frederick Sanger, Genomics Pioneer, Dies at 95

November 20, 2013 12:03 pm | by CASSANDRA VINOGRAD - Associated Press | News | Comments

British biochemist Frederick Sanger, who twice won the Nobel Prize in chemistry and was a pioneer of genome sequencing, has died at the age of 95. His death was confirmed Wednesday by the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology - which Sanger helped found.

Long-term Oral Contraceptive Use Doubles Glaucoma Risk

November 19, 2013 1:26 pm | News | Comments

New research has found that women who have taken oral contraceptives for three or more years are twice as likely to suffer from glaucoma, one of the leading causes of blindness which affects nearly 60 million worldwide.         

Functional Eggs Created from Adult Female Cells

November 13, 2013 12:04 pm | by Cynthia Fox | Articles | Comments

In a move that may end up having major impact on women, a research team has repeatedly made functional eggs— resulting in healthy live births— from adult mouse cells.                       

High Tungsten Levels Can Double Stroke Risk

November 12, 2013 12:44 pm | News | Comments

A new study has shown that high concentrations of tungsten– as measured in urine samples– is strongly linked with an increase in the occurrence of stroke, roughly equal to a doubling of the odds of experiencing the condition.       

Breaking News: New Theory of Cancer Development

October 31, 2013 12:07 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have devised a new way to understand patterns of aneuploidy in tumors and have proposed that the phenomenon is a driver of cancer, rather than a result of it.                     

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