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Genomic Sequencing Reveals Insights into Ebola Outbreak

August 29, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

In response to an ongoing, unprecedented outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa, a team of researchers has rapidly sequenced and analyzed more than 99 Ebola virus genomes.                   

Memories' Emotional Associations Can be Reversed

August 28, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

A new study revealed the brain circuit that controls how memories become linked with positive or...

Tomato-rich Diet Can Cut Prostate Cancer Risk

August 27, 2014 12:47 pm | News | Comments

Men who eat over 10 portions a week of tomatoes have an 18 per cent lower risk of developing...

Vision Problems Can Dim Life Expectancy

August 26, 2014 2:10 pm | News | Comments

Older adults losing vision as they age are more likely to face an increased mortality risk,...

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Amid ALS Mania, Possible Drug Target Spotted

August 26, 2014 11:41 am | by Cynthia Fox | Articles | Comments

As, all around them, everyone from Derek Jeter to the Kennedy family was dousing themselves in ice water for the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge,” Harvard researchers announced last week they may have found an ALS therapy— or two.       

Autistic Children Have Extra Brain Synapses

August 22, 2014 11:23 am | Videos | Comments

Children and adolescents with autism have a surplus of synapses in the brain, and this excess is due to a slowdown in a normal brain “pruning” process during development, according to a new study.                

‘The Pill’ Shrinks Ovaries, Cuts Egg Numbers

August 21, 2014 2:44 pm | by Cynthia Fox | Articles | Comments

The birth control pill significantly affects ovarian reserve— or the number of immature eggs in a woman’s ovaries— which can be a predictor of future fertility, according to a team in Denmark.                 

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Are Failing Bees a Warning Sign to Human Health?

August 20, 2014 12:14 pm | News | Comments

A researcher believes that the potential human health implications of bee colony collapse disorder extend beyond the drop in pollination to the impact on humans of long exposure to low-level poisons, like neonicotinoid pesticides.     

Physical Fitness Makes Kids' Brains Bigger

August 19, 2014 1:41 pm | News | Comments

A new study of 9- and 10-year-olds finds that those who are more aerobically fit have more fibrous and compact white-matter tracts in the brain than their peers who are less fit.                     

Critical Wound-healing Proteins Identified

August 19, 2014 11:13 am | News | Comments

Mice missing two important proteins of the vascular system develop normally and appear healthy in adulthood, as long as they don’t become injured. If they do, their wounds don’t heal properly, a new study shows.           

Breaking News: Blood Test Could Predict Suicide Risk

July 30, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

Researchers say they have discovered a chemical alteration in a single human gene linked to stress reactions that could give doctors a simple blood test to reliably predict a person’s risk of attempting suicide.            

Deadly Melanoma Cases Jump 200%, Report Says

July 30, 2014 8:22 am | by Anne Flaherty - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Stop sunbathing and using indoor tanning beds, the acting U.S. surgeon general warned in a report released Tuesday that cites an alarming 200 percent jump in deadly melanoma cases since 1973.                 

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Advance in Capturing Elusive Circulating Tumor Cells

July 29, 2014 3:33 pm | by Cynthia Fox | Articles | Comments

When cancers spread into the bloodstream, they often take on different characteristics, requiring different therapies. But it is hard to find these rare blood-borne cells. So, relapsed patients often do not get personalized care. Now, researchers have come up with a solution that zeros in on elusive circulating tumor cells (CTCs).

Only 8.2% of DNA is ‘Functional’

July 24, 2014 2:45 pm | News | Comments

Only 8.2 percent of human DNA is likely to be doing something important – is “functional”– say researchers. This figure is very different from one given in 2012, when some scientists stated that 80 percent of our genome has some biochemical function.

Breaking News: Lack of Vitamin D Ups Schizophrenia Risk

July 22, 2014 1:17 pm | News | Comments

Vitamin D-deficient individuals are twice as likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia as people who have sufficient levels of the vitamin, according to a new study.                        

Breaking News: Mutant Worms Can’t Get Drunk

July 16, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

Neuroscientists have generated mutant worms that do not get intoxicated by alcohol, a result that could lead to new drugs to treat the symptoms of people going through alcohol withdrawal.                   

Friends Share Genetic Similarities

July 15, 2014 11:33 am | News | Comments

If you consider your friends family, you may be on to something. A new study finds that friends who are not biologically related still resemble each other genetically.                        

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Breaking News: Same Genes Drive Math, Reading Ability

July 8, 2014 11:00 am | News | Comments

Around half of the genes that influence how well a child can read also play a role in their mathematics ability, according to scientists who led a study into the genetic basis of cognitive traits.              

As STAP Papers are Retracted, A Riken Researcher Mulls Stalling World-First Trial

July 2, 2014 2:55 pm | by Cynthia Fox | Articles | Comments

Just as Nature was setting about retracting two famous Riken CDB papers claiming to make “STAP” stem cells from ordinary cells, another Riken researcher said she might suspend a world-first clinical trial of a competing—legitimate—stem cell technique. But within hours, she modified her views, according to Riken.

Missing Protein Explains Obesity, Diabetes Link

June 30, 2014 11:18 am | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered that obese individuals lack a protein that is essential for regulating blood glucose levels, causing them to face higher risks of developing diabetes.                     

Breaking News: It May Take ‘Guts’ to Cure Diabetes

June 30, 2014 8:44 am | News | Comments

By switching off a single gene, scientists have converted human gastrointestinal cells into insulin-producing cells, demonstrating in principle that a drug could retrain cells inside a person's GI tract to produce insulin.        

Too Much TV Time May Up Early Death Risk

June 26, 2014 11:05 am | News | Comments

Adults who watch TV for three hours or more each day may double their risk of premature death compared to those who watch less, according to new research.                           

Breaking News: Genes Determine Betting Behavior

June 16, 2014 3:00 pm | News | Comments

Investors and gamblers take note: your betting decisions and strategy are determined, in part, by your genes. Researchers have shown that betting decisions are influenced by the specific variants of dopamine-regulating genes in a person's brain. 

Copper Compound Extends ALS Lifespan in Mice

June 13, 2014 12:08 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have determined that a copper compound known for decades may form the basis for a therapy for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease.                       

Breaking News: Low Vitamin D May Up Premature Death Risk

June 12, 2014 4:00 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have found that persons with lower blood levels of vitamin D were twice as likely to die prematurely as people with higher blood levels of vitamin D.                         

Sperm Size, Shape Affected by Cannabis Use

June 5, 2014 11:53 am | News | Comments

Young men who use cannabis may be putting their fertility at risk by inadvertently affecting the size and shape of their sperm, according to recently published research.                        

Weight Loss Not Influenced by Breakfast

June 5, 2014 11:41 am | News | Comments

Nutritionists regularly suggest breakfast be eaten each morning for health benefits, including weight loss. But new research shows that, when comparing regularly consuming with regularly skipping breakfast, weight loss was not influenced.    

Stem Cells Make In-Lab Step Toward Specialization

June 2, 2014 11:39 am | News | Comments

The gap between stem cell research and regenerative medicine just became a lot narrower, thanks to a new technique that coaxes stem cells, with potential to become any tissue type, to take the first step to specialization. It is the first time this critical step has been demonstrated in a laboratory.

Five Blistering Sunburns Can Up Melanoma Risk 80 Percent

May 29, 2014 2:04 pm | News | Comments

The risk of developing the most deadly form of skin cancer, melanoma, was more closely related to sun exposure in early life than in adulthood in young Caucasian women, according to a new study.                

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