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Bioscience Bulletin: Brain Boosters; New Technology

May 22, 2015 2:53 pm | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Welcome to Bioscience Technology’s new series Bioscience Bulletin, where we bring you the five most popular headlines from the week.

Scientists Figure Out How Vitamin E Keeps Muscles Healthy

May 21, 2015 10:57 am | by Georgia Regents University | News | Comments

Body builders have it right: vitamin E does help build strong muscles, and scientists appear to...

News on Asthma and Peanut Allergies Could Lead to Misdiagnosis, Unnecessary Testing

May 21, 2015 10:48 am | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

Allergist raises concerns about highly-publicized research findings suggesting that children...

Promising Malaria and Dengue Vaccines Will Not Defeat Diseases

May 21, 2015 9:02 am | by Christopher J. Pace, Ph.D., GlobalData Managing Analyst, Infectious Diseases | Articles | Comments

The company expects that while vaccines will be an essential component of future dengue and...

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FDA Proposes to Know More About Antibiotic Use in Animals

May 20, 2015 10:20 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is moving to collect more information on antibiotics used in animals that become meat. It's an effort to stem antibiotic-resistant diseases.

Researchers Identify Potentially Effective Treatment for Methamphetamine Addiction

May 20, 2015 10:07 am | by UCLA | News | Comments

A new study has found that Naltrexone, a drug used to treat alcoholism, may also be a promising treatment for addiction to methamphetamine.

New Technology Turns Smartphone into a DNA-Scanning Microscope

May 20, 2015 10:02 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Researchers at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have developed a new technology that turns a smartphone into a DNA-scanning fluorescent microscope.  Lead researcher Aydogan Ozcan, Howard Hughes Medical Institute chancellor professor at UCLA, sat down with Bioscience Technology to talk about this advancement and its implications for resource-poor labs, and for personalized medicine.

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Abcodia Raises $8M to Launch Ovarian Cancer Screening Test

May 20, 2015 8:35 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Abcodia announced this week it raised $8 million to bring its ovarian cancer screening test called ROCA to market.

Discovery Opens Door for Homemade Morphine, Painkillers

May 19, 2015 9:07 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and even wider abuse.

Cognition Improves After Supplemented Mediterranean Diet, Finds a Rare Trial

May 19, 2015 8:54 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Cognition improves in older people who eat a plant-based Mediterranean diet with antioxidant-rich extra virgin olive oil or mixed nuts, according to rare clinical trial research published by JAMA Internal Medicine.

Hong Kong to Use DNA Technology to Publicly Shame Litterbugs

May 18, 2015 11:42 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

DNA phenotyping is just starting to be used to track down criminals, generate new leads on cold-case homicides, and put faces to unidentified and missing people. Now in Hong Kong, it’s being used to threaten litterbugs with public shame, according to organizers of a new anti-polluting campaign.

The U.S. Installs New Guidelines for Genetic Testing Accuracy

May 18, 2015 10:00 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The hope is that this standard can be used among the scientific community to see how well their genomic analysis tools match up.

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Cardiologists, Veterinarian Work Together to Fix Cat's Heart

May 18, 2015 9:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A California cat named Vanilla Bean with a congenital heart defect got a rare chance at another life.

Orange Juice is Good for Your Brain

May 18, 2015 9:16 am | by Unviersity of Reading | News | Comments

Drinking orange juice could help improve brain function in elderly people, according to new research from the University of Reading.

Bioscience Bulletin

May 18, 2015 8:54 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

In case you missed any exciting news on Bioscience Technology last week, here is a round-up of the top five most popular stories.

Five Biotech Startups to Check Out This Month

May 18, 2015 8:53 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

These companies are having an interesting year so far.

Vitamin D Levels Help Predict Survival of Sick Cats

May 15, 2015 10:39 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Vitamin D could give your sickly feline friend its 10th life, according to a recent study. New research from the University of Edinburgh found that higher levels of vitamin D were linked to increased survival changes for hospitalized cats.

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Long-Term Depression May Double Stroke Risk for Middle-Aged Adults

May 15, 2015 10:30 am | by University of California San Francisco | News | Comments

Adults over 50 who have persistent symptoms of depression may have twice the risk of stroke as those who do not, according to a new study led by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and UC San Francisco. Researchers found that stroke risk remains higher even after symptoms of depression go away, particularly for women.

Electrical Stimulation Accelerates Wound Healing

May 15, 2015 8:54 am | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

The most detailed study to date showing how electrical stimulation accelerates wound healing has been carried out in 40 volunteers by University of Manchester scientists.

How a Smartphone Camera Can Find Eye Cancer

May 15, 2015 8:23 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

ABC News featured an interview with Julie Fitzgerald, a mom who noticed a white glow in her son Avery’s eye after taking a picture of him with her smartphone. 

Study: Vitamin B3 May Help Prevent Certain Skin Cancers

May 14, 2015 9:55 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

For the first time, a large study suggests that a vitamin might modestly lower the risk of the most common types of skin cancer in people with a history of these relatively harmless yet troublesome growths.

Researchers Find New Target for Anti-Malaria Drugs

May 14, 2015 9:50 am | by MIT | News | Comments

A new target for drug development in the fight against the deadly disease malaria has been discovered by researchers at MIT.

Brains of Smokers Who Quit Successfully Might be Wired for Success

May 14, 2015 9:33 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

Smokers who are able to quit might actually be hard-wired for success, according to a study from Duke Medicine.

Four Public Health Ads That Frighten, Disgust, and Stigmatize (And One That Doesn't)

May 13, 2015 10:56 am | by Columbia University | News | Comments

In a new article in the journal Health Affairs, scholars recap the reasons behind use of fear-based tactics and examine the consequences of controversies around ads targeting HIV and teen pregnancy.

Ticks and the Disease They Carry Rapidly Moving Around U.S.

May 13, 2015 9:44 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

In the southern part of Indiana, an oasis exists where the ticks don’t carry Lyme Disease. But the rest of the contiguous U.S. still needs to watch out for the little sickness-carrying arachnids, with each walk in the woods. The geography of the various tick species is changing– and with it, some of what they can be carrying with each bite.

Scientists Link Brain Protein to Binge-Drinking Behavior

May 12, 2015 10:11 am | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered that a brain protein has a key role in controlling binge drinking in animal models. They found that deleting the gene for this protein in mice ramped up alcohol consumption and prevented the brain from signaling the rewarding properties of alcohol. 

GSK Creates New Startup to Find Cure for HIV

May 12, 2015 9:14 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

GlaxoSmithKline and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill are teaming up to run this operation. 

The BioDigital Human: Exploring Health in 3D

May 12, 2015 8:39 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

It has been hailed as the equivalent of Google Maps for the human body by The New York Times, and now the award-winning mobile-friendly platform BioDigital Human is looking to change the way healthcare information is shared, consumed and understood.

IBM Starts New Precision Medicine Program

May 11, 2015 9:14 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Watson, the supercomputer seen on Jeopardy, will play an important role in this partnership.

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