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Obese Women 40 percent More Likely to Get Cancer

March 18, 2015 12:00 pm | by Cancer Research UK | News | Comments

Obese women have around a 40 percent greater risk of developing a weight-related cancer in their lifetime than women of a healthy weight, according to new figures* released by Cancer Research UK Tuesday.

Recalling Memories May Make Us Forget

March 18, 2015 11:49 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Intentionally recalling memories may lead us to forget other competing experiences that interfere with retrieval, according to a study published today. In other words, the very act of remembering may be one of the major reasons why we forget.

Apple's ResearchKit Must Outlast Novelty Value to Aid Medical Insight

March 17, 2015 10:03 am | by Niharika Midha, MSc, GlobalData Medical Device Analyst | Articles | Comments

Apple's ResearchKit needs to make an impact beyond the initial launch period.

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American Who Contracted Ebola Arrives at Maryland Hospital

March 13, 2015 9:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An American healthcare worker who contracted Ebola while volunteering in a Sierra Leone treatment unit arrived safely at the National Institutes of Health's hospital in Maryland, officials announced early Friday.

A Good Night’s Sleep Does More Than Prevent Yawning

March 12, 2015 9:59 am | by TSRI | News | Comments

Scientists show that proteins critical in day-night cycles also protect cells from mutations.

Stanford Showcases New App for Studying Heart Health

March 10, 2015 4:07 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Apple teamed up with a handful of universities to create these medical research applications.                            

First Look at Hospitalized Ebola Survivors' Immune Cells Could Guide Vaccine Design

March 10, 2015 10:29 am | by Emory University | News | Comments

In the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa, whose death toll is approaching 10,000, little information has been available about how the human immune response unfolds after infection. Researchers have now obtained a first look at the immune responses in four Ebola virus disease survivors who received care at Emory University Hospital in 2014, by closely examining their T cells and B cells during the acute phase of the disease.

Protein in the Brain Can 'Put the Brakes' On Binge Drinking

March 10, 2015 10:20 am | by UNC | News | Comments

A new study led by UNC researchers identifies both where in the brain and how a protein in the brain, called Neuropeptide Y or NPY, can act to suppress binge alcohol drinking. These findings suggest that restoring NPY may be useful for treating alcohol use disorders and may also protect some individuals from becoming alcohol dependent.

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Scientists Find New Class of Drugs that Dramatically Increases Healthy Lifespan

March 10, 2015 9:14 am | by TSRI | News | Comments

A research team from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), Mayo Clinic and other institutions has identified a new class of drugs that in animal models dramatically slows the aging process—alleviating symptoms of frailty, improving cardiac function and extending a healthy lifespan.

Apple Unveils New Medical Software Called ResearchKit

March 9, 2015 1:37 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Apple showcased new health programs called Research Kit during a press conference today.                            

Unicef Warns Lack of Toilets in Pakistan Tied to Stunting

March 9, 2015 10:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 More than 40 million people in Pakistan do not have access to a toilet, forcing them to defecate in the open, which in turn is a major contributor to stunting in the country, a top UNICEF official said.         

Liberia Removes Ebola Crematorium as Outbreak is Contained

March 9, 2015 10:07 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

Marking the progress in controlling its Ebola outbreak, the Liberian government dismantled a crematorium and removed drums containing the ashes of more than 3,000 Ebola victims cremated during the height of the epidemic, whose last patient was discharged last week.

Researchers Report New Gene Associated With Thyroid Levels

March 9, 2015 10:01 am | by University of Bristol | News | Comments

Thyroid hormones have important and diverse roles in human health and regulate metabolic rate. Thyroid disease is common (affecting 5-10 per cent of the population) and synthetic thyroid hormones are one of the commonest drug therapies prescribed worldwide.

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Michael J. Fox Foundation Announces New Funding for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Research

March 6, 2015 1:44 pm | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Michael J. Fox Foundation and Alzheimer’s Association fund $2 million for research projects studying overlap in neurodegenerative diseases.                    

Researchers Develop Promising Method to Treat Sickle Cell Disease

March 6, 2015 10:50 am | by Mirabai Vogt-James, UCLA | News | Comments

Stem cell researchers have shown that a novel stem cell gene therapy method could lead to a one-time, lasting treatment for sickle cell disease — the nation’s most common inherited blood disorder.           

The Rise and Fall of Cognitive Skills

March 6, 2015 10:33 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

Neuroscientists find that different parts of the brain work best at different ages.                             

Exposure to Endocrine Disruptors During Pregnancy Affects Brain Two Generations Later

March 6, 2015 10:26 am | by The Endocrine Society | News | Comments

Prenatal exposure to low doses of the environmental contaminants polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, change the developing brain in an area involved in metabolism, and some effects are apparent even two generations later, a new study finds.   

FDA Study Finds Little Evidence of Antibiotics in Milk

March 6, 2015 10:13 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

In an encouraging development for consumers worried about antibiotics in their milk, a new Food and Drug Administration study showed little evidence of drug contamination after surveying almost 2,000 dairy farms.        

Possible Progress Against Parkinson's

March 5, 2015 9:48 am | by B.D. Colen, Harvard Gazette | News | Comments

Implanted stem cells reduced symptoms of disease during experiment, researchers say.                             

Obesity is Associated With Brain's Neurotransmitters

March 5, 2015 9:39 am | by Aalto University | News | Comments

Researchers at Aalto University and University of Turku have revealed how obesity is associated with altered opioid neurotransmission in the brain.                   

Better Midlife Fitness May Slow Brain Aging

March 5, 2015 9:17 am | by American Heart Association | News | Comments

People with poor physical fitness in their 40s may have accelerated brain aging by the time they hit 60.                          

Upending Alzheimer's Theory

March 4, 2015 4:48 pm | by Sue McGreevy, Harvard University | News | Comments

A study reveals for the first time exactly how mutations associated with the most common form of inherited Alzheimer’s disease produce the disorder’s devastating effects.              

Tuning in on Brain Waves

March 4, 2015 9:05 am | by Jake Miller, Harvard | News | Comments

Certain neurons act as conductors, suggesting possible therapies for disorders such as schizophrenia.                          

Protein May Be Key to Cancer's Deadly Resurgences

March 3, 2015 4:29 pm | by Pete Farley, University of California San Francisco | News | Comments

Tumor recurrence following a period of remission is the main cause of death in cancer. The ability of cancer cells to remain dormant during and following therapy, only to be reactivated at a later time, frequently with greater aggressiveness, is one of the least-understood aspects of the disease.

Scientists Find a Defect Responsible for Memory Impairment in Aging

March 3, 2015 4:23 pm | by TSRI | News | Comments

The new study describes in detail the loss of connectivity between two sets of neurons that prevents the formation of long-term memory.                     

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