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Researchers Identify “Beige” Fat-Burning Cells in Humans

April 1, 2015 10:57 am | by Steve Tokar, UC San Francisco | News | Comments

For the first time, a research team, led by a UC San Francisco biologist, has isolated energy-burning “beige” fat from adult humans, which is known to be able to convert unhealthy white fat into healthy brown fat. The scientists also found new genetic markers of this beige fat.

Getting Enough Sleep? App Helps Identify Common Sleep Disorders in Patients

April 1, 2015 10:44 am | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

Each year, more than 60 million Americans fail to get enough sleep at night due to a chronic sleep disorder. Yet few of these patients will be diagnosed and receive the care they need, even if they’re already seeing other doctors, such as a primary care physician.

To Statin or Not to Statin?

April 1, 2015 10:11 am | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

Johns Hopkins report offers physicians tips to help patients make the right call.

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Next-generation GMOs: Pink Pineapples and Purple Tomatoes

April 1, 2015 9:54 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

Cancer-fighting pink pineapples, heart-healthy purple tomatoes and less fatty vegetable oils may someday be on grocery shelves alongside more traditional products.

Clues into Cognitive Dysfunction in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

March 31, 2015 4:33 pm | by Columbia University | News | Comments

Scientists at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health have identified a unique pattern of immune molecules in the cerebrospinal fluid of people with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) that provides insights into the basis for cognitive dysfunction.

Premature Aging of Stem Cell Telomeres Linked to Emphysema

March 31, 2015 4:03 pm | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

Lung diseases like emphysema and pulmonary fibrosis are common among people with malfunctioning telomeres, the "caps" or ends of chromosomes. Now, researchers from Johns Hopkins say they have discovered what goes wrong and why.

Medieval Remedy Found to be Highly Effective Against MRSA

March 31, 2015 3:52 pm | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | News | Comments

British researchers recently found that a thousand-year-old Anglo-Saxon treatment for eye infections works as an antibiotic against MRSA. MRSA kills more than 5,000 people each year in the U.S. Read more...

Blood-Based Biomarkers could Enable Accurate TB tests for Diagnosis

March 30, 2015 4:57 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have identified blood-based biomarkers in patients with active tuberculosis (ATB) that could lead to new blood-based diagnostics and tools for monitoring treatment response and cure.

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MRI based on Sugar Molecule Can Tell Cancerous from Noncancerous Cells

March 30, 2015 4:51 pm | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

Imaging tests like mammograms or CT scans can detect tumors, but figuring out whether a growth is or isn’t cancer usually requires a biopsy to study cells directly.

Colleges Getting Out of Health Insurance Business

March 30, 2015 4:45 pm | by Donna Gordon Blankinship, Associated Prss | News | Comments

​The federal health care overhaul is leading some colleges and universities to get out of the health insurance business.

Low Vitamin D Linked to Worse Prognosis in Type of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

March 30, 2015 4:41 pm | by University of Rochester | News | Comments

A new study found that people with lower vitamin D levels prior to treatment for follicular lymphoma succumb to the disease or face relapse earlier than patients with sufficient vitamin D levels in their blood.

Body’s Good Fat Tissue Communicates With Brain Through Sensory Nerves

March 27, 2015 3:50 pm | by Georgia State University | News | Comments

Brown fat tissue, the body’s “good fat,” communicates with the brain through sensory nerves, possibly sharing information that is important for fighting human obesity, such as how much fat we have and how much fat we’ve lost.

Disrupted Biological Clock Linked to Alzheimer's

March 27, 2015 3:21 pm | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

New research has identified some of the processes by which molecules associated with neurological diseases can disrupt the biological clock, interfere with sleep and activity patterns, and set the stage for a spiral of health concerns that can include a decreased lifespan and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Stanford Professor Receives $1M Stem Cell Grant for 'Bubble Boy' Disease

March 27, 2015 3:20 pm | by Stanford Medicine | News | Comments

With this award, Stanford has received a total of around $297 million from CIRM.

HIV Can Lodge Quickly in Brain After Infection

March 27, 2015 3:15 pm | by Bill Hathaway, Yale University | News | Comments

HIV can establish itself in the brain as soon as four months after initial infection.

The Brain in the Supermarket

March 27, 2015 3:11 pm | by Peter Dizikes, MIT | News | Comments

Researchers suggest that your brain is making a simpler calculation when you shop.

Researchers Help Create 'Gold Standard' Method for Measuring Alzheimer's Disease

March 27, 2015 10:42 am | 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.

Genetic Mutation Explains Why, in Rare Cases, Flu Can Kill

March 27, 2015 10:39 am | by Rockefeller University | News | Comments

Nobody likes getting the flu, but for some people, fluids and rest aren’t enough. A small number of children who catch the influenza virus fall so ill they end up in the hospital — perhaps needing ventilators to breathe — even while their family and friends recover easily. New research helps explain why: a rare genetic mutation.

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 eventually have the potential to reduce ebolavirus infection in wild African ape species. 

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 respiratory and urinary infections in hospital settings, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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.

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.

The Untapped Potential of 3-D Printing

March 24, 2015 11:07 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

3-D printing could make a huge impact on digital dentistry, manufacturing, organ transplants, and multiple other fields.

Non-FDA Approved Hormone Therapies on the Rise

March 24, 2015 11:06 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Use of potentially risky, non-FDA approved hormone therapies may soon be as common as use of FDA-approved hormone therapies, according to a study by University of Virginia gynecology researcher JoAnn Pinkerton.

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