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January 29, 2015 3:15 pm | by Stephanie Dutchen, Harvard Medical School | News | Comments

Researchers have begun to appreciate the importance of copy number variation when considering the connections between DNA and disease.                     

Study Shows Menopause Does Not Increase or Create Difficulty Sleeping

January 29, 2015 3:05 pm | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Women in their late thirties and forties who have trouble sleeping are more than three times more likely to suffer sleep problems during menopause than women who have an easier time getting shut-eye.          

Novel Eye-Tracking Technology Detects Concussions and Head Injury Severity

January 29, 2015 2:49 pm | by NYU Langone | News | Comments

This research could move the medical community one step closer toward effectively detecting concussion and quantifying its severity.                      

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Arizona Monitoring Hundreds for Measles Linked to Disneyland

January 29, 2015 2:27 pm | by Felicia Fonseca - Associated Press | News | Comments

A measles outbreak in Arizona that originated at California's Disney parks is at risk of increasing dramatically in size as health officials keep tabs on 1,000 people, including nearly 200 children who could have been exposed at a Phoenix-area medical center.

WHO: Ebola Response Shifts to Ending Epidemic

January 29, 2015 2:23 pm | by Maria Cheng - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The U.N. health agency said the three most affected countries - Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia - have reported fewer than 100 cases in the past week, for the first time since June.             

Exploring Upper Motor Neuron Degeneration in ALS

January 28, 2015 3:00 pm | by Nora Dunne, Northwestern University | News | Comments

For the first time, scientists have revealed a mechanism underlying the cellular degeneration of upper motor neurons, a small group of neurons in the brain recently shown to play a major role in ALS pathology.         

Ancient Israeli Skull May Document Migration from Africa

January 28, 2015 2:37 pm | by Malcolm Ritter - AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The skull dates from around 55,000 years ago, fitting into the period when scientists had thought the migrants inhabited the area.                      

Diets, Nutrition Essential for Mental Health

January 28, 2015 10:59 am | by University of Melbourne | News | Comments

Evidence is rapidly growing showing vital relationships between both diet quality and potential nutritional deficiencies and mental health, a new international collaboration led by the University of Melbourne and Deakin University has revealed.               

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Diabetes in Rats Treated with Engineered Probiotic

January 28, 2015 10:53 am | by Cornell University | News | Comments

Cornell researchers have achieved this feat in rats by engineering human lactobacilli, a common gut bacteria, to secrete a protein called Glucagen-like peptide 1 (GLP-1).                    

Nanoparticle that Lights Up Artery-Clogging Plaque to be Evaluated

January 28, 2015 10:07 am | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved for evaluating in people a nanoparticle-based imaging agent jointly developed at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of California, Santa Barbara, in collaboration with Texas A&M University.

Biology, Driven by Data

January 28, 2015 10:00 am | by MIT | News | Comments

Cells are incredibly complicated machines with thousands of interacting parts — and disruptions to any of those interactions can cause disease.                                     

By Taking a Rest, Exhausted T Cells Live to Fight Another Day

January 26, 2015 9:56 am | by Howard Hughes Medical Institute | News | Comments

Killer T cells are one of the body's main lines of defense against pathogens.                               

Zombie Bacteria in Tuberculosis

January 26, 2015 9:50 am | by Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne | News | Comments

Tuberculosis affects over 12 million people globally, and is usually treated with a course of four drugs over several months.                       

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Researchers Solve Metabolic Mystery Lending Insight into Lafora Disease

January 26, 2015 9:32 am | by Elizabeth Adams, University of Kentucky | News | Comments

Scientists have determined how an enzyme essential for energy metabolism functions.                              

Millions of GMO Insects Could Be Released in Florida Keys

January 26, 2015 9:26 am | by Jennifer Kay - Associated Press | News | Comments

Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.              

WHO Adopts Reforms to Repair Reputation after Bungling Ebola

January 26, 2015 9:20 am | by Maria Cheng - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The World Health Organization has proposed reforms that could overhaul its structure after botching the response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak.                   

Tide Turning in Ebola Fight After Hard Lessons

January 26, 2015 9:15 am | by Krista Larson and Maria Cheng - Associated Press | News | Comments

A top U.N. official in the fight against Ebola greeted just three patients at one treatment center he visited this week in Sierra Leone.                     

Why All-Nighters Don't Work

January 23, 2015 4:53 pm | by Brandeis University | News | Comments

Scientists have long known that sleep, memory and learning are deeply connected. Most animals, from flies to humans, have trouble remembering when sleep deprived, and studies have shown that sleep is critical in converting short-term into long-term memory, a process known as memory consolidation.

Reducing Myc Gene Activity Extends Healthy Lifespan in Mice

January 23, 2015 4:48 pm | by Brown University | News | Comments

A team of scientists based at Brown University has found that reducing expression of a fundamentally important gene called Myc significantly increased the healthy lifespan of laboratory mice, the first such finding regarding this gene in a mammalian species.

Telomere Extension Turns Back Aging Clock in Cultured Human Cells

January 23, 2015 4:44 pm | by Stanford University | News | Comments

A new procedure can quickly and efficiently increase the length of human telomeres, the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes that are linked to aging and disease.                

Magnificent Blue Glow of Hong Kong Seas Also Disturbing

January 23, 2015 4:30 pm | by Seth Borenstein - AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Eerie fluorescent blue patches of water glimmering off Hong Kong's seashore are magnificent, disturbing and potentially toxic.                       

Study Finds Videos Can Help Infants Learn Communication Skills

January 22, 2015 4:20 pm | by Emory University | News | Comments

Children under two years old can learn certain communication skills from a video.                              

How the Immune System Promotes Digestive Health

January 22, 2015 4:11 pm | by University of Utah | News | Comments

It involves fostering a community of "good" gut bacteria.                                  

Estrogen-Producing Neurons Influence Aggression in Both Sexes

January 22, 2015 4:00 pm | by Pete Farley, UCSF | News | Comments

A miniscule cluster of estrogen-producing nerve cells in the mouse brain exerts highly specific effects on aggressive behavior in both males and females.                  

A New Way to Test Brain Tumor Drugs

January 22, 2015 3:52 pm | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

An Arizona hospital is testing medicines very early in development and never tried on brain tumors before.                         

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