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Alcohol Abuse Linked to Newly Identified Gene Network

December 2, 2014 12:46 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have identified a network of genes that appear to work together in determining alcohol dependence. The findings could lead to future treatments and therapies for alcoholics and possibly help doctors screen for alcoholism.     

Identifying the Cellular Origin of Fibrosis

December 2, 2014 12:32 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have identified what they believe to be the cells responsible for fibrosis, the buildup of scar tissue. Fibrotic diseases are estimated to be responsible for up to 45 percent of deaths in the developed world.       

Tool Explores Cells in 3-D

December 2, 2014 12:14 pm | News | Comments

Researchers can now explore viruses, bacteria and components of the human body in more detail than ever before with newly developed software. The researchers demonstrated how the software, called cellPACK, can be used to model viruses such as HIV.

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Traffic Jams Can Hurt the Heart

December 2, 2014 11:58 am | News | Comments

Anyone who has experienced Los Angeles gridlock likely can attest that traffic may cause one's blood pressure to rise. But researchers have found that, beyond the aggravation caused by fellow drivers, traffic-related air pollution presents serious heart health risks.

CDC: Circumcision Benefits Outweigh Risks

December 2, 2014 8:59 am | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. health officials on Tuesday released a draft of long-awaited federal guidelines on circumcision, saying medical evidence supports having the procedure done and health insurers should pay for it.                

Changes Coming to Kidney Transplant Waiting List

December 2, 2014 3:57 am | by By Lauran Neergaard - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

New rules this week are bringing changes to the nation's kidney transplant system that will give some patients a better shot at a longer-lasting organ, and move others up the waiting list.                 

WHO Says Liberia, Guinea Meeting Ebola Targets

December 1, 2014 4:19 pm | by John Heilprin - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Liberia and Guinea have met a Dec. 1 target for isolating 70 percent of people infected with Ebola and safely burying 70 percent of those who die but Sierra Leone has not, the World Health Organization said Monday.           

Imaging Shows Connection Breakdown in Early Alzheimer’s Brains

December 1, 2014 1:05 pm | News | Comments

Changes in brain connections visible on MRI could represent an imaging biomarker of Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study. For the new study, researchers looked at the brain's structural connectome, a map of white matter tracts that carry signals between different areas of the brain.

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Breast Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise in Small Trial

December 1, 2014 12:52 pm | News | Comments

A breast cancer vaccine developed at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is safe in patients with metastatic breast cancer, results of an early clinical trial indicate.                   

Love at First Smell: Can Birds Choose Mates by Their Odors?

December 1, 2014 12:29 pm | News | Comments

Mate choice is often the most important decision in the lives of humans and animals. Now, scientists have found the first evidence that birds may choose their mate through odor.                      

Reading Harry Potter Gives Clues to Brain Activity

December 1, 2014 8:30 am | by Lauran Neergaard - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Harry Potter swoops around on his broom, faces the bully Malfoy and later runs into a three-headed dog. For scientists studying brain activity while reading, it's the perfect excerpt from the young wizard's many adventures to give their subjects. 

WHO Misses Ambitious Ebola Targets

November 30, 2014 9:58 am | by Maria Cheng - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Two months ago, the WHO launched an ambitious plan to stop the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, aiming to isolate 70 percent of the sick and safely Ebola 70 percent of the victims in the three hardest-hit countries by Dec. 1.      

Merry Marijuana: Pot Sellers Woo Holiday Shoppers

November 26, 2014 8:30 am | by Kristen Wyatt - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

From new marijuana strains for the holidays to gift sets and pot-and-pumpkin pies, the burgeoning marijuana industry in Colorado is scrambling to get a piece of the holiday shopping dollar.                  

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Scientists Seek to Map Origins of Mental Illness

November 26, 2014 8:30 am | Videos | Comments

An interdisciplinary team of scientists has convened to map the origins of mental illnesses in the brain and develop noninvasive technologies to treat the conditions.                        

Vegetable Oil Ingredient Key to Destroying Gastric Disease Bacteria

November 26, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

The bacterium Helicobacter pylori is strongly associated with gastric ulcers and cancer. To combat the infection, researchers developed LipoLLA, a therapeutic nanoparticle that contains linolenic acid, a component in vegetable oils.     

A Hybrid Vehicle That Delivers DNA

November 26, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

A new hybrid vehicle is under development. Its performance isn’t measured by the distance it travels, but rather the delivery of its cargo: vaccines that contain genetically engineered DNA to fight HIV, cancer, influenza and other maladies.   

New Studies Show Anxiety, Depression, Guilt Harm the Brain

November 26, 2014 8:30 am | by Bioscience Technology Staff | Articles | Comments

Two studies in recent weeks have found that anxiety, depression and guilt can physically change and damage the brain from preschool through adulthood.                            

Be Thankful: Turkeys May Someday Be Lifesavers

November 26, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

While the turkey you eat on Thursday will bring your stomach happiness and could probably kick-start an afternoon nap, it may also save your life one day.                           

Google's Latest: A Spoon That Steadies Tremors

November 26, 2014 8:30 am | by By Martha Mendoza - AP National Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon. But these spoons are a bit more than your basic utensil: Using hundreds of algorithms, they allow people with essential tremors and Parkinson's disease to eat without spilling.

Brain Scans Help Tailor Alcoholism Treatment

November 25, 2014 2:38 pm | News | Comments

Clinical research is using brain imaging and drug therapy to better understand how microscopic changes in brain connectivity relate to alcohol dependence and recovery.                        

New Device Could Make Large Biological Circuits Practical

November 25, 2014 2:20 pm | News | Comments

A team of researchers has come up with a way of greatly reducing the unpredictability of biological circuits. The team introduced a device that could ultimately allow such circuits to behave nearly as predictably as their electronic counterparts.   

Creating Pain-sensing Neurons

November 25, 2014 2:11 pm | News | Comments

After more than six years of intensive effort, including repeated failures that at times made the quest seem futile, researchers have successfully converted mouse and human skin cells into pain-sensing neurons that respond to a number of stimuli.  

Brain Protein Linked to Sleep May be Alzheimer’s Prevention Target

November 25, 2014 2:02 pm | News | Comments

A protein that stimulates the brain to awaken from sleep may be a target for preventing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study. In recent years, scientists have established links between sleep problems and Alzheimer’s.      

New FDA Rules Will Put Calorie Counts on Menus

November 25, 2014 1:00 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Whether they want to or not, consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets and even eating a tub of popcorn at the movie theater.     

Salmonella in 10 States Linked to Raw Sprouts

November 24, 2014 2:58 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Raw sprouts are linked to dozens of cases of food poisoning - again. The CDC said 63 people from 10 states concentrated on the East Coast fell ill with salmonella linked to bean sprouts.                   

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