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Total Recall: The Science Behind It

November 14, 2014 10:20 am | News | Comments

Is it possible to change the amount of information the brain can store? Maybe, according to a new international study, which identified a molecule that puts a brake on brain processing and when removed, brain function and memory recall is improved.

WHO Sees Few Promising Ebola Drugs in Pipeline

November 14, 2014 6:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A top official with the U.N. health agency says few experimental therapies are currently under development that could effectively treat Ebola.                               

It's Not Always the DNA

November 13, 2014 12:16 pm | News | Comments

Damaged messenger RNA can jam cellular machines that make protein. The failure to clear the jams and chew up bad messengers is associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's.                  

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Artificial Retina Could Someday Help Restore Vision

November 13, 2014 10:18 am | News | Comments

The loss of eyesight, often caused by retinal degeneration, is a life-altering health issue for many people. A new development toward a prosthetic retina could help counter conditions that result from problems with this crucial part of the eye.   

'Supporting' Ear Cells Hold Potential in Hearing Loss

November 13, 2014 10:09 am | News | Comments

There’s a cast of characters deep inside your ears- many kinds of tiny cells working together to allow you to hear. Hair cells, the lead actors, play the crucial role. But new research shows that when it comes to restoring lost hearing ability, the spotlight may fall on some of the ear’s supporting actors.

The Backwards Brain

November 13, 2014 10:01 am | News | Comments

Humans, like many animals, are accustomed to seeing objects pass behind us as we go forward. Moving backwards feels unnatural. In a new study, scientists reveal that moving forward actually trains the brain to perceive the world normally.    

6 Health-improving Trends in Science

November 13, 2014 9:52 am | News | Comments

Researchers are collaborating and innovating in ways that are transforming health care as we know it. They're also looking ahead at the trends and influences that are reshaping and accelerating translational science.           

Gene Study Boosts Interest in Heart Drug

November 12, 2014 5:57 pm | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered gene mutations that give people naturally lower cholesterol levels and cut their risk of heart disease in half. That discovery may have a big implication for a blockbuster heart drug.           

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Gene May Protect Against Typhoid Fever

November 12, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

People who carry a particular type of gene have natural resistance against typhoid fever according to new research. The study is the first large-scale, unbiased search for human genes that affect a person’s risk of typhoid.        

Altered Milk Protein Can Deliver AIDS Drug to Infants

November 12, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

A novel method of altering a protein in milk to bind with an antiretroviral drug promises to greatly improve treatment for infants and young children suffering from HIV/AIDS, according to new research.              

Controlling Genes with Thoughts

November 12, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

Researchers have developed the first gene network to be operated via brainwaves. Depending on the user’s thoughts, it can produce various amounts of a desired molecule.                       

Multiple Models Reveal New Genetic Links in Autism

November 12, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

With the help of mouse models, induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and the “tooth fairy,” researchers have implicated a new gene in idiopathic or non-syndromic autism.                        

Eye’s Response to TV Helps ID Diseases

November 12, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

One of the leading causes of blindness worldwide could be detected by how our eyes respond to watching TV, according to a new study. The researchers found that they could identify eye diseases by looking at maps of people's eye movements while they watched a film.

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How Cartilage Cells Sense Forceful Injury

November 11, 2014 12:30 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have come a step closer to understanding how cartilage senses injury-causing mechanical strain at the cellular level: a pair of channels that work together to cause cartilage cells to die off in droves.           

Playing Action Video Games Can Boost Learning

November 11, 2014 11:26 am | News | Comments

A new study shows for the first time that playing action video games improves not just the skills taught in the game, but learning capabilities more generally.                          

Scientists Solve Mystery of ‘Frankenstein’ DNA

November 11, 2014 11:19 am | Videos | Comments

Scientists have uncovered how the massive DNA molecules that appear in some tumors are formed like Frankenstein’s monster, stitched together from other parts of the genome.                       

Initiative to Highlight Strong Links Between Sugar, Disease

November 11, 2014 11:04 am | News | Comments

Researchers have launched SugarScience, a groundbreaking research and education initiative designed to highlight the most authoritative scientific findings on added sugar and its impact on health.               

Long-term Marijuana Use Affects Brain Function, Structure

November 11, 2014 10:37 am | News | Comments

Researchers for the first time comprehensively describe existing abnormalities in brain function and structure of long-term marijuana users with multiple MRI techniques.                      

Ebola Health Lessons: A Wake-up Call

November 11, 2014 8:30 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor, Drug Discovery & Development | Articles | Comments

After months of delayed, fragmented responses, the international medical community recognized Ebola as a threat to global health security. Here’s where the situation stands today as well as questions raised and lessons learned.        

Fighting HIV with Stem Cells and Cutting-edge Genetics

November 10, 2014 2:34 pm | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

“Berlin Patient” Timothy Brown was cured of HIV after he received stem cells from a naturally immune patient. His story inspired two companies to try and recreate that natural immunity in HIV patients using stem cells and cutting-edge gene-editing. Now Harvard has joined the race.

Bridging the Gap in Precision Medicine

November 10, 2014 2:22 pm | News | Comments

More than a decade after the completion of Human Genome Project, precision medicine has struggled with what it known as the "last mile." Despite major leaps in the field, the technical work needed to integrate genomic information into the day-to-day practice of medicine has lagged far behind.

DNA Sequencing Helps Spot Glaucoma Defects

November 10, 2014 2:03 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have sequenced the mitochondrial genome in glaucoma patients to help further understanding into the genetic basis for the disease. Glaucoma is a major cause of irreversible blindness, affecting more than 60 million people worldwide.  

Researchers ID First Steps in Pancreatic Cancer Formation

November 10, 2014 1:43 pm | News | Comments

Researchers say they have identified first steps in the origin of pancreatic cancer and that their findings suggest preventive strategies to explore. In a new study, the scientists described the molecular steps necessary for acinar cells in the pancreas to become precancerous lesions.

U.S. Opens New Ebola Treatment Unit in Liberia

November 10, 2014 10:57 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States Monday opened the first of 17 Ebola treatment units it is building in Liberia. The new clinic opened in Tubmanburg, about 60 kilometers (40 miles) north of the capital, Monrovia.                

Hundreds of Kids Harmed by Detergent 'Pods'

November 10, 2014 12:56 am | by Lindsey Tanner - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Accidental poisonings from squishy laundry detergent packets sometimes mistaken for toys or candy landed more than 700 U.S. children in the hospital in just two years, researchers report. Coma and seizures were among the most serious complications.

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