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Altering Brain Chemistry Makes us More Sensitive to Inequality

March 20, 2015 9:42 am | by Thomas Levy, UC Berkeley | News | Comments

A new study by UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco researchers finds that giving a drug that changes the neurochemical balance in the prefrontal cortex of the brain causes a greater willingness to engage in prosocial behaviors, such as ensuring that resources are divided more equally.

Smarter by the Minute, Sort of

March 19, 2015 3:49 pm | by Alvin Powell, Harvard Staff Writer | News | Comments

New research is changing long-held ideas of how our minds age, painting a richer picture of different cognitive skills peaking across a lifetime, with at least one — vocabulary — peaking at a time when many are considering retirement.

British DNA Gives Window into Ancient Past

March 19, 2015 3:38 pm | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Genetic samples collected from across the United Kingdom are shedding light on the ancient past, including Viking invasions and a mystery about the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons.

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New Tool May Help Predict Who Will Develop Memory Problems

March 19, 2015 11:05 am | by American Academy of Neurology | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a new scoring system to help determine which elderly people may be at a higher risk of developing the memory and thinking problems that can lead to dementia, according to a new study published in the March 18, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Study Links Stress to Chromosomal Damage

March 19, 2015 10:27 am | by Colorado State University | News | Comments

A new wildlife preserve in India recently became a laboratory for Colorado State University researchers who studied not endangered animals but villagers displaced by the preserve. They found that such stress takes a measurable toll on people’s health.

Study Reveals Treatment for Women with Breast Cancer Suffering Cognitive Difficulties

March 17, 2015 12:48 pm | by Reggie Kumar, UCLA | News | Comments

Mental training exercises developed at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have been shown to help mitigate the effects of "chemo brain"

Is HRT for Menopause Staging a Comeback?

March 16, 2015 2:08 pm | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Many recent meta-studies find hormone replacement therapy lengthens life after all. This may be leading to a comeback for the once hugely popular menopause treatment.

Immunotherapy: New Hope for Patients With Advanced Lung Cancer

March 16, 2015 10:45 am | by Columbia University | News | Comments

First steps toward precision medicine for a deadly disease.

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Telemedicine Remotely Enrolls Patients in Acute Stroke Trial

March 13, 2015 11:00 am | by University of Texas | News | Comments

For the first time in the world, researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) were able to enroll patients at other hospitals into an acute stroke clinical trial.

Study Shows Feasibility of Blood-based Test for Diagnosing Alzheimer's

March 12, 2015 10:29 am | by Mark Wheeler, UCLA | News | Comments

UCLA researchers have provided the first evidence that a simple blood test could be developed to confirm the presence of beta amyloid proteins in the brain, which is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.                                                     

Study: Tetanus Shot May Aid Treatment of Deadly Brain Cancer

March 12, 2015 10:09 am | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Can a tetanus shot help treat brain cancer? A small study hints that it might.

Skin Tumors Develop Specific Mutations to Resist Drug

March 11, 2015 10:26 am | by Krista Conger, Stanford School of Medicine | News | Comments

Basal cell carcinomas develop mutations in a protein on the Hedgehog pathway to evade a common drug therapy. Targeting another portion of the pathway may be an effective alternative treatment.                                                            

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.                            

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Childhood Leukemia Study Reveals Disease Subtypes, New Treatment Option

March 10, 2015 10:12 am | by Pete Farley, UCSF | News | Comments

One of every eight patients might benefit from highly successful lymphoma drugs.                              

Blood-based Genetic Biomarkers Identify Young Boys with Autism

March 10, 2015 9:51 am | by Scott LaFee, UC San Diego | News | Comments

Proof-of-principle method suggests much earlier diagnoses could be done with clinic test.                            

Breakthrough Therapies Target Cancers in 2015

March 10, 2015 9:39 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Getting a new drug to market is difficult, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offers a number of ways to help the process along for promising drugs that have potential against serious diseases.  One of these options is designation as a breakthrough therapy. This year a number of these therapies are targeted at fighting cancer.

Apple's New Watch Lets You Share Your Heartbeat With Friends

March 9, 2015 1:13 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Apple held a press conference today to reveal more details regarding the company's smart watch including the device's fitness tracking capabilities.

Study Shows People With Anorexia and Body Dysmorphic Disorder Have Similar Brain Abnormalities

March 9, 2015 10:28 am | by Mark Wheeler, UCLA | News | Comments

People with anorexia nervosa and with body dysmorphic disorder have similar abnormalities in their brains that affect their ability to process visual information, a new UCLA study reveals.            

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.

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.                    

New Understanding of Stroke Damage May Aid Recovery

March 6, 2015 10:57 am | by Michael C. Purdy, Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Stroke can lead to a wide range of problems such as depression and difficulty moving, speaking and paying attention. A new study has found compelling evidence that stroke damage to “cables” buried inside the brain plays an important role in these impairments.

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.                             

'Stem Cell' Test Could Identify Most Aggressive Breast Cancers

March 5, 2015 10:03 am | by The Institute of Cancer Research | News | Comments

Testing breast cancer cells for how closely they resemble stem cells could identify women with the most aggressive disease, a new study suggests.                   

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.                   

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