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Toxic DNA Breaks

June 16, 2015 8:50 am | by Jessica Fujimori, MIT | News | Comments

A bacterium that is the most common cause of pneumonia — a leading cause of death worldwide — can damage DNA in lung cells, a new study has shown.

Scientists Emerge From Isolated Dome on Hawaii Volcano Slope

June 16, 2015 8:48 am | by Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Six scientists who were living under a dome on the slopes of a dormant Hawaii volcano for eight months to simulate life on Mars have emerged from isolation.

Researchers Discover How Moths See in the Dark

June 16, 2015 8:46 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

The experiment involved a robotic flower and infrared cameras. 


Medella Plans to Take on Google, Microsoft in Building a Smart Contact Lens

June 16, 2015 8:45 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Medella received an investment of $100,000 from the Thiel Foundation this month, a philanthropic funding organization created by well-known venture capitalist Peter Thiel. 

Some Heartburn Drugs May Boost Risk of Heart Attack

June 15, 2015 11:17 am | by Stanford University | News | Comments

A data-mining study has found an association between the use of proton-pump inhibitors, which account for 100 million prescriptions per year in the United States alone, and the likelihood of incurring a heart attack down the road.

WHO: MERS Not Spreading Outside S. Korea Hospitals

June 15, 2015 10:54 am | by Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press | News | Comments

The MERS virus in South Korea, which has killed 14 people and infected nearly 140 in the largest outbreak outside the Middle East, hasn't spread outside hospitals among the wider community or become easier to transmit between humans, the World Health Organization said.

Captive Chimps Now an Endangered Species, Affecting Science and Showbiz

June 15, 2015 10:13 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Wild chimpanzees have been considered an endangered species since 1990, but their captive counterparts never had the same legal protections. That will change with a new rule announced today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which animal rights groups say could bring huge changes to chimps used in performing and in scientific experiments.

Bioscience Bulletin: Birth Month and Your Health; Spider-silk Fabric; A Protein with Many Shapes

June 12, 2015 4:32 pm | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Welcome to Bioscience Technology’s new series Bioscience Bulletin, where we bring you the five most popular headlines from the week.


Scientists Reveal Underpinnings of Drought Tolerance in Plants

June 12, 2015 11:04 am | by American Society of Plant Biologists | News | Comments

Scientists used a genome-wide approach to studying drought tolerance in plants and identified regulatory pathway that can be used to increase drought tolerance.

New Type of Drug Can Target All Disease-causing Proteins

June 12, 2015 10:51 am | by Yale University | News | Comments

Current drugs block the actions of only about a quarter of known disease-causing proteins, but researchers have developed a technology capable of not just inhibiting, but destroying every protein it targets.

Study Shows ADHD Drug May Improve Cognitive Difficulties for Menopausal Women

June 12, 2015 10:31 am | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

According to a new study, women experiencing difficulty with time management, attention, organization, memory, and problem solving – often referred to as executive functions – related to menopause may find improvement with a drug already being used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

2 S. Korean Hospitals Shut Over MERS Fears; 11th Person Dies

June 12, 2015 10:24 am | by Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Tong-Hyung | News | Comments

Authorities in South Korea temporarily closed two hospitals amid persistent fears over the MERS virus outbreak, which killed an 11th person Friday, though health officials said they are seeing fewer new infections.

Are Offspring of Obese Moms Pre-programmed for Obesity, Metabolic Disease?

June 11, 2015 11:08 am | by American Diabetes Association | News | Comments

Umbilical cord stem cells offer clues to mechanism by which obesity and diabetes are passed to next generation.


South Korea Reports 10th Death from MERS Virus

June 11, 2015 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea reported a 10th death from the MERS virus on Thursday, although officials say they believe the disease has peaked.

Axial Spondyloarthritis Treatment Market Value Will Almost Double to $2.9B by 2024

June 11, 2015 9:44 am | by Heather Leach, Ph.D., Immunology Analyst, GlobalData | Articles | Comments

Greater awareness of inflammatory back pain will lead to an increase in diagnosed prevalent cases of Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) and non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA) across the 7MM by 2024.

Body's Response to Spicy Foods Guides Design of New Pain Relief Drugs

June 10, 2015 11:05 am | by University of California - Davis Health System | News | Comments

Researchers have identified the molecular interactions that allow capsaicin to activate the body’s primary receptor for sensing heat and pain, paving the way for the design of more selective and effective drugs to relieve pain.

Researchers Reduce Inflammation to Combat Obesity-Fueled Disease

June 10, 2015 10:55 am | by University of California San Diego | News | Comments

Researchers have found that augmenting a naturally occurring molecule in the body can help protect against obesity-related diseases by reducing inflammation in the fat tissues.

Crop-rotation Resistant Rootworms Have A Lot Going on in Their Guts

June 10, 2015 10:35 am | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

After decades of effort, scientists are finally figuring out how insects develop resistance to environmentally friendly farming practices – such as crop rotation – that are designed to kill them. The researchers say their insights will help develop more sustainable agricultural practices.

5 Things About Trans Fats and the FDA's Proposed Phase Out

June 10, 2015 9:45 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

There are a lot fewer trans fats in the nation's food than there were a decade ago, but the Obama administration is moving toward getting rid of them almost entirely.

NPWT Market Value Will Exceed $1B by 2023

June 10, 2015 8:42 am | by Premdharan Meyyan, Medical Devices Analyst, GlobalData | Articles | Comments

The adoption of these disposable NPWT devices will be primarily driven by their drastically reduced costs and expanding applications. 

Data Scientists Find Connections Between Birth Month and Health

June 9, 2015 11:08 am | by Columbia University | News | Comments

Scientists have developed a computational method to investigate the relationship between birth month and disease risk. The researchers used this algorithm to examine New York City medical databases and found 55 diseases that correlated with the season of birth.

Staph Germ, Found in Noses, Can Be Pushed Out by Good Bacteria

June 9, 2015 10:49 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Staphylococcus aureus, also known as the dreaded Staph bacteria that can cause lethal infections, is commonly found in the human nose. The germ is also estimated to cause infections killing 18,000 people every year in the U.S. But the potentially deadly unwelcome guests are a product of environment, not genes – and can be pushed out by benign bacteria, according to an international study of twins.

6th Person Dies of MERS Virus in South Korea

June 8, 2015 9:25 am | by Tong-hyung Kim, Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea on Monday reported its sixth death from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome as authorities were bolstering measures to stem the spread of the virus that has left dozens of people infected.

Bioscience Bulletin: the Wonder of Sleep; the Origin of Life; and Why Your Cat is a Food Snob

June 5, 2015 4:25 pm | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Welcome to Bioscience Technology’s new series Bioscience Bulletin, where we bring you the five most popular headlines from the week.

Scientists Explain Mechanism for Effective Mouthwash

June 5, 2015 9:23 am | by UCLA | News | Comments

Approach could also help fight other microbiome-related diseases.

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