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Mutant Models Reveal Cancer’s Strategies

November 4, 2014 12:51 pm | News | Comments

A group of scientists has fused the power of statistical physics and artificial intelligence into a mathematical toolkit that can turn cancer-mutation data into multidimensional models that show how specific mutations alter the social networks of proteins in cells.

Thousands Break Ebola Quarantine to Find Food

November 4, 2014 12:24 pm | by Sarah Dilorenzo – Associated Press – Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands of people in Sierra Leone are being forced to violate Ebola quarantines to find food because deliveries are not reaching them, aid agencies said.                           

Cancer Immunotherapy Toxic to Obese Rats

November 3, 2014 2:30 pm | News | Comments

Immunotherapy that can be effective against tumors in young, thin mice can be lethal to obese ones, a new study has found. The findings suggest a possible link between body fat and the risk of toxicity from some types of immunotherapy.     

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Lung Cancer Can be Spotted Before CT Detection

November 3, 2014 2:21 pm | News | Comments

A team of showed that it is possible to detect, in patients at risk of developing lung cancer, early signs of disease several months, and in some cases several years, before the cancer becomes detectable by CT scanning.         

Immune Cells Proposed as HIV Hideout Don't Last in Primate Model

November 3, 2014 2:16 pm | News | Comments

New research sheds light on the question of which cells support viral replication and persistence, and the answers have implications for future efforts to eliminate HIV from the body in human patients.              

'Wimpy' Antibody May Protect Against Kidney Disease

November 3, 2014 1:32 pm | News | Comments

An antibody abundant in mice and previously thought to offer poor assistance in fighting against infection may actually play a key role in keeping immune responses in check and preventing more serious self-inflicted forms of kidney disease, researchers say.

Alzheimer's Development Theory Debunked

November 3, 2014 1:22 pm | News | Comments

New research dramatically alters the prevailing theory of how Alzheimer’s disease develops. The research also helps explains why some people with plaque buildup in their brains don’t develop dementia, and shows the potential of a cancer drug to combat the disease.

Height Linked to Dementia Risk

November 3, 2014 12:58 pm | News | Comments

People who are shorter than average height have an increased risk of dying with dementia, a study has found. Researchers examined several health studies of the general population, which recorded health information such as blood pressure, height, weight and risk factors for ill health.

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Gates Foundation Ups Malaria Aid

November 3, 2014 12:30 pm | by Marilynn Marchione – AP Chief Medical Writer – Associated Press | News | Comments

Philanthropist Bill Gates says he wants to end malaria in his lifetime and will give more money toward that goal, part of his broader fight against tropical diseases that are getting unusual public attention because of the Ebola epidemic.     

Scientists Try to Predict Number of U.S. Ebola Cases

November 3, 2014 12:06 pm | by Martha Mendoza – AP National Writer – Associated Press | News | Comments

Top medical experts studying the spread of Ebola say the public should expect more cases to emerge in the United States by year's end as infected people arrive here from West Africa, including American doctors and nurses returning from the hot zone and people fleeing from the deadly disease.

Study IDs Possible Target to Treat Cocaine Addiction

October 31, 2014 12:07 pm | News | Comments

A new study has identified a potential target for therapies to treat cocaine addiction. Investigators found evidence that changing one amino acid in a subunit of an important receptor protein alters whether cocaine-experienced animals will resume drug seeking after a period of cocaine abstinence.

PET Scan for Psychotherapy

October 31, 2014 11:56 am | News | Comments

A study has identified for the first time changes in the metabolic activity of a key brain region in patients successfully treated for depression with psychodynamic psychotherapy.                     

Mouse Model Could Accelerate Ebola Treatment Research

October 31, 2014 11:21 am | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a new genetic strain of mice that will significantly improve opportunities to test the initial efficacy of potential vaccines and treatments for Ebola and other emerging pathogens.             

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The Man with a Thousand Brains

October 31, 2014 11:13 am | News | Comments

Forty million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer’s and this is only set to increase. But tiny brains grown in culture could help scientists learn more about this mysterious disease– and test new drugs.            

Why Scratching Makes You Itch More

October 31, 2014 10:57 am | Videos | Comments

Turns out your mom was right: Scratching an itch only makes it worse. New research from scientists indicates that scratching causes the brain to release serotonin, which intensifies the itch sensation.              

Ebola Highlights Work of Disease Sleuths

October 31, 2014 10:33 am | by Colleen Long - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

New York City's disease detectives were off and running the moment the call came in from a doctor who suspected he had Ebola, highlighting the behind-the-scenes work of the city's team of sleuths, who track an outbreak at the source and seek to stop it from spreading.

Video Game Study Shows Sleep Apnea May Affect Memory

October 30, 2014 2:30 pm | News | Comments

Sleep apnea may affect your ability to form new spatial memories, such as remembering where you parked your car, new research suggests. The study demonstrates through the playing of a specific video game that disruption of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep as a consequence of sleep apnea impairs spatial memory.

Novel Ultrasound Technology Screens for Heart Conditions

October 30, 2014 1:41 pm | News | Comments

Engineers have determined for the first time the impact of a ring-shaped vortex on transporting blood flow in normal and abnormal ventricles within the human heart. In order to make the study possible, researchers have developed a novel ultrasound technology that makes screening cheaper and much easier.

First Human Stomach Tissues Generated in Lab

October 30, 2014 12:24 pm | Videos | Comments

Scientists used pluripotent stem cells to generate functional, three-dimensional human stomach tissue in a laboratory– creating a new tool for researching the development and diseases of an organ central to several public health crises.    

Dozens of New Autism Genes Identified

October 30, 2014 11:10 am | News | Comments

Two major genetic studies of autism have newly implicated dozens of genes in the disorder. The research shows that rare mutations in these genes affect communication networks in the brain and compromise fundamental biological mechanisms.    

Young People More Likely to Survive Ebola

October 30, 2014 11:01 am | by Marilynn Marchione – AP Chief Medical Writer – Associated Press | News | Comments

Who survives Ebola and why? Health workers treating patients in Sierra Leone, including some who died doing that work, have published the most detailed report yet on medical aspects of the epidemic. The research suggests young people are less likely to perish.

Wisconsin Studies Music and Memory Program

October 30, 2014 10:56 am | by Carrie Antlfinger - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Mike Knutson taught himself to play the harmonica as a child, and the 96-year-old sang with his family for most of his life. Even now, as he suffers from dementia, music is an important part of his life— thanks to a study looking at the impact of a nationwide music program aimed at helping dementia patients.

World-First Embryonic Stem Cell Trial for the Heart

October 30, 2014 9:37 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

The first embryonic stem (ES) cell trial for severe heart failure is launching now in Paris. The long-awaited trial comes after much preclinical cell work on more than 350 rats, 50 immunodeficient mice and 32 non-human primates.       

Genetic Link to Kidney Stones Identified

October 29, 2014 1:14 pm | News | Comments

A new breakthrough could help kidney stone sufferers get an exact diagnosis and specific treatment after genetic links to the condition were identified.                             

The Skin Cancer Selfie

October 29, 2014 1:02 pm | Videos | Comments

If melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is caught early enough it is almost always curable. Now, a camera capable of taking snapshots of the entire human body and rendering high-resolution images of a patient’s skin may help doctors spot cancer early and save lives.

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