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Protein Linked to Aging May Be New Diabetes Target

November 6, 2014 1:38 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have identified a small protein with a big role in lowering plasma glucose and increasing insulin sensitivity. The report indicates that Sestrin 3 plays a critical role in regulating molecular pathways that control the production of glucose and insulin sensitivity in the liver.

Ultrasound, Microbubbles Could Improve Stroke Treatment

November 6, 2014 1:26 pm | News | Comments

Researchers are building an entire technology around tiny, microscopic bubbles– a technology that has the potential to play an important role in diagnosing as well as treating disease like stroke and cancer.             

Genetic Damage Caused by Asthma Shows Up in Blood Stream

November 5, 2014 12:52 pm | News | Comments

Asthma may be more harmful than was previously thought, according to researchers who found that genetic damage is present in circulating, or peripheral, blood.                          

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New Tool Could Help Reshape the Limits of Synthetic Biology

November 5, 2014 12:44 pm | News | Comments

Geneticists report they have developed a novel tool— dubbed “the telomerator”— that could redefine the limits of synthetic biology and advance how successfully living things can be engineered or constructed in the laboratory based on an organism’s genetic, chemical base-pair structure.

Non-gluten Proteins May Play a Role in Celiac Disease

November 5, 2014 10:55 am | News | Comments

Although gluten-free foods are trendy among the health-conscious, they are necessary for those with celiac disease. But gluten, the primary trigger for health problems in these patients, may not be the only culprit.          

Environmental Carcinogens Leave Distinctive Genetic Imprints in Tumors

November 5, 2014 10:45 am | News | Comments

Genetically engineering tumors in mice, a technique that has dominated cancer research for decades, may not replicate important features of cancers caused by exposure to environmental carcinogens, according to a new study.        

Shutting Down Energy to Brain Cancer

November 5, 2014 10:40 am | News | Comments

A multicenter team of researchers has identified an enzyme key to the survival and spread of glioblastoma cancer cells that is not present in healthy brain cells, making the enzyme a promising therapeutic target.            

How Fast Can an Epidemic Spread?

November 5, 2014 10:19 am | Videos | Comments

The current Ebola outbreak shows how quickly diseases can spread with global jet travel. Yet knowing how to predict the spread of these epidemics is still uncertain, because the complicated models used are not fully understood, according to scientists.

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Ebola Hits Health Care Access for Other Diseases

November 5, 2014 9:42 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh and Sarah DiLorenzo – Associated Press – Associated Press | News | Comments

The Ebola outbreak has spawned a "silent killer," experts say: hidden cases of malaria, pneumonia, typhoid and the like that are going untreated because people in the countries hardest hit by the dreaded virus either cannot find an open clinic or are too afraid to go to one.

Google’s Next Business Venture: The Human Body

November 5, 2014 8:30 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Through a new, semi-secretive extension of the company, Google is working on a slew of ambitious projects that could drastically revolutionize healthcare as we know it.                    

Magnetic Pulses Could Treat Autism

November 4, 2014 3:17 pm | News | Comments

New research shows that using rTMS, a new type of brain stimulation, can improve some of the abnormalities in brain activity of patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).                       

System Helps Move Toward Genetic Editing

November 4, 2014 3:06 pm | News | Comments

As potential next-generation therapeutics and research tools, few life sciences technologies hold more promise than genome-editing proteins— molecules that can be programmed to alter specific genes to treat or perhaps cure genetic diseases.    

How Bile Acids Could Fight Diabetes

November 4, 2014 2:50 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have shown that a receptor activated by bile acids can reduce fat-tissue inflammation and insulin resistance in obesity-linked diabetes.                              

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Benchmark Proposed for Better Replication of Stem Cell Development

November 4, 2014 1:33 pm | News | Comments

In a study that could provide the foundation for scientists to more precisely replicate natural stem cell development in an artificial environment, researchers have established a standard to assess how conditions used to procure stem cells in the lab compare to those found in a human embryo.

Making Age Reversal Real

November 4, 2014 1:23 pm | Videos | Comments

Professor David Sinclair has some complaints about the human lifespan. It’s too short, for a start. But, “it doesn’t have to be this way,” he told an audience on Monday.                       

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.     

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.

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.

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