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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.

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.

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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.                              

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.

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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.         

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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.

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.             

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.

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