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Ancient Fossils Reveal Risk of Parasitic Infections Due to Climate Change

January 13, 2015 4:00 pm | by University of Missouri | News | Comments

Biologists found indications of a greater risk of parasitic infection due to climate change in ancient mollusk fossils.                        

Genetic Predictor of Serious Brain Stroke Complications Discovered

January 13, 2015 3:50 pm | by University of Florida | News | Comments

Researchers have found a possible predictor for little understood -- but often disabling or even fatal -- stroke complications.                       

New Information on Chemicals Insects Use to Communicate and Survive

January 13, 2015 3:34 pm | by UC Riverside | News | Comments

Most insects are covered with a thin layer of hydrocarbon molecules as a waterproofing barrier.                            

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Watching How Cells Interact

January 13, 2015 3:24 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

A new device offers a much more detailed picture of cellular communication.                               

Mucus Proteins May Control Asthma

January 13, 2015 3:16 pm | by Nora Dunne, Northwestern University | News | Comments

Scientists have revealed that sugars on a specific mucus protein can induce eosinophil death and help combat asthma.                        

Scientists Create Device for Extracting Tumor Cells from Blood

January 13, 2015 3:13 pm | by UCLA | News | Comments

When 2 milliliters of blood are run through the chip, the tumor cells stick to the nanowires like Velcro.                          

One-Size-Fits-All Approach Can Lead to Diabetes Over-Treatment

January 13, 2015 10:30 am | by Yale | News | Comments

Diabetes treatments have saved many lives, but in older patients with multiple medical conditions, aggressively controlling blood sugar with insulin and sulfonylurea drugs, could lead to over-treatment and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), according to new research by Yale School of Medicine researchers.                          

IEEE Unveils Top 10 Technology Trends for 2015

January 12, 2015 3:10 pm | by IEEE | News | Comments

In the coming year, while consumers will be treated to a dizzying array of augmented reality, wearables, and low-cost 3-D printers, computer researchers will be tackling the underlying technology issues that make such cutting-edge consumer electronics products possible.    

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Hacking Fat Cells' Metabolism Does Not Affect Insulin Resistance

January 12, 2015 9:26 am | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

In the race to find a safe and effective weight loss drug, much attention has focused on the chemical processes that store and use energy.                     

Tracing Cancer Back to Its Origins

January 12, 2015 9:23 am | by Columbia University | News | Comments

The fingers of papillary tumors often grow back after surgery, but flat carcinoma in situ cancers are typically more aggressive and more likely to spread.                  

CDC Pushes Antiviral Meds as Flu Becomes More Widespread

January 12, 2015 8:58 am | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

In the midst of a worrisome flu season, health officials are pushing doctors to prescribe antiviral medicines more often.                       

Biogen Idec, Columbia to Conduct Collaborative Genetics Research

January 12, 2015 8:48 am | by Columbia University | News | Comments

The agreement will integrate genomics research conducted at Columbia with Biogen Idec’s understanding of disease mechanisms and pathways, and expertise in discovering new medicines.             

Sounding Out Speech

January 12, 2015 8:42 am | by Peter Reuell. Harvard Gazette | News | Comments

Among the thorniest challenges in the study of speech perception, the invariance problem was first identified in the 1950s, when scientists began using instruments to analyze spoken language.            

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Neuroprosthetics for Paralysis: New Implant on the Spinal Cord

January 8, 2015 5:00 pm | by Lionel Pousaz, ACTU | News | Comments

EPFL scientists have managed to get rats walking on their own again using a combination of electrical and chemical stimulation. But applying this method to humans would require multifunctional implants that could be installed for long periods of time on the spinal cord without causing any tissue damage. 

Undaunted by the Unknown

January 8, 2015 4:45 pm | by Julia Sklar, MIT | News | Comments

MIT senior Katie Bodner thrives in fields that are full of unanswered questions: She arrived at the Institute with little research experience, and from a family with no scientists, but now a biological engineering major, she has found her place working on projects in synthetic biology, biological-based pharmaceuticals, and programmable vaccines.

Wearable Tracking Devices Alone Won't Drive Change

January 8, 2015 4:38 pm | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

New Year’s weight loss resolutions are in full swing, but despite all the hype about the latest wearable tracking devices, there’s little evidence that this technology alone can change behavior and improve health for those that need it most, according to a new online-first viewpoint piece in JAMA. 

23andMe, Genentech to Collaborate on Parkinson's Data Project

January 8, 2015 1:47 pm | News | Comments

23andMe and Genentech team up to generate whole genome sequencing data for approximately 3,000 people in 23andMe's Parkinson's disease community.                   

The Divergent Skull

January 7, 2015 4:38 pm | by Peter Reuell. Harvard Gazette | News | Comments

New study provides a detailed look at how frog and salamander skulls develop, and shows that the pattern for frogs is different than that of other vertebrates.                 

Radiation, Hormone Therapy Prolong Survival for Older Men With Prostate Cancer

January 7, 2015 4:30 pm | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Adding radiation treatment to hormone therapy saves more lives among older men with locally advanced prostate therapy than hormone therapy alone.                   

The Best Offense Against Bacteria is a Good Defense

January 7, 2015 4:17 pm | by Ohio State University | News | Comments

A small protein active in the human immune response can disable bacterial toxins by exploiting a property that makes the toxins effective.                     

Trying for Test-Tube Baby? Risks to Mom Are Rare

January 7, 2015 4:01 pm | by Lindsey Tanner - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A new 12-year U.S. study shows the most frequent involve drugs used to stimulate ovaries, but it suggests problems are rarely fatal.                      

Genetic Clue Points to Most Vulnerable Children

January 7, 2015 9:32 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

Some children are more sensitive to their environments, for better and for worse. Now Duke University researchers have identified a gene variant that may serve as a marker for these children, who are among society’s most vulnerable.  

Researchers Map Direct Gut-Brain Connection

January 7, 2015 9:29 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

Researchers at Duke University have now mapped out another system, a cell-to-cell connection between the gut and the nervous system, that may be more direct than the release of hormones in the blood.              

How Bacteria Control Their Size

January 7, 2015 9:21 am | by WUSTL | News | Comments

Scientists have traditionally studied bacteria in large numbers, not individually. Working with tens of millions of cells in a culture flask, they tracked their growth by looking at how much the cells dimmed light passing through a tube.

Genome Editing Tool Shows Promise in Engineering Human Stem Cells

January 5, 2015 4:21 pm | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

Scientists discovered that a genome editing tool can precisely and efficiently alter human stem cells.                        

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