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Researchers Develop Artificial Bone Marrow

January 10, 2014 11:25 am | News | Comments

Artificial bone marrow may be used to reproduce hematopoietic stem cells. A prototype has now been developed by scientists. The porous structure possesses essential properties of natural bone marrow and can be used for the reproduction of stem cells at the laboratory.

Easing Face, Hand Transplants

January 9, 2014 1:30 pm | by Harvard Medical School | News | Comments

Researchers have taken an important step toward improving the success of hand, face and other transplants that involve multiple types of tissue. The team described how a procedure to induce immune tolerance to organ transplants also induces tolerance to a model limb transplant in miniature swine. 

Mapping Reveals 110 MS Risk Genes

January 9, 2014 12:45 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have mapped genetic variations associated with an increased risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) and myasthenia gravis (MG), bringing science one step closer to understanding these serious autoimmune disorders.         

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Brain System Can Naturally Moderate Stress

January 9, 2014 12:44 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have published new findings on a system in the brain, known as the nociceptin system, which naturally moderates the effects of stress.                              

Elephant Shark Genome Decoded

January 9, 2014 12:34 pm | News | Comments

An international team of researchers has sequenced the genome of the elephant shark and found new insights into the shark's bone formation and immunity.                            

Bio-inspired Glue Keeps Hearts Sealed

January 9, 2014 12:26 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a bio-inspired adhesive that they say can rapidly attach biodegradable patches inside a beating heart— in just the places where holes occur in conditions such as ventricular heart defects.           

Rare Genetic Cause of Tourette Syndrome Found

January 9, 2014 12:13 pm | News | Comments

A rare genetic mutation that disrupts production of histamine in the brain is a cause of the tics and other abnormalities of Tourette syndrome, according to new findings.                        

Researchers Differentiate Between Microbial Good and Evil

January 9, 2014 11:48 am | News | Comments

To safely use bacteria in agriculture to help fertilize crops, it is vital to understand the difference between harmful and healthy strains. But can the microbial good and evil be told apart? Yes, life scientists and an international team of researchers report.

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The Massachusetts “Obamacare” Model Works

January 9, 2014 11:21 am | by Cynthia Fox | Articles | Comments

The partial model for Obamacare—Massachusetts’ near-universal health care program, adopted in 2006—resulted in measurably improved health. According to a study conducted by researchers from Harvard University and the University of Michigan—with help from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)—the health of Massachusetts residents rose more in the first five years of the program than did the health of residents in other New England states.

Thinking Positive Can Help Migraine Drug Work

January 8, 2014 3:29 pm | by LAURAN NEERGAARD - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Talk about mind over matter: A quirky new study suggests patients' expectations can make a big difference in how they feel after treatment for a migraine.                            

Health, Wealth May be Connected

January 8, 2014 1:05 pm | News | Comments

We ring in the New Year with hopes of being healthy, wealthy and wise. A new study from epidemiological researchers suggests that health and wealth may be more strongly connected than previously thought.              

Key Survival Protein Found in Many Cancers

January 8, 2014 1:00 pm | Videos | Comments

Researchers have discovered a promising strategy for treating cancers that are caused by one of the most common cancer-causing changes in cells.                               

New Brain Protein Linked to Obesity

January 8, 2014 12:54 pm | News | Comments

A new neuroscience study sheds light on the biological underpinnings of obesity. The in vivo study reveals how a protein in the brain helps regulate food intake and body weight.                      

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New Targets Found for Huntington’s, Parkinson’s

January 8, 2014 12:11 pm | Videos | Comments

Researchers have discovered a possible new target for treating movement disorders such as Huntington’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.                                 

On-demand Vaccines Possible with Engineered Nanoparticles

January 8, 2014 11:58 am | News | Comments

Engineers hope a new type of vaccine they have shown to work in mice will one day make it cheaper and easy to manufacture on-demand vaccines for humans. Immunizations could be administered within minutes where and when a disease is breaking out.

“Rapid Evolution” Method Found in Eyeless Fish

January 8, 2014 11:09 am | by Cynthia Fox | Articles | Comments

The controversial idea that vertebrate evolution can happen rapidly, in the merest handful of generations, has been given a boost. Harvard University evolutionary geneticist Nicolas Rohner and colleagues recently reported finding the mechanism by which some cavefish are born eyeless after the species moves from surface waters to dark caves.

Tobacco Control Saved Millions of Lives, Study Says

January 7, 2014 6:22 pm | by LINDSEY TANNER - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Anti-smoking measures have saved roughly 8 million U.S. lives since a landmark 1964 report linking smoking and disease, a study estimates, yet the nation's top disease detective says dozens of other countries do a better job on several efforts to cut tobacco use.

A Lens into the Molecular Dance

January 7, 2014 1:38 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have zoomed in on what is going on at the molecular level when the body recognizes and defends against an attack of pathogens, and the findings, they say, could influence how drugs are developed to treat autoimmune diseases.     

Some Brain Regions Retain Ability to Make New Connections

January 7, 2014 1:18 pm | News | Comments

In adults, some brain regions retain a “childlike” ability to establish new connections, potentially contributing to our ability to learn new skills and form new memories as we age, according to new research.            

Protein Linked to Breast Cancer's Spread to Brain

January 7, 2014 1:01 pm | News | Comments

A cancer-research team has identified a protein that may be a major culprit when breast cancer metastasizes to the brain. The cancer’s spread to the brain is often undetected until patients start to develop symptoms such as seizures, headaches, and trouble thinking.

Metastatic Cancer Cells Implode on Protein Contact

January 7, 2014 11:39 am | News | Comments

By attaching a cancer-killer protein to white blood cells, biomedical engineers have demonstrated the annihilation of metastasizing cancer cells traveling throughout the bloodstream.                    

More Vitamin D in Pregnancy Could Lead to Stronger Babies

January 6, 2014 1:21 pm | News | Comments

Children are likely to have stronger muscles if their mothers had a higher level of vitamin D in their body during pregnancy, according to new research.                             

Odor Receptors Discovered in Lungs

January 6, 2014 1:09 pm | News | Comments

Your nose is not the only organ in your body that can sense cigarette smoke wafting through the air. Scientists have shown that your lungs have odor receptors as well.                        

Thermo Fisher Scientific Selling Life Science Businesses to GE

January 6, 2014 12:56 pm | News | Comments

Thermo Fisher Scientific announced that it has signed an agreement to sell its cell culture (sera and media), gene modulation and magnetic beads businesses to GE Healthcare, a unit of General Electric Company, for approximately $1.06 billion.   

Severe Mental Illness Tied to Higher Substance Use Rates

January 6, 2014 12:38 pm | News | Comments

People with severe mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder have a higher risk for substance use, especially cigarette smoking, and protective factors usually associated with lower rates of substance use do not exist in severe mental illness, according to a new study.

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