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New Method Developed to Detect Ebola

September 19, 2014 | Comments

A group of international scientists have developed a new method to study Ebola virus in wildlife. The research describes the use of fecal samples from wild great apes to identify populations likely to have been exposed to the virus.     

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BST This Week #17: Film Detects Consciousness in Vegetative State

September 19, 2014 8:30 am | Comments

On this episode of Bioscience Technology This Week, Christina Jakubowski focuses on a new study that used a short movie to detect consciousness in vegetative state patients. Our second story explores how the amazing variety in human faces is the result of evolutionary pressure.

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Vitiligo Treatment Holds Promise for Restoring Skin Pigmentation

September 18, 2014 2:35 pm | Comments

A treatment regimen is safe and effective for restoring skin pigmentation in vitiligo patients, according to a new study. Patients were randomly divided into two study groups: Group A received a combination therapy; Group B received only NB UVB treatment.

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BST This Week #16: How Did Life on Earth Begin?

September 17, 2014 1:44 pm | Comments

On this episode of Bioscience Technology This Week, Christina Jakubowski reports on new research seeking to prove how life on Earth began, by tracking the ancestors of RNA and DNA. Our second story focuses on the possibility of developing high-quality computed tomography scans from a lower radiation dose.

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BST This Week #15: Bees May be Key to Antibiotic Alternatives

September 12, 2014 8:30 am | Comments

On this episode of Bioscience Technology This Week, Christina Jakubowski explores the role that bees may play in the search for antibiotic alternatives. Our second story focuses on how increased carbon dioxide levels in water can rob sharks of their ability to sense the smell of food.

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Ebola’s Ripple Effects

September 11, 2014 12:04 pm | Comments

The race to stamp out West Africa’s Ebola epidemic is not just about saving lives. It’s also about stemming an assault on society that could include food shortages and mass migration, morphing from a medical emergency into a broad humanitarian crisis.

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BST This Week #14: IPF Cases Linked to Asbestos Exposure

September 10, 2014 12:00 pm | Comments

On this episode of Bioscience Technology This Week, Christina Jakubowski discusses a new study that shows a link between idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis cases and asbestos exposure. Our second story showcases how immune cells use two critical receptors to clear dead cells from the body.

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New Pain Management Mechanism Unlocked

September 4, 2014 1:30 pm | Comments

Scientists have discovered a new mechanism that can reverse chronic pain. Using an animal model, the research has found that pain signals in nerve cells can be shut off by interfering with the communication of a specific enzyme with calcium channels.

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BST This Week #13: Electric Current to Brain Boosts Memory

September 3, 2014 3:30 pm | Comments

On this episode of Bioscience Technology This Week, Christina Jakubowski reveals that probing the brain with electric currents can improve memory. Our second story highlights the relationship between individuals and their personalized microbes.  

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Surprising New Role for Calcium in Sensing Pain

September 2, 2014 1:54 pm | Comments

When you accidentally touch a hot oven, you rapidly pull your hand away. Although scientists know the basic neural circuits involved in sensing and responding to such painful stimuli, they are still sorting out the molecular players. Now, researchers have made a surprising discovery about the role of a key molecule involved in pain.

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Spinach Extract Decreases Food Cravings

September 2, 2014 1:32 pm | Comments

A spinach extract containing green leaf membranes called thylakoids decreases hedonic hunger with up to 95 percent and increases weight loss by 43 percent, according to a new study.                   

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BST This Week #12: ‘Sleep Drunkenness’ May Affect 1 in 15 People

August 29, 2014 8:30 am | Comments

On this episode of Bioscience Technology This Week, Christina Jakubowski talks about “sleep drunkenness,” a sleep disorder that likely affects 1 in every 15 people. Our second story covers new research into how hummingbirds came to detect sweetness in nectar.

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Technology May ID Strains in Body Tissues Before Injuries Occur

August 27, 2014 1:05 pm | Comments

Researchers have developed algorithms to identify weak spots in tendons, muscles and bones prone to tearing or breaking. The technology one day may help pinpoint minor strains and tiny injuries in the body’s tissues long before bigger problems occur.

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BST This Week #11: Obesity Linked to Heightened Dementia Risk

August 27, 2014 11:29 am | Comments

On this episode of Bioscience Technology This Week, Christina Jakubowski highlights the link between mid-life obesity and an increased dementia risk later in life. Our second story focuses on researchers who are sequencing salamander genomes.   

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Sorting Cells with Sound Waves

August 26, 2014 1:29 pm | Comments

Researchers have devised a new way to separate cells by exposing them to sound waves as they flow through a tiny channel. Their device could be used to detect the extremely rare tumor cells that circulate in cancer patients’ blood.     

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Fully Functional Immune Organ Grown from Lab-created Cells

August 25, 2014 1:06 pm | Comments

Scientists have, for the first time, grown a complex, fully functional organ from scratch in a living animal by transplanting cells that were originally created in a laboratory.                     

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