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In Lab Research, Scientists Slow Progression of a Fatal Form of Muscular Dystrophy

( - ST. LOUIS — In a paper published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, Saint Louis University (SLU) researchers report that a new drug reduces fibrosis (scarring) and prevents loss of muscle function in an animal model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD)

Dec 11, 2017 - 11:07:13 AM

Scientists Identify First Brain Cells That Respond to Sound

( - Some expectant parents play classical music for their unborn babies, hoping to boost their children’s cognitive capacity.

Dec 8, 2017 - 2:05:10 PM

Why We Can’t Always Stop What We’ve Started

( - When we try to stop a body movement at the last second, perhaps to keep ourselves from stepping on what we just realized was ice, we can’t always do it

Dec 8, 2017 - 11:12:36 AM

How a Seahorse-Shaped Brain Structure May Help Us Recognize Others

( - How do we recognize others? How do we know friend from foe, threat from reward? How does the brain compute the multitude of cues telling us that Susan is not Erica even though they look alike?

Dec 8, 2017 - 10:53:44 AM

Needle in a Haystack

( - Clearing a major hurdle in the field of microbiome research, Harvard Medical School scientists have designed and successfully used a method to tease out cause-and-effect relationships between gut bacteria and disease.

Dec 7, 2017 - 10:42:57 AM

Nobel Prize: Circadian Rhythm Field Poised for Medical Advances

( - DALLAS – Dec. 6, 2017 – Circadian rhythms affect some of the most crucial functions in the human body, from sleep and mental health to metabolism and defending against deadly diseases such as cancer.

Dec 6, 2017 - 11:07:18 AM

CLOCK Gene May Hold Answers to Human Brain Evolution

( - DALLAS  – Scientists have long sought to unravel the molecular mysteries that make the human brain special: What processes drove its evolution through the millennia? Which genes are critical to cognitive development?

Dec 6, 2017 - 10:59:10 AM

Scientists Find Key to Regenerating Blood Vessels

( - Lake Nona, Fla.,  – A new study identifies a signaling pathway that is essential for angiogenesis, the growth of new blood vessels from pre-existing vessels.

Dec 4, 2017 - 2:43:35 PM

Cinnamon Turns Up the Heat on Fat Cells

( - ANN ARBOR—New research from the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute has determined how a common holiday spice—cinnamon—might be enlisted in the fight against obesity.

Nov 21, 2017 - 2:36:19 PM

Preclinical Study Demonstrates Promising Treatment for Rare Bone Disease

( - Researchers at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) have led a preclinical study demonstrating that the drug palovarotene suppresses the formation of bony tumors

Nov 21, 2017 - 2:29:38 PM

Blueprint to Reduce Wasteful Blood Transfusions

( - By analyzing data from randomized clinical trials comparing blood transfusion approaches, Johns Hopkins experts, along with colleagues at Cleveland Clinic and NYU Langone Medical Center....

Nov 21, 2017 - 2:21:16 PM

New Oral Anticoagulant Drugs Associated with Lower Kidney Risks

( - ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic researchers have shown a link between which type of oral anticoagulant (blood-thinning medication) a patient takes to prevent a stroke and increased risks of kidney function decline or failure.

Nov 21, 2017 - 1:22:18 PM

New Approach to Studying Chromosomes’ Centers May Reveal Link to Down Syndrome and More

( - ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Some scientists call it the “final frontier” of our DNA -- even though it lies at the center of every X-shaped chromosome in nearly every one of our cells.

Nov 20, 2017 - 10:22:37 AM

How the Immune System Identifies Invading Bacteria

( - The body’s homeland security unit is more thorough than any airport checkpoint. For the first time, scientists have witnessed a mouse immune system protein frisking a snippet of an invading bacterium.

Nov 17, 2017 - 9:58:42 AM

Why Do Employees Cheat? Too Much Pressure

( - Athens, Ga. - It can happen in the branch office or the boardroom. Volkswagen did it to pass emissions tests. Wells-Fargo did it to squeeze more profits from their customers.

Nov 16, 2017 - 10:27:23 AM

Tumbling Bumblebee Populations Linked to Fungicides

( - ITHACA, N.Y. – When a Cornell-led team of scientists analyzed two dozen environmental factors to understand bumblebee population declines and range contractions....

Nov 16, 2017 - 10:06:14 AM

Infants with Extra Fingers May Receive Non-Evidence-Based, Complication-Prone Treatment
( - CHICAGO, Nov. 14, 2017 -- Polydactyly, or having an extra finger, is fairly common, occurring in 1 in every 1,000 people—among African-Americans, 1 in 150.
Nov 14, 2017 - 12:49:45 PM

Researchers Identify Hormone for Treating Sepsis

( - RIVERSIDE, Calif. – A research team led by a biomedical scientist at the University of California, Riverside has discovered that the human protein resistin could be used to treat sepsis, the body’s extreme and uncontrolled immune response to an infection.

Nov 13, 2017 - 3:31:45 PM

Diagnosing and Treating Balance Problems

( - Balance problems can be caused by several different conditions. The cause of balance problems is usually related to the specific sign or symptom.

Nov 13, 2017 - 12:41:17 PM

New Mechanisms That Bacteria Use to Protect Themselves From Antibiotics

( - Antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria evolve mechanisms to withstand the drugs which are used to treat infections.

Nov 13, 2017 - 10:39:26 AM

Aging Water Systems Nationwide Pose Threats to Health

( - MCLEAN, Va. (Oct. 9, 2017) - Traditional water treatment efforts have focused on water leaving the treatment plant, but a large number of recent waterborne disease outbreaks in the U.S. can be traced to plumbing systems in buildings.

Nov 9, 2017 - 10:31:12 AM

Nearly 70 Percent of Cannabidiol Extracts Sold Online Are Mislabeled

( - PHILADELPHIA – In recent years, there has been an increased interest in the medicinal use of Cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical that naturally occurs the in cannabis plant (aka “marijuana”).

Nov 8, 2017 - 10:34:36 AM

Cool Textiles to Beat the Heat

( - Air-conditioned buildings bring welcome relief to people coming in from the heat.

Nov 8, 2017 - 9:14:37 AM

Age-Old Malaria Treatment Found to Improve Nanoparticle Delivery to Tumors

( - A new study shows that a 70-year-old malaria drug can block immune cells in the liver so nanoparticles can arrive at their intended tumor site....

Nov 7, 2017 - 11:52:39 AM

UF Study Helps Discount Fluoride as a Danger for Tea Drinkers

( - GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- If you drink tea, you can rest assured about your children’s teeth or your adult bones, now that a University of Florida research team has found that most teas contain safe amounts of fluoride.

Nov 7, 2017 - 11:30:45 AM

Lipids Influence How Sick You Get From a Bacterial Infection

( - Lipids appear to play an important role in infections.

Nov 7, 2017 - 11:15:44 AM

Could a Saliva Test be Next for Lupus?

( - HOUSTON, Nov. 6, 2017 -- The symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus (known as SLE or lupus) can fool you.

Nov 6, 2017 - 2:58:42 PM

Hearing an Opinion Spoken Aloud Humanizes the Person Behind It

( - People attribute more humanlike qualities to those expressing opinions they disagree with when the opinions are spoken as opposed to written

Nov 6, 2017 - 2:40:31 PM

Can Environmental Toxins Disrupt the Biological 'Clock'?

( - Troy, N.Y. – Can environmental toxins disrupt circadian rhythms – the biological “clock” whose disturbance is linked to chronic inflammation and a host of human disorders?

Nov 6, 2017 - 2:23:12 PM

Electric Bandages Can Fight Biofilm Infection, Antimicrobial Resistance

( - COLUMBUS, Ohio – Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have shown – for the first time – that special bandages using weak electric fields to disrupt bacterial biofilm infection can prevent infections....

Nov 6, 2017 - 2:13:29 PM

Study Gives Rare Look at Genetics of HSV1 Transmission from Father to Son

( - A new study explores how herpes simplex virus might change when passed from one individual to another, information that may prove useful in future development of therapeutics and vaccines.

Nov 6, 2017 - 12:40:17 PM

Rutgers Study Links Frequent Salon Visits to Dermal and Fungal Symptoms in Clients

( - A recent study by researchers at the Rutgers School of Public Health found that clients who frequent hair and nail salons have more instances of dermal and fungal symptoms....

Nov 2, 2017 - 12:01:42 PM

Inflammation in Middle Age May Be Tied to Brain Shrinkage Decades Later

( - MINNEAPOLIS – People who have biomarkers tied to inflammation in their blood in their 40s and 50s may have more brain shrinkage decades later than people without the biomarkers

Nov 2, 2017 - 11:48:53 AM

‘Maturity’ Molecule Helps Adolescent Brain Grow Up

( - When it comes to raising teenagers, parents have an ally — laminin alpha 5, a molecule crucial to the maturing of the adolescent brain

Nov 2, 2017 - 11:08:24 AM

How Do Septic Systems Work?

( - Nov. 2, 2017 – Septic systems work 24/7 to process waste. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) November 1 Soils Matter blog explains how septic systems use soil’s underground resources to treat wastewater.

Nov 2, 2017 - 10:50:52 AM

Why Do Some Head Knocks Cause More Damage Than Others?

( - CHAPEL HILL, NC – Veteran sailors know that rogue waves can rise suddenly in mid-ocean to capsize even the largest vessels. Now it appears that a similar phenomenon called shear shock wave occurs in the concussed brain.

Nov 1, 2017 - 12:39:01 PM

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Uncomfortable Sight from an Ancient Reflex of the Eye

( - PHILADELPHIA – The eyes are for seeing, but they have other important biological functions, including automatic visual reflexes that go on without awareness.

Nov 1, 2017 - 12:23:39 PM

Saliva Proteins Could Explain Why Some People Overuse Salt

( - Many Americans consume too much salt. Now in a study appearing in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists report that people who can easily taste salt have differing amounts of certain proteins in their saliva than those who are less sensitive.

Nov 1, 2017 - 9:59:07 AM

Jellyfish-inspired Electronic Skin Glows When it Gets Hurt

( - Electronic-skin technologies for prosthetics and robots can detect the slightest touch or breeze. But oddly, the sensors that make this possible do not respond effectively to a harmful blow.

Nov 1, 2017 - 9:36:23 AM

Many Americans Blame Themselves for Weight Stigma

( - A new study by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut shows that many individuals who are targets of weight bias also internalize the stigma directed towards them, blaming themselves for the stigma

Oct 30, 2017 - 12:18:03 PM

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