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Genetic discovery may help better identify children at risk for type 1 diabetes
Six novel chromosomal regions identified by scientists leading a large, prospective study of children at risk for type 1 diabetes will enable the discovery of more genes that cause the disease and more targets for treating or even preventing it.
Multiplex mass spec assay for small-molecule inhibitors of CD73 with diverse modalities
A new original research article in SLAS Discovery presents a fast, sensitive, and robust methodology for screening small molecule inhibitors against CD73/Ecto-5'-Nucleotidase, a promising target for developing anti-cancer drugs.
Genetic drift caught in action in invasive birds
Studies of island bird populations have taught us a lot about evolution, but it's hard to catch birds in the act of naturally colonizing new islands.
Odd behavior of star reveals lonely black hole hiding in giant star cluster
Astronomers using ESO's MUSE instrument on the Very Large Telescope in Chile have discovered a star in the cluster NGC 3201 that is behaving very strangely.
New light on the mysterious origin of Bornean elephants
In a study published in Scientific Reports, a research team led by Lounes Chikhi from Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia (IGC, Portugal) and CNRS, Universite Paul Sabatier (France), and Benoit Goossens, from Cardiff University (Wales), and Sabah Wildlife Department (Malaysia), found that elephants might have arrived on Borneo at a time of the last land bridge between the Sunda Islands in Southeast Asia.
Alzheimer's disease: Neuronal loss very limited
Frequently encountered in the elderly, Alzheimer's is considered a neurodegenerative disease, which means that it is accompanied by a significant, progressive loss of neurons and their nerve endings, or synapses.
No adverse health impacts from long term vaping -- Study
A new peer-reviewed clinical trial to be published in the February edition of Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology shows that regular use of e-cigarettes does not have any negative health impact on smokers.
Timing of spring birdsong provides climate insights
Climate change has scientists worried that birds' annual migration and reproduction will be thrown out of sync with the seasons.
Hazardous contamination found around lead battery recycling plants in 7 African countries
We collected 118 soil samples from seven African countries and analyzed them for lead.
Study says some nursing homes gaming the system to improve their Medicare star ratings
A new study of nursing homes in California, the nation's largest system, by faculty at Florida Atlantic University and the University of Connecticut, found that some nursing homes inflate their self-assessment reporting to improve their score in the Five-Star Quality Rating System employed by Medicare to help consumers.
Nearly 25 percent of chronic ischemic heart disease patients dead or hospitalized in 6 months
Nearly a quarter of patients with chronic ischemic cardiovascular disease are dead or hospitalized within six months, reports a European Society of Cardiology study published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.
Morbid obesity: Gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy are comparable
In Switzerland, 5,500 operations to combat morbid obesity are conducted every year.
New 'Buck' naked barley: Food, feed, brew
Researchers are giving an ancient grain a new life: 'Buck' barley is naked, but not in an indecent way.
Majority of US physicians say they're burned out or depressed
This release concerns the first-ever Medscape National Report on Physician Burnout and Depression.
Baby brains help infants figure it out before they try it out
Researchers at Penn State are using new statistical analysis methods to compare how we observe infants develop new skills with the unseen changes in electrical activity in the brain, or electroencephalography (EEG) power.
Protonation induced high-Tc phases in iron-based superconductors
The research teams led by Dr. Weiqiang Yu at Renmin University of China and Dr.
Building molecular wires, one atom at a time
Researchers at OIST have found a simple way to construct and deconstruct molecular metal chains, atom-by-atom.
The world's first all-Si laser
All-Si laser is the missing piece of integrated Si photonics.
Why don't turtles still have tail spikes?
In a study covering 300 million years of evolutionary history, researchers from North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences found four necessary components to tail weapon development: size, armor, herbivory and thoracic stiffness.

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