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April 17, 2013
Coelacanth genome surfaces
An international team of researchers has decoded the genome of the African coelacanth.

People present themselves in ways that counteract prejudices toward their group
Individuals from stigmatized groups choose to present themselves in ways that counteract the specific stereotypes and prejudices associated with their group, according to a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

Teens' brains are more sensitive to rewarding feedback from peers
Teenagers are risk-takers -- they're more likely than children or adults to experiment with illicit substances, have unprotected sex, and drive recklessly.

Common osteoporosis drug slows formation of new bone
Although the drug zoledronic acid slows bone loss in osteoporosis patients, it also boosts levels of a biomarker that stops bone formation, according to a recent study accepted for publication in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

The doctor won't see you now? Study: US facing a neurologist shortage
Americans with brain diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease or multiple sclerosis who need to see a neurologist may face longer wait times or have more difficulty finding a neurologist, according to a new study published in the April 17, 2013, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Researchers abuzz over caffeine as cancer-cell killer
University of Alberta research team uses caffeine and fruit flies to pinpoint genetic pathways that guide DNA repair in cancer cells.

Reducing the pain of movement in intensive care
Monitoring pain and providing analgesics to patients in intensive care units during non-surgical procedures, such as turning and washing, can not only reduce the amount of pain but also reduce the number of serious adverse events including cardiac arrest, finds new research in BioMed Central's open access journal Critical Care.

Helping to forecast earthquakes in Salt Lake Valley
Salt Lake Valley, home to the Salt Lake City segment of the Wasatch fault zone and the West Valley fault zone, has been the site of repeated surface-faulting earthquakes (of about magnitude 6.5 to 7).

Teen break-ups occur independent of how well couples handle disagreements
Adults who resolve and recover from conflict are known to be happier in their romantic relationships but the same does not hold true for teen romances, according to research published April 17 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Thao Ha and colleagues from the Behavioural Science Institute of Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands.

Dr. Mary Bouxsein is awarded ESCEO-IOF Herbert Fleisch Medal
Dr. Mary L. Bouxsein has been awarded the ESCEO-IOF Herbert Fleisch Medal in honor of her work in the field of skeletal fragility.

Reproductive tract secretions elicit ovulation
Eggs take a long time to produce in the ovary, and thus are one of a body's precious resources.

Detecting autism from brain activity
Neuroscientists from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the University of Toronto have developed an efficient and reliable method of analyzing brain activity to detect autism in children.

A new twist for quantum systems
Physicists at ETH Zurich have developed a method for precisely controlling quantum systems by exploiting a trick that helps cats to land on their feet and motorists to fit their cars into parking spots.

Kessler Foundation's James Sumowski, Ph.D., speaks at April 18-19 MS Symposium in Toronto
James Sumowski, PhD, of Kessler Foundation is among the invited MS experts presenting at the 2013 University of Toronto Neuro-inflammation Symposium and endMS RRTC Retreat on Thursday, April 18, 2013 - Friday, April 19, 2013, 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM at the Chestnut Residence and Conference Centre in Toronto.

Maria Luisa Brandi awarded ESCEO-IOF Servier Pierre D. Delmas Prize
Maria Luisa Brandi MD, Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases at the University of Florence, Florence, Italy was presented with ESCEO-IOF Servier Pierre D.

Beaumont recipient of 2013 Dove Award from the Arc of Oakland County
Beaumont Health System's participation in Project SEARCH was recently recognized by the Arc of Oakland County with its

Improved molecular tools streamline influenza testing and management
Over 40,000 people die each year in the United States from influenza-related diseases.

Recipe for large numbers of stem cells requires only one ingredient, says NIH/Pitt team
Stem cells and tissue-specific cells can be grown in abundance from mature mammalian cells simply by blocking a certain membrane protein, according to scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

Quantum computing taps nucleus of single atom
Australian engineers have demonstrated that quantum information can be

Scientists reverse memory loss in animal brain cells
Neuroscientists at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston have taken a major step in their efforts to help people with memory loss tied to brain disorders such as Alzheimer's disease.

Molecule treats leukemia by preventing cancer cell repair, Jackson Laboratory scientists report
Researchers at The Jackson Laboratory have identified a molecule that prevents repair of some cancer cells, providing a potential new

APS commends President Obama's plan for 'regional centers' to train STEM teachers
The American Physical Society commends the inclusion of regional centers within the STEM Innovation Network in President Obama's Fiscal Year 2014 budget to develop highly trained STEM teachers who will prepare students to meet the demands of an increasingly technical workforce.

ASU student tracks Asian bird's migration patterns; recommends conservation strategies
An Arizona State University biologist and her team have found that the Asian subspecies of great bustard, one of the heaviest birds capable of flight, covers migratory routes of more than 2,000 miles.

Key ingredient in mass extinctions could boost food, biofuel production
In low doses, hydrogen sulfide, a substance implicated in several mass extinctions, could greatly enhance plant growth, leading to a sharp increase in global food supplies and plentiful stock for biofuel production, new University of Washington research shows.

Osteoporosis costs EU countries €37 billion every year
A new report prepared in collaboration with the International Osteoporosis Foundation is the first to describe in detail the epidemiology, burden, and treatment of osteoporosis in all 27 member states of the European Union.

Mayo Clinic poll shows half of americans would consider donating a kidney to a stranger
A new Mayo Clinic survey shows that the public's support for both living and deceased organ donation is increasing.

Scientists produce best image yet of atoms moving in real time
Call it the ultimate nature documentary. Scientists at the University of Toronto have recorded atomic motions in real time, offering a glimpse into the very essence of chemistry and biology at the atomic level.

Bear baiting may put hunting dogs at risk from wolves
Bear baiting and reparations for wolf attacks on hunting dogs appear to be factors causing an increased incidence of wolf attacks.

New keyboard for touchscreens
The research team of Antti Oulasvirta at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics has created a new keyboard called KALQ that enables faster thumb-typing on touchscreen devices.

University of Southern California scientists reveal natural process that blocks viruses
The human body has the ability to ward off viruses by activating a naturally occurring protein at the cellular level, setting off a chain reaction that disrupts the levels of cholesterol required in cell membranes to enable viruses to enter cells.

News focus on aggression in ice hockey shifted from violence to safety rules, equipment
Popular media perspectives on traumatic brain injuries in sports like ice hockey has changed over time and may influence people's attitudes towards these injuries, according to research published April 17 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Michael Cusimano and colleagues from St.

DREAM and Sage Bionetworks tap the wisdom of the crowd to impact breast cancer prognosis
Two new reports issuing in Science Translational Medicine today showcase the potential of teams of scientists working together to solve increasingly complex medical problems.

IDRI and Medicago report positive results for Phase I clinical trial for an H5N1 vaccine
IDRI and Medicago Inc. today reported positive interim results from a Phase I clinical trial for an H5N1 Avian Influenza VLP vaccine candidate.

Hop, skip or jump? Study says no to all of the above
MIT engineers find that in the earliest stages of arthritis, high-impact exercise may worsen cartilage damage.

Prototype generators emit much less carbon monoxide, NIST finds
Portable electric generators retrofitted with off-the-shelf hardware by the University of Alabama emitted significantly lower levels of carbon monoxide, according to the results of tests conducted by NIST for the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

New computational model can predict breast cancer survival
Columbia Engineering researchers, led by Dimitris Anastassiou, professor of electrical engineering and member of the Columbia Initiative in Systems Biology, have developed a new computational model that is highly predictive of breast cancer survival and, they hope, perhaps all cancers.

European Commission must innovate to get value from €70 billion science funding program
The European Commission needs to make some key innovations in its science funding program if Europe is to enjoy the full benefits of the €70 billion to be spent on science research as part of the Horizon 2020 program kicking off in 2014, according to researchers from University College London and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Going places: Rat brain 'GPS' maps routes to rewards
Studying rats' ability to navigate familiar territory, Johns Hopkins scientists found that the hippocampus uses remembered spatial information to imagine routes the rats then follow.

Half of Tamiflu prescriptions went unused during 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic, UK sewage study
A new study concludes that approximately half of the prescriptions of Tamiflu during the 2009-10 influenza pandemic went unused in England.

Researchers identify and block protein that interferes with appetite-suppressing hormone
Researchers have both identified a protein that interferes with the brain's response to the appetite-regulation hormone leptin and created a compound that blocks the protein's action -- a potential forerunner to an anti-obesity drug.

Fishing for solutions
Equipped with a high quality zebrafish genome, scientists have designed a method to assay the function of each and every gene and to explore the effects genetic variation has on zebrafish, giving other researchers the tools to understand human disease.

Compound that could prevent acute blood cancer relapse identified
Researchers from the RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences in Japan report today that they have identified a compound that could be used as a new treatment to prevent relapse in acute myeloid leukemia patients.

Researchers: Gene regenerates heart tissue, critical finding for heart failure prevention
Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified a specific gene that regulates the heart's ability to regenerate after injuries.

FDA approves Phase II of stem cell trial for ALS led by U-M's Dr. Eva Feldman
For nearly two years, University of Michigan neurologist Eva Feldman, M.D., Ph.D. has led the nation's first clinical trial of stem cell injections in patients with the deadly degenerative disease known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often called ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.

Hair analysis reveals elevated stress hormone levels raise cardiovascular risk
Hair strands contain valuable information about senior citizens' stress levels that can be used to determine an individual's cardiovascular disease risk, according to a recent study accepted for publication in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Radiation dose level affects size of lesions seen on chest CT images
The estimated size of chest lymph nodes and lung nodules seen on CT images varies significantly when the same nodes or nodules are examined using lower versus higher doses of radiation, a new study shows.

Increased brain activity predicts future onset of substance use
Do people get caught in the cycle of overeating and drug addiction because their brain reward centers are over-active causing them to experience greater cravings for food or drugs?

Famous performers and sportsmen tend to have shorter lives, new study reports
Fame and achievement in performance-related careers may be earned at the cost of a shorter life, according to a study published online today in QJM: An International Journal of Medicine.

NIST tests in New York City suggest how to improve emergency radio communications
Radio communications can be unreliable in underground tunnels and other large, complicated structures, posing a safety hazard for emergency responders.

X-ray view of a thousand-year-old cosmic tapestry
A long Chandra observation reveals the SN 1006 supernova remnant in exquisite detail.

World's largest meeting dedicated to osteoporosis and osteoarthritis opens in Rome
The world's largest congress dedicated to the epidemiology, pathogenesis, prevention, and treatment of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis has opened today in Rome, Italy with 4,500 delegates.

Blood pressure out of control at safety-net clinics
Federally funded safety-net clinics for the uninsured lag behind other health care providers in controlling blood pressure among the low-income patients who rely on them for care, a new Michigan State University analysis suggests.

Making fruit easier to eat increases sales and consumption in school cafeterias
People believe that children avoid fruit because of the taste and allure of alternative packaged snacks.

Discovery may help prevent HIV 'reservoirs' from forming
Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have discovered how the protein that blocks HIV-1 from multiplying in white blood cells is regulated.

CT and serum LDH shows promise as survival predictor for some metastatic melanoma patients
Combining CT imaging findings with baseline serum lactate dehydrogenase levels is showing promise as a way to predict survival in patients with metastatic melanoma being treated with anti-angiogenic therapy.

Mindfulness therapy might help veterans with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder
A new study from U-M and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System shows that veterans with PTSD who completed a mindfulness-based group treatment plan showed a significant reduction in symptoms as compared to patients who underwent treatment as normal.

Family history of Alzheimer's associated with abnormal brain pathology
Close family members of people with Alzheimer's disease are more than twice as likely as those without a family history to develop silent buildup of brain plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease, according to researchers at Duke Medicine.

Few breast cancer survivors maintain adequate physical activity despite benefits
Breast cancer survivors are among the women who could most benefit from regular physical activity, yet few meet national exercise recommendations during the 10 years after being diagnosed, according to a study by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

LA BioMed to honor 2 legendary physician-researchers
LA BioMed will honor David Heber, M.D., Ph.D, and Ronald J.

Astronomers discover massive star factory in early universe
A team of astronomers, which includes several from the California Institute of Technology, has discovered a dust-filled, massive galaxy churning out stars when the cosmos was a mere 880 million years old -- making it the earliest starburst galaxy ever observed.

New drug combination therapy developed to treat leukemia
A new, pre-clinical study by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center suggests that a novel drug combination could lead to profound leukemia cell death by disrupting the function of two major pro-survival proteins.

Simple reminders may help prevent fractures
Reminding primary care doctors to test at-risk patients for osteoporosis can prevent fractures and reduce health care costs, according to a recent study accepted for publication in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Patient satisfaction with hospital stay does not reflect quality of surgical care
Patient satisfaction is an important indicator of a hospital's service quality, but new Johns Hopkins research suggests that it doesn't necessarily reflect the quality of the surgical care patients receive.

Massive star factory churned in universe's youth
Astronomers find the most prolific star factory yet seen, in a far-distant galaxy that reveals important information about the cosmic environment in the early history of the Universe.

Study finds newspapers have changed coverage of ice hockey concussions over last quarter-century
Newspapers are paying more attention to the severity and long-term impact of concussions and other traumatic brain injuries in ice hockey than they did 25 years ago, a new study has found.

Patients who have STEMI heart attacks while hospitalized more likely to die
A new study by University of North Carolina School of Medicine researchers finds that patients who suffer a STEMI heart attack while hospitalized are 10 times more likely to die than patients who suffer a STEMI outside the hospital.

Family ties: Relationship between human and zebrafish genomes
Researchers have developed a high-quality zebrafish genome to compare with the human reference genome and found that 84 percent of genes known to be associated with human disease have a zebrafish counterpart.

HIV-infected moms who breastfeed exclusively have lower levels of virus in breast milk
HIV-infected women in sub-Saharan Africa who fed their babies exclusively with breast milk for more than the first four months of life had the lowest risk of transmitting the virus to their babies through breast milk.

Cutting specific atmospheric pollutants would slow sea level rise
With coastal areas bracing for rising sea levels, new research indicates that cutting emissions of certain pollutants can greatly slow sea level rise this century.

Singapore scientist wins coveted Chen New Investigator Award 2013
Dr Patrick Tan from A*STAR's Genome Institute of Singapore has received the 2013 Chen New Investigator Award from the international Human Genome Organisation.

UC Santa Cruz study of pumas in Santa Cruz Mountains documents impact of predator/human interaction
In the first published results of more than three years of tracking mountain lions in the Santa Cruz Mountains, UC Santa Cruz researchers document how human development affects the predators' habits.

Anti-sickling therapies should be focus for sickle cell science
Pain is an undeniable focal point for patients with sickle cell disease but it's not the best focus for drug development, says one of the dying breed of physicians specializing in the condition.

Not everyone likes the company picnic
The workers who may have the most to gain from attending company social events may be the ones who actually get the least value from them, a new study suggests.

Iterative reconstruction plus longitudinal dose modulation reduces radiation dose for abdominal CT and save lives
Radiation dose reduction has moved to the forefront of importance in medical imaging with new techniques being developed in an effort to bring doses down as low as possible.

CU-Boulder study looks at microbial differences between parents, kids and dogs
As much as dog owners love their children, they tend to share more of themselves, at least in terms of bacteria, with their dogs.

Children and teens with autism more likely to become preoccupied with video games
Children and teens with autism spectrum disorder use screen-based media, such as television and video games, more often than their typically developing peers and are more likely to develop problematic video game habits, a University of Missouri researcher found.

Social gaming promotes healthy behavior, reveals new research
Adding social gaming elements to a behavior tracking program led people to exercise more frequently and helped them decrease their body-mass index, according to new research.

Category award winners announced for BioMed Central's 7th Annual Research Awards
BioMed Central's Annual Research Awards recognize excellence in scientific research made freely available through open access publishing within our portfolio of biology and medical journals.

ALMA pinpoints early galaxies at record speed
A team of astronomers has used the new ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) telescope to pinpoint the locations of over 100 of the most fertile star-forming galaxies in the early Universe.

Communicating science to society: A challenge to be met
According to the thesis by PhD holder Claudia Loaiza-Escutia, written up in the UVP/EHU's Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science, European scientists have difficulty connecting with the general public and journalists.

Virus-like particles provide vital clues about brain tumors
Exosomes are small, virus-like particles that can transport genetic material and signal substances between cells.

Genome sequencing of the living coelacanth sheds light on the evolution of land vertebrate
International researchers led by Chris Amemiya, Ph.D., Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, has published

Eye expo at UH offers resources to the visually impaired
A vision expo will be held Saturday, April 20 at the University of Houston, offering information on rehabilitation and resources for the blind and visually impaired to live independent and productive lives.

Study identifies 'chink in the armor' of Schmallenberg virus
A key building block in the Schmallenberg virus could be targeted by anti-viral drugs, according to a new study led from the University of Leeds.

Local GP intervention a positive step for women living in fear of their partner
A world first trial has found intervention by general practitioners in cases of domestic violence made impacts on women's symptoms of depression but not their quality of life.

Navy develops high impact, high integrity polymer for air, sea, and domestic applications
Developed at NRL, second generation polyetheretherketone-like phthalonitrile-based composites are superior to that of any other thermoset-based composites currently in use for aerospace, ship, and submarine applications.

New text-mining algorithm to prioritize research on chemicals, disease for public database
A new text-mining algorithm can help identify the most relevant scientific research for a public database that reveals the effects of environmental chemicals on human health, according to research published April 17 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Allan Peter Davis, Thomas Wiegers and colleagues from North Carolina State University.

UC Berkeley selected to build NASA's next space weather satellite
NASA has awarded UC Berkeley's Space Sciences Laboratory up to $200 million to build a satellite to determine how Earth's weather affects weather at the edge of space in order to improve forecasts of extreme

New scorecard shows inequalities in osteoporosis care in the Europe Union
Today a panel of international experts working in cooperation with the International Osteoporosis Foundation have published SCOPE -- or Scorecard for Osteoporosis in Europe.

Beaumont Children's Hospital pediatrician inducted into Legends of Neonatology Hall of Fame
M. Jeffrey Maisels, M.D., was honored as a 2013 Legends of Neonatology Hall of Fame inductee.

A*STAR scientists decipher genome code of a living fossil
An enigmatic prehistoric fish has brought scientists at A*STAR's Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology together with researchers from all over the world to crack its genomic code.

Vighter Medical Group and MCG team up to support FBI
A small Minnesota-based medical direction and support-company and Georgia's public medical school have teamed up to provide supplemental medical support to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's field operations.

Super-nanotubes: 'Remarkable' spray-on coating combines carbon nanotubes with ceramic
Researchers from NIST and Kansas State University have demonstrated a spray-on mixture of carbon nanotubes and ceramic that has unprecedented ability to resist damage while absorbing laser light.

Some minorities believe they are less likely to get cancer compared to whites, Moffitt study shows
Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center and colleagues analyzed national data to investigate the differences in cancer prevention beliefs by race and ethnicity.

UGA research finds sterilized dogs live longer
Many dog owners have their pets spayed or neutered to help control the pet population, but new research from the University of Georgia suggests the procedure could add to the length of their lives and alter the risk of specific causes of death.

Is your migraine preventive treatment balanced between drugs' benefits and harms?
Migraine headaches are a major cause of ill health and a reduced quality of life. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to