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October 11, 2013
Scientists identify protein linking exercise to brain health
A protein that is increased by endurance exercise has been isolated and given to non-exercising mice, in which it turned on genes that promote brain health and encourage the growth of new nerves involved in learning and memory, report scientists from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School.

UC Irvine scientists help identify possible botulism blocker
US and German scientists have decoded a key molecular gateway for the toxin that causes botulism, pointing the way to treatments that can keep the food-borne poison out of the bloodstream.

Targeted treatment plus chemotherapy could benefit women with ovarian cancer
Conventional chemotherapy could further extend life in some women with ovarian cancer when used in tandem with a new type of targeted treatment, a new international study shows.

Tecnalia will develop an innovative language learning method
Tecnalia, in close cooperation with the University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU, (Department of Languages and Computer Systems -- GHYM), will develop an innovative learning method based on ICTs to practise oral expression in second languages, to foster lifelong learning, the development of key skills, the creation of favourable environments, the promotion of the concept of active citizens and the development of support tools for their promotion.

Prostate cancer: A change in circulating tumor cells detection has high potential in the prediction
A new study reveals that in the prediction of treatment outcome for castration-resistant prostate cancer, a change in circulating tumor cells detection might be more accurate than the change in prostate-specific antigen levels.

Oral nutritional supplement use in pediatric inpatients decrease hospital stay and costs
A new study has found that the use of oral nutritional supplements provided to pediatric patients during hospitalization was associated with a decrease in length of stay of 14.8 percent and a decrease in hospital stay costs of $1,768 per patient.

Well-child visits more likely when parents use online health tools
Young children whose parents used an integrated personal health record were more likely to attend six or more of the nationally recommended well-child care visits by 15 months of age, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in The Journal of Pediatrics.

Can thermodynamics help us better understand human cancers?
UCLA researchers analyzed gene expression profiles of more than 2,000 patients and identified cancer-specific gene signatures for breast, lung, prostate and ovarian cancers.

Compound in grapes, red wine could help treat multiple types of cancer, study finds
A recent study by a University of Missouri researcher shows that resveratrol, a compound found in grape skins and red wine, can make certain tumor cells more susceptible to radiation treatment.

Outside influence: Genes outside nucleus have disproportionate effect
New research from UC Davis shows that the tiny proportion of a cell's DNA that is located outside the cell nucleus has a disproportionately large effect on a cell's metabolism.

Researchers find rust can power up artificial photosynthesis
Scientists trying to develop artificial photosynthesis for unique applications, like harvesting solar energy, have focused on narrowing the photovoltage gap between the two principle reactions of oxidation and reduction.

Innovative research earns Salk scientist EUREKA award
The National Institutes of Health has selected Axel Nimmerjahn for a highly competitive EUREKA (Exceptional Unconventional Research Enabling Knowledge Acceleration) grant.

Packaging stem cells in capsules for heart therapy
In many studies of stem cell therapy for heart disease, most of the cells wash away in the first hour.

Research into smart grid vulnerability to be presented at IEEE Homeland Security Conference
The paper,

Healthier diets possible in low-income, rural communities in America
A team of investigators implemented a two-year intervention study in low-income, rural areas where a disproportionately higher risk of overweight and obesity habits among children persists, leading to increased risk of diabetes and heart disease in adulthood.

Disrupting an antioxidant pathway prevents heart disease caused by reductive stress
A deficiency of the antioxidant response protein Nrf2 downregulates antioxidant activity to delay harmful cardiac remodeling.

New analysis of US elementary school mathematics finds half-century of problematic 'strands' structure
In an article in the November 2013 issue of the Notices of the American Mathematical Society, Liping Ma describes and analyzes the

New approach urged for 'abysmal' K-12 writing instruction
Writing instruction in US classrooms is

How research ecologists can benefit urban design projects
An urban construction site is not usually considered a suitable place to conduct research, but

$6.4 million grant funds glaucoma study in African-Americans
A study led by Robert N. Weinreb, chairman and Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, has received a $6.4 million, five-year grant from the National Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, to elucidate the genetics of glaucoma in persons of African descent.

Fish genital shape linked to predation
When predators lurk nearby, male Bahamas mosquitofish (Gambusia hubbsi) change mating strategies, rejecting elaborate courting rituals for more frequent and sometimes forceful encounters with females.

Med schools improve conflict-of-interest standards, yet much room for progress remains
US medical schools have made significant progress to strengthen their management of clinical conflicts of interest, but a new study demonstrates that most schools still lag behind national standards.

Predators vs. alien: European shrimps win predatory battles with an American invader
British and Canadian ecologists have discovered that native European shrimps resist the invasion of lakes and rivers by an American shrimp, by killing and eating the colonists.

Uniformity: The secret of better fusion ignition
One of the ways to achieve thermonuclear fusion is through a controlled reaction between two light variants of hydrogen, called deuterium and tritium.

Behavioral therapy provided during dialysis sessions may combat depression among kidney failure patients
Behavioral therapy provided chair-side to kidney failure patients while they're undergoing dialysis may help fight depression and improve patients' quality of life, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

Study: Herbal products omit ingredients, contain fillers
Consumers of natural health products beware. The majority of herbal products on the market contain ingredients not listed on the label, with most companies substituting cheaper alternatives and using fillers, according to new research from the University of Guelph.

American Chemical Society: Federal shutdown undermines US innovation and critical services
American Chemical Society President Marinda Li Wu, Ph.D., said the budget impasse is effectively choking America's science innovation pipeline, strangling new discoveries, future economic growth and job creation.

Video captions improve comprehension, professor finds
An SF State professor found that a simple change -- turning on captions during educational videos -- dramatically improved students' test scores and comprehension.

Badgers ultimately responsible for around half of TB in cattle, study estimates
Badgers are ultimately responsible for roughly half of tuberculosis (TB) in cattle in areas with high TB prevalence, according to new estimates based on data from a previous badger culling trial.

New technology can prevent cellular overload, dropped calls
When a natural disaster strikes and too many people take to their mobile phones at once, cellular networks easily overload.

The perils of texting while driving
US research reveals that four out of five college student drivers have used their cell phones to send or receive text messages while driving despite the majority recognizing that the activity represents a risk.

Innovation in renewable-energy technologies is booming
New study shows that research investments and growing markets have fueled a huge rise in new patents.

Turning vapors into foam-like polymer coatings
A researcher at the University of Rochester has developed a process to grow highly customizable coatings of foam-like polymers.

Immune system discovery could lead to EBV vaccine to prevent mono, some cancers
Development of a vaccine against Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) has taken a step forward with the Canadian discovery of how EBV infection evades detection by the immune system.

UTHealth's Cesar Arias earns infectious diseases award
Cesar Arias, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School, was bestowed the Oswald Avery Award for Early Achievement from the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

CNIO researchers discover a new regulator of drug detoxification
Drug abuse and alcohol are some of the most frequent causes of liver damage.

UC Davis joins cybersecurity research alliance
Computer scientists at UC Davis are taking part in a new research alliance with the Army Research Laboratory and other universities aimed at detecting, modeling and responding to cyberattacks on networks in real time and in some cases without human intervention. 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