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April 05, 2016
Press registration for EULAR 2016 is open
The next EULAR Annual European Congress of Rheumatology will take place between the 8 and 11 June 2016 in London.

How to survive extinction: Live fast, die young
Two hundred and fifty-two million years ago, a series of Siberian volcanoes erupted and sent the Earth into the greatest mass extinction of all time.

NSF CAREER award focused on improving the 'broken movies' of biology
Anthony Gitter, a biostatistics expert with the Morgridge Institute for Research and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has received a 2016 Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation to advance a central research challenge about the dynamic nature of cellular and genetic signaling.

Significant increase seen in price of insulin
In a study appearing in the April 5 issue of JAMA, Philip Clarke, Ph.D., of the University of Melbourne, Australia, and colleagues analyzed individual and prescription-level data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey to describe and compare trends in expenditure and price of anti-hyperglycemic medications in the United States from 2002 through 2013.

Cuckolded fathers rare in human populations
Despite the urban myth reinforced by many a daytime talk show, researchers writing in Trends in Ecology & Evolution on April 5 say the emerging evidence consistently indicates that very few fathers have unknowingly raised children who were not biologically their own.

Atlantic Rim Collaboratory: Eight leading systems join new international education policy initiative
The Atlantic Rim Collaboratory's member organizations will meet in Iceland this September to develop an agenda to share the best in K-12 education policies and practices and to promote the development of bold educational changes.

Breaking metamaterial symmetry with reflected light
Optical activity is well known to occur within materials that differ from their mirror image.

Study examines impact of 2 new antibodies in causing, treating myasthenia gravis
A study of patients from across the nation with myasthenia gravis is helping determine the incidence of two new antibodies believed to cause the disease, and whether these patients need different treatment strategies.

Cost-effective production of hydrogen from natural resources
A joint research team, affiliated with Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea finds a way to mass-produce Silicon nanosheets, using natural resources.

Pain and physical function improve after weight-loss surgery
Among a group of patients with severe obesity who underwent bariatric surgery, a large percentage experienced improvement in pain, physical function, and walking capacity over three years, according to a study appearing in the April 5 issue of JAMA.

Sugar shock: Insulin costs tripled in 10 years, study finds
People with diabetes who rely on insulin have seen the cost of that drug triple in just a decade -- even as doctors have prescribed higher doses to drive down their blood sugar levels.

A lesson from wheat evolution: From the wild to our spaghetti dish
Scientists Romina Beleggia, Roberto Papa et al., examined the rich evolutionary history of pasta wheat by measuring the changes in metabolic content from three different populations and exploiting innovative population genomics methods.

Scientists reveal endocardial origin of liver vasculature
On March 29, Nature Genetics published a research article entitled 'Genetic lineage tracing identifies endocardial origin of liver vasculature,' from Prof.

Automated thinner benefits romaine lettuce size, uniformity
Experiments compared the effects of automated thinning and hand thinning on uniformity of in-row spacing, plant size, and crop yield of romaine lettuce.

Indiana University-led researchers identify objective predictors of suicidality in women
Researchers have identified blood-based biomarkers and developed questionnaire-based apps that may help clinicians identify which of their female patients being treated for psychiatric disorders are at greatest risk of suicidal ideation or behavior.

Hispanics/Latinos at higher risk for cardiac dysfunction, heart failure
Hispanics/Latinos have higher rates of cardiac dysfunction but are rarely aware they have the heart-pumping problem that can lead to heart failure.

New study reports on suicidal thinking among US veterans
Nearly 14 percent of veterans reported suicidal thinking at one or both phases of a two-year VA study.

Most patients likely to see reductions in pain and disability after bariatric surgery
In the three years following bariatric surgery, the majority of patients experienced an improvement in pain and walking ability, as well as a lessening of the degree to which back or leg pain interfered with work.

Novel 3-D imaging offers new tool for identifying advanced fibrosis in liver
In a paper published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine conducted a prospective study of 100 patients (56 percent women) with biopsy-proven NAFLD to assess the efficacy of two-dimensional magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) and a novel 3-D version.

Household food insecurity at record high in the North: University of Toronto researchers
Despite anti-poverty efforts, hunger in Canada has not decreased -- and it has now reached epidemic levels in Nunavut, where almost half of households suffer from food insecurity, according to a new study by University of Toronto researchers.

Controlling blood pressure, sugar, cholesterol linked to lower cardiovascular disease
While controlling blood pressure, blood sugar and LDL-cholesterol levels reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease in people with diabetes, only 7 percent of diabetic participants in three major heart studies had recommended levels of these three factors, according to research from the UCI Heart Disease Prevention Program.

Study shows certain gastrointestinal tumors associated with higher mortality
Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have determined that certain gastrointestinal stromal tumors are more deadly than previously reported in medical literature.

Study examines bed bug infestations in 2,372 low-income apartments in New Jersey
In order to determine where bed bug outbreaks are occurring and the best way to prevent and control infestations, entomologists examined 2,372 apartments in New Jersey and looked at factors such as the age, race, and gender of the inhabitants.

Can urban gardeners benefit ecosystems while keeping food traditions alive?
Urban gardeners have the potential to contribute to ecosystem services by growing a diverse array of plants that could benefit wildlife.

Interventions requiring less individual agency should be prioritized to fight obesity
Public health interventions that require individuals to invest fewer individual personal and psychological resources are likely to be most effective and equitable; such 'low-agency' approaches should therefore be central to public health action on diet and obesity, according to Jean Adams and colleagues from the Centre for Diet and Activity Research and MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge, UK.

Record-breaking steel could be used for body armor, shields for satellites
A team of engineers has developed and tested a type of steel with a record-breaking ability to withstand an impact without deforming permanently.

Biomechanics team discovers how insects repair their 'bones'
Biomechanics researchers from Trinity College Dublin have discovered that insects repair their injured bodies by deploying a DIY cuticle repair kit after meeting with mishap.

New mouse model to aid testing of Zika vaccine, therapeutics
A research team at Washington University School of Medicine in St.

NASAs New Horizons fills gap in space environment observations
When NASA's New Horizons sped past Pluto on July 14, 2015, it took the best-ever pictures of the rocky worlds surface, giving us new insight into its geology, composition and atmosphere.

Resuscitation drugs can be beneficial to restoring heart rhythm after cardiac arrest
Administering heart resuscitation drugs to patients whose cardiac arrest is witnessed at the time of the attack can improve survival, but needs to be done through an IV line rather than directly into bone marrow as is more commonly done by paramedics, a new study involving UT Southwestern Medical Center emergency physicians and Dallas-Fort Worth Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agencies reveals.

New studies reveal large gap in life expectancy between patients with type 1 diabetes and the general population
Two new studies published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) show there has been no decrease in the gap in life expectancy between people living with type 1 diabetes and the general population over the past few decades.

Childhood asthma overdiagnosed, argue leading respiratory doctors
Doctors are overdiagnosing asthma, with inhalers frequently dispensed for no good reason, to the point that they have 'almost become a fashion accessory,' argue two leading respiratory doctors in a leading article published online in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.

NREL reveals potential for capturing waste heat via nanotubes
A finely tuned carbon nanotube thin film has the potential to act as a thermoelectric power generator that captures and uses waste heat, according to researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

New laser technique promises super-fast and super-secure quantum cryptography
A new method of implementing an 'unbreakable' quantum cryptographic system is able to transmit information at rates more than ten times faster than previous attempts.

Scientists net virus behind tilapia die-offs in Israel and Ecuador
An international scientific team led by researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and Tel Aviv University has identified and characterized a novel virus behind massive die-offs of farmed tilapia in Israel and Ecuador, which threatens the $7.5 billion global tilapia industry.

A better fix for torn ACLs
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a torn anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is one of the most common knee injuries.

Hard whale heads sink ships -- or can they?
The idea that a sperm whale can use its massive head as a battering ram to sink ships has been hotly debated at least since 'Moby Dick' was published in 1851.

Promising new method inhibits TB-causing bacteria
Scientists at the The University of Queensland and the University of California San Francisco have found a new way to inhibit the growth of the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB).

Risk of breaking a bone depends on where you live
Ethnicity, socioeconomic status and place of residence in the UK all influence the risk of breaking a bone, a new Southampton study has shown.

Fossil discovery suggests size poor predictor of maturity in ancient reptiles
Asilisaurus grew similarly to living crocodilians in that individuals of both species display varied growth patterns.

USDA announces $4.4 million in available funding for veterinary loan repayment
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced $4.4 million in available funding to help repay veterinary school loans in return for veterinarians serving in areas lacking sufficient veterinary resources.

Long-term response to selection predictable regardless of genetic architecture
In their latest publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Tiago Paixao, Postdoc, and Nick Barton, Professor at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria, addressed the controversial role of gene interactions (or epistasis), where the effect of one gene is affected by the presence of other genes, in the response to selection for two extremely different scenarios of evolutionary mechanisms.

Research finds evidence of lung abnormalities in light-use waterpipe smokers
A study of light-use hookah or waterpipe smokers found evidence of lung function abnormalities, including marked changes in cells lining the airways.

New in the Hastings Center Report
Why bioethics has a race problem, conscientious care and abortion, and more in the March-April 2016 issue.

Pharmacists in care teams improve care for patients with dementia
Problems related to elderly patients' medical drug treatments are widespread and commonly result in hospital admissions for people with dementia.

Scott Trerotola, M.D., FSIR delivers Dotter Lecture at SIR 2016
Interventional radiologists should embrace competition as a catalyst for innovation, said Scott O.

Screening for COPD not recommended
The US Preventive Services Task Force does not recommend screening for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in persons who do not have symptoms suggestive of COPD.

Global gathering addresses PV role in energy prosperity and climate change mitigation
Scientists from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, along with their counterparts from solar energy research institutes in Germany and Japan, gathered recently to discuss the future of photovoltaics and assess its contributions to increasing global prosperity, energy security and mitigation of climate change.

Altered circadian rhythm worsens Parkinson's disease, Temple researchers show
Chronic lack of sleep and irregular sleep-wake cycles may be risk factors of Parkinson's disease, new work by researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University suggests.

Cooling chips with the flip of a switch
While electrocaloric materials have been investigated as a method of on-demand microclimate control, there's a catch -- the external field needs to remain active, which is energy-consuming and heats the material.

Financial incentives are highly effective in helping pregnant women quit smoking
For the last three decades, developing more effective smoking cessation interventions for pregnant women -- especially among vulnerable populations -- has been a public health priority.

NREL, SLAC scientists pinpoint solar cell manufacturing process
Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have been able to pinpoint for the first time what happens during a key manufacturing process of silicon solar cells.

NREL raises rooftop photovoltaic technical potential estimate
Analysts at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory have used detailed light detection and ranging data for 128 cities nationwide, along with improved data analysis methods and simulation tools, to update its estimate of total US technical potential for rooftop photovoltaic systems.

European Energy Efficiency Platform launched
On April 5 the JRC presented the interactive and collaborative online European Energy Efficiency Platform.

Can your fitness tracker save your life in the ER?
Emergency physicians used a patient's personal activity tracker and smartphone to identify the time his heart arrhythmia started, which allowed them to treat his new-onset atrial fibrillation with electrical cardioversion and discharge him home.

A real Peter Rabbit tale: Biologists find key to myxoma virus/rabbit coevolution
Biologists find a molecular explanation for myxoma virus/rabbit coevolution in Australia.

Cold mountain streams offer climate refuge: Future holds hope for biodiversity
A new study offers hope for cold-water species in the face of climate change.

ETH meets California
ETH Zurich, The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland brings its top researchers to California to unravel the mysteries of science and technology.

Scientists to crack the genetic code of the Y chromosome in malaria mosquitoes
Nora J. Besansky, O'Hara Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and member of the Eck Institute for Global Health at the University of Notre Dame, assembled a diverse and multinational team of scientists to crack the genetic code of the Y chromosome in malaria mosquitoes for the first time.

Multitasking New Horizons observed solar wind changes on journey to Pluto
In addition to its history-making encounter with Pluto last July, the New Horizons spacecraft also recorded significant changes in how the solar wind behaves far from the sun.

Invading the brain to understand and repair cognition
People are using brain-machine interfaces to restore motor function in ways never before possible - through limb prosthetics and exoskletons.

Neuroscientists working to test brain training claims
The draw is huge: Play video games and get smarter.

General practice in England nearing 'saturation point'
The largest analysis of GP and nurse consultations to date shows workloads in general practice have increased by 16 percent over the past seven years, with more frequent and longer consultations.

Controlling cell turnover in the intestinal lining
The lining of the intestine is the most rapidly-renewing tissue in the body.

Researchers document how broadbills make loud wing song
Broadbills produce a startlingly loud sound that they make with their wings to mark off territory.

Online comment sections may influence readers' opinions on health issues
A study published in the April edition of Health Affairs reveals that one-sided comments posted on online news articles may influence readers' opinions about health-related topics.

New report prescribes US action to maintain global health leadership, heed lessons of Ebola and Zika
Some of the leading voices in global health will unveil the report at a briefing on Capitol Hill and discuss the policy actions the US government must take to accelerate development of urgently-needed tools to tackle existing and emerging health challenges, meet global health goals, and prepare today for the epidemics of tomorrow.

Trophoblasts resistant to Zika/Zika in the mouse
Two unrelated studies on the Zika virus -- one ruling out a theory for how Zika may be passing through the human placenta and another on using mouse models to trace Zika pathogenesis -- appear April 5 in Cell Host & Microbe.

What can Frizzled7 reveal about breast cancer development?
A new study shows that Frizzled7, a protein present on human breast epithelial cells and a component of the Wnt signaling pathway is uniquely controlled by the Notch signaling pathway, both of which play key roles in mammary gland formation and breast cancer development.

Insulator-superconductor transition of copper-oxide compound studied in fine detail
Using a highly controlled deposition technique, scientists from the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have synthesized ultrathin films containing multiple samples of a copper-oxide compound to study the compound's electronic behavior at near absolute zero, or minus 459 degrees Fahrenheit.

Back to basics with thermoelectric power
The force that puts electrons to work to harness waste heat is linked to the ability of electrons to diffuse through the material.

Promising results reported in study of AAV-based gene delivery to treat methylmalonic acidemia
A new study in patients with the inherited metabolic disorder methylmalonic academia found lower than expected levels of antibodies against the adeno-associated viral vectors being developed for gene therapy to replace the enzyme that is deficient in MMA.

Summer melt-driven streams on Greenland's ice sheet brought into focus
Erosion by melt-driven streams during summers on Greenland's ice sheet during shapes landscapes similarly to, but much faster than, rivers do on land, says a University of Oregon geologist.

Is it really give and take? New research examines how young people talk about oral sex
Popular culture may suggest we live in an era where men and women have achieved sexual equality.

Irregular heart rhythm may affect walking and strength in older adults
When people over age 70 develop atrial fibrillation, the most common type of irregular heartbeat, it accelerates age-related declines in walking speed, strength, balance and other aspects of physical performance.

Changing the color of single photons in a diamond quantum memory
Researchers from the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) have, for the first time, converted the colour and bandwidth of ultrafast single photons using a room-temperature quantum memory in diamond.

Fighting fiddler crabs call each other's bluff
Male fiddler crabs bluff their way through fights. They also adapt their combat strategies if they have lost their original enlarged claw and have regrown a more fragile one.

Autism Science Foundation announces Spring 2016 grant recipients
The Autism Science Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to funding innovative autism research, today announced the recipients of its annual pre- and post-doctoral fellowship programs and undergraduate summer research grants.

The Lancet: General practice in England nearing 'saturation point' as study reveals extent of GP workload increase
The largest analysis of GP and nurse consultations to date shows that workloads in general practice have increased by 16 percent over the past seven years, with more frequent and longer consultations.

Exercise counteracts sitting time
University of Leicester researchers lead study into benefits of physical activity.

Radical solution could avoid depletion of natural resources
A radical approach to managing natural resources could target the problem of their over-exploitation, such as in forests or fisheries, according to a new study.

A movie of the microworld: Physicists create nanoparticle picture series
Kansas State University physicists collaboratively have developed a method for taking a series of X-ray images that show the explosion of superheated nanoparticles at the femtosecond level.

Researchers show corals struggle to grow under multiple stressors
A new study from researchers at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science found that multiple stressors might be too much for corals.

Gamblers Anonymous associated with progress, could benefit from more combined approach
People who attended Gamblers Anonymous gambled less often, showed increased readiness for change and enhanced coping skills, but appeared to fair better when Gamblers Anonymous was combined with other therapeutic approaches, a comprehensive review has found.

Death of partner linked to heightened risk of irregular heartbeat for up to a year later
The death of a partner is linked to a heightened risk of developing an irregular heartbeat otherwise known as atrial fibrillation -- itself a risk factor for stroke and heart failure -- for up to a year afterwards, finds research published in the online journal Open Heart.

Researchers test new Risk of Bias assessment tool for non-randomized intervention studies
The Cochrane Risk of Bias Tool for Non-Randomized Studies of Interventions shows potential value in systematic reviews in an assessment published this week in PLOS Medicine.

US national security decision-making processes need trimming, new RAND study finds
A leaner, more-focused national security decision-making system can help the United States succeed in a period of tumultuous change, according to a new RAND Corporation report.

Targeting the gut microbiome to fight heart disease
A compound found in red wine, resveratrol, reduces the risk of heart disease by changing the gut microbiome, according to a new study by researchers from China.

Uninfected or asymptomatic? Diagnostic tests key to forecasting major epidemics
Major epidemics such as the recent Ebola outbreak or the emerging Zika epidemic may be difficult to forecast because of our inability to determine whether individuals are uninfected or infected but not showing symptoms, according to a new study from the University of Cambridge.

Sensation-seeking may be linked to brain anatomy
People prone to seeking stimulation and acting impulsively may have differences in the structure of their brains.

Saving lives through real-time flood forecasting
David Maidment, a hydrologist and civil engineer at UT Austin, knows there is a better way to predict flooding using advanced technology.

ERC Advanced Grant for cancer researcher from Vetmeduni Vienna
Veronika Sexl of the Institute for Pharmacology and Toxicology at Vetmeduni Vienna has been awarded a coveted ERC Advanced Grant from the European Research Council.

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, April 2016
This tip sheet includes: ORNL researchers focus on minimizing impact of natural and man-made disasters hit; Aberrated probes helping to detect magnetic properties in materials; Thermoelectric heat pump dryer potentially uses 40 percent less energy; ORNL researchers discover structures designed to monitor fish movement are potential obstacles.

TSRI scientists get first-ever glimpse of 'teenage' HIV-neutralizing antibody
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute and collaborating institutions have described the first-ever immature or 'teenage' antibody found in a powerful class of immune molecules effective against HIV.

Impossible superconductors gone live
The scientists from the Faculty of Physics of the Lomonosov Moscow State University conducted a study evaluating the appearance of the superconducting state in the iron-based superconductors with two energetic gaps.

Plant gases can counteract Arctic climate change
Plant gasses possibly dampen the temperature rise in Greenland. Plants emit compounds to deter pests or attract pollinators, and as a side effect particles are formed when the compounds interact in the air.

NUS-led research team discovers novel way of transferring magnetic information
A team led by researchers from the National University of Singapore has achieved a major breakthrough in magnetic interaction.

Few children get 60 minutes of vigorous physical activity daily
Only 15 percent of children achieve the recommended daily average of at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and only 8 percent achieve the school-time recommendation of 30 minutes.

Gravitational wave search provides insights into galaxy evolution and mergers
New results from NANOGrav -- the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves -- establish astrophysically significant limits in the search for low-frequency gravitational waves.

NASA's Aqua satellite sees Tropical Cyclone 18P form West of Vanuatu
NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Cyclone 18P soon after it formed west of Vanuatu in the Southern Pacific Ocean and captured a visible image of the storm.

Cannabis use in pregnancy linked to low birthweight and intensive care
Use of cannabis during pregnancy is linked to low birthweight and the need for intensive care, reveals an analysis of the available evidence, published in the online journal BMJ Open.

New database gives scientists hope for helping coral reefs
With the future of coral reefs threatened now more than ever, researchers have announced the release of a new global database that enables scientists and managers to more quickly and effectively help corals survive their many challenges.

Study: The science behind bodily secretions
The secretion of fluids like saliva and digestive juices are important in countless activities that keep our bodies running day and night.

Researchers discover new fish virus that threatens global tilapia stocks
An international team of researchers has identified a new virus that attacks wild and farmed tilipia, an important source of inexpensive protein for the world's food supply.

'It's not worth me having a long-life lightbulb'
Death is a part of life for people over 95 years old, who mainly live day-to-day, concludes a rare study of attitudes to death and dying amongst the very old.

Touching a robot can elicit physiological arousal in humans
Researchers at Stanford University found that touching a robot's intimate areas elicited physiological arousal in humans.

Researchers discover that breast cancer tumor growth is dependent on lipid availability
A study headed by the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) and in collaboration with hospitals around Spain has unveiled breast cancer dependence on lipids.

'Forgotten' fish turns up in West Texas
With no more 'swimmable' water than thirsty West Texas has, it's hard to imagine a fish, even a minnow-sized fish could remain 'missing' for more than a century.

Live fast, die young
In a new study published in Scientific Reports, a team of international paleontologists, including postdoctoral scholar Adam Huttenlocker of the Natural History Museum of Utah at the University of Utah, demonstrate that ancient mammal relatives known as therapsids were suited to the drastic climate change by having shorter life expectancies and would have had a better chance of success by breeding at younger ages than their predecessors.

Dr. Joseph Rizzo awarded US Department of Defense Vision Prosthesis Pilot Study award
Joseph Rizzo, M.D., has been awarded grant funding as part of the Vision Prosthesis Pilot Study, a Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program of the United States Department of Defense.

Root water transport measured with hydraulic conductance flow meter
Researchers used a hydraulic conductance flow meter to measure hydraulic conductance of container-grown herbaceous and semiwoody plants with soft conductive tissue.

CU study: Ancient Mars bombardment likely enhanced life-supporting habitat
The bombardment of Mars some 4 billion years ago by comets and asteroids as large as West Virginia likely enhanced climate conditions enough to make the planet more conducive to life, at least for a time, says a new University of Colorado Boulder study.

Major new project maps out woodland biodiversity
An innovative joint project between the University of Stirling, Forest Research and Natural England is using woodland creation and maps from 1840 to the present day to assess the impact of past land use change on current biodiversity.

Landscapers benefit from organic land care extension program
Researchers assessed the need for and impact of Rutgers University's Organic Land Care Certificate Program, through which land care professionals learn to restore and enhance biological cycles.

New methods to study 'genetic invasion' detect the escape of crop genomes into the wild
Agricultural practices create opportunities for crop DNA to invade wild plant gene pools.

Sweet technique finds cause of sour oil and gas
A new technique models oil and gas formations to determine the cause of souring in hydrocarbon products.

Insomnia linked to damage in brain communication networks
Using a sophisticated MRI technique, researchers have found abnormalities in the brain's white matter tracts in patients with insomnia, according to a new study.

Maternal smoking during pregnancy leaves its lasting mark on the child's genetic make-up
If mothers smoke during pregnancy, they influence the epigenetic programming of their unborn child's genetic make-up in the long term.

Rhythm of oscillations in cerebral cortex, key to understanding Down syndrome
Scientists at the Centre for Genomic Regulation and August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute in Barcelona, Spain, have made a first-ever identification of the alterations in the neuronal circuit that impact cerebral cortex physiology, and that could be the cause of cognitive deficits in Down syndrome.

Parkinson's disease meds increase risk of compulsive gambling, shopping, binge eating
Drugs commonly prescribed to treat Parkinson's disease are linked to impulse control disorders such as pathological gambling, compulsive buying, hypersexuality and binge eating in some patients.

Cell therapy company licenses IU School of Medicine technology that creates blood vessels
Indiana University Research and Technology Corp. has licensed technology that creates human blood vessels to Cellular Dynamics International, a Fujifilm company based in Madison, Wisconsin.

Risk allele for side effects induced by Clozapine identified
A research group led by Osaka University, Fujita Health University and RIKEN identified the risk allele for agranulocytosis induced by Clozapine (CLZ).

Louisiana Tech University physics, computer science student earns NASA fellowship
Darrian Mills, a freshman student in physics and computer science at Louisiana Tech University, has earned a prestigious Minority Research Scholars fellowship with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). 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