Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 23, 2016
New disease gene will lead to better screening for pediatric heart disease
Cardiomyopathy, or a deterioration of the ability of the heart muscle to contract, generally leads to progressive heart failure.

Antihypertensive effect of fermented milk products under the microscope
Over the past decade, interest has been rising in fermented dairy foods that promote health and could potentially prevent diseases such as hypertension (high blood pressure).

New method gives scientists a better look at how HIV infects and takes over its host cells
A research team wanted to know how HIV uses its tiny genome to manipulate our cells, gain entry, and replicate -- all while escaping the immune system.

National Academy of Medicine selects eight health professionals selected for RWJF
The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today named the 2016-2017 class of RWJF Health Policy Fellows.

OU center examines how genomic information impacts medical care of Native Americans
A University of Oklahoma Center on American Indian and Alaska Native Genomic Research will examine the impact of genomic information on American Indian and Alaska Native communities and health care systems.

Hacking memory to follow through with intentions
Whether it's paying the electric bill or taking the clothes out of the dryer, there are many daily tasks that we fully intend to complete and then promptly forget about.

A rallying call for microbiome science national data management
In a paper published online May 16, 2016, in Trends in Microbiology, researchers from the US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute call for the formation of a National Microbiome Data Center to efficiently manage the datasets accumulated globally.

Engineers take first step toward flexible, wearable, tricorder-like device
Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed the first flexible wearable device capable of monitoring both biochemical and electric signals in the human body.

LJMU joins forces with IAC to develop the world's largest robotic telescope
Liverpool John Moores University Vice Chancellor, Proffesor Nigel Weatherill, and the Director of the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC), Proffesor Rafael Rebolo López, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore the design, construction and operation of the new 4.0 meter telescope which will be on a bigger scale than the current Liverpool Telescope (LT) which has been studying the cosmos and making discoveries for over a decade.

Cutting-edge findings in cannabis research
The authors have studied cannabis therapies for many years at international research centers, examining its effects, potential applications, and risks.

New study captures ultrafast motion of proteins
For the first time, scientists have observed the structural changes in carbonic anhydrase.

Harnessing the 'Natural Killer' within us to fight cancer
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute researchers, led by Dr. Sandra Nicholson and Dr.

End of the road for aliskiren in heart failure
A subgroup analysis in heart failure patients with diabetes from the ATMOSPHERE trial has failed to show benefit and signals the end of the road for aliskiren in heart failure.

Higher fluctuations in blood pressure linked to brain function decline
Fluctuations in blood pressure readings over a five-year period resulted in faster declines in brain and cognitive function among older adults.

Blood test uncovers undiagnosed diabetes in hospital patients with high blood sugar
A retrospective review of medical records found the HbA1C test, commonly used to diagnose and manage diabetes, can effectively detect hidden disease among hospital patients with hyperglycemia, commonly known as high blood sugar.

Rice University lab simplifies total synthesis of anti-cancer agent
Rice University researchers reported the streamlined total synthesis of delta12-prostaglandin J3, a molecule that has been reported as killing leukemic cancer cells.

UMass Amherst researchers untangle disease-related protein misfolding
Today a research group with expertise in protein folding at the University of Massachusetts Amherst led by biochemist Daniel Hebert reports for the first time how a key protein in the blood coagulation pathway folds to a higher-energy or 'cocked' state, so it can function as a sort of 'molecular mousetrap' and generate the work required to perform physiologically important functions.

In changing oceans, cephalopods are booming
Humans have changed the world's oceans in ways that have been devastating to many marine species.

Investigational CDK4/6 inhibitor abemaciclib is active against a range of cancer types
The investigational anticancer therapeutic abemaciclib, which targets CDK4 and CDK6, showed durable clinical activity when given as continuous single-agent therapy to patients with a variety of cancer types, including breast cancer, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), glioblastoma, and melanoma, according to results from a phase I clinical trial.

A peachy defense system for seeds
ETH chemists are developing a new coating method to protect seeds from being eaten by insects.

The dark side of the fluffiest galaxies
To the surprise of the scientific community last year a new type of galaxy was discovered, residing in a galactic megalopolis known as the Coma Cluster, some 300 million light years away from Earth.

Novel strategy may improve seasonal flu vaccine effectiveness
New findings describe a novel strategy for predicting how circulating influenza viruses will evolve, an approach that may help scientists create better seasonal influenza vaccines.

Supercrystals with new architecture can enhance drug synthesis
Scientists from ITMO University and Trinity College have designed an optically active nanosized supercrystal whose novel architecture can help separate organic molecules, thus considerably facilitating the technology of drug synthesis.

Ivy's powerful grasp could lead to better medical adhesives, stronger battle armor
English ivy's natural glue might hold the key to new approaches to wound healing, stronger armor for the military and maybe even cosmetics with better staying power.

Trance to treat stomach ache: The efficacy of medical hypnosis
Therapeutic hypnosis is an effective and safe complementary technique in surgery and the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome.

GW receives $2 million for phase 1 clinical trial to test hookworm vaccines in endemic area
Researchers from the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences received a $2.1 million U01 grant from the NIH to begin work on a phase 1 clinical trial to test a hookworm vaccine in an endemic area of Brazil.

New technique controls autonomous vehicles on a dirt track
Georgia Tech researchers have a created racing, sliding, and jumping one-fifth-scale, fully autonomous auto-rally cars that runs at the equivalent of 90 mph.

Epigenetic modification increases susceptibility to obesity and predicts fatty liver
DZD scientists have shown in a mouse model that the epigenetic modification of the Igfbp2 gene observed in the young animal precedes a fatty liver in the adult animal.

When it comes to replicating studies, context matters, an analysis of reproducibility project work finds
Contextual factors, such as the race of participants in an experiment or the geography of where the experiment was run, can reduce the likelihood of replicating psychological studies, a team of NYU researchers has found.

ASGE Sessions: Adenoma detection, pediatric endoscopy, advances in diagnosing and imaging
Don't miss these American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy programs at DDW on Monday and Tuesday.

Hospitals can tear down 'wall of silence' using new research-based patient safety toolkit
A new toolkit for hospitals aims to break down the 'wall of silence' that often rises after something goes wrong in a patient's care.

Programmable materials find strength in molecular repetition
Synthetic proteins based on those found in a variety of squid species' ring teeth may lead the way to self-healing polymers carefully constructed for specific toughness and stretchability that might have applications in textiles, cosmetics and medicine, according to Penn State researchers.

Trial and error in viral evolution: The difference between fading out, pandemic
In a review article, researchers from Virginia Tech, Yale University, and the National Institutes of Health study viral evolution with the aim of finding knowledge that might help prevent disease.

Dana-Farber research presented at 2016 ASCO conference
A brief look at select studies Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers are presenting at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting.

Loss of Y chromosome in blood is associated with developing Alzheimer's disease
Men with blood cells that do not carry the Y chromosome are at greater risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and this is in addition to an increased risk of death from other causes, including many cancers, the annual conference of the European Society of Human Genetics will hear today.

The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias will participate in new European SUNDIAL network
SUNDIAL is a new 'Marie Curie' European Innovative Training Network (ITN) which will start in April 2017 and in which the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) will play a key role.

Using cellphone data to study the spread of cholera
While cholera has hardly changed over the past centuries, the tools used to study it have not ceased to evolve.

Are childhood stroke outcomes associated with BP, blood glucose, temperature?
Infarct (tissue damage) volume and hyperglycemia (high blood glucose) were associated with poor neurological outcomes after childhood stroke but hypertension and fever were not, according to an article published online by JAMA Neurology.

Exposure to common flame retardant chemicals may increase thyroid problems in women
Women with elevated levels of common types of flame retardant chemicals in their blood may be at a higher risk for thyroid disease -- and the risk may be significantly higher among post-menopausal women.

Syracuse physicists help restart Large Hadron Collider
After months of winter hibernation, the LHC has resumed smashing beams of protons together, in attempt to recreate conditions of the first millionth of a second of the universe, some 13.9 billion years ago.

UC3M is investigating aerospace engines of the future
A Universidad Carlos III de Madrid research study is analyzing how to improve rocket engines for use in future spacecrafts.

Global data shows inverse relationship, shift in human use of fire
Humans use fire for heating, cooking, managing lands and, more recently, fueling industrial processes.

Flu jab associated with fewer hospitalizations in patients with heart failure
The flu jab is associated with a reduced risk of hospitalization in patients with heart failure, according to research presented today in a late breaking trial session at Heart Failure 2016 and the 3rd World Congress on Acute Heart Failure.

Making virus sensors cheap and simple: New method detects single viruses in urine
Scientists have developed a new method to rapidly detect a single virus in urine.

Even light drinkers should watch for fatty liver disease
People who are genetically predisposed with reduced enzyme activity to breakdown active aldehyde are more likely to develop a fatty liver even if they have no drinking habit.

African-American girls in low-income, high-crime neighborhoods experience threats, objectification
African-American girls in high-risk neighborhoods report encounters with aggression and sexual objectification, according to Georgia State University researchers.

Evidence of link between cancer & light therapy inconclusive but warrants consideration
Two new studies raise enough questions about a possible link between childhood cancer and light therapy for newborn jaundice that clinicians should exercise caution in prescribing it for infants whose jaundice will likely resolve on its own, according to an editorial in Pediatrics.

How our emotions affect store prices
Why stores should take shoppers' emotions into account when setting prices.

Telephone-based cognitive behavioral therapy significantly improves menopause symptoms
Chatting on the phone with a 'sleep coach' and keeping a nightly sleep diary significantly improve sleep quality and reduce insomnia in women through all stages of menopause, according to a new study published today in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Can legumes solve environmental issues?
It's a win-win situation for the environment and the economy when it comes to introducing legumes into agricultural systems, says new research published in Frontiers in Plant Science, carried out by an international team of scientists as part of the European Union project, Legume Futures.

Damon Runyon Foundation selects new recipients of Physician-Scientist Training Award
To help increase the number of physician-scientists, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation has created the new Damon Runyon Physician-Scientist Training Award, which provides physicians who have earned an M.D. degree and completed clinical specialty fellowship training the opportunity to gain the research experience they need to become leaders in translational and clinical research.

The Lancet: Teenage pregnancies hit record low, reflecting efforts of England's strategy to reduce under-18 conceptions
Rates of teenage pregnancy in England have halved since the implementation of the Government's Teenage Pregnancy Strategy (TPS) in 1999, and the greatest effect is seen in areas of high deprivation and areas that received the most TPS funding, according to research published in The Lancet.

Flu vaccination associated with lower dementia risk in patients with heart failure
Influenza vaccination is associated with a lower risk of dementia in patients with heart failure, according to a study in more than 20,000 patients presented today at Heart Failure 2016 and the 3rd World Congress on Acute Heart Failure by Dr.

Study finds little change in the IMF's policy advice, despite rhetoric of reform
Researchers describe IMF as having an 'escalating commitment to hypocrisy,' as study reveals that strict lending conditions have returned to pre-crisis levels, while 'pro-poor' targets frequently go unmet.

New book: How to keep STEM support from falling short
Four former STEM undergraduates and editors of the Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science have created a pocket mentor for aspiring scientists based on interviews with professionals and their own personal experiences.

Health, wealth and social differences for adults born premature, low-birth-weight
Fewer adults who were born prematurely at low-birth weights were employed or had children and they were more likely to have lower incomes, be single and report more chronic health conditions than their normal-birth-weight-term counterparts, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics.

The CALIFA third data release: An inspiration to be curious about the universe
The Calar Alto Legacy Integral Field Area Survey has released to the world public all of the data assembled over 6 years of work.

Does sepsis keep killing months later?
U-M researchers investigated if previous health conditions in sicker patients were driving the risk of late death after sepsis.

ESF lists top 10 new species for 2016
A hominin in the same genus as humans and a fossil ape nicknamed 'Laia' are among the discoveries identified by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry as the Top 10 New Species for 2016.

SwRI scientists discover fresh lunar craters
A Southwest Research Institute-led team of scientists discovered two geologically young craters -- one 16 million, the other between 75 and 420 million, years old -- in the moon's darkest regions.

How brick-makers can help butt out litter
If just 2.5 per cent of the world's annual brick production incorporated 1 per cent cigarette butts, we could completely offset annual worldwide cigarette production.

Astronomers confirm faintest early-universe galaxy ever seen
An international team of scientists has detected and confirmed the faintest early-universe galaxy ever, using the W.

UTHealth study finds e-cigarette marketing linked to teen e-cigarette use
Exposure to e-cigarette marketing messages is significantly associated with e-cigarette use among middle school and high school students, according to researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

Knowledge of positive Cologuard test improves colonoscopy performance
An endoscopist's knowledge of a positive Cologuard test improves colonoscopy performance, according to a poster presentation at last week's Digestive Disease Week conference.

A guide to CRISPR gene activation
In a study published on May 23 in Nature Methods, a Wyss Institute team reports how it rigorously compared and ranked the most commonly used artificial Cas9 activators in different cell types from organisms including humans, mice and flies.

Why fruit cracking differs among sweet cherry varieties
Using biaxial tensile tests scientists compared mechanical properties of the skins of two sweet cherry cultivars.

Transplanting healthy stool might be an answer to ulcerative colitis
Fecal microbiota transplantation -- a treatment currently used to address recurring Clostridium difficile infection -- is also an effective approach to helping individuals who suffer from ulcerative colitis, according to a study being presented at Digestive Disease Week®.

Attosecond physics: A switch for light-wave electronics
A team led by Ferenc Krausz of LMU Munich and the MPI for Quantum Optics, together with theorists from Tsukuba University, has optimized the interaction of light with glass, thus improving the prospects for optically driven electronics.

Cities try different tactics to regulate noise
If you live in Waco, a gas lawn mower at night likely wouldn't violate the decibel limit, even though it may in most towns.

Call to minimize drone impact on wildlife
University of Adelaide environmental researchers have called for a 'code of best practice' in using unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) for wildlife monitoring and protection, and other biological field research.

Discovery could energize development of longer-lasting batteries
A UT Dallas researcher has made a discovery that could open the door to cellphone and car batteries that last five times longer than current ones.

Current screening methods miss worrisome number of persons with mild cognitive impairment
In a paper published in the current Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System say existing screening tools for mild cognitive impairment result in a false-negative error rate of more than 7 percent.

Breast cancer drug discovery offers hope of new treatments
A new drug discovery approach has yielded a potential therapy for breast cancer that may be more effective than existing medicines.

Study finds breast and ovarian cancer may have similar origins
While breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in women worldwide, ovarian cancer also is a significant source of mortality as the fifth leading cause of cancer death among women.

CHOP researcher inducted into Italian Academy of Sciences
Douglas C. Wallace, Ph.D., director of the Center for Mitochondrial and Epigenomic Medicine at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, was inducted into the Italian Academy of Sciences during the Academy's 234th annual meeting on May 5 in Rome.

Colonoscopy prep may improve with some solid foods
There's good news for patients who dread the clear-liquid diet before a colonoscopy.

Scientists find sustainable solutions for oysters in the future by looking into the past
Oysters are keystone organisms in estuaries around the world, influencing water quality, constructing habitat and providing food for humans and wildlife.

Racial disparities found in liver cancer survival rates
Black patients diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common liver cancer, had a 33 percent increased risk of death compared to non-Hispanic whites.

Mutation protects against heart disease
According to new international research, just less than one per cent of the population is naturally protected against developing chronic coronary artery diseases.

Proteins key to unlocking cancer for National Cancer Moonshot
The National Cancer Moonshot initiative needs to move beyond genomics to target the proteins that are driving cancer, according to an Inova Health System and George Mason University collaborative paper published Thursday in the American Association for Cancer Research.

Purdue research may expand engineered T-cell cancer treatment
Researchers may have figured out a way to call off a cancer cell assassin that sometimes goes rogue.

Traveling wave drives magnetic particles
As our technology downsizes, scientists often operate in microscopic-scale jungles, where modern-day explorers develop new methods for transporting microscopic objects of different sizes across non uniform environments, without losing them.

KIT brings outstanding experimental physicist back to Germany
Germany's award in the highest amount for researchers from abroad was handed over to Professor Wolfgang Wernsdorfer May 3 in Berlin.

Rice study decodes genetic circuitry for bacterial spore formation
A team led by Rice University bioengineering researchers has decoded the mechanism that bacteria use to make life-or-death decisions during extremely tough times.

Nanoscale Trojan horses treat inflammation
Nanosized Trojan horses created from a patient's own immune cells have successfully treated inflammation by overcoming the body's complex defense mechanisms, perhaps leading to broader applications for treating diseases characterized by inflammation.

ISIS propaganda collected in real time
University of Exeter experts will collect large amounts of propaganda put on the internet by Islamic State terrorists in real time to understand how it radicalizes people.

Boston Medical Center's adult, pediatric trauma centers re-verified by ACS
Boston Medical Center's Trauma Center has been re-verified as a Level I adult trauma center and a Level II pediatric trauma center by the Verification Review Committee, an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons.

ESIB -- European Summit of Industrial Biotechnology 2016
'Design' will be the guiding thread of the 2½ days ESIB 2016 which will cover trends in biotech science and industry, cascade design and metabolic engineering, designing nature (e.g. proteins for competitive bioprocesses), in-silico approaches in modern industrial biotechnology, networking opportunities and much more.

Consensus statement on optimizing management of EGFR mutation positive NSCLC patients
The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) created the 2016 consensus statement on optimizing management of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation positive (M+) non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients to discuss key pathologic, diagnostic, and therapeutic considerations.

Strange sea-dwelling reptile fossil hints at rapid evolution after mass extinction
For a long time, scientists believed that the early marine reptiles that came about after the great Permian-Triassic mass extinction evolved slowly, but the recent discovery of a strange new fossil brings that view into question.

Squids on the rise as oceans change
Unlike the declining populations of many fish species, the number of cephalopods (octopus, cuttlefish and squid) has increased in the world's oceans over the past 60 years, a University of Adelaide study has found.

Middle school intervention program leads to long-term BMI reduction for obese students
A five-week obesity prevention program for seventh grade students in Southern California helped obese students lose weight over a long-term period.

CWRU leads effort to replace prostheses with engineered cartilage
Case Western Reserve University will open a new center designed to develop evaluation technology and set standards for testing and improving engineered cartilage that could one day replace a variety of prosthetic devices.

Rare evolutionary event detected in University of Texas lab
Researchers witnessed a rare event and perhaps solved an evolutionary puzzle about how introns, non-coding sequences of DNA located within genes, multiply in a genome.

First US asteroid sample return spacecraft begins launch preparations
The first US spacecraft designed to return a piece of an asteroid to Earth has arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where it is now undergoing further testing in preparation for launch in September.

58 life science researchers elected as new EMBO Members
EMBO today announced that 58 researchers in the life sciences were newly elected to its membership.

Many young adult female cancer survivors need more information and support to preserve their fertility
A new study indicates that many young adult female cancer survivors do not receive adequate information about their fertility as part of their survivorship care after completing treatment, despite having concerns about their ability to bear children in the future.

New strategy could yield more precise seasonal flu vaccine
A team of researchers led by University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine virologist Yoshihiro Kawaoka describes a novel strategy to predict the antigenic evolution of circulating influenza viruses and give science the ability to more precisely anticipate seasonal flu strains.

Extreme beliefs often mistaken for insanity, new study finds
In the aftermath of violent acts such as mass shootings, many people assume mental illness is the cause.

Antimicrobial resistance in soil and the potential impact on the food chain
New research at the University of Southampton is to investigate if large amounts of antibiotic resistant bacteria are present in agricultural soil which may spread into the food chain.

Using drones without disturbing wildlife
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), more popularly known as drones, are increasingly employed to monitor and protect wildlife.

Researcher recognized for work in crystal engineering
A University of Houston chemical engineer has received the 2016 Owens Corning Early Career Award in recognition of his contributions to materials science and engineering.

The protein that assesses distances
A protein of the ISWI family (Imitation Switch, or nucleosome remodelling motors) is endowed with a special property: despite having no organ of sense it is nonetheless able to assess the length of DNA strands.

Enhanced arginine metabolism may counteract inflammation pathways in asthma
In this month's issue of the JCI, research led by Serpil Erzurum at the Cleveland Clinic indicates that increased arginine levels in asthmatic individuals may support metabolic pathways that counteract airway inflammation.

Research project for damage control laparotomies goes to the community for consultation
Researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston plan to launch a clinical study looking at complication rates in patients who have experienced severe trauma to the abdominal area and require immediate surgery to diagnose and treat the injuries at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.

UCLA study identifies how brain connects memories across time
UCLA neuroscientists have identified in mice how the brain links different memories over time.

Why children confuse simple words
Study: Kids have 'and/or' problems despite sophisticated reasoning.

Purdue professor selected to establish Station Q Purdue, part of Microsoft Station Q
A Purdue University professor has been selected to lead Station Q Purdue, part of a team assembled by Microsoft's Station Q to pursue a path to quantum computing.

Telomere length in circulating blood cells does not predict asymptomatic atherosclerosis
A CNIC's new study suggests that leukocyte telomere length in circulating blood does not effectively predict CVD risk in individuals without disease symptoms.

The uncertain brain: Untangling ambiguity in neural circuits
Every day humans and animals face ambiguous circumstances. If we become sick after eating, we blame the food; however, if we then fall ill without having eaten that food, the causal link becomes ambiguous.

Vanderbilt study: Chloride 'switch' turns on membrane formation
Chloride plays a key role in the formation of the basement membrane, a suprastructure on the outside of cells that undergirds and guides the function of most of the tissues of the body.

A history of snowfall on Greenland, hidden in ancient leaf waxes
The history of Greenland's snowfall is chronicled in an unlikely place: the remains of aquatic plants that died long ago, collecting at the bottom of lakes in horizontal layers that document the passing years.

Gut flora may lead to better diagnosis tool for liver disease & open avenues for treatment
Primary sclerosing cholangitis is a liver disease with no effective medical treatment.

U of Iowa education faculty create iPad app to help K-12 teachers improve student behavior
University of Iowa researchers, along with colleagues at Vanderbilt University, were recently awarded a three-year, nearly $1.2 million grant from the US Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to further develop their self-monitoring behavior intervention app called Score It.

Low- and high-birthweight babies appear at increased risk for cardiovascular disease
Babies born at both low and high birthweights appear to be at increased risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes by the time they become adolescents, researchers report.

Sylvester researchers identify novel treatment for aggressive form of breast cancer
A recent study by researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine revealed that triple-negative breast cancer, which has generally been unresponsive to hormone receptor-targeted treatments, can indeed be treated using vitamin D and androgen receptor-targeted therapy.

Ambitious experiments cast light on far reaches of periodic table
A study of newly made chemical compounds is giving scientists a fresh understanding of an elusive element.

Study reveals success of text messaging in helping smokers quit
A new study from The Miriam Hospital's Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine found that smokers who received a text messaging intervention were more likely to abstain from smoking relative to controls.

Loss of Y chromosome is a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease
The loss of the Y chromosome in batches of cells over time continues to develop as one biological explanation for why men, on average, live shorter lives than women.

New research confirms continued, unabated and large-scale amphibian declines
New US Geological Survey-led research suggests that even though amphibians are severely declining worldwide, there is no smoking gun -- and thus no simple solution -- to halting or reversing these declines.

Couples study ties anger to heart problems, stonewalling to back pain
If you rage with frustration during a marital spat, watch your blood pressure.

MedImmune Translational Science Forum convenes bay area leaders on precision medicine
Today, key leaders from academia, industry, government and funding organizations in and around the San Francisco Bay Area will convene for the MedImmune California Translational Science Forum to discuss innovative approaches to address precision medicine's big data challenges and opportunities in bioinformatics and drug discovery.

Cannabis & Cannabinoid Research now in collaboration w/ International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines
Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, the peer-reviewed open access journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers, announces a new collaborative partnership with the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines.

International Symposium on the Separation of Proteins, Peptides and Polynucleotides
The ISPPP 2016 will cover topics as HCP analysis, biosimilars, 2- & 3-dimensional analytics, HPLC-MS technologies, scale-up and scale-down of chromatography, virus and VLP isolation, DNA separation, protein standards and standardization, biopharmaceuticals, protein nutraceuticals, high molecular weight species and superstructures.

Rice de-icer gains anti-icing properties
Rice University scientists have modified their graphene-based de-icer to resist the formation of ice well below the freezing point and added superhydrophobic capabilities.

Northern invaders threaten Antarctic marine life
An international study led by The Australian National University has found evidence that marine life can easily invade Antarctic waters from the north, and could be poised to colonize the rapidly-warming Antarctic marine ecosystems.

Study shows disparities in treatment for children with traumatic brain injuries
Research found that less than 20 percent of rehabilitation providers in Washington state accepted Medicaid and also provided language interpretation services to children with traumatic brain injuries.

Dartmouth team creates new method to control quantum systems
Dartmouth College researchers have discovered a method to design faster pulses, offering a new way to accurately control quantum systems.

Exercise associated with longer life in patients with heart failure
Exercise is associated with a longer life in patients with heart failure, according to research presented today in a late breaking trial session at Heart Failure 2016 and the 3rd World Congress on Acute Heart Failure.

Did human-like intelligence evolve to care for helpless babies?
A new study from the University of Rochester suggests that human intelligence might have evolved in response to the demands of caring for infants.

A single enzyme with the power of three could offer shortcut to therapeutic target
Researchers identified a single enzyme doing the work of a trio thought necessary to control a common cellular signaling process being pursued as a therapeutic target.

Little cost difference between tests to diagnose coronary heart disease
For patients with suspected coronary artery disease, computed tomographic angiography and functional diagnostic testing strategies have similar costs through three years of follow up.

Hearing snap, crackle, pop may help heal your knee
New acoustic device research reveals even a healthy knee makes cringe-worthy sounds.

Loss of Y chromosome in blood cells associated with developing Alzheimer's disease
Men with blood cells that do not carry the Y chromosome are at greater risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

Use of video decision aids increases advance care planning in Hilo, Hawaii
A program encouraging physicians and other providers to discuss with patients their preferences regarding end-of-life care significantly increased the documented incidence of such conversations and the number of patients with late-stage disease who were discharged to hospice.

EARTH: The most dangerous fault in America
A stone's throw from Silicon Valley lurks one of America's most dangerous faults.

Networking lets sharks off the hook
Networking lets sharks off the hook -- tuna fishers who network with their competition may be able to stop thousands of sharks a year from being accidentally captured and killed in the Pacific Ocean according to research from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University and the University of Hawaii.

Yellow fever epidemic threatens to spread from Angola to China
The spread of yellow fever is a global health threat.

Listening to calls of the wild
Even before infants understand their first words, they have already begun to link language and thought. 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