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July 04, 2016
Still no strong evidence that adjunctive treatment with human growth hormone in IVF improves results
Despite its occasional use as an adjunct in IVF, human growth hormone appears of little benefit to women having difficulty conceiving.

York chemists lead breakthrough in carbon capture
Scientists from the University of York have developed an innovative new green method of capturing carbon dioxide emissions from power stations, chemical and other large scale manufacturing plants.

Ticagrelor for prevention after myocardial infarction: Indication of minor added benefit
In high risk of developing atherothrombotic events, ticagrelor in combination with low-dose acetylsalicylic acid is now also approved if the infarction occurred more than a year ago.

Study shows vagus nerve stimulation significantly reduces rheumatoid arthritis symptoms
Clinical trial data published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) demonstrates stimulating the vagus nerve with an implantable bioelectronic device significantly improved measures of disease activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Regulatory T cells' involvement in the progress of colon cancer
Researchers at Osaka University, clarified that T-lymphocytes expressing FOXP3 at a low level found in colorectal cancers (CRCs) facilitated cancer immunity.

Expanding Antarctic sea ice linked to natural variability
The recent trend of increasing Antarctic sea ice extent -- seemingly at odds with climate model projections -- can largely be explained by a natural climate fluctuation, according to a new study led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Staph risk runs in families, especially among siblings
Having a first-degree relative, especially a sibling, with a history of staph infection significantly increases a person's risk for the disease, regardless of sex of the family member, comorbid conditions, or direct contamination.

Robotic rectum may aid prostate cancer diagnosis
A robotic rectum may help doctors and nurses detect prostate cancer.

Study shows how genes affect immunity in response to pathogens
A study that is first in its kind and published in Nature Medicine today has looked at how far genetic factors control the immune cell response to pathogens in healthy individuals.

Does home comfort promote complacency?
Youth who experienced high parental warmth and support are less civically engaged in young adulthood -- in comparison to their peers who received less parental affection.

Hubble reveals stellar fireworks in 'skyrocket' galaxy
Fireworks shows are not just confined to Earth's skies. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured a spectacular fireworks display in a small, nearby galaxy, which resembles a July 4th skyrocket.

Many elderly are prescribed antihypertensive medication despite having low blood pressure
According to a new study in the journal Age and Ageing [1], a significant proportion of patients over 70 remain on antihypertensive medication despite having low blood pressure.

Engineers design programmable RNA vaccines
MIT engineers have designed programmable RNA vaccines that could be rapidly manufactured and deployed.

Evolutionary split up without geographic barriers
Evolutionary biologists in Konstanz have completed the most extensive study of sympatric speciation so far.

Seeing RNA at the nanoscale
MIT researchers have adapted a technique known as expansion microscopy to visualize RNA molecules at high resolution in tissue samples.

New screening tool to help physicians tell if a fainting episode heralds something serious
A simple nine-question tool could help emergency physicians uncover the sometimes dangerous hidden conditions that cause some people to faint, according to a study published today in Canadian Medical Association Journal.

How lifestyle intervention for weight loss affects birth rates in women with a high BMI
Women who are overweight or obese pose an ongoing challenge for the fertility clinic.

VIB researchers reveal new therapeutic avenue in the fight against cancer
A team of researchers led by professor Jean-Christophe Marine (VIB-KU Leuven) has identified NEAT1, a non-coding RNA, as a potential therapeutic target in the fight against cancer.

Link between stress hormone and obesity in depressed and bipolar patients
Low levels of the stress hormone cortisol are linked to obesity, high levels of fat in the blood and metabolic syndrome among patients with recurrent depressions or bipolar disorder.

New Chinese leaf-roller weevil does not know how to roll leaves
New beetle species and genus from China was reared from legumes.

Mitochondrial DNA levels as a marker of embryo viability in IVF
Despite the claims and counter-claims for new embryo assessment techniques introduced over the past two decades, the search for the holy grail of assisted reproduction -- the key to the embryo destined to implant -- continues.

Codex Orféo -- a personal vision of the Holocaust and its unexpectedly ecological aftermath
From world renowned author, ecologist and explorer Michael Charles Tobias comes a new and shattering novel, Codex Orféo, that contemplates and internalizes the most appalling, inexplicable tragedy in human history: the Holocaust.

Electronic nose smells pesticides and nerve gas
Detecting pesticides and nerve gas in very low concentrations. An international team of researchers led by Ivo Stassen and Rob Ameloot from KU Leuven, Belgium, have made it possible.

Suspension of EUROCORES scheme has left a gap in funding for collaborative research in Europe - ISE
The suspension of the EUROCORES Scheme, which promoted larger scale collaborative research programmes across Europe, has undoubtedly left a funding gap in the European Research Area.

Pasta is not fattening, quite the opposite
A study based on over 23,000 Italian citizens recruited in two large epidemiological studies does justice to one of the fundamental elements of the Mediterranean diet, showing how pasta consumption is actually associated with a reduced likelihood of both general and abdominal obesity.

From climate killer to fuels and polymers
Researchers have discovered a catalyst that performs highly selective conversion of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into ethylene -- an important source material for the chemical industry.

Scientists identify an essential role of the immune receptor CD69 in psoriasis
The findings of the study, carried out by researchers at the CNIC, suggest that CD69 might also participate in other inflammatory diseases such as atherosclerosis

Study investigates whether it is safe for GPs to prescribe fewer antibiotics
A new study has found that reducing antibiotic prescribing for respiratory tract infections -- such as coughs, colds, sore throats and ear infections -- is not linked to an increase in the most serious bacterial complications, such as bacterial meningitis.

Camouflage artists, in color
A new study, co-authored by the father-and-son team of Christopher and Alexander Stubbs, suggests that chromatic aberration may explain how cephalopods -- the animal family that includes squid, octopi and cuttlefish -- can demonstrate such remarkable camouflage abilities despite only being able to see in black and white.

Scamming Nemo: How cleaning fish are the 'con-men' of the coral reef
Cleaner wrasse perform a cleaning service for coral reef fish -- namely eating parasites off their customer's skin.

Neural connections mapped with unprecedented detail
A team of neuroscientists at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, in Lisbon, has been able to map single neural connections over long distances in the brain.

Feeding the world by rewiring plant 'mouths'
Plants have tiny pores on their leaves called stomata -- Greek for mouths -- through which they take in carbon dioxide from the air and from which water evaporates.

Necitumumab in NSCLC: Indication of minor added benefit for patients with metastases
In metastatic NSCLC, there is an advantage in overall survival as well as disadvantages in side effects.

Dishonesty is aggressively punished in the world of paper wasps
Is honesty really the best policy? Isn't it more beneficial to cheat, if you can get away with it?

Mammals diversified only after dinosaur extinction left space
Humans' early mammal relatives likely diversified 66 million years ago, after the extinction of dinosaurs opened up space for animals such as big cats, horses, elephants and eventually apes to evolve.

HPV vaccine reduced cervical abnormalities in young women
Young women who received the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine through a school-based program had fewer cervical cell anomalies when screened for cervical cancer, found a new study in Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Immune-based therapy in mice shows promise against pancreatic cancer
While immune therapy has proven effective in treating certain types of cancer, especially lung cancer and melanoma, tumors of the pancreas remain among the most difficult to treat and, so far, are impervious to immune-based therapies.

Genetically engineered mice suggest new model for how Alzheimer's causes dementia
Using a novel, newly developed mouse model that mimics the development of Alzheimer's disease in humans, Johns Hopkins researchers say they have been able to determine that a one-two punch of major biological 'insults' must occur in the brain to cause the dementia that is the hallmark of the disease.

When is fainting a sign of a bigger problem?
A simple nine-question tool could help emergency physicians uncover the dangerous hidden conditions that make some people faint, according to a study published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

A little impurity makes nanolasers shine: ANU media release
Scientists at The Australian National University have improved the performance of tiny lasers by adding impurities, in a discovery which will be central to the development of low-cost biomedical sensors, quantum computing, and a faster internet.

New technique helps link complex mouse behaviors to the genes that influence them
Mice are one of the most commonly used laboratory organisms, widely used to study everything from autism to infectious diseases.

New study examines Freud's theory of hysteria
New research from King's College London has studied the controversial Freudian theory that Hysteria, a disorder resulting in severe neurological symptoms such as paralysis or seizures, arises in response to psychological stress or trauma.

Teaching drones about the birds and the bees
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) of the future will be able to visually coordinate their flight and navigation just like birds and flying insects do, without needing human input, radar or even GPS satellite navigation.

Discovery could dramatically boost efficiency of perovskite solar cells
Scientists from the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have discovered a possible secret to dramatically boosting the efficiency of perovskite solar cells hidden in the nanoscale peaks and valleys of the crystalline material.

Alma finds a swirling, cool jet that reveals a growing, supermassive black hole
A Chalmers-led team of astronomers have used the Alma telescope to make the surprising discovery of a jet of cool, dense gas in the centre of a galaxy located 70 million light years from Earth.

New plastic material begins to oscillate spontaneously in sunlight
Place this thin layer of plastic in the sun and it begins to oscillate irregularly all by itself.

Patient complaint procedures leave doctors emotionally distressed, finds new study
Complaints against doctors can impact on their psychological wellbeing, according to a new study from Imperial College London.

LJI researchers reveal dominant player in human T helper cell maturation
A powerful arm of the immune system is production of antibodies that circulate through the blood and neutralize invading pathogens. 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