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January 25, 2017
Hospitals can rapidly identify life-threatening bacteria
Soon in virtually every hospital it will be possible to identify the bacterial species responsible for an infection developing in a patient in a matter of just a few minutes.

Florida corals tell of cold spells and dust bowls past, foretell weather to come
Scientists seeking an oceanic counterpart to tree rings that record past weather on land found one in Dry Tortugas National Park, where corals contain chemical signals of past water temperatures.

Short bowel syndrome results in changes to gene expression
Investigators at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, led by Tracy C.

Food is medicine for HIV-positive and Type 2 diabetes patients
HIV-positive people who received healthy food and snacks for six months were more likely to adhere to their medication regimens, and they, as well as people with type 2 diabetes, were less depressed and less likely to make trade-offs between food and healthcare, according to a new study led by researchers at UC San Francisco.

New moth in Europe: A southern hemisphere species now resident in Portugal
As travelling in the 21st century is easier than ever, so is for species to make their way to new areas, sometimes increasing their distributional range, or even establishing whole new habitats.

Fixating on faces
Neurons specialized for processing faces in the human brain are controlled by attention, according to a new Caltech study.

Researchers find new way to target blood stem cell cancers
A protein-sugar molecule that occurs more often than normal on stem cells responsible for blood cancers can be targeted by antibodies.

Automation speeds clinical safety surveillance
Using patient outcomes data from approximately 1,800 hospitals, the largest demonstration to date of automated safety surveillance of a medical device is reported in this week's New England Journal of Medicine.

Agricultural fires in Brazil harm infant health, a warning for the developing world
Exposure to pollution from agricultural fires in the last few months of gestation leads to earlier birth and smaller babies, researchers at Princeton and Duke universities have found.

Good outcomes with 'telepsychiatry' in medical treatment of opioid use disorder
For people with opioid use disorder receiving medication treatment with buprenorphine, a telepsychiatry approach -- using videoconferencing as an alternative to in-person group sessions -- provides similar clinical outcomes, reports a study in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

MDI Biological Laboratory providing incubator space to Coagulation Sciences LLC
The MDI Biological Laboratory has announced that it is providing incubator space and associated scientific resources on its Bar Harbor, Maine, campus to Coagulation Sciences LLC a Riverdale, N.Y.- based development-stage medical device company.

Universal CAR T cell therapy helps beat a hard-to-treat pediatric cancer
Two infants diagnosed with a relapsed form of childhood cancer who had previously exhausted all other treatment options remain disease-free after receiving a first-in-human experimental therapy that uses genetically engineered T cells, a new analysis reports.

Antibody combination puts HIV on the ropes
Researchers have shown that a combination of three antibody drugs can completely suppress HIV in infected mice.

Corralling stink bugs could lead to better wine
To wine makers, stink bugs are more than a nuisance.

Study finds premature death rates diverge in the United States by race and ethnicity
Premature death rates have declined in the United States among Hispanics, blacks, and Asian/Pacific Islanders (APIs) -- in line with trends in Canada and the United Kingdom -- but increased among whites and American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs), according to a comprehensive study of premature death rates for the entire US population from 1999 to 2014.

Images show cytofilaments linking cell nucleus to extracellular environment
New images are providing the first visual evidence of a long-postulated physical link by which genes can receive mechanical cues from its microenvironment.

When it comes to predators, size matters
When it comes to predators, scientists find larger sheephead that consume bigger urchins help keep that population under control.

Repeal all of Obamacare? Primary care physicians not in favor, survey suggests
Results of a random sample survey of 426 primary care physicians by a team of researchers found that the majority does not support repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in its entirety, and the percentage of those who support complete repeal is lower than that of the general public.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation boosts vital work of the University of Washington's IHME
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) announced today the foundation's commitment to invest $279 million in IHME to expand its work over the next decade.

Using Big Data to understand immune system responses
An enzyme found in many bacteria, including the bacterium that gives us strep throat, has given mankind a cheap and effective tool with which to edit our own genes.

Major drug initiatives are best way to curb threat from parasites
Large-scale programmes to treat a life-threatening disease could improve the health of millions despite concerns about their long-term effects, a study suggests.

Study reveals that climate change could dramatically alter fragile mountain habitats
Mountain regions of the world are under direct threat from human-induced climate change which could radically alter these fragile habitats, warn an international team of researchers -- including an expert from The University of Manchester.

Nonresident seabirds forage along the continental shelf break in Central California
Nonresident seabirds in Central California concentrate their foraging along the continental shelf break, according to a study published Jan.

Antarctic bottom waters freshening at unexpected rate
In the cold depths along the sea floor, Antarctic Bottom Waters are part of a global circulatory system, supplying oxygen-, carbon- and nutrient-rich waters to the world's oceans.

Passing the chemical Turing test: Making artificial and real cells talk
The classic Turing test evaluates a machine's ability to mimic human behavior and intelligence.

NIH honors researchers with Outstanding Investigator Award
Two internationally recognized medical research leaders from UH Cleveland Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have received Outstanding Investigator Awards from National Institutes of Health.

Scientists and students tackle omics at NASA workshop
As Houston gears up for the Super Bowl, scientists and students are tackling Omics during the 2017 NASA Human Research Program (HRP) Investigators' Workshop in Galveston, Texas this week.

How water can split into two liquids below zero
Did you know that water can still remain liquid below zero degrees Celsius?

How effective and safe is hormone treatment in pregnant women with mild thyroid problems?
Thyroid hormone treatment is associated with a decreased risk of pregnancy loss among women with mild thyroid problems, finds a study published by The BMJ today.

As US scrutinizes joint replacements, study finds no way to predict risk
The federal government started a program that penalizes hospitals for readmission of joint replacement patients within 90 days, but a new study finds there is no good index for assessing that risk.

Lifting the fog on China's unwieldy air pollution problem
The new year in many northern Chinese cities kicked off with a blanket of thick, choking smog -- that's despite the anti-pollution efforts that have started taking effect over the past few years.

Tissue engineering advance reduces heart failure in model of heart attack
Researchers have grown heart tissue by seeding a mix of human cells onto a 1-micron-resolution scaffold made with a 3-D printer.

Should hypothyroidism in pregnancy be treated?
When a woman becomes pregnant, many changes occur in her body.

TSU is developing a new method for treating autism and memory disorder
In order to determine the conditions of the production of myokines in the body, scientists at the Faculty of Physical Education conducted comprehensive studies involving volunteers.

Top high-energy prize awarded to LSU physicist and LIGO scientist Gabriela González
The 2017 Rossi Prize has been awarded to Gabriela González and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration for the first direct detections of gravitational waves, for the discovery of merging black hole binaries and for beginning the new era of gravitational-wave astronomy.

Delaying pot smoking to age 17 is better for teens' brains, a new study suggests
Adolescents who smoke marijuana as early as 14 do worse by 20 on some cognitive tests and drop out of school at a higher rate than non-smokers.

Studies offer new hope for diagnosis of Chiari-malformation in toy dog breeds
Researchers from the University Of Surrey School Of Veterinary Medicine have made advances in the study of the Chiari malformation and Syringomyelia disorder in toy dogs.

Findings suggest overuse of chemotherapy among younger patients with colon cancer
Young and middle-aged patients with colon cancer are nearly two to eight times more likely to receive postoperative chemotherapy than older patients, yet study results suggest no added survival benefit for these patients, according to a study published online by JAMA Surgery.

A crab's eye view of rising tides in a changing world
Coastal ecosystems and aquifers will be greatly affected by climate change, not only from rising temperatures and more volatile weather, including changes in precipitation patterns, but also from sea level rise.

Expansion of Australian reserves for fairy possums might be at expense of other species
Current nature reserves are not very suitable for the critically endangered Critically Endangered Leadbeater's Possum, but expansion of nature reserves might come at the expense of other Australian forest species, according to a study published Jan.

Physicists patent detonation technique to mass-produce graphene
A Kansas State University team of physicists has patented a detonation technique that can mass-produce graphene with three ingredients: hydrocarbon gas, oxygen and a spark plug.

Genetic study identifies 14 new developmental disorders in children
The largest ever genetic study of children with previously undiagnosed rare developmental disorders has discovered 14 new developmental disorders.

Objective: To deflect asteroids, thus preventing their collision with Earth
An international project, led by Spain's National Research Council, provides information on the effects a projectile impact would have on an asteroid.

Lessons for optimizing exercise programs
Biological sex has little influence on how the body adapts to sprint interval training.

Invasive beetle species in Hawaii can now be identified faster with new genetic test
Researchers at the University of Hawaii have developed a new genetic-testing method for identifying the invasive coconut rhinoceros beetle, which promises to be much faster than existing physical identification methods.

New study highlights need to increase female peer reviewers
Publishers of scholarly journals should take additional steps to get more women to serve as peer reviewers of manuscripts, according to a new analysis by the American Geophysical Union showing women across all age groups have fewer opportunities than men to participate in this career-building activity.

Texas Biomed scientist receives 5-year, $4.6 million MERIT Award for malaria research
Dr. Timothy Anderson, Scientist in the Department of Genetics at Texas Biomedical Research Institute, received a five-year, $4.6 million MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health.

SF State research could improve conservation in regional marine sanctuaries
A new study published in the journal PLOS ONE Wednesday by San Francisco State University researchers could benefit ocean zoning for coastal development plans and prove life-saving for foraging seabirds along the Central California coastline in the event of an oil spill.

Are social networking sites good platforms for providing social support?
A critical review of 10 years of research on social support via social networking sites led to the identification of current trends and the development of recommendations to guide future research.

'Knitted muscles' provide power
Researchers have coated normal fabric with an electroactive material, and in this way given it the ability to actuate in the same way as muscle fibers.

Caltech researcher David Anderson wins Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize
The UNC School of Medicine has awarded the 17th Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize to David Anderson, Ph.D., the Seymour Benzer Professor of Biology at the California Institute of Technology for 'his discovery of neural circuit mechanisms controlling emotional behaviors.'

Genome secrets of elusive human malaria species revealed
The genomes of the two least common species of human malaria parasites are revealed today in Nature by a team of scientists from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and their international collaborators.

MSU 'rethinks hydropower' with $2.6 million National Science Foundation grant
An interdisciplinary team of Michigan State University scientists will use a $2.6 million National Science Foundation grant to investigate new ways of producing hydropower, increasing food production and lessening the environmental damage caused by dams.

Ancient, scary and alien-looking specimen forms a rarity in the insect world -- a new order
Researchers have discovered a 100-million-year-old insect preserved in amber with a triangular head, almost-alien and 'E.T.-like' appearance and features so unusual that it has been placed in its own scientific 'order' -- an incredibly rare event.

Invasive sedge protects dunes better than native grass, Penn-led study finds
A new study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology and led by University of Pennsylvania doctoral candidate Bianca Charbonneau finds that an invasive dune plant has an advantage over its native counterpart: the invasive is better at preventing erosion of dunes during big storms.

New study reveals solidification cracking during welding of steel
University of Leicester researchers offer new insights into important engineering alloy.

Social environment has a sizable impact on health and disease in mice
The genetics of nearby mice can have a large impact on one animal's weight and health, according to a report by Amelie Baud and Oliver Stegle of the European Bioinformatics Institute in Hinxton, United Kingdom, published on Jan.

NAS honors four for major contributions in neuroscience, psychology, and criminology
The National Academy of Sciences will honor four individuals with awards in recognition of their extraordinary scientific achievements in neuroscience, psychology, and criminology.

Deep learning algorithm does as well as dermatologists in identifying skin cancer
In hopes of creating better access to medical care, Stanford researchers have trained an algorithm to diagnose skin cancer.

Diabetes drug takes aim at cancer's fuel source
To understand how metformin changes the biology of cancer cells, researchers at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University tested tumor cells before and after metformin treatment in non-diabetic cancer patients.

Development of a hydraulic drive high-power artificial muscle
As part of the Impulsing PAradigm Change through disruptive Technologies Program (ImPACT) Tough Robotics Challenge (Program Manager: Satoshi Tadokoro), which is an initiative of the Cabinet Office Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, the research team including Professor Koichi Suzumori from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and Dr.

Nanoparticle fertilizer could contribute to new 'green revolution'
The 'Green Revolution' of the '60s and '70s has been credited with helping to feed billions around the world, with fertilizers being one of the key drivers spurring the agricultural boom.

iGeorge syndrome kidney problems may be caused by missing gene
A research team led by Columbia University has discovered that loss of function of the CRKL gene causes kidney and urinary tract defects in people with DiGeorge syndrome, solving a 60-year-old medical mystery.

Rat-grown mouse pancreases help reverse diabetes in mice
Mouse pancreases grown in rats generate functional, insulin-producing cells that can reverse diabetes when transplanted into mice with the disease, according to researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Tokyo.

Are patients in rural areas being deprived of potentially lifesaving therapy?
Specialized heart function clinics often refer patients for implantation of the cardioverter defibrillator, but a new report in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology indicates that a significant proportion of patients at clinics in both rural and urban geographic locations were not referred and that this disparity was greater among patients in rural locations.

Study indicates 'Alalā calls have changed
A study published in the January edition of the journal Animal Behaviour documents significant changes in the vocalizations that 'alalā make today, when compared with those recorded in the wild more than a decade ago.

Research: Aerobic exercise shows promise for treatment of wounded warriors with mild traumatic brain
Mild traumatic brain injury in soldiers triggers a buildup of amyloid plaque and tau tangles, which are the hallmark brain lesions of Alzheimer's disease.

Hypoxia due to CHD linked to abnormal neurogenesis and impaired cortical growth
The subventricular zone in normal newborns' brains is home to the largest stockpile of neural stem/progenitor cells, with newly generated neurons migrating from this zone to specific regions of the frontal cortex and differentiating into interneurons.

Death clocks should come with a health warning, says top economist
In The BMJ today, John Appleby, Chief Economist at the Nuffield Trust, uses online 'death clocks' to calculate the date of his demise, but finds that his life expectancy varies depending on who he asks.

Genetic makeup of 'roommate' impacts health
For the first time, research in mice shows that the genetic makeup of an individual's social partners contributes to their state of health.

NIH advances understanding of defenses against antibiotic-resistant klebsiella bacteria
Klebsiella bacteria cause about 10 percent of all hospital-acquired infections in the United States.

Expanding point-of-care disease diagnostics with ultrasound (video)
Fast, accurate and inexpensive medical tests in a doctor's office are only possible for some conditions.

Danforth Center expands major research program to benefit farmers in the developing world
Sorghum is a member of the grass family and is grown worldwide.

MIT scholars show new method of harvesting crowd wisdom
The wisdom of crowds is not always perfect. But two scholars at MIT's Sloan Neuroeconomics Lab, along with a colleague at Princeton University, have found a way to make it better.

Global shark attacks drop to recent average in 2016
After 2015's record-busting 98 shark attacks, calmer waters prevailed in 2016.

NASA restarts rigorous vibration testing on the James Webb Space Telescope
Testing on the James Webb Space Telescope successfully resumed last week at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, Md.

Floating towards water treatment
Researchers have found engineered floating wetlands show promise for water treatment.

Murine study finds potential boost for ovarian cancer drug Olaparib
Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have discovered that the metabolic enzyme phosphoglycerate mutase 1 (PGAM1) helps cancer cells repair their DNA and found that inhibiting PGAM1 sensitizes tumors to the cancer drug Olaparib (Lynparza).

Rochester mindfulness expert writes book on humanity in medicine
Ronald Epstein, M.D., a University of Rochester Medical Center professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Oncology, and Medicine, has written the first book for the general public about mindfulness in medical practice, providing an inside look at how doctors think and illustrating his points with true stories.

Study shows how HIV breaches macrophage defenses, could be step towards cure
A team led by UCL researchers has identified how HIV is able to infect macrophages, a type of white blood cell integral to the immune system, despite the presence of a protective protein.

Jumping spiders court in color
UC biologist discovers unique visual diversities for rare color vision in two groups of jumping spiders.

The power of wind energy and how to use it
Wind offers an immense, never ending source of energy that can be successfully harnessed to power all of the things that currently draw energy from non-renewable resources.

Diabetes accounts for more US deaths than previously thought, Penn/BU study shows
Diabetes now makes up 12 percent of US deaths, a higher number than previously thought, according to work from Samuel Preston of the University of Pennsylvania and Andrew Stokes of Boston University.

VA reduces antibiotic use in system-wide antimicrobial stewardship initiative
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) reduced inpatient antibiotic use by 12 percent and decreased use of broad-spectrum antibiotics through a multi-year, system-wide antimicrobial stewardship initiative, according to a study published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal for the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.

Randomized trial will reveal diabetes drug's effects on kidney health
Type 2 diabetes often causes damaging effects to the kidneys, sometimes resulting in the need for dialysis or kidney transplantation.

International consensus on the environmental regulatory assessment of endocrine disrupting substance
Results of the SETAC Pellston Workshop® 'Environmental Hazard and Risk Assessment Approaches for Endocrine-Active Substances' (EHRA) were recently published in Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management (IEAM).

Gene delivery to the lung can treat broad range of diseases within and beyond the lung
Targeting therapeutic genes to the lungs offers the potential to manage serious lung diseases that do not respond to other forms of treatment and to use the lungs as metabolic factories to produce therapeutic proteins for treating systemic diseases.

When should doctors treat short children and teens with growth hormone?
When is it appropriate to treat short children with growth hormone?

The Hillary Rodham/Clinton dilemma: To change a last name or not?
Does a woman's decision to keep her last name, rather than take that of her husband's, make people judge her in terms of her commitment as a wife?

Tiny exports signal big shifts in cancer tissue, researchers find
Microscopic shifts in metabolism and increases in tiny transport vesicles out of tumor cells preface larger changes to the tumor environment and could prepare the way for cancerous cells to spread and metastasize, University of Illinois researchers report.

Therapeutic hypothermia offers no significant benefits for infants or children after in-hospital car
In a multicenter, international study of infants and children who suffered cardiac arrest while in the hospital, NIH-funded researchers have found that body cooling, or therapeutic hypothermia, is no more effective than actively keeping the body at a normal temperature, or therapeutic normothermia.

Palaeolithic art developed from public galleries towards more private exhibitions
Blanca Ochoa, a researcher in the UPV/EHU's department of Geography, Prehistory and Archaeology, proposes analysing the spaces in which the artistic figures of the Palaeolithic are represented to try and deduce the purpose of these expressions.

This Week from AGU: The shifting landscape of science
This Week from AGU: The shifting landscape of science.

Safety codes can lead to over-built bridges, higher building costs
A UBC researcher says bridges built to meet current Canadian safety codes are being 'overbuilt' and may not withstand a major earthquake.

Rhino genome results
A study by San Diego Zoo Global reveals that the prospects for recovery of the critically endangered northern white rhinoceros -- of which only three individuals remain -- will reside with the genetic resources that have been banked at San Diego Zoo Global's Frozen Zoo®.

New insights into brain circuit for hunger responses during starvation
Nagoya University-led researchers showed that hunger-driven neural signaling in the hypothalamus activates inhibitory reticular neurons in the medulla oblongata to reduce metabolism and promote feeding and chewing under starving conditions.

High variability among experts when assessing claimants for work disability benefits
Healthcare professionals have high variation in judgement when assessing the same claimant for disability benefits, finds a review published by The BMJ today.

Quadrivalent influenza vaccine should reduce medical costs and save lives
A study just published in Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics suggests that an alternative vaccine might bring clinical benefits and cost savings if used on a large scale when compared to the one currently in widest use.

New RTI International Program to offer free elective genetic testing for North Carolina newborns
A new program offering free elective genetic testing for newborns, developed at RTI International, will become available to North Carolina parents starting in 2018, thanks to a grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Video game ratings work, if you use them
Nearly every video game sold or downloaded comes with a rating that provides age-appropriate guidelines based on the game's content.

New study shows anxiety impairing quality of life for postmenopausal women
Whether anxiety increases common menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and sleep disruption or whether these symptoms cause increased anxiety remains an ongoing debate.

Age limits on e-cigarettes cause uptick in cigarette smoking among pregnant teens
While laws placing age limits on the purchasing of e-cigarettes are intended to reduce the use of tobacco products, a recent study shows an unintended consequence: a rise in traditional cigarette smoking among pregnant teens.

New species of parasitic wasp named after ancient god of evil Set shows wicked behavior
Being able to manipulate its host's behavior while growing inside of it, a new species of parasitic wasp seems to have deservedly received the name of the ancient Egyptian god of evil and chaos Set.

Triggering the brain's auto-focus
Environmental cues don't just trigger actions, like reaching for our phones when they buzz; they can also trigger our brains to enter a more focused state.

Getting by with a little help from their friends
A long-term study by UCSB scientists and colleagues demonstrates that failing kelp forests can be rescued by nearby neighbors.

Drug compound halts Alzheimer's-related damage in mice
In some people, the normal brain protein tau collects into toxic tangles that damage brain cells and contributes to diseases such as Alzheimer's.

Researcher receives NIH award to study pneumonia biology
Joseph P. Mizgerd, Sc.D., professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, has received an Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health.

Women with early periods at increased risk of early or premature menopause
A large international study has found that women who began menstruation before age 11 have an 80 percent higher risk of early or premature menopause.

Football is medicine for women with high blood pressure
Professor Peter Krustrup of the University of Southern Denmark has for the first time demonstrated a long-term effect for female patients participating in Football Fitness.

Getting fit, getting enough iron boosts students' grades, study suggests
An analysis of 105 female college students showed those with the highest levels of stored iron and those with higher fitness levels had better grades than less-fit women with lower iron stores.

First step towards photonic quantum network
Advanced photonic nanostructures are well on their way to revolutionizing quantum technology for quantum networks based on light.

Huntsman scientists identify bone degradation process within metastatic breast cancer
Once breast cancer spreads through the body, it can degrade a patient's healthy bones, causing numerous problems.

100 percent renewable energy sources require overcapacity
Germany decided to go nuclear-free by 2022. A CO2-emission-free electricity supply system based on intermittent sources, such as wind and solar -- or photovoltaic (PV) -- power could replace nuclear power.

Study suggests best order of treatment for brain metastases in EGFR lung cancer
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology looks back at 351 patients with EGFR mutant lung cancer and brain metastases treated at six institutions to offer compelling preliminary evidence as to the best sequence of these techniques: Radiation followed by targeted medicines resulted in the longest overall survival.

Specialized physical therapy helps teens with scoliosis get ahead of the curve
Researchers advocate for exercise management to be added to the standard of care for patients in Canada.

Predicting and preventing prostate cancer spread
Researchers have uncovered a new pathway which regulates the spread of prostate cancer around the body.

The apple maggot fly -- how an altered sense of smell could drive the formation of new species
Scientists from the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore have gained insights into how evolution can be affected by a change in how an organism senses smells.

Disparities between asian immigrants and sufficient access and utilization of dental service
The results of the study indicated that the acculturation variable -- length of stay in the US -- had the strongest association with having a dental visit in the previous twelve months among Asian immigrants.

Most primary care doctors 'strongly endorse' key elements of the Affordable Care Act
Proponents of repealing the Affordable Care Act, including President Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Price, have argued that the law places an undue burden on physicians.

Exceptionally preserved Jurassic sea life found in new fossil site
A trove of exceptionally preserved Jurassic marine fossils discovered in Canada, rare for recording soft-bodied species that normally don't fossilize, is expanding scientists' view of the rich marine life of the period.

New class of materials could revolutionize biomedical, alternative energy industries
Polyhedral boranes, or clusters of boron atoms bound to hydrogen atoms, are transforming the biomedical industry.

'Protective' DNA strands are shorter in adults who had more infections as infants
New research indicates that people who had more infections as babies harbor a key marker of cellular aging as young adults: the protective stretches of DNA which 'cap' the ends of their chromosomes are shorter than in adults who were healthier as infants.

Americans split on whether US will be viewed as leader in science under President Trump
A new survey shows Americans are split on whether the US will be seen as the global leader in science and innovation under President Donald Trump; 41 percent of Americans agree, 40 percent disagree and 19 percent are not sure.

Inability to work: Medical experts often disagree
Independent medical evaluations are often used to adjudicate disability claims.

Scientists determine a molecular mechanism of anti-cancer therapeutic candidate
An international team of scientists used molecular modeling to perform a detailed analysis of the interaction between the anti?tumor agent and specific targets in cells -- identifying potential interacting sites on the tubulin dimer, prioritizing the most energetically favorable binding poses for the new agents, matching their topology to the three tubulin inhibition sites, and finally selecting the compounds that present the best binding energy.

New C. diff treatment reduces recurrent infections by 40 percent
Recurrences of C. diff are common after antibiotic treatment. Now a University of Leeds study has found that the addition of a human monocalonal antibody to standard antibiotic treatment can reduce the risk of a repeat infection by 37 percent.

Calculating a new theory: How to teach an old field new tricks
Fractional calculus is concerned not only with how quickly and to what extent change develops but also in what order it advances.

Scientists use tumor-derived dendritic cells to slow tumor growth
In the human body, so-called dendritic cells are responsible for activating our immune system.

Researcher proposes novel mechanism to stop tsunamis in their tracks
Devastating tsunamis could be halted before hitting the Earth's shoreline by firing deep-ocean sound waves at the oncoming mass of water, new research has proposed.

Pitt cancer researchers honored with 2017 Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize
One of the most prestigious awards in the field of medicine will be presented to University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine faculty members Yuan Chang and Patrick S.

Low levels of brain stimulation with electrodes may temporarily lessen bulimia symptoms
A 20-minute session of transcranial direct current stimulation transiently improves the symptoms of bulimia nervosa sufferers, according to a study published Jan.

'Navigators' help indigenous cancer patients overcome barriers to diagnosis, treatment
New research shows that patient 'navigators' are a valuable resource for American Indians and Alaskan Natives with cancer as they try to overcome barriers to diagnosis and care, and may offer a path to improved treatment outcomes.

Stimulating the brain with electricity may reduce bulimia symptoms
Key symptoms of bulimia nervosa, including the urge to binge eat and restrict food intake, are reduced by delivering electricity to parts of the brain using non-invasive brain stimulation, according to new research by King's College London.

Anxiety and depression may be linked to increased risk of death from some cancers
A study published by The BMJ today suggests that higher levels of psychological distress (anxiety and depression) may be associated with an increased risk of death from certain cancers.

Researchers in Kiel can control adhesive material remotely with light
Adhesive mechanisms in the natural world have many advantages: they are always strongly adhesive -- and without any glues or residues.

Advances prompt release of new recommendations for diagnosis, management of adult AML
An international panel of experts has released updated evidence-based and expert-opinion-based recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in adults.

New clues on the base of Parkinson's disease and other 'synucleinopathies'
New techniques map alpha-syuclein toxicity, spatial location, and links to Parkinson's genes. 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