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Controversial 'liberation therapy' fails to treat multiple sclerosis
Opening up narrowed veins from the brain and spinal cord is not effective in treating multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study led by the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health.
Penn trauma surgeons show 'profound' racial disparity in Philadelphia gun violence
In a Viewpoint published this week in JAMA Surgery, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, argue for more research on firearm injury, including the establishment of a national database on incidents of gun violence.
High folic acid level in pregnancy may decrease high blood pressure in children
A new article published in the American Journal of Hypertension finds that babies born to mothers with cardiometabolic risk factors were less likely to develop high blood pressure if their mothers had higher levels of folate during pregnancy.
Why do shorter men go bald more often?
Short men may have an increased risk of becoming bald prematurely.
Dampened immunity during pregnancy promotes evolution of more virulent flu: Mouse study
During pregnancy, a mother's immune system is suppressed to protect the fetus, which is perceived as a foreign body because it is genetically different.
Violent video games found not to affect empathy
The link between playing violent video games and antisocial behavior, such as increased aggression and decreased empathy, is hotly debated.
Novel compound that engages 'second arm' of immune system reduces breast tumors and metastases
In a new study in the journal Nature, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists report that a compound able to reverse the allegiance of innate immune system cells - turning them from tumor enablers into tumor opponents - caused breast tumors in mice to shrink and withdraw from distant metastases.
NASA satellites see Tropical Cyclone Enawo moving through central Madagascar
Tropical Cyclone Enawo continued to move through central Madagascar on a southern track as NASA's Aqua and Terra satellites gathered imagery and data on the powerful storm.
'Stepping Up' model of care improves uptake of type 2 diabetes treatment
A new model of health care that focuses on a stronger role for nurses in primary care has been associated with a higher uptake of insulin treatment among patients with type 2 diabetes, reports a study published in The BMJ today.
Redefining 'species'
What is a species? Biologists -- and ornithologists in particular -- have been debating the best definition for a very long time.
Indicators show potatoes can grow on Mars
The Phase Two effort of CIP's proof-of-concept experiment to grow potatoes in simulated Martian conditions began on Feb.
Nurses central to getting diabetes care off to a better start
Giving primary health care nurses a greater role in managing Type 2 Diabetes can significantly reduce delays in starting insulin treatment, a team of researchers led by the University of Melbourne has found. 
Phonon nanoengineering: Vibrations of nanoislands dissipate heat more effectively
Europium silicide has for some time attracted the attention of scientists.
Nonsurgical treatment for enlarged prostate remains effective for years
A minimally invasive treatment that reduces urinary tract symptoms for men with enlarged prostates maintains its effectiveness for at least three years after patients undergo the therapy, according to research being presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology's 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting today.
Drug resistance of cancer cells crucially affected by expression levels of ABC-transporters
How is drug resistance of cancer cells affected by ABC-transporters?
The protective layer of prehistoric land plants
Biologists discover a mechanism in mosses that was crucial for the evolution of ecosystems on land.
Small nanoparticles have surprisingly big effects on polymer nanocomposites
Polymer nanocomposites mix particles billionths of a meter in diameter with polymers, which are long molecular chains.
Quantifying nature's mental health benefits
The BioScience Talks podcast features discussions of topical issues related to the biological sciences.
New survey finds 'Peter Pan' radio galaxies that may never grow up
A team of astronomers has doubled the number of known young, compact radio galaxies -- galaxies powered by newly energized black holes.
Philosophy & Predictive Processing online publication on the mind, brain and consciousness
After successfully publishing the Open MIND Project in 2015, Professor Thomas Metzinger is now releasing the collection Philosophy & Predictive Processing (PPP) in cooperation with Dr.
Yellow fever in the Americas
The large outbreak of yellow fever occurring in rural Brazil deserves careful attention by world health authorities, notes NIAID director Anthony S.
Researchers propose technique for measuring weak or nonexistent magnetic fields
Researchers at the University of Iowa have proposed a new approach to sampling materials with weak or no magnetic fields.
Ancient reptile mystery solved as 2 extinct species found to be the same
Ichthyosaurs, which are similar-shaped to dolphins and sharks, but are reptiles, swam the seas for millions of years during the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.
'Jumping genes' may set the stage for brain cell death in Alzheimer's, other diseases
A string of failed drug trials for Alzheimer's has researchers questioning the reigning approach to battling the disease, which focuses on preventing amyloid buildup in the brain.
A three-dimensional map of the genome
Cells face a daunting task. They have to neatly pack a several meter-long thread of genetic material into a nucleus that measures only five micrometers across.
Yeast brew trouble for inflammatory bowel disorders
A new study reports that a strain of intestinal-dwelling yeast may exacerbate Crohn's Disease, and blocking the fungus from causing problems in the gut could alleviate the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disorder in some patients.
Northeastern researcher to co-direct NSF initiative to advance wireless communication
On Wednesday, the National Science Foundation named Northeastern professor Tommaso Melodia director of research of the Project Office for a groundbreaking initiative called Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research, or PAWR.
Sound waves boost older adult' memory, deep sleep
Gentle sound stimulation -- such as the rush of a waterfall -- synchronized to the rhythm of brain waves significantly enhanced deep sleep in older adults and tripled their ability to recall words, reports a new study.
Hormone replacement therapy associated with lower mortality
Women using hormone replacement therapy to relieve the symptoms of menopause faced a lower risk of death and showed lower levels of atherosclerosis, or plaque buildup in the heart's arteries, compared to women not using hormone therapy, according to a single-center study scheduled for presentation at the American College of Cardiology's 66th Annual Scientific Session.
Leaf-cutting ants learn to identify unsuitable plants from cues within the colony
Leaf-cutting ants can learn which plants are not suitable for the fungus gardens that supply their food before they even leave the colony, according to a study published March 8, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Andrés Arenas and Flavio Roces from University of Wurzburg, Germany.
Super-sized memory is trainable and long lasting
The ability to perform astonishing feats of memory, such as remembering lists of several dozen words, can be learned, researchers report in Neuron.
Paper pumps power portable microfluidics, biomedical devices
Biomedical engineering researchers have developed inexpensive paper pumps that use capillary action to power portable microfluidic devices, opening the door to a range of biomedical tools.
Don't relax drug approval process, experts warn
Experts are warning that moves to deregulate America's drug approval process could see a flood of unproven and even harmful new drugs enter the market that could threaten human health.
Common yeast may worsen IBD symptoms in Crohn's disease
During the past decade, the gut has experienced a renaissance as investigations focus on the role of the microbiome on human health.
Stabilizing soils with sulfates to improve their constructional properties
Stabilization by means of conventional additives cannot be carried out on soils with sulfates because the calcium in these additives adversely reacts with the sulfate present in the soil.
Cancer-causing benzene found in e-cigarette vapors operated at high power
Portland State University scientists have found that significant levels of cancer-causing benzene in e-cigarette vapors can form when the devices are operated at high power.
Antioxidants and lung cancer risk
An epidemiological study published in Frontiers in Oncology suggests that a diet high in carotenoids and vitamin C may protect against lung cancer.
A nose for smells? Practice makes perfect!
Neuroscientists have succeeded in identifying the complementary role played by two distinct kinds of neurons in processing olfactory information and the different brain re-organization that occurs depending on the context.
Chinese famine data show no long-term health effects except for schizophrenia
A systematic re-analysis of all previous studies of long-term health effects of prenatal exposure to the Chinese Famine of 1959-61 shows no increases in diabetes, high blood pressure and other chronic conditions among famine births except for schizophrenia.
For some, high blood pressure associated with better survival
Patients with both type 2 diabetes and acute heart failure face a significantly lower risk of death but a higher risk of heart failure-related hospitalizations if they had high systolic blood pressure on discharge from the hospital compared to those with normal blood pressure, according to a study scheduled for presentation at the American College of Cardiology's 66th Annual Scientific Session.
Tooth loss linked to an increased risk of dementia
In a study of 1566 community-dwelling Japanese elderly who were followed for 5 years, the risk of developing dementia was elevated in individuals with fewer remaining teeth.
Women at high risk for breast cancer more likely to get MRI when informed directly
Women at high risk for breast cancer who received a letter informing them of their options for additional imaging (in addition to traditional letter sent to their primary care physician) were more likely to return to the center for additional screening with MRI.
Pro-pot arguments fly higher with likely voters
As more states consider legalizing recreational marijuana, a range of arguments for and against legalization is swirling around the national conversation.
University of Miami's Miami project successfully completes SCI clinical trial
The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, recently announced the publication in the February issue of the Journal of Neurotrauma its first Food and Drug Administration approved Phase I clinical trial involving Schwann cells used to repair the damaged spinal cord.
Few smokers receive treatment to help them quit while in the hospital
It's never too late to quit smoking. Even after heart surgery, research has shown that quitting smoking reduces the risk of a heart attack, stroke or death.
Stanford biologists identify ancient stress response in corals
Monitoring a newly discovered group of genes in coral could predict when they are under stress and might bleach.
Sodium intake high, rising among people with high blood pressure
Despite recommendations to limit sodium intake to support a heart-healthy lifestyle, daily sodium intake significantly increased in Americans with high blood pressure from 1999-2012, according to a study scheduled for presentation at the American College of Cardiology's 66th Annual Scientific Session.
Scientists create new form of matter, a time crystal
Scientists are reporting in the journal Nature on the creation of a phase of matter, dubbed a time crystal, in which atoms move in a pattern that repeats in time rather than in space.
New enzyme-like tool lets chemists modify hard-to-reach spots on drug molecules
Chemists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have devised a versatile molecule-building tool for creating new drugs and other chemical products.
Physicists design a device inspired by sonic screwdriver
Physicists have designed a handheld device inspired by the sonic screwdriver in Doctor Who and the tricorder in Star Trek that will use the power of MRI and mass spectrometry to perform a chemical analysis of objects.
Manhattan DA's office awards $10.3 million grant to create Youth Opportunity Hub
The Manhattan District Attorney's Criminal Justice Investment Initiative awarded a grant to Alwyn T.
NSF awards $6.1 million to accelerate advanced wireless research, push beyond 5-G
Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a $6.1 million, five-year award to accelerate fundamental research on wireless communication and networking technologies through the foundation's Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program.
Oral delivery system could make vaccination needle-free
Patients could one day self-administer vaccines using a needleless, pill-sized technology that jet-releases a stream of vaccine inside the mouth, according to a proof-of-concept study conducted at UC Berkeley.
Decreasing antibiotic use can reduce transmission of multidrug-resistant organisms
Reducing antibiotic use in intensive care units by even small amounts can significantly decrease transmission of dangerous multidrug-resistant organisms, according to new research published online today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.
Boosting communication is key in managing menopause
A University of Delaware student and faculty member have reviewed previous studies about how women manage menopause symptoms and found that they frequently use alternative treatments.
Telemedicine ambulance may deliver faster stroke care
When experiencing a stroke, people who are brought to the hospital in an ambulance with a CT scanner and telemedicine capabilities are evaluated and treated nearly two times faster than people taken in a regular ambulance, according to a study published in the March 8, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Broadly adopted transfusion practice may not benefit patients without traumatic injury
A study from investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital finds that a blood transfusion practice previously studied only in patients with severe traumatic injuries has been widely adopted within the hospital for surgical patients without traumatic injuries, for whom it may not be beneficial.
Neanderthals at El Sidrón ate a diet of wild mushrooms, pine nuts and moss
The studies of Neanderthal fossil remains found at dig sites across Europe continue to provide information about their lifestyles.
Staying a heartbeat ahead of hackers
Nearly a million new forms of malware are unleashed on the world every day.
How your neighborhood may impact your health
University of Arizona researcher Adriana Zuniga-Teran analyzed how four common neighborhood designs influence residents' physical activity and well-being.
Fish, selective hunting strategies and a delayed-return lifestyle among ancient foragers
A unique trove of bone material from the 9,200 year old coastal settlement Norje Sunnansund in Blekinge, Sweden, has revealed that surprisingly sophisticated hunting strategies were used at the time.
Atomic resolution of muscle contraction
Osaka University researchers capture atomic images of muscle molecules in action, giving possibility of new nanomachines.
Studying altruism through virtual reality
This new study -- published in the journal Neuropsychologia -- immersed participants in a virtual environment that reproduced a building on fire which they had to evacuate in a hurry, deciding whether to save their lives or help rescue an injured person.
Researchers find promising lead that reduces autism symptoms and more
Fragile X syndrome is the most common cause of autism.
Study examines best time to screen for sleep apnea after heart attack
Conducting a diagnostic sleep test shortly after a heart attack can help doctors rule out sleep apnea, a form of disordered breathing during sleep, in patients, but tests conducted in the immediate aftermath of a heart attack are somewhat unreliable for positively diagnosing sleep apnea, according to results from a single-center study scheduled for presentation at the American College of Cardiology's 66th Annual Scientific Session.
Mayo Clinic researchers uncover new agents
Mayo Clinic researchers have uncovered three new agents to add to the emerging repertoire of drugs that aim to delay the onset of aging by targeting senescent cells -- cells that contribute to frailty and other age-related conditions.
$1.5 million grant to prevent cervical cancer in West Texas
Navkiran Shokar, M.A., M.P.H, M.D., has received nearly $1.5 million from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to reduce the burden of cervical cancer in West Texas.
Ultrafast detection of a cancer biomarker enabled by innovative nanobiodevice
Nagoya University-led researchers developed a nanobiodevice that can quickly and effectively separate microRNA, short lengths of ribonucleic acid present in bodily fluids, from mixtures of nucleic acids.
Researchers identify biomarker that predicts death in sepsis patients
The runaway immune response to infection called sepsis is difficult to diagnose, and even more difficult to treat.
How rare sugars might help control blood glucose
In an era when the label 'natural' hits a sweet spot with consumers, some uncommon sugars emerging on the market could live up to the connotation.
Don't be distracted: The real issues in autism are threats to funding, services
With so much focus in recent months on the scientifically discredited notion that childhood vaccines cause autism, the real threats to health care and services for people with autism and other disabilities aren't being given enough attention, argue two leading health policy experts.
The sky is the limit for new low-cost 3-D printer
Umeå University is in the process of making the highest 3-D printed Tower of Babel yet, using a novel hanging printer.
New material regrows bone
A team of researchers repaired a hole in a mouse's skull by regrowing 'quality bone,' a breakthrough that could drastically improve the care of people who suffer severe trauma to the skull or face.
Ancient stardust sheds light on the first stars
Astronomers have used ALMA to detect a huge mass of glowing stardust in a galaxy seen when the Universe was only four percent of its present age.
Rice lab expands palette for color-changing glass
Rice University's latest nanophotonics research could expand the color palette for companies in the fast-growing market for glass windows that change color at the flick of an electric switch.
Artificial intelligence virtual consultant helps deliver better patient care
Interventional radiologists at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) are using technology found in self-driving cars to power a machine learning application that helps guide patients' interventional radiology care, according to research presented today at the Society of Interventional Radiology's 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting.
Dental plaque DNA shows Neandertals used 'aspirin'
Ancient DNA found in the dental plaque of Neandertals -- our nearest extinct relative -- has provided remarkable new insights into their behavior, diet and evolutionary history, including their use of plant-based medicine to treat pain and illness.
Research uncovers potential health risks of travel to Mars
Using mice transplanted with human stem cells, a research team from Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine has demonstrated for the first time that the radiation encountered in deep space travel may increase the risk of leukemia in humans.
Testing for hepatitis C virus remains low among baby boomers
A new Brief Report appearing in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine looks at vaccination rates for Hepatitis C virus two years after the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommended it for all baby boomers, and finds rates are still very low.
Cellular senescence prevented by the SETD8 enzyme
An enzyme that blocks cellular senescence and its mechanisms has been discovered by a Japanese research team.
ASHG opposes H.R.1313, the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act
The American Society of Human Genetics opposes H.R.1313, the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act, introduced on March 2 and scheduled for markup by the House Education and the Workforce Committee today.
Aboriginal hair shows 50,000 years connection to country
DNA in hair samples collected from Aboriginal people across Australia in the early to mid-1900s has revealed that populations have been continuously present in the same regions for up to 50,000 years -- soon after the peopling of Australia.
Increasing minimum wage would reduce teen pregnancies
A $1 increase in the minimum wage would likely reduce the US adolescent birth rate by about 2 percent, according to new Indiana University research.
A bright 'glow stick' marker for cells
Any child who has played with a glowstick or captured a firefly understands the wonder of chemiluminescence, or chemical light.
The selection of archaeological research material should be re-evaluated
A systematically collected material produces a more exact image of the excavated objects.
Exploring a new complication from an emergent tickborne parasite
Sporadic cases of warm-antibody autoimmune hemolytic anemia (WAHA) have been observed in patients after treatments for babesiosis.
Clinical trial rules should protect patients and results, not operational details
Rules governing the conduct of clinical trials are failing to produce the intended benefits for patients and should be rewritten through a transparent process that involves academic clinical trialists and patient advocates as well as regulators and industry representatives, according to recommendations published today in European Heart Journal.
Scientists find therapeutic target for diabetes-related blindness
Specific cells in the retina trigger inflammation and vision impairment associated with diabetes, according to new research out of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
Mayo Clinic researchers identify therapy
Mayo Clinic researchers have found that an experimental drug, LCL161, stimulates the immune system, leading to tumor shrinkage in patients affected by multiple myeloma.
Peripartum cardiomyopathy occurs globally and is not a disease of the poor
Peripartum cardiomyopathy occurs globally and is not a disease of the poor, according to research published today in the European Journal of Heart Failure.
Nature: Silk Road evolved as 'grass-routes' movement
Nearly 5,000 years ago, long before the vast east-west trade routes of the Great Silk Road were traversed by Marco Polo, the foundations for these trans-Asian interaction networks were being carved by nomads moving herds to lush mountain pastures, suggests new research from Washington University in St.
Eyes hold clues to future narrowing of leg vessels
Changes in tiny blood vessels of the eye may predict a higher risk of later narrowing in the large blood vessels in the legs, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association Epidemiology and Prevention | Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2017 Scientific Sessions.
Ionization mechanisms of captive atoms struck by light matter
Light interacting with hydrogen atoms enclosed in hollow cages composed of carbon atoms produces ionization.
Polymer-coated silicon nanosheets -- an alternative to graphene
Silicon nanosheets are thin, two-dimensional layers with exceptional optoelectronic properties very similar to those of graphene.
History of exercise helps prevent heart disease after breast cancer
While regular exercise is recommended as part of a heart-healthy lifestyle for any person, it also appears to help mitigate the increased cardiovascular risk faced by women treated for breast cancer, according to a study scheduled for presentation at the American College of Cardiology's 66th Annual Scientific Session.
Sub-second system seizures
Fall 2016 brought a fundamental change to the United States.
Wrist-worn heart rate monitors less accurate than standard chest strap
Researchers at Cleveland Clinic put five popular wrist-worn fitness trackers to the test to find out how accurately they gauge heart rate across several types of exercise and intensity levels.
High prevalence and incidence of hypertension among rural Africans living with HIV
About 12 percent of people living with HIV in rural Tanzania have hypertension at the moment of HIV diagnosis.
Consumption of alcohol and marijuana associated with lower GPA in college
College students who consume medium-to-high levels of alcohol and marijuana have a consistently lower GPA, according to a study published March 8, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Shashwath Meda from Hartford Hospital/Institute of Living, USA, and colleagues.
Stem cell reprogramming factor controls change in cellular energy generation
University of Tsukuba-led researchers explored the function of the reprogramming factor KLF4 in production of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs).
Researchers link methane in groundwater in Parker and Hood counties to natural sources
Scientists from The University of Texas at Austin have found that high levels of methane in well water from two counties near Fort Worth are probably from shallow natural gas deposits, not natural gas leaks caused by hydraulic fracturing operations in the underlying Barnett Shale.
For organ transplant recipients, skin diseases and risk factors differ by race
A review of medical records from 412 organ transplant recipients revealed marked racial differences in post-transplant dermatologic disease.
Diet and global climate change
Eating healthier food could reduce greenhouse gas emissions, says a new study by environmental scientist David Cleveland.
Playing Pokémon Go may help people reach 10,000 daily steps goal
After playing Pokémon Go, people were twice as likely to reach the 10,000-steps-per-day goal.
Bone-derived hormone suppresses appetite in mice
Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center discovered that lipocalin 2, a hormone secreted by bone cells, suppresses appetite in mice.
Study looking at natural behaviors of lab rats wins an international 3Rs prize
A paper investigating the welfare of laboratory rats is the winner of the 3Rs prize, which is awarded by the UK's National Centre for the 3Rs (NC3Rs) and sponsored by GSK.
Moving toward faster, more accurate detection of food- and water-borne bacteria
Food poisoning is a scourge. Yet preventing it is far from foolproof.
RIT alumnus wins national award for undergraduate physics research
A graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology's College of Science has been recognized by the American Association of Physics Teachers and the-Advanced Laboratory Physics Association for his contributions as an undergraduate student researcher to RIT's School of Physics and Astronomy.
New England Journal of Medicine publishes long-term results of Gleevec®
Today the New England Journal of Medicine published results from a nearly 11-year follow-up study, that showed an estimated overall survival rate of 83.3 percent.
PH-sensitive binding mechanism key to virulence of H. pylori
To establish chronic infection in the very acidic stomach, the gastric pathogen Helicobacter pylori uses a specific protein to attach to the protective pH-neutral mucous lining.
The proteins that domesticated our genomes
EPFL scientists have carried out a genomic and evolutionary study of a large and enigmatic family of human proteins, to demonstrate that it is responsible for harnessing the millions of transposable elements in the human genome.
PSU researcher receives $877,000 NSF grant to study success barriers in STEM education
Portland State University Sociology professor Dara Shifrer has received an $877,836 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the effects race, poverty and disabilities may have on American students' success in STEM education and careers.
New insights into how inhibitory neurons contribute to functional networks in the cortex
Networks consist of many types of neurons, including some that send excitatory signals, increasing the likelihood of other neurons firing, and some that send inhibitory signals, decreasing the likelihood of other neurons firing. Researchers at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience demonstrated that inhibitory neurons participate in finely-tuned, functionally-specific networks, similarly to excitatory neurons.
Researchers observe reduction in sexual violence among high school students
Published this week in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the study reveals the implementation of 'Green Dot' in Kentucky high schools decreased not only sexual violence perpetration, but related forms of violence including sexual harassment, stalking and dating violence.
Share of women researchers grows with their research as impactful as men's
The share of women among researchers has increased between four and 11 percentage points between the periods 1996-2000 and 2011-2015 among 12 geographies.
Diabetes drug shows promise for safely treating, detecting Alzheimer's disease
A new study has found treatment with the diabetes drug amylin (or pramlintide) safely improves learning and memory function in AD patients and reduces the AD pathology in their brains.
NSF announces new long-term ecological research sites off Alaska, New England coasts
National Science Foundation (NSF) grants will support two new Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites.
Study finds massive rogue waves aren't as rare as previously thought
University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science scientist Mark Donelan and his Norwegian Meteorological Institute colleague captured new information about extreme waves, as one of the steepest ever recorded passed by the North Sea Ekofisk platforms in the early morning hours of Nov.
Researchers find neurological link between religious experiences and epilepsy
A relationship between epilepsy and heightened religious experiences has been recognized since at least the 19th century.
Synthesis of medicinally privileged heterocycles through dielectric heating
This review summarizes the potential application of microwave irradiation (dielectric heating) to synthesize biologically important heterocyclic small molecules in the recent past.
Younger heart attack patients more likely to have low 'good' vs. high 'bad' cholesterol
Men under 45 years old and women under 50 years old who suffer a heart attack are far more likely to have abnormally low good cholesterol than elevated bad cholesterol, according to research scheduled for presentation at the American College of Cardiology's 66th Annual Scientific Session.
Mechanism underlying size-sorting of rubble on asteroid Itokawa revealed
Researchers investigate why pebbles and boulders on asteroid Itokawa's surface occupy separate regions.
Paleontologists find fossil relative of Ginkgo biloba
A discovery of well-preserved fossil plants by paleontologists from the United States, China, Japan, Russia and Mongolia has allowed researchers to identify a distant relative of the living plant Ginkgo biloba.
UTA researchers to develop new math theory for improvement of imaging technology
Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington are working on a project which could have a sizable impact on imaging technologies, by developing new mathematical theories that can help solve outstanding problems.
Clemson scientist receives $367,000 grant to trace how arsenic disrupts developing cells
Despite arsenic being a well-known toxin, the mechanism and timeline of how it affects developing life is poorly understood.
FSU researchers take big step forward in nanotech-based drugs
In an article published today in Scientific Reports, FSU Associate Professor of Biological Science Steven Lenhert takes a step forward in the understanding of nanoparticles and how they can best be used to deliver drugs.
New healthcare pricing resource quantifies costs of complete episodes of care
New Healthcare Pricing Resource offers building blocks for reforming the way in which healthcare services get priced and reimbursed.
Student team competition provides real-world experience for O.R. and analytics students
Eight student teams from around the world have been selected as finalists in the inaugural INFORMS O.R. and Analytics Student Team Competition.
How much sun is good for our health?
Spanish researchers have estimated the duration of solar radiation exposure required in order to obtain the recommended doses of vitamin D.
How CSU chemists are helping us not get food poisoning
Borrowing concepts from medical diagnostic devices, Colorado State University chemists have created a simple, cheap set of handheld tests that can detect the presence of many water or food-borne pathogens.
The secrets of vibration-enhanced conductivity in graphene
Graphene still holds some unexplained qualities, which are important in connection with electronic applications where high-conductivity matters.
In-home occupational therapy curbs depression in visually impaired patients
Johns Hopkins researchers report that in-home occupational therapy appears to reduce the rate and severity of depression in people at higher risk for the disorder because of seriously impaired vision.
BU researcher receives prestigious clinical psychology award
Denise Sloan, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Toy Caldwell-Colbert Award for Distinguished Educator in Clinical Psychology from the Society of Clinical Psychology at the American Psychological Association.
Can we reverse aging by tweaking our biological machinery?
Humans have been looking for ways to cheat death for centuries.
Ancient southern China fish may have evolved prior to the 'Age of Fish'
An ancient fish species with unusual scales and teeth from the Kuanti Formation in southern China may have evolved prior to the 'Age of Fish', according to a study published March 8, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Brian Choo from Flinders University, Australia, and colleagues at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, China.
Newer medications can cure HCV infections
A new analysis reveals a dramatic transformation in the care of patients infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) as more effective and tolerable medications have become available.
New technology platform propels the use of 'organs-on-chips'
BWH has developed a novel technology platform that enables the continuous and automated monitoring of so-called 'organs-on-chips' -- tiny devices that incorporate living cells to mimic the biology of bona fide human organs.
Penn State student Julie Fenton selected to meet with Nobel Laureates
Penn State chemistry student Julie Fenton has been selected to participate in the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in chemistry, during which she will interact with more than thirty Nobel Laureates.
Recent generations are experiencing higher rates of arthritis
In an analysis of the Canadian population born between the 1930s and 1960s, each succeeding generation had a higher prevalence of arthritis.
Study: Hormone replacement therapy may help improve women's heart health, overall survival
Hormone replacement therapy has long been controversial as studies have associated it with health benefits and risks.
Grant awarded to Sanford Simon will fund research to treat rare liver cancer
Dr. Sanford Simon, head of the Laboratory of Cellular Biophysics at Rockefeller University, has been awarded a $600,000 grant by the Fibrolamellar Cancer Foundation to develop a therapy for fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma.
Uncovering new relationships and organizational principles in protein interaction networks
Proteins, those basic components of cells and tissues, carry out many biological functions by working with partners in networks.
Chemists create molecular 'leaf' that collects and stores solar power without solar panels
An international research team centered at Indiana University have engineered a molecule that uses light or electricity to convert the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide -- a carbon-neutral fuel source -- more efficiently than any other method of 'carbon reduction.' The discovery, reported today in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, is a new milestone in the quest to recycle carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere into carbon-neutral fuels and others materials.
Parental concerns reduce uptake of child flu vaccine
The first study investigating parental attitudes towards the UK's child flu vaccine has found concerns about safety and side effects may negatively influence uptake, and recommends that public health messages need to be reinforced.
More hospitalizations, deaths for US heart failure patients in winter
Patients with heart failure in the United States are more likely to be hospitalized and more likely to die during the colder winter months, according to two studies scheduled for presentation at the American College of Cardiology's 66th Annual Scientific Session.
Researchers create 'time crystals' envisioned by Princeton scientists
Two groups of researchers based at Harvard University and the University of Maryland report in the journal Nature that they have successfully created time crystals using theories developed at Princeton University.
Iota Orionis: Pulsating beacon of a constellation
Using the world's smallest astronomical satellites, researchers detect the biggest stellar heartbeat ever.
In-cell NMR: A new application
The structure of biological macromolecules is critical to understanding their function, mode of interaction and relationship with their neighbours, and how physiological processes are altered by mutations or changes in the molecular environment.
NTU Singapore and Japan's RIKEN collaborate in human biology research
Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) and Japan's flagship research institute in the natural sciences RIKEN are working together to advance research in human biology.
Memorization tool bulks up brain's internal connections, Stanford scientists say
A time-honored mnemonic method used by memory athletes -- people adept at feats such as quickly memorizing the sequence of all the cards in a deck or a vast string of digits -- can be taught to people with no prior hint of prodigious memorization skills, according to researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Taking misoprostol along with NSAIDs reduces cardiovascular risk
People who took the drug misoprostol for stomach ulcers along with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs had a significantly lower risk of serious cardiovascular events, stroke and kidney failure than those who took NSAIDs alone, according to a study scheduled for presentation at the American College of Cardiology's 66th Annual Scientific Session.
By boosting innate immunity, researchers eradicate aggressive prostate cancer in mice
Cabozantinib, an FDA-approved drug for patients with certain types of thyroid or kidney cancer, was able to eradicate invasive prostate cancers in mice by causing tumor cells to secrete factors that entice neutrophils -- the first-responders of the immune system -- to infiltrate the tumor.
Updated epilepsy classification may lead to advances in diagnosis, treatment, and research
It has been nearly three decades since experts published a classification system related to epilepsy.
Molecule shown to repair damaged axons
A foray into plant biology led one researcher to discover that a natural molecule can repair axons, the thread-like projections that carry electrical signals between cells.
Leading the way in genomic science -- from biodiversity to biomedicine
The Earlham Institute (EI) is hosting two prestigious conferences for leading scientists and industry in life sciences -- presenting the latest ground-breaking research and technological developments in genomics.
Depression doubles risk of death after heart attack, angina
Depression is the strongest predictor of death in the first decade following a diagnosis of coronary heart disease, according to a study scheduled for presentation at the American College of Cardiology's 66th Annual Scientific Session.
NYU Tandon's 3-D microscopic voyage at SXSW spotlights angiogenesis research
High school seniors accepted to NYU Tandon School of Engineering will receive 3-D cardboard viewers that will take them on a journey to a microscopic, intracellular world -- a virtual reality (VR) game environment where they can watch cells communicate using chemical signals.
In battle for real estate, a disordered protein wins out
Research findings that first had scientists scratching their heads have turned out to be 'quite revolutionary,' according to study leaders at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI).
College students' perception of dietary terms could help nutrition education
Researchers from the University of Hawaii and Brigham Young University set out to determine college students' perception of the terms real meal, meal, and snack and how those perceptions might enable more effective nutrition education.
Probiotic found in yogurt can reverse depression symptoms, UVA finds
Researchers have reversed depression symptoms in mice by feeding them Lactobacillus, a probiotic bacteria found in live-cultures yogurt.
Physical inactivity and sedentary behaviors associated with cardiometabolic risk factors
Greater time spent in physical activities with moderate-high intensity and less time devoted to sedentary activities, such as watching television, are associated with a lower presence of cardiometabolic risk factors including obesity, diabetes and certain individual components of metabolic syndrome, according to the first results published from the multicentric study PREDIMED-PLUS.

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