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August 06, 2018
Pediatric telemedicine services can work well under the right conditions
Doctors who provide pediatric care over the telephone -- known as 'telemedicine' -- face a range of challenges that do not come with traditional face-to-face contact.

More sensitive blood test diagnoses heart attacks faster
A new high-sensitivity blood test for heart attacks successfully diagnosed heart attacks faster and more accurately in the emergency room than the existing test.

Learning while sleeping? Our learning capabilities are limited
Using magnetoencephalography (MEG), researchers showed that while our brain is still able to perceive sounds during sleep, it is unable to group these sounds according to their organisation in a sequence

Early trauma may be risk factor for anxiety and depression in adults with head/neck cancer
Among individuals with head and neck cancer (HNC), those who experienced childhood trauma were more likely to have advanced cancer, to have higher alcohol consumption, and to experience symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Alexa, be my friend: Children talk to technology, but how does it respond?
Children communicate with technology differently than adults do, and a more responsive device -- one that repeats or prompts the user, for example -- could be more useful to more people.

Low- and middle-income countries' health systems ill-prepared for NCDs
In a new study appearing in the August issue of Health Affairs, Corrina Moucheraud of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health evaluated five low- and middle-income countries' readiness to handle the growing burden caused by noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

Low-protein diet during pregnancy increases prostate cancer risk in offspring
Experiments with rats show that intrauterine protein restriction induces sex hormone imbalance, which appears to favor development of cancer in old age.

Having larger muscles could compensate for poor muscle quality in CKD patients
University of Leicester research shows that having larger muscles can 'outweigh' lack of muscle quality when performing physical tasks.

Comprehensive pediatric CAR T guidelines developed by MD Anderson and PALISI
Almost one year after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy for children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators Network (PALISI) today published treatment guidelines for managing the treatment in the online issue of Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology.

Organic makeup of ancient meteorites sheds light on early Solar System
The origin of organic matter found in meteorites that formed during the birth of the Solar System 4.5 billion years ago may provide key clues to understanding the birth of life here on Earth.

NASA gets an infrared look at intensifying Tropical Storm Ileana
Tropical Storm Ileana formed quickly close to the coast of southwestern Mexico around the same time as John, which is just located west of Ileana.

Social investments could save Medicare, Medicaid, hospitals, health insurers billions
Reliable access to housing, nutrition, and transportation are some of the best predictors of your future health.

Reducing NOVA1 gene helps prevent tumor growth in most common type of lung cancer
Researchers have identified a gene that when inhibited or reduced, in turn, reduced or prevented human non-small cell lung cancer tumors from growing.

Novel vaccine approach proves powerful against Zika virus
A uniquely designed experimental vaccine against Zika virus has proven powerful in mice, new research has found.

Typhoon Shanshan caught by NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite caught up with Typhoon Shanahan and provided forecasters with a visible picture of the storm that revealed the storm still maintained an eye, despite weakening.

Smart wristband with link to smartphones could monitor health, environmental exposures
Rutgers University-New Brunswick engineers have created a smart wristband with a wireless connection to smartphones that will enable a new wave of personal health and environmental monitoring devices.

Scientists develop unique materials to repair damaged organs and tissue
Tissue engineering is the future of medicine. Under Project 5-100, the Polymer Materials for Tissue Engineering and Transplantology Laboratory of Peter the Great St.

Solving its insolubility, researchers discover method to deliver curcumin to cancer cells
Scientists have discovered that curcumin to be an effective agent for killing cancer cells.

If you're a woman having a heart attack, insist on a female physician
Of more than 500,000 heart attack patients admitted to hospital emergency departments in Florida between 1991 and 2010, females treated by male doctors were less likely to survive.

Next-generation metabolomics may facilitate the discovery of new antidepressants
Antidepressants have become one of the most commonly prescribed drugs.

New tools, old rules: Limit screen-based recreational media at home
Screen time from computers, phones, tablet computers, video games, TV and other screen-based devices is associated with increased sedentary behavior in children and teens.

Could climate change affect the development of Turkic Khaganate?
The most important economic and political events in the history of the Turkic Kaganate (VI-VIII centuries AD) were affected by climatic disasters.

Probiotic use is a link between brain fogginess, severe bloating
Probiotic use can result in a significant accumulation of bacteria in the small intestine that can result in disorienting brain fogginess as well as rapid, significant belly bloating, investigators report.

Is too much screen time harming children's vision?
Does digital eyestrain cause lasting damage to children's eyes? Should your child use reading glasses or computer glasses?

Mice individuality is influenced by their relations
Individuality exists in all animals, and a number of factors shape it over time.

Rapid diagnostic coupled with local therapy developed for brain tumors
Working together, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and neurosurgeons from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), along with colleagues at MIT, are designing a new, rapid molecular diagnostic and sustained release therapeutic that could be deployed during brain surgery to treat gliomas and prevent their return.

First North American co-occurrence of Hadrosaur and Therizinosaur tracks found in Alaska
An international team of paleontologists and geoscientists has discovered the first North American co-occurrence of hadrosaur and therizinosaur tracks in the lower Cantwell Formation of Alaska's Denali National Park, providing more evidence that Alaska was possibly the 'superhighway' for dinosaurs between Asia and western North America 65-70 million years.

Earthquakes can be weakened by groundwater
Researchers from EPFL and the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris have found that the presence of pressurized fluid in surrounding rock can reduce the intensity of earthquakes triggered by underground human activities like geothermal energy production.

One in 10 IBS with diarrhoea patients wish they were dead when their condition is bad
New research, published in the UEG Journal, assessed the burden associated with irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhoea by surveying 513 patients and 679 healthcare professionals.

Concepts for new switchable plasmonic nanodevices: A magneto-plasmonic nanoscale router and a high-contrast magneto-plasmonic disk modulator controlled by external magnetic fields
Plasmonic waveguides open the possibility to develop dramatically miniaturized optical devices and provide a promising route towards the next-generation of integrated nanophotonic circuits for information processing, optical computing and others.

Enzyme helps build motor that drives neuron death
The process, discovered in the axons of neurons, is implicated in Alzheimer's, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, traumatic brain injury and other diseases or injuries to the nervous system.

Doxorubicin disrupts the immune system to cause heart toxicity
Doxorubicin is a chemotherapy drug used in ovarian, bladder, lung, thyroid and stomach cancers, but it carries a harmful side effect.

Combining on and off switches, one protein can control flowering in plants
New research has discovered a previously unknown mechanism for controlling cellular decisions, one which combines an on-and-off switch in a single protein, either promoting or preventing the transition to flowering in plants.

Ancient virus defends koalas against new viral attacks
New study in koalas uncovers how virulent retroviruses become harmless bits of 'junk DNA' over time.

Stress makes people better at processing bad news
Feeling stressed or anxious makes people more able to process and internalise bad news, finds a new UCL-led study.

A system to synthesize realistic sounds for computer animation
Sounds accompanying computer-animated content are usually created with recordings. Now, a new system synthesizes synchronized sound at the push of a button.

Advancing transplantation: Hepatitis C-infected organs safe for transplantation when followed by antiviral treatment
Twenty patients at Penn Medicine have been cured of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) following lifesaving kidney transplants from deceased donors who were infected with the disease, according to a study published today in Annals of Internal Medicine.

Created line of spinal cord neural stem cells shows diverse promise
Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine report that they have successfully created spinal cord neural stem cells (NSCs) from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) that differentiate into a diverse population of cells capable of dispersing throughout the spinal cord and can be maintained for long periods of time.

Mapping the inner workings of a living cell
A team of Columbia researchers show that a widely used chemical tracer, combined with a cutting-edge microscope, can track metabolic changes within the living cells of animals.

Expanding the limits of Li-ion batteries: Electrodes for all-solid-state batteries
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology have addressed one of the major disadvantages of all-solid-state batteries by developing batteries with a low resistance at their electrode/solid electrolyte interface.

Epigenetic markers of ovarian cancer
Insilico Medicine and its collaborators from Johns Hopkins and Insilico Medicine, used an integrated approach by coupling identification of genome-wide expression patterns in multiple cohorts of primary ovarian cancer samples and normal ovarian surface epithelium with innovative computational analysis of gene expression data, leading to the discovery of novel cancer-specific epigenetically silenced genes.

New system allows rapid response to heart attacks, limits cardiac damage
Researchers have developed a drug-delivery system that allows rapid response to heart attacks without surgical intervention.

NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite gets night-time and infrared views of Hurricane Hector
Hurricane Hector was impressive in night-time and infrared imagery taken from NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite when it strengthened into a major hurricane.

Differences in immune responses due to age, sex, and genetics
Age, sex, and specific human genetic variants are the key factors behind differences between immune responses among healthy humans, finds a study of 1,000 individuals carried out by EPFL and the Pasteur Institute.

Study: Prioritize cardiac monitoring for high-risk breast cancer patients
Overall, heart failure is an uncommon complication of breast cancer treatment; however, the risk is higher in patients treated with certain types of chemotherapy and lower in younger patients, according to a study in a special 'Imaging in Cardio-oncology' issue of JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.

Sequenced fox genome hints at genetic basis of behavior
For nearly 60 years, the red fox has been teaching scientists about animal behavior.

Diabetes in bay area Chinese population linked to fat fibrosis
A new UC San Francisco study has discovered a key biological difference in how people of European and Chinese descent put on weight -- a finding that could help explain why Asians often develop type 2 diabetes at a much lower body weight than Caucasians.

Scientists create a UV detector based on nanocrystals synthesized by using ion implantation
Scientists at the Lobachevsky University have been working for several years to develop solar-blind photodetectors operating in the UV spectral band.

How common is endometrial cancer in women with postmenopausal bleeding?
Postmenopausal bleeding is a common symptom among most women with endometrial cancer but most women with postmenopausal bleeding won't be diagnosed with endometrial cancer, findings that raise questions about how to best manage postmenopausal bleeding for the early detection of endometrial cancer.

Wetter soil is leading to reduced methane gas absorption
A new paper from researchers at the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York finds that the existing effects of global warming are decreasing the soil's ability to absorb methane gas.

Researchers detail variation in costs of child vaccination program in Indian states
Researchers from the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy (CDDEP) have completed a study which outlines the cost of delivering routine childhood vaccines in seven Indian states.

Vaping draws strong support -- from bots
More than 70 percent of a random sample of tweets analyzed appear to have been produced by bots, whose use to influence public opinion while posing as real people is coming under increased scrutiny.

NASA data shows Tropical Storm John intensifying
Tropical Storm John formed quickly off the coast of southwestern Mexico around the same time as Ileana, which is just east of John.

Neural signature of balance
A study of young adults published in eNeuro demonstrates how the brain responds to disruptions in the body's balance.

Venture capitalists' reputations take a hit when publicly listed companies they once endorsed fail
New research suggests that venture capitalists' reputations can be damaged by events not within their full control.

Thanks to climate change & wetter weather, forest soils are absorbing less methane
Increasing precipitation -- a symptom of climate change -- is making it harder for forest soils to trap greenhouse gases, creating a feedback loop that exacerbates global warming.

Scientists create atomic glue gun to build better nucleic
Now, scientists at Scripps Research and Bristol-Myers Squibb have created a powerful new tool for precisely controlling the 3D architecture -- also called stereochemistry -- of linkages known as thiophosphates, found in some promising new drugs that target genetic molecules and other disease targets, according to a paper published today in Science.

Transplantation followed by antiviral therapy cured hepatitis C
Twenty patients who received kidneys transplanted from hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected donors experienced HCV cure, good quality of life, and excellent renal function at one year.

Severe preeclampsia heart imaging study reveals roots of cardiac damage in pregnant women
Johns Hopkins researchers say a heart imaging study of scores of pregnant women with the most severe and dangerous form of a blood pressure disorder has added to evidence that the condition -- known as preeclampsia -- mainly damages the heart's ability to relax between contractions, making the organ overworked and poor at pumping blood.

Mayo research team identifies genes that increase risk for triple-negative breast cancer
A research team led by Fergus Couch, Ph.D., a geneticist at Mayo Clinic, has identified specific genes associated with an increased risk for developing triple-negative breast cancer.

Women survive heart attacks better with women doctors: Study
A review of nearly 582,000 heart attack cases over 19 years showed female patients had a significantly higher survival rate when a woman treated them in the ER, according to research by faculty members at Minnesota, Washington University in St.

Size matters: if you are a bubble of volcanic gas
The chemical composition of gases emitted from volcanoes -- which are used to monitor changes in volcanic activity -- can change depending on the size of gas bubbles rising to the surface, and relate to the way in which they erupt.

Drug prices not always aligned with value, CU Anschutz researchers say
In many countries, health care reimbursements for drugs are directly related to their value or net health benefits in treating disease.

Ricocheting radio waves monitor the tiniest movements in a room
Metamaterials researchers from Duke University have shown that patterns made by radio waves can detect a person's presence and location anywhere inside of a room.

Researchers at the University of New Mexico uncover remnants of early solar system
Scientists believe the solar system was formed some 4.6 billion years ago when a cloud of gas and dust collapsed under gravity possibly triggered by a cataclysmic explosion from a nearby massive star or supernova.

Rice U. system selectively sequesters toxins from water
Rice University engineers are developing ionic water-treatment technology that saves money and energy by selectively removing only hazardous contaminants and ignoring those that are harmless.

PET tracer identifies estrogen receptor expression differences in breast cancer patients
In metastatic breast cancer, prognosis and treatment is largely influenced by estrogen receptor (ER) expression of the metastases.

The starch risk to teeth
An examination of research on oral health, commissioned by the World Health Organisation, has indicated that for oral health we should stick to whole grain carbohydrates and avoid processed ones, especially if sweet.

Small birds fly at high altitudes towards Africa
A new study from Lund University in Sweden shows that small birds migrating from Scandinavia to Africa in the autumn occasionally fly as high as 4 000 meters above sea level -- probably adjusting their flight to take advantage of favorable winds and different wind layers.

Mosquito populations give a new insight into the role of Caucasus in evolution
A closer look into mosquitoes from three separate site in the Caucasus allowed for Russian scientist Dr Mukhamed Karmokov to not only study the evolution of a curious group of species, but also provide a brand new insight into the role of the Caucasian region from an evolutionary perspective.

Needs of children are under-prioritized in a changing climate 
Children and adolescents are more vulnerable to climate-related disasters because of their anatomic, cognitive, immunologic, and psychologic differences compared to adults.

Striking a balance between immunity and inflammation
Hookworms infect people mostly in countries where sanitation is poor and people often walk barefoot.

Researchers solved mystery of clownfish coloration
The anemonefish is more familiarly known as the clownfish, as its bright coloration reminds of the face painting of a clown.

Study finds possible connection between US tornado activity, Arctic sea ice
The effects of global climate change taking place in the Arctic may influence weather much closer to home for millions of Americans, researchers report.

Hitler: Election campaigner with limited influence?
Political scientists in Konstanz and Berlin qualify the perception of Hitler as one of the most influential speakers in history through their extensive analysis of Adolf Hitler's election campaign appearances and election results between 1927 and 1933

The bark side of the force
What forces enable trees to stand upright? To grow straight, plants need a motor system that controls their posture by generating forces to offset gravity.

Medicaid expansion leads to greater access to diabetes medications
Prescriptions for diabetes medications increased in the first two years after states expanded eligibility for Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act, compared to states that didn't expand Medicaid, according to a new analysis by researchers from UChicago and USC.

CPM for knee or shoulder joints: Advantage only in two therapeutic indications
Less pain in stiff shoulders and improved mobility after total knee replacement - but the final report does not confirm greater benefit in rotator cuff tears.

Rain-on-snow flood risk to increase in many mountain regions of the western US, Canada
Flooding caused by rain falling on snowpack could more than double by the end of this century in some areas of the western US and Canada due to climate change.

NASA's Planet-hunting TESS catches a comet before starting science
Before NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) started science operations on July 25, 2018, the planet hunter sent back a stunning sequence of serendipitous images showing the motion of a comet.

New program keeps elderly out of emergency
A medical program developed by emergency and palliative care clinicians at a large Australian hospital is seeing elderly aged care residents successfully treated at home.

Injectable trace minerals improve mineral status in beef heifers
In a set of recent studies, University of Illinois animal scientists study the effects of the injectable trace mineral Multimin®90 on reproductive performance in beef heifers.

Researchers uncover potential new drug targets in the fight against HIV
Johns Hopkins scientists report they have identified two potential new drug targets for the treatment of HIV.

Potential new class of drugs may reduce cardiovascular risk by targeting gut microbes
Cleveland Clinic researchers have designed a potential new class of drugs that may reduce cardiovascular risk by targeting a specific microbial pathway in the gut.

Molecular switch triggers itch
A new study of male mice published in JNeurosci uncovers two distinct pathways through which a single molecule can cause both itchy and painful skin.

Oxford University: Better sleep linked with family tree strength
The question of why we sleep has been a longstanding subject of debate, with some theories suggesting that slumber provides respite for the brain, which allows it to filter out insignificant neural connections, build new ones, strengthen memories and even repair itself.

Soft multi-functional robots get really small...and spider-shaped
Scientists have created -- of all things -- a soft robotic spider.

Earth at risk of heading towards 'hothouse Earth' state
An international team of scientists has published a study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showing that even if the carbon emission reductions called for in the Paris Agreement are met, there is a risk of Earth entering what the scientists call 'hothouse Earth' conditions.

Chinese astronomers discover most lithium-rich giant in galaxy with LAMOST
A research team, led by the astronomers from National Astronomical Observatories of China (NAOC), Chinese Academy of Sciences, discovered the most lithium-rich giant ever known to date, with lithium abundance 3,000 times higher than normal giants.

Researchers identify potential diagnostic test for Kawasaki disease
For the first time, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Imperial College London, with international collaborators, have determined that Kawasaki Disease (KD) can be accurately diagnosed on the basis of the pattern of host gene expression in whole blood.

Tobacco 'power wall' linked to adolescents' views about e-cigarettes
The use of vaping products has risen sharply by young people in recent years as new products have emerged and marketing has increased.

Animations prove effective in accurately measuring pain
'Painimations' may assess and monitor pain better than any previously used measures.

People process bad news better under stress
Threat dissolves the human tendency to readily accept good news over bad, according to experiments conducted both in the lab and with on-duty firefighters.

A targeted approach to treating glioma
Researchers from MIT, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a new way to treat low-grade glioma.

Visa restrictions can lead to increase in illegal migration
While hovernment-imposed restrictions on immigration can reduce overall migration, they can also be ineffective or even counterproductive, pushing more would-be migrants into unauthorized channels, finds new UCL-led research in collaboration with Royal Holloway and University of Birmingham.

African killifish becomes fastest maturing vertebrate on record
For most of the year, annual killifish persist as diapausing embryos buried in sediments across the African savannah.

Gene recombination deactivates retroviruses during invasion of host genomes
Most vertebrate genomes contain a surprisingly large number of viral gene sequences -- about eight percent in humans.

VIP neurons shift daily rhythms
Neurons in the brain's master clock that adjust their activity in response to light have a key role in the resetting of an animal's daily cycle, finds a study of male and female mice published in JNeurosci.

Male birds sing less to females on antidepressants
Female starlings who have ingested dilute concentrations of antidepressants while feeding on worms, maggots and flies at sewage treatment plants appear to be less attractive to the opposite sex.

The value of pride
The intensity of pride people feel for a given act or trait is set by an implicit mental map of what others value.

Lessons from flies: genetic diversity impacts disease severity
New research offers clues as to why some diseases are highly variable between individuals.

Early mediation leads to better outcomes, study says
The sooner a case is referred to mediation the better, according to the first empirical analysis of mediation in Singapore's courts. 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