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How loneliness affects end-of-life experiences
In a Journal of the American Geriatrics Society study of Americans over age 50 years who died between 2004 and 2014, individuals who were characterized as lonely based on survey results were burdened by more symptoms and received more intense end-of-life care compared with non-lonely people. (2020-03-04)

Program linking patients to community resources shows no significant impact on well-being
A social prescribing initiative, designed to improve patients' well-being and quality of life by connecting them to non-medical resources, did not prove effective overall. (2019-11-12)

Ammonium fertilized early life on earth
A Syracuse University professor has demonstrated that ammonium -- an odiferous chemical compound, often used in fertilizer -- was a vital source of nitrogen for early life on Earth. (2019-05-21)

Life on Mars?
Researchers from Hungary have discovered embedded organic material in a Martian meteorite found in the late 1970s. The scientists were able to determine the presence of organic matter in mineralized form such as different forms of bacteria within the meteorite, suggesting that life could have existed on the Red Planet. (2019-04-04)

Scholars: Estonian soil is surprisingly rich in species
A new study shows that Estonian soils can be very rich in species. (2018-10-31)

Scientists discovered 20 new gnat species in Brazil
In cooperation of scientists from Estonia, Finland and Brazil 20 new species of gnat were found in Brazilian Atlantic Forest. (2018-09-21)

A timescale for the origin and evolution of all of life on Earth
A new study led by scientists from the University of Bristol has used a combination of genomic and fossil data to explain the history of life on Earth, from its origin to the present day. (2018-08-20)

Centenarians' end-of-life thoughts: is their social network informed?
People in centenarians' close social networks are often not aware of their thoughts on end-of-life issues, a new Journal of the American Geriatrics Society study reveals. (2018-05-23)

Money only buys happiness for a certain amount
There is an optimal point to how much money it takes to make an individual happy, and that amount varies worldwide, according to research from Purdue University. (2018-02-13)

Perinatal BPA exposure induces chronic inflammation by modulating gut bacteria
Emerging evidence from a research study in rabbits suggests that environmental toxicants may influence inflammation-promoted chronic disease susceptibility during early life. BPA exposure just before or after birth leads to reduced gut bacterial diversity, bacterial metabolites such as short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) and elevated gut permeability -- three common early markers of inflammation-promoted chronic diseases. (2017-10-10)

Lifestyle factors may affect how long individuals live free of disability
New research published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society indicates that a healthy lifestyle may help reduce the duration of an individual's disabled period near the end of life. (2017-09-01)

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. Coagulation Sciences is developing the Multiple Coagulation Test System (MCTSTM) to help hospitals minimize or eliminate unnecessary blood transfusions and their associated risks by providing information to physicians to arrest bleeding more rapidly. (2017-01-25)

The next Horizon: Strategies to promote European competitiveness in innovation
EU-LIFE, the alliance of research centers in life sciences to support and strengthen European research excellence released today a statement with its recommendations for next framework program for Research & Innovation, FP9. Strong key message is: to drive European leadership in innovation, boost excellent ground breaking research in combination with professional technology transfer. (2017-01-16)

A chemical-biological strategy for microRNA target identification
Chen-Yu Zhang's group at Nanjing University reports photo-clickable miRNAs as probes for intracellular target identification of miRNAs. (2017-01-13)

Living with dementia: Life story work proves successful
A pioneering study led by researchers at the University of York's Social Policy Research Unit shows that life story work has the potential to help people with dementia. (2016-09-02)

EMBO welcomes Lithuania as its newest member
EMBO is pleased to announce that Lithuania has joined its intergovernmental funding body, the European Molecular Biology Conference. Lithuania is the 29th country to be accepted into the EMBC, where it has access to the support offered by EMBO to talented researchers in the life sciences at all stages of their careers. (2016-06-13)

Real Life, Labs, Research: The 9th Matilda White Riley Behavioral and Social Sciences Day
Every year, OBSSR honors the research trajectory and continuing influence of Dr. Matilda White Riley in the behavioral and social sciences across and beyond the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In 2016, OBSSR has turned the celebration into the Real Life, Labs, Research. The 9th Matilda White Riley Behavioral and Social Sciences Day. (2016-05-06)

HKU mathematician Professor Mok Ngai-ming elected as Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences
Professor Mok Ngai-ming, Edmund and Peggy Tse Professor in Mathematics, Chair of Mathematics, was elected a Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Mathematics and Physics) during the meeting held in Beijing on December 7, 2015. Professor Mok is the only local scholar attaining such achievement in the election this year. (2016-04-10)

Fralin researchers use new technology to sequence mosquito sex chromosome
The new information about the Y chromosome will facilitate efforts to reduce female mosquitoes or create sterile males -- strategies of interest to research teams across the world. (2016-03-28)

The EMBO community welcomes Malta
EMBO is pleased to announce that Malta has joined its intergovernmental funding body, the European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC). Malta is the 28th country to be accepted into the EMBC, where it can benefit from the support that EMBO offers to talented researchers in the life sciences at all stages of their careers. (2016-03-21)

Fostering commercialization to improve health and create jobs in Washington
A new technology commercialization program will launch this spring to help Washington's life sciences innovators move their promising ideas into the hands of providers and patients, thanks to a $1.8 million 'ecosystem' award from the state's Life Sciences Discovery Fund (LSDF). (2016-02-10)

Kasting receives NAS Early Earth & Life Sciences Award
James F. Kasting, Evan Pugh University Professor of Geosciences, will receive the 2015 National Academy of Sciences Award in Early Earth and Life Sciences. The award will be presented with the Stanley Miller Medal. (2016-01-27)

The aliens are silent because they're dead
The universe is probably filled with habitable planets, so many scientists think it should be teeming with aliens. But life on other planets would likely be brief and become extinct very quickly, say astrobiologists from The Australian National University (ANU). In research aiming to understand how life might develop, the scientists realized new life would commonly die out due to runaway heating or cooling on their fledgling planets. (2016-01-21)

Study results leading to the development of a new type of anticancer agent
A wide variety of research has shown that γ-tubulin activates during cell division and that it is overexpressed in a portion of cancer cells, so it holds potential as a target protein for new anticancer agents with few side effects. Despite this research, no specific inhibitors have thus far been discovered. (2016-01-20)

New book highlights research in emerging field of video bioinformatics
The first book to review the emerging interdisciplinary field of video bioinformatics was published in December by Springer. Titled 'Video Bioinformatics: From Live Imaging to Knowledge,' the book was edited by Bir Bhanu, distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, Riverside, and Prue Talbot, professor of cell biology and director of the Stem Cell Center and Core at UCR. (2016-01-12)

Life on Earth likely started 4.1 billion years ago -- much earlier than scientists thought
UCLA geochemists have found probable evidence for life on Earth at least 4.1 billion years ago -- 300 million years earlier than previously documented, pushing the origin of life close to when the planet formed, 4.54 billion years ago. The research is published this week in the online early edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (2015-10-19)

VG Life Sciences granted combination cancer drug patent
VG Life Sciences, Inc., a biotechnology company developing therapies for cancer, autoimmune and infectious diseases, announced that the US Patent and Trademark Office will issue Patent No. 9073985 covering VGLS' combination therapy for treating drug-resistant cancer by combining an autophagy inhibitor with a chemotherapy drug. (2015-06-22)

More individuals discussing end-of-life wishes with loved ones
Discussing end-of-life wishes with loved ones can be difficult, but new research from the University of Missouri shows more individuals are engaging in advance care planning. Advance care planning includes discussing end-of-life care preferences, providing written end-of-life care instructions and appointing a durable power of attorney for health care. (2015-04-16)

VG Life Sciences granted key composition of matter patent
VG Life Sciences, Inc., a biotechnology company developing therapies for autoimmune and infectious diseases, has been issued an important composition of matter patent covering methods for modulating immune system function through the targeting of CLIP. The US patent covers the targeted peptide technology underlying VG Life Sciences' VG1177, a synthetic peptide which has the ability to displace CLIP that plays a key role in chronic inflammation and autoimmune diseases, including HIV/AIDS, hypertension, preeclampsia and TBI. (2015-03-02)

Scientists predict earth-like planets around most stars
Planetary scientists have calculated that there are hundreds of billions of Earth-like planets in our galaxy which might support life, by applying a 200 year old idea to the thousands of exo-planets discovered by the Kepler space telescope. (2015-02-04)

New finding may compromise aging studies
Scientists found that a hormone they were using to selectively activate genes in flies for life span studies was actually extending the lives of mated female flies by 68 percent. (2015-02-04)

VG Life Sciences secures patent covering treatment of IDB with CLIP-inducing agent
VG Life Sciences, a biotechnology company developing therapies for autoimmune and infectious diseases, today announced the US Patent and Trademark Office has issued US Patent No. 8906846, covering a method of treating inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) through the administration of a CLIP-inducing agent. (2015-01-30)

Leopoldina publishes recommendations on handling changes in the life sciences
Modern high-throughput screening methods for analyzing genetic information, proteins and metabolic products offer new ways of obtaining large quantities of data on life processes. These OMICS technologies are fueling hopes of major advances in, e.g., medicine, pharmacy, biochemistry, food sciences. The report 'Life sciences in transition' by Germany's National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina sets out recommendations on how existing deficiencies can be overcome and research better equipped for the challenges. (2015-01-09)

Mosquitoes and malaria: Scientists pinpoint how biting cousins have grown apart
Sixteen mosquito species have varying capabilities for transmitting malaria and adapting to new environments. Researchers sequenced their genomes to better understand the evolutionary science behind the differences. The results, published in Science, may advance understanding about the biological differences between mosquitoes that transmit malaria, and ultimately, how species might be more precisely controlled to stop transmission. (2014-11-27)

New look at neuroscience draws experts to ASU
Arizona State University's School of Life Sciences and School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences are hosting the 2014 Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience meeting for principal investigators. (2014-10-15)

Four-billion-year-old chemistry in cells today
Parts of the primordial soup in which life arose have been maintained in our cells today according to scientists at the University of East Anglia. Research published today in the Journal of Biological Chemistry reveals how cells in plants, yeast and very likely also in animals still perform ancient reactions thought to have been responsible for the origin of life -- some four billion years ago. (2014-07-24)

A sheep's early life experiences can shape behavior in later life
New research has found that a sheep's experiences soon after birth can shape its later behavior and also that of its offspring. (2014-07-01)

Junior group leaders in life sciences establish JUGGLE platform for scientific exchange
Fifty leaders of junior research groups working in the fields of biology, pharmaceutical sciences, and biological chemistry, at the University Medical Center, the Institute for Molecular Biology, and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research have now joined together with the intention of improving project coordination and thus making their research even more effective. (2014-06-27)

Announcing the winners of the 2014 HFSP Fellowships
The International Human Frontier Science Program Organization is pleased to announce the names of the recipients of Human Frontier Science Program international postdoctoral fellowships for 2014 following a rigorous selection process in a global competition. A total of 747 applications were received in this round from applicants originating from 63 different countries. (2014-03-20)

German Research Foundation approves research unit to study extreme experiences in life
The German Research Foundation is establishing a new research unit at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. The interdisciplinary group will examine how new biomedical capabilities can lead to extreme experiences in human life. (2014-01-08)

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