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October 14, 2015

Oct. 13, 2015 — Neuroscientists have discovered a brain circuit that can trigger small regions of the brain to fall asleep or become less alert, while the rest of the brain remains awake. The researchers believe ... read more

Oct. 13, 2015 — A new study shows, on one hand, strong activity, and on the other hand, challenging pharmacokinetics of new drug TAK-733 against colorectal ... read more

Schizophrenia Symptoms Linked to Features of Brain's Anatomy?

Oct. 13, 2015 — Using advanced brain imaging, researchers have matched certain behavioral symptoms of schizophrenia to features of the brain's anatomy. The findings could be a step toward improving diagnosis ... read more

Oct. 13, 2015 — Researchers have been investigating the extent to which macrophages, a type of phagocytic immune cell, might be used to eliminate the abnormal protein deposits typically found in the brains of ... read more

Antiviral Favipiravir Successfully Treats Lassa Virus in Guinea Pigs

Oct. 13, 2015 — Favipiravir, an investigational antiviral drug currently being tested in West Africa as a treatment for Ebola virus disease, effectively treated Lassa virus infection in guinea pigs, according to a ... read more

Patients Using Nurse Practitioners Are Less Likely to Have Avoidable Hospital Admissions

Oct. 13, 2015 — Diabetic patients who got their primary care from nurse practitioners did not have an increase in potentially preventable hospital admissions, new research ... read more

Anticancer Effects of Drugs Overestimated by as Much as 45 Percent in Animal Models

Oct. 13, 2015 — Failure to eliminate bias can skew what we think we know about a drug, waste time and money on trials that prove 'futile' and drive up the price of medications. Only 5 percent of agents ... read more

Oct. 13, 2015 — Using computational modeling, researchers have come up with a design for a sturdier liposome. Their findings, while theoretical, could provide the basis for efficiently constructing new vehicles for ... read more

Use of E-Cigarettes, Alternative Tobacco Products May Lead to Increased Tobacco Use

Oct. 13, 2015 — The increasing use of alternative tobacco products, such as water pipes and e-cigarettes, by children under the age of 18 is a burgeoning public health crisis, researchers write in a new ... read more

Study Underscores Need to Assess Behavioral Sequelae of TBI

Oct. 13, 2015 — Rsearchers assessed moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) for frontal behavioral syndromes and cognitive function. Their finding suggest that adding the Frontal Systems Behavior Scale to ... read more

Relaxation Response-Based Program May Reduce Participants' Future Use of Health Services

Oct. 13, 2015 — A new study finds that individuals participating in a relaxation-response-focused training program used fewer health care services in the year after their participation than in the preceding ... read more

Possible New Treatment for Neurodegenerative Diseases Found

Oct. 13, 2015 — A well-established anti-epileptic drug could also be used as a treatment for neurodegenerative diseases, report scientists investigating the ... read more

Bacterium That Causes Q Fever Linked to Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Oct. 13, 2015 — The bacterium that causes Q fever, an infectious disease that humans contract from animals, is associated with an increased risk of lymphoma, according to a ... read more

Listeria Can Grow on Unrefrigerated Caramel Apples

Oct. 13, 2015 — Caramel apples punctured with dipping sticks and left unrefrigerated over the course of a couple of weeks may harbor a bacterium called Listeria monocytogenes, according to a ... read more

Social Media Content May Hold Keys to Important Health Information

Oct. 13, 2015 — Language used in everyday social media posts may have a strong connection to an individual’s health. In the first study of its kind, the new results suggest that not only are many adult Facebook ... read more

Novel Imaging Study Demonstrates How the 'Social Brain' Is Functionally Impaired in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Oct. 13, 2015 — Brain areas linked to social behaviors are both underdeveloped and insufficiently networked in youths with high functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD) compared to study participants without ASD, ... read more

Calcium Supplements May Increase the Risk of Kidney Stone Recurrence

Oct. 13, 2015 — Calcium supplements may increase the risk of kidney stone recurrence, according to a new ... read more

Oct. 13, 2015 — The average life span of smokers is more than 10 years shorter than that of non-smoker, and it is said that smoking is a factor which accelerates aging. However, the details of the mechanism which ... read more

New Research Sees Zebrafish Earn Their Stripes in the Fight Against Muscular Dystrophy

Oct. 13, 2015 — New research has demonstrated a new method for observing the behavior of the protein Dystrophin in a living animal cell, in real-time. This breakthrough may provide a key to understanding how to ... read more

Obesity Doesn't Protect Patients With Cardiovascular Disease

Oct. 13, 2015 — Why is it that study after study shows obese or overweight people with cardiovascular disease outliving their normal weight counterparts? Would this phenomenon, referred to as the obesity paradox, ... read more

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