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October 7, 2015

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October 7, 2015

'Chromosomal Chaos:' Complex Array of Mutations Found in Rare, Aggressive Leukemia

Oct. 7, 2015 — Sezary syndrome (SS), an aggressive leukemia of mature T cells, is more complicated at a molecular level than ever suspected. With a poor prognosis and limited options for targeted therapies, this ... read more

Sex Is More Likely on Days College Students Use Marijuana or Binge Drink

Oct. 7, 2015 — Undergraduate college students were more likely to have sex on days they used marijuana or binged on alcohol than on days they didn't, new research has ... read more

Just 30 Minutes a Day: Regular Exercise Relieves Asthma Symptoms

Oct. 7, 2015 — Millions of people suffer from asthma. Many report having poor control of their symptoms. Fortunately, new research shows there is a simple antidote: 30 minutes of exercise a day, ... read more

Two-Hit Therapy for Breast Tumors Using Approved Drugs Looks Promising in Animal Study

Oct. 7, 2015 — Disabling a cancer-causing pathway and administering an immune-molecule-based mop-up therapy eradicated a specific type of breast tumor in mice, report investigators. This therapy, when translated ... read more

Oct. 7, 2015 — Prenatal exposure to some flame retardants that have been widely-used in consumer products is associated with attention problems in young children. A new study is the first to show the effects of ... read more

Review Addresses Value, Waste in Biomedical Research

Oct. 7, 2015 — Some studies suggest that as much as 85 per cent of investment in biomedical research is wasted. Examples of waste include the non-publication of research, failure to share data and instances where ... read more

New Player Found in Tumor Suppression, Aging

Oct. 7, 2015 — The protective role played by a little-known protein complex, SMC 5/6, in cancer and aging has been revealed by new research. These results emphasize, once more, the relationship between these two ... read more

Social Networks Can Motivate People to Exercise More

Oct. 7, 2015 — The influence of our social networks can be a powerful motivator to encourage more physical activity, say researchers in a new report. What this new study reveals is that these same positive behavior ... read more

Brain Cooling Lessens Chances of Head Injury Recovery, Study Finds

Oct. 7, 2015 — Head injury patients do not benefit from a therapy that involves cooling their bodies to reduce brain swelling, research has found. Doctors say the therapy may increase patients' risk of death ... read more

Blood Cancers: Half-Matched Donor Bone Marrow Transplant May Be as Good as Full Match

Oct. 7, 2015 — When it comes to treating blood cancers like leukemia and lymphomas, new research shows that a half-matched donor bone marrow transplant may be just as good as a full match, in the first apples to ... read more

Groundbreaking Computer Program Diagnoses Cancer in Two Days

Oct. 7, 2015 — In about one in 20 cancer cases, the doctor can confirm that the patient has cancer -- but cannot find the source. These patients then face the prospect of a long wait with numerous diagnostic tests ... read more

Oct. 7, 2015 — Immunobiologists have discovered Kidins220/ARMS in B cells, and demonstrate its functions. B lymphocytes, also known as B cells, are the only cells to produce antibodies, which the immune system ... read more

Oct. 7, 2015 — British scientists have been funded to develop a gel that will match many of the biological structures of human breast tissue, to advance cancer research and reduce animal ... read more

Wastewater Treatment Plants Not Responsible for Spreading Antimicrobial Resistance

Oct. 7, 2015 — Wastewater contains remnants of antimicrobial agents and a variety of pathogenic bacteria. It has therefore been generally assumed that wastewater treatment plants are the ideal location for ... read more

Oct. 7, 2015 — Progeria is a premature aging disease. Children suffering from progeria die at an average age of 14 to 15 years, often from heart attacks and strokes. So far, there is no cure for the disease, and ... read more

Youngest Students in Class 30% More Likely to Die in Suicide Than Older Classmates, Japanese Study Shows

Oct. 7, 2015 — Researchers found for the first time that those who were born right before the school cutoff day and thus youngest in their cohort have 30% higher mortality rates by suicide, compared to their peer ... read more

Smoking Cessation Drug Proves Initially More Effective for Women

Oct. 7, 2015 — The most effective prescription drug used to quit smoking initially helps women more than men, according to a study, which found that varenicline, marketed as Chantix, was more effective earlier in ... read more

Single Mastectomy Is a More Cost-Effective Treatment for Nonhereditary Cancer in One Breast Than Removing Both Breasts

Oct. 6, 2015 — For younger women with early-stage, noninherited breast cancer on one side, a unilateral, or single, mastectomy leads to a slightly higher quality of life and lower costs over the next 20 years ... read more

Bowel Screening Kit With Extras Could Help Save More Lives

Oct. 6, 2015 — Thousands more people would take part in bowel cancer screening if the kit included extras, such as gloves and “poo catchers”, according to a UK ... read more

Should Women Consume Alcohol During Pregnancy?

Oct. 6, 2015 — Experts discuss the evidence and current guidelines on the controversial topic of alcohol consumption during ... read more

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