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February 11, 2016

Feb. 11, 2016 — Researchers have discovered how cells in the human body build their own ‘railway networks’, throwing light on how diseases such as bowel cancer work. The microtubule tracks are vital for ... read more

New Treatment Option for the Acute Phase of the Rare Disease TTP

Feb. 11, 2016 — Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP) is a rare disorder caused by an enzyme deficiency. This can be heriditary or can be acquired as an autoimmune condition. Due to the associated excessive ... read more

Feb. 11, 2016 — Faulty bioelectric signaling has been found to be responsible for the skull and facial abnormalities that characterize the rare genetic disorder Andersen-Tawil Syndrome (ATS). It may therefore be ... read more

Remote Telemonitoring Does Not Reduce Hospital Readmissions for Heart Failure Patients

Feb. 11, 2016 — Combined health coaching and remote monitoring did not reduce all-cause 180-day hospital readmissions among heart failure patients, and did not have significant effects on 30-day hospital ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — Researchers used ultrasound-activated microbubbles to improve preservation of heart muscle and function in a pig heart attack model. The method is now in phase I human clinical trials. The promising ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — DNA is unwound by a type of “pumpjack” mechanism, similar to the way one operates on an oil rig, a team of scientists suggests. This finding is based on new close-up images of the proteins that ... read more

Couch Potatoes May Have Smaller Brains Later in Life

Feb. 10, 2016 — Poor physical fitness in middle age may be linked to a smaller brain size 20 years later, according to a new ... read more

Research Finds New Target in Search for Why Statin Drugs Sometimes Cause Problems for Some Patients

Feb. 10, 2016 — Statin drugs interact with a gap junction protein called GJC3 that releases ATP, a major signaling molecule for inflammation in the body, new research shows. This discovery provides a significant new ... read more

Research Uncovers More Inherited Genetic Mutations Linked to Ovarian Cancer

Feb. 10, 2016 — Previous research has established a link between genetic mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes to an increased risk of developing ovarian, fallopian tube or peritoneal cancer in women. A recent ... read more

Study Sheds Light on Source of Drug Addicts Risk-Taking Behavior

Feb. 10, 2016 — New insight has been gained into how the brains of drug addicts may be wired differently. The findings show that while drug users have very strong motivation to seek out 'rewards,' they ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — A type of cancer found primarily in children can grow only when signaled to do so by other nearby cells that are noncancerous, new research shows. The study contributes to a growing body of research ... read more

Two in Five Individuals With Schizophrenia Have Attempted Suicide

Feb. 10, 2016 — Those with schizophrenia who'd been physically abused during childhood were five times more likely to have attempted suicide, a new study shows. The lifetime prevalence of suicide attempts among ... read more

'LIGHTSABR,' a Cheap, Portable Drug-Discovery System Developed

Feb. 10, 2016 — A device that can do the functional equivalent of high-throughput compound screening on an ultra-miniaturized scale has been developed by ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — A cardio-oncology program is focusing on modulating the risk factors for cardiovascular disease in men, especially those receiving androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) to treat their prostate ... read more

Exercise and Meditation Together Help Beat Depression

Feb. 10, 2016 — A mind and body combination of exercise and meditation, done twice a week for only two months, reduced the symptoms for a group of students by 40 ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — Alcohol itself can directly damage liver cells. Now researchers report evidence that alcohol is also harmful to the liver for a second reason -- it allows gut bacteria to migrate to the liver, ... read more

Study Finds High Rate of Elective Surgery for Uncomplicated Diverticulitis After Few Episodes

Feb. 10, 2016 — Patterns of episodes of diverticulitis before surgery, and factors associated with earlier interventions using inpatient, outpatient, and antibiotic prescription claims, have all been examined by a ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — Age-related inflammation drives changes in the fruit fly gut-causing metaplasia or abnormal changes in cells, new research shows. That metaplasia led to changes in the microbiota, which resulted in ... read more

The New Health 'Desert'? Reliable Weight Loss Programs Hard to Find

Feb. 10, 2016 — People with medically serious weight problems can rarely find or have access to proven, reliable programs to help them shed pounds, new research ... read more

Scientists Write Document Explaining Zika Virus, Urge Vigilance

Feb. 10, 2016 — Public concerns about Zika have triggered scientists to write a new Extension document to explain the virus. Meanwhile, state mosquito control agencies and the Florida Department of Health monitor ... read more

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