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December 1, 2015

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December 1, 2015

Nov. 30, 2015 — A new genetic model has been developed that is yielding new insights into what happens when astrocytes go awry. Damage to astrocytes -- star-shaped cells found in the brain and spinal cord -- is ... read more

Promising New Antimicrobials Could Fight Drug-Resistant MRSA Infection

Nov. 30, 2015 — A novel class of antimicrobials that inhibits the function of a key disease-causing component of bacteria could be effective in fighting methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), one of the ... read more

Method to Prevent Lethal Bone Marrow Transplant Complication Discovered

Nov. 30, 2015 — Researchers discover method to prevent graft-versus-host disease, a dangerous and common complication of bone marrow ... read more

Folding Your Genes: New Discovery Sheds Light on Disease Risk

Nov. 30, 2015 — New research has revealed how gaps between genes interact to influence the risk of acquiring diseases such as arthritis and type 1 ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — A new model of pneumatic muscle and an active type of assistive equipment incorporating this pneumatic muscle has been developed. This wearable equipment, called the Unplugged Powered Suit (UPS), ... read more

Threats Against Children During the Separation Process for Women in Abusive Relationships

Nov. 30, 2015 — Mothers who separate from their abusive partners are four times more likely to report threats to take or to harm their children than those who stay in the relationship, a new study has ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — The active ingredient in aspirin blocks an enzyme that triggers cell death in several neurodegenerative diseases. More potent forms of salicylic aspirin exist, which may provide treatments for these ... read more

Medicaid Expansion Improves Breast Cancer Screening for Low-Income Women

Nov. 30, 2015 — Low-income women in Medicaid expansion states in the US are more likely to have a breast screening performed than those in non-expansion states, according to new ... read more

How Can I Tell If They're Lying?

Nov. 27, 2015 — Sarcasm, white lies and teasing can be difficult to identify for those with certain disorders. For those who suffer from diseases like Alzheimer's or Parkinson's, or neurodevelopmental ... read more

Synapse Discovery Could Lead to New Treatments for Alzheimer's Disease

Nov. 27, 2015 — A team of scientists has discovered how connections between brain cells are destroyed in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease -- work that opens up a new avenue for research on possible ... read more

Nov. 27, 2015 — When birds and humans sing it sounds completely different, but now new research shows that the very same physical mechanisms are at play when a bird sings and a human ... read more

Nov. 27, 2015 — Even patients over the age of 75 may recover from severe traumatic brain injury, suggests new research. This is the first study to describe the results of surgically treated elderly patients with ... read more

Cognitive Behavior Therapy Can Help Overcome Fear of the Dentist

Nov. 27, 2015 — Cognitive behavioral therapy could help many people with a dental phobia overcome their fear of visiting the dentist and enable them to receive dental treatment without the need to be sedated, ... read more

White Matter Damage Caused by 'Skunk-Like' Cannabis, Study Shows

Nov. 27, 2015 — Smoking high potency 'skunk-like' cannabis can damage a crucial part of the brain responsible for communication between the two brain hemispheres, according to a new ... read more

Personally Tailored Diabetes Care Reduces Mortality in Women, but Not Men, Study Suggests

Nov. 27, 2015 — A follow-up study to assess the effects of personally tailored diabetes care in general practice has revealed that such care reduces mortality (both all-cause and diabetes-related), in women, but not ... read more

Nov. 26, 2015 — A new technique for growing human hepatocytes in the laboratory has now been described by a team of researchers. This groundbreaking development could help advance a variety of liver-related research ... read more

Molecular Trigger for Cerebral Cavernous Malformation Identified

Nov. 26, 2015 — Researchers in Italy, Germany and the United States have identified a regulatory protein crucial for the development of cerebral cavernous malformation -- a severe and incurable disease mainly ... read more

Oxytocin Increases Social Altruism

Nov. 26, 2015 — Nowadays, much emphasis is placed on sustainability. The degree to which people are willing to donate their own money for this depends on their level of oxytocin. Scientists have discovered that the ... read more

Recommended Levels of Activity Rarely Achieved by Obese Children and Those With Liver Disease

Nov. 26, 2015 — Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is most common form of chronic liver disease in children and adolescents in western countries, and yet new research indicates that obese children rarely achieve ... read more

Stem Cell Study Paves the Way for Patient Therapies

Nov. 26, 2015 — Stem cells that have been specifically developed for use as clinical therapies are fit for use in patients, an independent study of their genetic makeup suggests. The research -- which focused on ... read more

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