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February 10, 2016

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February 10, 2016

Rise in Marijuana in U.S. Use Not as High as Previously Reported

Feb. 10, 2016 — Researchers report an estimated 12.5 percent of adults living in the United States use marijuana, but this research also shows that the rate of pot use did not double from 2002 to 2013 — as had ... read more

Strategy for Increasing Survival of Mothers, Newborns in South Asia

Feb. 10, 2016 — In several South Asian countries, midwifery is not an established profession. As a result, complications in both mothers and newborns are extremely common. Now a researcher has been commissioned by ... read more

Atherosclerosis: A Short Cut to Inflammation

Feb. 10, 2016 — The enzyme Dicer processes RNA transcripts, cutting them into short segments that regulate the synthesis of specific proteins. A research team has shown that Dicer promotes the development of ... read more

Attention Problems Persist in Childhood Leukemia Survivors Treated With Chemotherapy Alone

Feb. 10, 2016 — Pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) patients from the contemporary treatment era remain at risk for attention and learning problems later, researchers report. ALL is the most common ... read more

Chemical Cages: New Technique Advances Synthetic Biology

Feb. 10, 2016 — A clever means of localizing and confining enzymes and the substrate molecules they bind with has been presented by researchers, speeding up reactions essential for life ... read more

Study Offers Treatment Hope for Sleep Disordered Breathing

Feb. 10, 2016 — People with a condition linked to obesity that causes them to stop breathing in their sleep could be helped by new research. The study could lead to new treatments for the condition called central ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — Status epilepticus -- continuous or rapid sequential seizure activity for 30 minutes or more -- is a medical emergency with a high mortality rate in both children and adults. Prompt and effective ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — Ecological epigenetics has now been further advanced thanks, to the development of a new research technique. Epigenetic research has grown immensely as a field of research all across the world. In ... read more

Interruption of Radiation Therapy Risks Cancer Recurrence

Feb. 9, 2016 — Cancer patients who miss two or more radiation therapy sessions have a worse outcome than fully compliant patients, investigators have found. The study evaluated 1,227 patients scheduled for courses ... read more

COPD May Cause Structural Changes Within the Brain

Feb. 9, 2016 — Patients with COPD demonstrated gray matter decreases in areas of the brain that process breathlessness, fear and sensitivity to pain. The study found patients with COPD show regionally decreased ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — They may have made America their new home, but immigrants whose children have special medical needs appear to be having trouble finding a true 'medical home' for their child, a new study ... read more

'Molecular Movie' Opens Door to New Cancer Treatments

Feb. 9, 2016 — An international team of scientists has produced a 'structural movie' revealing the step-by-step creation of an important naturally occurring chemical in the body that plays a role in some ... read more

Link Between Stress Fracture Injuries, Genes Found

Feb. 9, 2016 — Researchers have successfully identified how certain genes can contribute towards a person's susceptibility to stress fracture injuries. This research provides a platform for further research ... read more

Wound-Healing Intestinal Bacteria: Like Shrubs After a Forest Fire

Feb. 9, 2016 — In injured mouse intestines, specific types of bacteria step forward to promote healing, scientists have found. Potentially, some of these microbes could be exploited as treatments for conditions ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — The first robotically driven experimentation system to determine the effects of a large number of drugs on many proteins, reducing the number of necessary experiments by 70 percent, has been created ... read more

Study Compares Outcomes at VA Hospitals Vs. Non-VA Hospitals

Feb. 9, 2016 — Among older men with heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia, hospitalization at Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals, compared with hospitalization at non-VA hospitals, was associated with lower 30-day ... read more

Cutting Prison Sentences Could Reduce Spread of HIV

Feb. 9, 2016 — Reducing the number of men who go to prison could help curb the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in a community. A new computer model suggests that reducing incarceration in a ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — A new way of mapping the collection of RNA read-outs that are expressed by a cell's active genes has been devised to shed additional light on the role of RNAs in cells. These 'dark' ... read more

Professors Use Cadaver DNA to Advance Genetics Literacy in Medical Curricula

Feb. 9, 2016 — Cadavers have long been one of the most important resources for anatomy teaching in medical school. Now, they are also at the forefront of cutting-edge genetics teaching, thanks to some innovative ... read more

Oral Capsule With Bacterial Spores May Be Effective Treatment for Recurrent C. Difficile

Feb. 9, 2016 — Treatment with an oral capsule containing the spores of approximately 50 species of beneficial bacteria successfully prevented recurrence of C. difficile infection in patients with a history of ... read more

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