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September 4, 2015

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September 4, 2015

Researchers Show Effectiveness of Non-Surgical Treatment of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Sep. 4, 2015 — Patients with spinal stenosis experienced good short term benefit, lasting from weeks to months, after receiving epidural steroid injections. These findings contradict a previously published study ... read more

Sep. 4, 2015 — Researchers have shown how signals from the spinal cord adjust the sensitivity of hair cells in the inner ear to accommodate shifts in head position associated with active locomotion -- thus ensuring ... read more

Adolescents More Likely Not to Smoke When Cigarette Ads Feature Older Adults

Sep. 4, 2015 — For decades, the tobacco and alcohol industries have been accused of advertising their products to kids. Tremendous public pressure has prompted the implementation of strict guidelines. Today, ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — Research has found a viral product that promotes a strong immune response against respiratory syncytial virus, a threat to infants and the ... read more

Surgery Achieves Better Long-Term Control of Type 2 Diabetes Than Standard Therapy

Sep. 3, 2015 — Metabolic or bariatric surgery may be more effective than standard medical treatments for the long-term control of type 2 diabetes in obese patients, according to a new study. The study is the first ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — A protein known to play a role in transporting the molecular contents of normal cells into and out of various intracellular compartments can also turn such cells cancerous by stimulating a key ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — Using computational and experimental methods, researchers have developed a technique for creating so-called protein-DNA nanowires -- a hybrid biomaterial that could have important ... read more

New Hope for Lou: Unexplored Therapeutic Targets for ALS

Sep. 3, 2015 — No cures exist for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and the only approved therapy slows the progression by only a few months. A new study identifies a promising unexplored avenue of treatment for ... read more

Back to School and Back to Sleep

Sep. 3, 2015 — Poor sleep might explain how stress impacts health in kids, a new study suggests. Researchers found that getting a good night's sleep might buffer the impact of stress on kids' cortisol ... read more

Teens Lose Sleep After Change to Daylight Saving Time, Study Shows

Sep. 3, 2015 — High school students lose sleep on school nights following the change to daylight saving time that occurs in March, a study has concluded. The loss of sleep during the school week was associated with ... read more

Genetic Factors Drive Roles of Gut Bacteria in Diabetes, Obesity

Sep. 3, 2015 — One strain of mice that were genetically prone to become obese became resistant to excess weight gain after their populations of gut microbiota were transformed simply by an sharing an environment ... read more

One Step Closer to Cheaper Antivenom

Sep. 3, 2015 — Researchers involved in an international collaboration across six institutions have successfully identified the exact composition of sea snake venom, which makes the future development of synthetic ... read more

Acupuncture Reduces Hot Flashes in Breast Cancer Survivors

Sep. 3, 2015 — Acupuncture may be a viable treatment for women experiencing hot flashes as a result of estrogen-targeting therapies to treat breast cancer, according to a new study. Hot flashes are particularly ... read more

Targeting Newly Discovered Pathway Sensitizes Tumors to Radiation and Chemotherapy

Sep. 3, 2015 — In some patients, aggressive cancers can become resistant to chemotherapy and radiation treatments. In a new paper, researchers identified a pathway that causes the resistance and a new therapeutic ... read more

Babies Benefit from Parenting Classes Even Before Birth

Sep. 3, 2015 — A brief series of classes to help first-time parents better support each other through the often stressful transition to parenthood has a positive effect on birth outcomes as well, according to ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — One of the longstanding debates in science, that has, perhaps unsurprisingly, permeated into the field of stem cell research, is the question of nature versus nurture influencing development. Science ... read more

Switch for Health Heart Muscle

Sep. 3, 2015 — Researchers have discovered a protein, called Mel18, that regulates the development of heart muscle. Faults in the production of Mel18 in early cardiac cells may play a role in heart defects. The ... read more

Aspirin Could Hold Key to Supercharged Cancer Immunotherapy

Sep. 3, 2015 — Giving cancer patients aspirin at the same time as immunotherapy could dramatically boost the effectiveness of the treatment, according to new research. Aspirin is part of a group of molecules called ... read more

Study Finds Increased Risk of MGUS in Vietnam Vets Exposed to Agent Orange

Sep. 3, 2015 — A study that used stored blood samples from US Air Force personnel who conducted aerial herbicide spray missions of Agent Orange during the Vietnam war found a more than two-fold increased risk of ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — The multifunctional ubiquitin tweaks the activity of newly made proteins, which can influence DNA damage repair via BRCA1 and anti-inflammatory responses, scientists report. One enzyme in particular, ... read more

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