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February 8, 2016

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February 8, 2016

Feb. 8, 2016 — Two tiny clusters of neurons in the brain stem are responsible for transforming normal breaths into sighs, say researchers. The discovery may one day benefit patients who cannot breathe deeply on ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Gene expression in a fruit fly embryo can be accurately and predictably tuned, new research shows. This study has important implications in cellular and developmental biology, with potential ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Ultra runner Susie Chan has set a new 12-hour treadmill world record with the support of sport science and exercise experts. The 40 year old, from Farnham, Surrey, ran a total distance of 68.54 miles ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — A new sensor will make life safer for the elderly, say its developers. Pressure measurements enable a newly developed fall detector to "observe" falls that current sensors do not register, ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Scientists are intending to develop and trial a new wearable technology to help people who have had a stroke recover use of their arm and hand. The team will create a wireless sleeve, which will ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Stress in the body’s cells is both the cause and consequence of inflammatory diseases or cancer. The cells react to stress to protect themselves. Researchers have now developed a new technique that ... read more

The Refugee Crisis: Biologists Warn of the Problems of Determining Age from Biological Indicators in Children

Feb. 8, 2016 — The thousands of unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) entering Europe to seek escape from war and poverty are in the headlines as the British Government considers the acceptance of 3000 ... read more

Alcohol Consumption in Valencia Rockets During Fallas

Feb. 8, 2016 — It is possible to measure the alcohol consumption of a given population based on the presence of a stable metabolite excreted in urine in wastewaters: ethyl sulphate. Now research is focused on the ... read more

Removal of Complex Renal Tumors Performed Safely by Robotic Surgery in Selected Patients

Feb. 8, 2016 — Renal cell carcinoma can sometimes spread to the inferior vena cava (IVC), the body's largest vein, posing a threat to the heart and brain. Robotic nephrectomy for inferior vena cava tumor ... read more

Treatments That Reduce Knee Buckling May Help Prevent Falls in Older Adults

Feb. 8, 2016 — Symptoms of knee instability in older adults may indicate an increased risk of falling and of experiencing the various physical and psychological effects that can result from falling, according to a ... read more

Study Compares Effectiveness of Phone-Based and Web-Based Smoking Cessation Programs in Four States

Feb. 8, 2016 — A new analysis indicates that states' Web-based and phone-based tobacco cessation programs can help people quit smoking, but certain personal characteristics may lead individuals to prefer one ... read more

Where Infants Sleep May Affect How Long They Are Breastfed

Feb. 6, 2016 — A new study indicates that mothers who frequently sleep, or bed-share, with their infants consistently breastfeed for longer than mothers who do not bed-share. Also, pregnant women who expressed a ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — A shock-absorbing football helmet system being developed could blunt some dangerous physics that today's head protection ... read more

Study Evaluates Pay-for-Performance Program for Medicaid Children in an ACO

Feb. 5, 2016 — The first pay-for-performance (P4P) evaluation of pediatricians under a full-risk Medicaid accountable care organization (ACO) for children shows P4P incentives were partially responsible for higher ... read more

Gene Family Turns Cancer Cells Into Aggressive Stem Cells That Keep Growing

Feb. 5, 2016 — An examination of 130 gene expression studies in 10 solid cancers has found that when any of four related genes is overexpressed, patients have much worse outcomes, including reduced ... read more

Proteomics and Precision Medicine

Feb. 5, 2016 — Researchers have used personalized proteomics to devise a successful treatment strategy for a patient with uveitis, a potentially blinding eye disease that can have many causes, making it ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — Elastin is a crucial building block in our bodies -- its flexibility allows skin to stretch and twist, blood vessels to expand and relax with every heartbeat, and lungs to swell and contract with ... read more

Protein That Switches Cancers from Inflammation to Proliferation Identified

Feb. 5, 2016 — PAD4 has been observed in cancers but its role was unclear. An Oxford University team have found that PAD4 citrullinates protein E2F-1, which causes it to form a protein complex with BRD4 that drives ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — First-ever interlaboratory study of four versions of a therapeutic protein drug -- all manufactured from living cells -- reports that an established analytical tool akin to magnetic resonance imaging ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — Cells reach a state called senescence when they stop dividing in response to DNA damage. This change can matter greatly to health, but scientists do not yet have a clear picture of how this change ... read more

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