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May 27, 2015

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May 27, 2015

Zebrafish Model Gives New Insight on Autism Spectrum Disorder

May 27, 2015 — Researchers are utilizing animal models to understand how dysfunction of either of two genes associated with autism spectrum disorder, SYNGAP1 and SHANK 3, contributes to risk in ASD. The new ... read more

Common Cancer Drug Increases Collagen in Melanoma

May 27, 2015 — Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, and investigators are uncertain how its presence affects the behavior of melanoma cells. The goal of their study was to understand how the ... read more

Hodgkin's Lymphoma: Treatment Can Have Late Sequelae

May 27, 2015 — In Hodgkin's lymphoma -- cancer of the lymph nodes -- nine out of ten patients survive the disease, thanks to the highly effective treatments that are now available. Depending on the type of ... read more

Are Antidepressants More Effective Than Usually Assumed?

May 27, 2015 — Many have recently questioned the efficacy of the most common antidepressant medications, the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. The conclusion that these drugs are ineffective is however ... read more

Autism and Rare Childhood Speech Disorder Often Coincide

May 27, 2015 — Some children with autism should undergo ongoing screenings for apraxia, a rare neurological speech disorder, because the two conditions often go hand-in-hand, according to researchers. It's ... read more

May 27, 2015 — Degeneration of the white matter of the brain may be an early marker of specific types of Alzheimer's disease (AD), including early-onset AD, according to results of a new ... read more

Protein Scaffold Created by Researchers

May 27, 2015 — Right before a cell starts to divide to give birth to a daughter cell, its biochemical machinery unwinds the chromosomes and copies the millions of protein sequences comprising the cell's DNA, ... read more

Flood Aftermath Linked to Post-Traumatic Stress, Study Shows

May 27, 2015 — Brisbane flood victims suffered more psychological distress during the rebuilding phase than as waters inundated their homes and businesses, a study has found. The lead researcher notes that while ... read more

False Breast Cancer Alarm Has Negative Impact on Health

May 27, 2015 — The psychological strain of being told that you may have breast cancer may be severe, even if it turns out later to be a false alarm. Researchers are calling for improving screening accuracy, thus ... read more

Cultural Health Beliefs and Social Networks Crucial in South Asian People's Management of Diabetes

May 27, 2015 — New findings shed light on the poor outcomes of South Asian people with diabetes in the UK. Analysis of interviews with South Asian people shows that especially among first generation immigrants, ... read more

May 27, 2015 — Teens in the U.S. have more availability of mental health care than they did two years ago, but access is not equal in all communities, new research suggests. A five year study gauged opportunities ... read more

May 26, 2015 — New evidence to confirm the link between newer contraceptive pills and higher risk of serious blood clots (known as venous thromboembolism or VTE) has been provided by a new study. About 9% of women ... read more

Increasing Dietary Fiber Reduces Risk of Developing Diabetes

May 26, 2015 — Consuming greater quantities of dietary fiber reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, new research confirms. Over 360 million people worldwide are estimated to be affected by diabetes, and ... read more

May 26, 2015 — A DNA vaccine helped lower blood pressure for up to six months, reduced tissue damage to the heart and blood vessels associated with hypertension in rats, investigators report. If future research ... read more

Eating a Mediterranean Diet Could Cut Womb Cancer Risk

May 27, 2015 — Women who eat a Mediterranean diet could cut their risk of womb cancer by more than half (57 per cent), according to a new ... read more

May 26, 2015 — It's only a centimeter long, it's placed under your skin, it's powered by a patch on the surface of your skin and it communicates with your mobile phone. The new biosensor chip is ... read more

Cocaine Addiction, Craving and Relapse

May 26, 2015 — One of the major challenges of cocaine addiction is the high rate of relapse after periods of withdrawal and abstinence. But new research reveals that changes in our DNA during drug withdrawal may ... read more

Study Links Better 'Good Cholesterol' Function With Lower Risk of Later Heart Disease

May 26, 2015 — HDL, the 'good cholesterol' helps remove fat from artery walls, reversing the process that leads to heart disease. Yet recent drug trials and genetic studies suggest that pushing HDL levels ... read more

Psychedelic Drugs Should Be Legally Reclassified as They May Benefit Patients, Experts Say

May 26, 2015 — Legal restrictions imposed on medical use of psychedelic drugs, such as LSD and psilocybin (the compound found in 'magic' mushrooms), are making trials almost impossible and authorities ... read more

Drug Treatment to Prevent Hip Fracture Is Neither Viable nor Cost Effective, Experts Say

May 26, 2015 — The current focus on drugs to prevent hip fractures is neither viable as a public health strategy nor cost effective, argue an international team of ... read more

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