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February 12, 2016

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February 12, 2016

Biosensors on Demand

Feb. 11, 2016 — New research leverages a combination of computational protein design, in vitro synthesis and in vivo testing to establish a first-of-its-kind strategy for identifying custom-tailored ... read more

Feb. 11, 2016 — From cookies and candies to balloons and cards, heart-shaped items abound this time of year. They're even in our blood. It turns out that the most abundant protein molecule in blood ... read more

Feb. 11, 2016 — Almost all of our genes may be influenced by the food we eat, suggests new research. The study, carried out in yeast -- which can be used to model some of the body's fundamental processes -- ... read more

Feb. 11, 2016 — Researchers have discovered how cells in the human body build their own ‘railway networks’, throwing light on how diseases such as bowel cancer work. The microtubule tracks are vital for ... read more

Feb. 11, 2016 — A versatile chip offers multiple applications in various electronic devices, report researchers, suggested that there is now hope that a low-powered, wireless neural implant may soon be a reality. ... read more

Feb. 11, 2016 — New research on the blood lipid-lowering protein FGF21 shows how it redistributes fatty acids by two distinct mechanisms. The discovery could lead to improved pharmaceutical treatment for type 2 ... read more

Narcissists Not Necessarily Satisfied With Themselves

Feb. 11, 2016 — Narcissists feel superior to others but aren’t necessarily satisfied with themselves. After reviewing the research literature, researchers conclude that narcissism and self-esteem are much more ... read more

New Treatment Option for the Acute Phase of the Rare Disease TTP

Feb. 11, 2016 — Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP) is a rare disorder caused by an enzyme deficiency. This can be heriditary or can be acquired as an autoimmune condition. Due to the associated excessive ... read more

Feb. 11, 2016 — An important milestone has been reached towards creating a urine diagnostic test for prostate cancer that could mean that invasive diagnostic procedures that men currently undergo eventually become a ... read more

Long-Term Benefits of 'Senolytic' Drugs on Vascular Health in Mice

Feb. 11, 2016 — Building on previous studies, researchers have demonstrated significant health improvements in the vascular system of mice following repeated treatments to remove senescent cells. They say this is ... read more

Remote Telemonitoring Does Not Reduce Hospital Readmissions for Heart Failure Patients

Feb. 11, 2016 — Combined health coaching and remote monitoring did not reduce all-cause 180-day hospital readmissions among heart failure patients, and did not have significant effects on 30-day hospital ... read more

Feb. 11, 2016 — You know that one friend that never worries about weight and seems to stay effortlessly slim? That friend, and others like them might unknowingly possess secrets to helping those who struggle with ... read more

New Approach Offered to Treating Cocaine Addiction

Feb. 11, 2016 — An FDA-approved drug used for diabetes and obesity may also reduce cocaine dependence, new research indicates. The drug, trade name Byetta, derives from a naturally occurring hormone called ... read more

Incidence of Dementia May Be Declining, New Study Reveals

Feb. 11, 2016 — Despite the concern of an explosion of dementia cases in an aging population over the next few decades, a new study suggests that the rate of new cases of dementia actually may be ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — Researchers used ultrasound-activated microbubbles to improve preservation of heart muscle and function in a pig heart attack model. The method is now in phase I human clinical trials. The promising ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — DNA is unwound by a type of “pumpjack” mechanism, similar to the way one operates on an oil rig, a team of scientists suggests. This finding is based on new close-up images of the proteins that ... read more

Precise Visualization of Myocardial Injury

Feb. 10, 2016 — In a world-first, researchers have performed cardiac MRI imaging using a 7T MRI scanner in a patient-based study. 7T MRI imaging is a powerful new technology that allows high resolution images of the ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — In one of the first efforts to date to apply nanotechnology to targeted cancer therapeutics, researchers have created a nanoparticle formulation of a cancer drug that is both effective and nontoxic ... read more

Couch Potatoes May Have Smaller Brains Later in Life

Feb. 10, 2016 — Poor physical fitness in middle age may be linked to a smaller brain size 20 years later, according to a new ... read more

Research Finds New Target in Search for Why Statin Drugs Sometimes Cause Problems for Some Patients

Feb. 10, 2016 — Statin drugs interact with a gap junction protein called GJC3 that releases ATP, a major signaling molecule for inflammation in the body, new research shows. This discovery provides a significant new ... read more

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