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October 9, 2015

'Alarm Clock' of a Leukemia-Causing Oncogene Identified

Oct. 8, 2015 — Mutations in DNMT3A gene cause MEIS1 activacion, triggering leukemia, a research team ... read more

Sep. 24, 2015 — Over half of all pregnant women world-wide are at risk for malaria, but little is known about possible consequences for the neurodevelopment of children exposed to malaria in pregnancy. A new study ... read more

Weight Loss, Exercise Improve Fertility in Women With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Sep. 24, 2015 — Weight loss and exercise improve ovulation in women who have polycystic ovary syndrome, a common hormone disorder that often causes infertility, according to a new ... read more

Standard Treatment Better Than Proposed Alternative for Unexplained Infertility

Sep. 23, 2015 — Treatment with clomiphene, a standard therapy for couples with unexplained infertility, results in more live births than treatment with a potential alternative, letrozole, according to a study of ... read more

Dangerous Swelling in Babies Linked to Mutated Gene

Sep. 23, 2015 — Scientists have discovered a new gene mutation that causes potentially fatal swelling in unborn and newborn babies. Identifying the gene is the first step toward a future diagnostic test and targeted ... read more

Research Team Identifies New Genetic Cause for Heart Arrhythmia

Sep. 22, 2015 — A new genetic cause for congenital heart arrhythmia has been discovered by researchers. The mechanism is due to defects in the regulation of the primary sodium channel, which controls the flow of ... read more

Researchers Find Biomarker for Autism That May Aid Diagnostics

Sep. 22, 2015 — By identifying a key signaling defect within a specific membrane structure in all cells, researchers believe they have found both a possible reliable biomarker for diagnosing certain forms of autism ... read more

Researchers Find Novel Signature in Brains of Children With Cerebral Malaria

Sep. 22, 2015 — Cells associated with inflammation and blood clotting accumulate in the brain blood vessels of children affected by a potentially fatal form of malaria called cerebral malaria, potentially ... read more

Sep. 22, 2015 — Neuroscientists have found a novel connection between the size of the choroid plexus in the brain and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), an unexpected finding, they ... read more

Sep. 21, 2015 — Traumatic brain injury (TBI) affects the body as well as the brain, a new animal study shows. The research also indicates that treatment with hypertension drugs blocks the production of proteins ... read more

Coordinating Traffic Down the Neuronal Highway

Sep. 18, 2015 — An international team of researchers has identified a protein that regulates the growth of neurons by transporting key metabolic enzymes to the tips of neural cells. Their findings open up new ... read more

Sep. 18, 2015 — A protein that regulates the growth of neurons by transporting key metabolic enzymes to the tips of neural cells has been identified by an international team of researchers. Their findings open up ... read more

Sep. 18, 2015 — More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Of them, 400,000 also have Down syndrome. Both groups have similar looking brains with higher levels of the protein ... read more

Sep. 16, 2015 — Researchers, using CRISPR-based gene-editing tools, have found that changes to a small stretch of DNA may circumvent the genetic defect behind sickle cell disease (SCD). The discovery creates a path ... read more

Placental Problems in Early Pregnancy Associated With 5-Fold Increase in Risk of Obstetric, Fetal Disorders

Sep. 16, 2015 — First-trimester ultrasound scanning to pinpoint placental vascular disorders may be used to identify women at risk of developing serious obstetric complications. A new study finds that patients with ... read more

Subtle Variations in Expression of Imprinted Genes to Explain Newborn Health Outcomes

Sep. 16, 2015 — In the first and largest studies to examine subtle variation of imprinted gene expression and control, investigators report on a subgroup of imprinted genes expressed in the ... read more

No Long Term Effects of Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy

Sep. 16, 2015 — The use of antidepressants during pregnancy has no long term neurodevelopmental or behavioral effects on the child, however they may be associated with an increased risk of postpartum haemorrhage, ... read more

Sep. 15, 2015 — Knocking out one or both crucial regulatory genes caused cleft lip, skin barrier defects, and a host of other developmental problems in mice, hinting that abnormalities in these molecular pathways ... read more

New Drugs Could Stop Growth of Drug-Resistant Childhood Tumors

Sep. 15, 2015 — New drugs are needed to treat the most common type of childhood brain tumor and could also be effective against skin cancer, scientists report. They tested a drug called Roflumilast in mice with a ... read more

Scan May Identify Best Candidates for Fetal Spina Bifida Surgery

Sep. 15, 2015 — Fetuses with enlarged ventricles -- the fluid-filled cavities inside the brain -- may be less likely than their counterparts to benefit from surgery in the womb to treat spina bifida, according to a ... read more

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