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September 3, 2015

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September 3, 2015

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

Health Risks of Saturated Fats Aggravated by Immune Response

Sep. 3, 2015 — High levels of saturated fat in the blood could make an individual more prone to inflammation and tissue damage, a new study suggests. The new research shows that the presence of saturated fats ... read more

Sep. 1, 2015 — New technology that transforms a cell phone into a powerful, mobile microscope could significantly improve malaria diagnoses and treatment in developing countries that often lack the resources to ... read more

Researchers Develop a Likely New Combo Treatment for the Deadliest Form of Brain Cancer

Sep. 1, 2015 — Scientists have developed a potentially promising new combination therapy for glioblastoma, the deadliest form of brain cancer. Glioblastoma, also known as grade IV glioma, is the most aggressive ... read more

Another Way Urate May Protect Against Parkinson's Disease

Sep. 1, 2015 — A study from members of the research team investigating whether increasing blood levels of the antioxidant urate can slow the progression of Parkinson's disease has found that the ... read more

Sep. 1, 2015 — Statins are a popular and easy-to-swallow option for people looking to lower their cholesterol. But for a quarter of patients, statins come with muscle pain, stiffness, cramps, or weakness without ... read more

Medication Improves Measure of Kidney Disease in Patients With Diabetes

Sep. 1, 2015 — Among patients with diabetes and kidney disease, most receiving an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor or an angiotensin receptor blocker, the addition of the medication finerenone compared with ... read more

Which Blood Thinner Works Better During Stent Placement? It's Still a Toss-Up

Sep. 1, 2015 — A large, ambitious contrast of blood-thinning medications used during cardiac stent placement suggests that a very expensive drug offers no clear safety benefits over a much more affordable option, ... read more

Daily Marijuana Use Among U.S. College Students Highest Since 1980

Sep. 1, 2015 — Daily marijuana use among the nation's college students is on the rise, surpassing daily cigarette smoking for the first time in ... read more

Injection Drug Use Limits Benefits of Surgery for Treatment of Heart Lining Infection

Sep. 1, 2015 — Injection drug users who undergo surgery for infective endocarditis (IE) have a significantly higher risk of reoperation or death between 3 and 6 months after surgery compared to patients who develop ... read more

Possible New Weapon Against PTSD

Sep. 1, 2015 — Animals who underwent chronic stress prior to a traumatic experience engaged a distinctive brain pathway that encodes traumatic memories more strongly than in unstressed animals, new research ... read more

With Tobacco, What You Don't Know Can Kill You Sooner

Aug. 31, 2015 — The public shows “considerable lack of knowledge” about the risk associated with different types of tobacco products, researchers say. What people can benefit from is knowing the varying levels ... read more

Aug. 31, 2015 — Working with mice, researchers have added to evidence that a commonly prescribed antidepressant called fluoxetine helps stroke victims improve movement and coordination, and possibly ... read more

Medication Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders in Primary Care Increases Patient Access

Aug. 31, 2015 — Expanding the number of sites offering office-based opioid treatment with buprenorphine utilizing addiction nurse care managers, trainings and technical support resulted in more physicians becoming ... read more

Closer to a Treatment for 'Asthma of the Esophagus'

Aug. 31, 2015 — Scientists have elucidated the chemical process behind a mysterious gastrointestinal disease that is becoming more frequent every day: the eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), also known as the ... read more

Fatal Bleeding Rare With Extended Dual Antiplatelet Therapy

Aug. 31, 2015 — Fatal bleeding is rare with extended dual antiplatelet therapy, according to a secondary analysis of the DAPT Study. Bleeding-related mortality accounted for a minority of deaths in patients treated ... read more

Prasugrel Associated With Increased Major Bleeding in High-Risk Patients With Stable Coronary Artery Disease

Aug. 31, 2015 — Prasugrel-based dual antiplatelet therapy is associated with increased major bleeding after stent implantation for high-risk patients with stable coronary artery disease, according to a secondary ... read more

Ticagrelor Administered in the Ambulance Reduces Ischaemic Events 24 Hours After PCI

Aug. 31, 2015 — Ticagrelor administered in the ambulance reduces ischaemic events 24 hours after primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), according to new ... read more

Aug. 31, 2015 — Cancer cells survive the stressful environment inside a tumor in part through autophagy, the controlled digestion and recycling of damaged components. However, blocking the process doesn't kill ... read more

Research Team Creates Model to Predict Cellular Evolution

Aug. 31, 2015 — Scientists have not been able to understand and predict how cells evolve in our bodies, and this process is important because evolving cell populations are at the core of drug-resistant infections ... read more

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