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February 12, 2016

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February 12, 2016

Genome Studies Can Help Identify Lifestyle Risks for Diseases

Feb. 12, 2016 — A type of study commonly used to pinpoint genetic variants associated with diseases can also be used to identify the lifestyle predictors that increase the risk of a disease -- something that is ... read more

Feb. 12, 2016 — New discoveries are bringing scientists closer to understanding how DNA repairs itself with a chemical modification which, when absent, can lead to tumor ... read more

Sleep Apnea Takes a Toll on Brain Function

Feb. 12, 2016 — People with sleep apnea show significant changes in the levels of two important brain chemicals, which could be a reason that many have symptoms that impact their day-to-day lives, new research ... read more

Expert Opinion on How to Address the Skyrocketing Prices of Cancer Drugs

Feb. 12, 2016 — Many patients with cancer find themselves in great financial distress, in part because the costs of cancer-fighting drugs are skyrocketing. Is it possible to create public policy that will rein in ... read more

New Study Confirms Different Generics Have Equal Efficacy When Treating Epilepsy

Feb. 12, 2016 — A new study tested two generic lamotrigine (prescription antiepileptic) products and found no detectable difference in clinical effects among patients in the ... read more

First Nationwide Survey of Climate Change Education

Feb. 11, 2016 — How is climate change being taught in American schools? Is it being taught at all? And how are teachers addressing climate change denial in their classrooms, schools, and school districts? Until ... read more

What 'Tainted' Engagement Rings Reveal About Consumer Expectations

Feb. 11, 2016 — We're told diamonds -- and their value -- are forever. But new research into the re-sale of diamond engagement rings shows a diamond's value is affected by the story people attach to it and ... read more

Illness Continues to Be Major Effect Linked to Gulf War Military Service, New Report Finds

Feb. 11, 2016 — Although more than $500 million in federally funded research on Persian Gulf War veterans between 1994 and 2014 has produced many findings, there has been little substantial progress in the overall ... read more

Novel Neuroprotective Therapy Found to Enhance Memory

Feb. 11, 2016 — New research highlights the neuroprotective potential of a peptide developed at the university, and the marked difference in nerve cell communication in male and female mice. If researchers come to ... read more

Breaking Cell Barriers With Retractable Protein Nanoneedles

Feb. 11, 2016 — Researchers have adapted a retractable protein polymer -- found naturally in certain bacteria -- to mechanically rupture cell membranes, which could lead to new drug delivery methods and other ... read more

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 — Long-term use of liraglutide, a substance that helps to lower blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes, can have a deteriorating effect on insulin-producing beta cells, leading to an ... read more

True Love: How Transcription Factors Interact to Create a Heart

Feb. 11, 2016 — Three transcription factors -- proteins that direct gene expression -- interact with each other and the genome to influence how a heart forms in an embryo, scientists have discovered. Without these ... read more

Feb. 11, 2016 — For over forty years, neuro-scientists have been interested in the biological mechanisms underlying the storage of the information that our brain records every day. Today, a team of researchers ... read more

Social Animals Seek out the Company of Others Because Their Brains Are Wired to Find It Rewarding

Feb. 11, 2016 — Social animals are strongly motivated to seek out the company of others, especially after periods of isolation, because their brains are wired to find it rewarding. A study now reveals a neural ... 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

I Want Her to Want Me: Where Men, Sex and Personality Meet

Feb. 11, 2016 — A man’s attachment style - a personality trait reflecting his romantic relationship tendencies - may actually influence his perceptions of whether a woman is interested in him sexually, new ... read more

New Answers Concerning a Weight-Regulating Hormone

Feb. 11, 2016 — For years, scientists have failed to locate the DNA variants that control the weight-regulating hormone, leptin. However, new research has enabled the identification of four genes associated with ... 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

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