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Feb. 12, 2016 — Scientists are using Mira to virtually design unique, artificial peptides, or short proteins. Peptides have the best properties of two different classes of medical drugs today and could enable ... read more

When the Boss's Ethical Behavior Breaks Bad

Feb. 12, 2016 — Is your boss ethical? Does he or she do what's right, as opposed to what's profitable? If so, they may turn downright abusive the next day. New research on leader behavior suggests ethical ... read more

Gene Signature Could Lead to a New Way of Diagnosing Lyme Disease

Feb. 12, 2016 — Researchers may have found a new way to diagnose Lyme disease, based on a distinctive gene “signature” they discovered in white blood cells of patients infected with the tick-borne ... read more

Gene Previously Observed Only in Brain Is Important Driver of Metastatic Breast Cancer

Feb. 12, 2016 — One gene that was once thought only to be found in the brain is also expressed in breast cancer and helps promote the growth and spread of the disease, research shows. Additionally, the scientists ... read more

Diabetics Who Use Verapamil Have Lower Glucose Levels, Data Show

Feb. 12, 2016 — While causal relationship cannot be inferred, findings of a new study are “absolutely encouraging," says the lead author of a new report. The study shows for the first time that there is an ... read more

Important Role of Nucleocytoplasmic Transport in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Dementia

Feb. 12, 2016 — Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) are two devastating adult-onset neurodegenerative disorders. No cure exists for these diseases. Ten percent of ALS patients ... 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

Male Biology Students Consistently Underestimate Female Peers, Study Finds

Feb. 11, 2016 — New research shows consistent gender bias among male biology undergraduate students, suggesting that they could be undermining the confidence of female students as they embark on studies in STEM ... read more

Mommy and Me: Study Shows How Affectionate Mothering Can Combat the Effects of Maternal Depression

Feb. 11, 2016 — Certain parenting strategies can combat the negative impacts of maternal depression on an infant, suggests the first study of its kind. The work sought to investigate how a depressed mother's ... read more

Giving Support to Others, Not Just Receiving It, Has Beneficial Effects

Feb. 11, 2016 — Social support has well-known benefits for physical and mental health. But giving support -- rather than receiving it -- may have unique positive effects on key brain areas involved in stress and ... read more

Want to Be a Doctor, but Have a Disability? Many Medical Schools Look Unwelcoming

Feb. 11, 2016 — They may dream of becoming doctors, and helping people like themselves. But for young people with disabilities, that dream may die when they check the admissions standards of most medical schools, ... read more

New Imaging Technique Shows How DNA Is Protected at Chromosomes' Ends

Feb. 11, 2016 — A new imaging technique has allowed researchers to see how DNA loops around a protein that aids in the formation of a special structure in telomeres. Telomeres are essentially caps on the ends of ... read more

Feb. 11, 2016 — When young C. elegans worms taste poisonous food, they remember that experience for the rest of their life, neuroscientists have found. Their work is teasing apart the biological mechanisms that ... read more

Feb. 11, 2016 — Concentrations of iron similar to those delivered through standard treatments can trigger DNA damage within 10 minutes, when given to cells in the laboratory. This is the finding of scientists who ... 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

Common Antimalarial Drug Could Be Used to Treat Major Injury

Feb. 11, 2016 — A common anti-malarial drug Artesunate could be used to reduce organ failure following injury, according to an early study in rats. The repurposing of the affordable and safe drug could help save the ... read more

Younger T Cells May Improve Immunotherapy for Children's Cancer

Feb. 11, 2016 — Pediatric oncologists have investigated techniques to improve and broaden a novel personalized cell therapy to treat children with cancer. The researchers say a patient's outcome may be improved ... 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

Feb. 11, 2016 — The specific combination of the drugs dasatinib and demcizumab impairs the growth of KRAS-driven lung tumors, the most aggressive sub-type and with the lowest survival rates. The research was ... read more

Real-Time Ebola Fusion System Yields Clues to Stopping Infection

Feb. 11, 2016 — The first real-time system has been developed to watch directly through the microscope as Ebola-like virus particles fuse with human cells to infect them. Their findings reveal key host cell and ... read more

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