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July 26, 2016

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July 26, 2016

Promising New Drug Could Help Treat Spinal Muscular Atrophy

July 25, 2016 — Approximately one out of every 40 individuals in the United States is a carrier of the gene responsible for spinal muscular atrophy, a neurodegenerative disease that causes muscles to weaken. ... read more

Protein in Breast Milk Reduces Infection Risk in Premature Infants

July 25, 2016 — Full-term babies receive natural protection from their mothers that helps them fight off dangerous infections. However, babies born prematurely lack protective intestinal bacteria and often are ... read more

July 25, 2016 — A radiologist reports that he uses magnetic resonance technology to diagnose prostate cancer with more than 90 percent success ... read more

Study Identifies Potential New Avenue for Treating Pompe Disease

July 25, 2016 — Researchers have identified a potential new avenue for treating Pompe disease, a rare condition caused by the build-up of glycogen, a storage form of sugar, in cardiac and skeletal muscle, the liver ... read more

Alzheimer's Disease in HIV-Positive Patient

July 25, 2016 — The first case of Alzheimer's disease diagnosed in an HIV-positive individual has been documented. The finding in a 71-year-old man triggers a realization about HIV survivors now reaching the ... read more

Pain of Rejection Makes Us More Likely to Commit Fraud

July 25, 2016 — People commit fraud because they are unhappy about being rejected, a new study has ... read more

Research Opens 'Black Box' of Malignant Melanoma

July 25, 2016 — A new study pinpoints when melanoma cells metastasize in the brain months before they develop into fatal tumors. According to the research, micro-tumor cells hijack astrogliosis, the brain's ... read more

July 25, 2016 — A research team delivers drug, gene, and light-based therapy directly to tumor sites, with promising results, reports a new ... read more

Novel Technique to 'Taste' DNA

July 25, 2016 — Scientists have demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to selectively sequence fragments of DNA in real time, greatly reducing the time needed to analyze biological ... read more

Using Tau Imaging as Diagnostic Marker for Alzheimer Disease

July 25, 2016 — The accumulation of ?-Amyloid and tau proteins in the brain is hallmark pathology for Alzheimer disease. Recently developed positron emission tomography (PET) tracers, including [18F]-AV-1451, bind ... read more

Racial Differences in Inpatient Procedures After Stroke

July 25, 2016 — Inpatient procedures are an integral part of routine stroke care. Some procedures have a curative intent to heal the patient, while others are life-sustaining procedures. A new study has found that ... read more

Are Primary Stroke Centers Associated With Lower Fatality?

July 25, 2016 — Does a long travel time to a primary stroke center (PSC) offset the potential benefits of this specialized care? A new study analyzed data for a national group of Medicare beneficiaries and ... read more

Medical Students Using Electronic Health Records to Track Former Patients

July 25, 2016 — Many medical students are using electronic health records (EHRs) to track former patients but the practice, which students report as being educational, raises some ethical questions, according to an ... read more

July 25, 2016 — The legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado was associated with both increased hospital visits and cases at a regional poison center because of unintentional exposure to the drug by ... read more

Induced Labor Not Associated With Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Study Shows

July 25, 2016 — Induction of labor appears not to be associated with increased risk of autism spectrum disorders in children, a large new study demonstrates. The new finding suggests that concern about autism risk ... read more

Researchers 'Solve' Key Zika Virus Protein Structure

July 25, 2016 — Researchers have revealed the molecular structure of a protein produced by the Zika virus that is thought to be involved in the virus's reproduction and its interaction with a host's immune ... read more

Newly Found, 'Thrifty' Genetic Variant Influences Samoan Obesity

July 25, 2016 — A genetic variant that affects energy metabolism and fat storage partly explains why Samoans have among the world's highest levels of obesity, a new study ... read more

Salmonella Protein Reduces Drug Resistance in Tumors

July 25, 2016 — A surprising result in an experiment on Salmonella bacteria has led to a discovery that may make drug resistant cancer cells more treatable by conventional chemotherapies. Scientists have found that ... read more

Hot Desert Storms Increase Risk of Bacterial Meningitis in Africa

July 25, 2016 — Exposure to airborne dust and high temperatures are significant risk factors for bacterial meningitis, a new study has found. The Sahel region of West Africa has the highest number of bacterial ... read more

Research Shows Sharing of Cavity-Causing Bacteria May Not Be Only from Mothers to Children

July 25, 2016 — New ongoing research is showing more evidence that children may receive oral microbes from other, nonrelative children. It was previously believed that these microbes were passed primarily from ... read more

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