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August 31, 2016

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August 31, 2016

No Link to Lower IQs in Children of Mothers Who Have Taken Newer Forms of Epilepsy Drugs While Pregnant

Aug. 31, 2016 — Two newer epilepsy drugs may not harm the thinking skills or IQs of school-aged children whose mothers took them while pregnant -- but an older drug is linked to cognitive problems in children, ... read more

Out of Sync: How Genetic Variation Can Disrupt the Heart's Rhythm

Aug. 31, 2016 — New research shows how deficits in a specific pathway of genes can lead to the development of atrial fibrillation, a common irregular heartbeat, which poses a significant health ... read more

Stem Cell Agency Spinal Cord Injury Clinical Trial Passes Safety Hurdles

Aug. 31, 2016 — A clinical trial using stem cells to treat people with recent spinal cord injuries has cleared two key safety hurdles, and been given approval to expand the therapy to a larger group of patients with ... read more

Parents' Psychiatric Disease Linked to Kids' Risk of Suicide Attempt, Violent Offending

Aug. 31, 2016 — Risk for suicide attempts and violent offending by children appears to be associated with their parents' psychiatric disorders, according to a new ... read more

Aug. 31, 2016 — Scientists have developed microrobots with high propulsion efficiency in highly-viscous fluid environments, applying propulsion techniques that mimic the ciliary stroke motion of ... read more

High Rates of Suicide and Self-Harm Among Transgender Youth

Aug. 31, 2016 — In a new study, 30 percent of transgender youth report a history of at least one suicide attempt, and nearly 42 percent report a history of self-injury, such as cutting. The study also discovered a ... read more

Selenium Status Influence Cancer Risk

Aug. 31, 2016 — As a nutritional trace element, selenium forms an essential part of our diet. Researchers have been able to show that high blood selenium levels are associated with a decreased risk of developing ... read more

Aug. 31, 2016 — Scientists can now directly probe a previously hard-to-see layer of chemistry thanks to a unique X-ray toolkit. A key breakthrough enabling the latest experiment was in tailoring “tender” ... read more

Scientists Discover Noninvasive Technique to Monitor Migraines

Aug. 31, 2016 — New UBC research has found that amplified electroencephalograms can produce diagnostic results of a brainwave associated with migraines and epilepsy that are comparable to the current, more invasive, ... read more

Pure Oxygen in High-Pressure Chamber Relieves Symptoms of Opiate Withdrawal in Mice

Aug. 31, 2016 — A pharmacologist gave morphine-addicted mice pure pressurized oxygen before they began withdrawal from the drug. The mice had far less severe withdrawal symptoms than addicted mice that did not ... read more

Major Step Towards Alzheimer's Blood Test

Aug. 31, 2016 — A research team has made a significant step towards the development of a simple blood test to predict the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. The group studied blood from 292 individuals with the ... read more

Potential New Treatment for Cocaine Addiction

Aug. 31, 2016 — A promising new drug treatment for cocaine addiction has been discovered by researchers. The experimental therapy, which involves administering a drug currently used in cancer therapy trials, treats ... read more

New Research Uncovers the First Steps of How Human Organs and Tissues Develop

Aug. 31, 2016 — For the first time, the precise way individual human organs and tissue develop has been mapped, providing new insight into how genetic disorders can occur during the crucial early phase of ... read more

Dopamine: Far More Than Just the 'Happy Hormone'

Aug. 31, 2016 — Dopamine is a so-called messenger substance or neurotransmitter that conveys signals between neurons. It not only controls mental and emotional responses but also motor reactions. Dopamine is ... read more

Simple Measures Cut Sepsis Deaths Nearly in Half

Aug. 31, 2016 — Sepsis, commonly called blood poisoning, is a common affliction that can affect people of all ages. A series of simple measures tested at a Norwegian hospital can make a difference in successfully ... read more

Aug. 31, 2016 — A new dataset provides a comprehensive look at population dynamics in Europe, including the influence of migration on population growth and the effect of population ... read more

Aug. 31, 2016 — As an arm of the innate immune system, white blood cells called neutrophils form the first line of defense against invading pathogens. Neutrophils spend most of their lives racing through the ... read more

Aug. 31, 2016 — Researchers discovered how to stop bacteria motility and thus how to disrupt bacterial ... read more

Cognitive Behavior Therapy Could Be Key for Children With Autism Getting Enough Sleep

Aug. 30, 2016 — Experts believe that a family-based cognitive behavioral therapy may be the key for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who have problems ... read more

Aug. 30, 2016 — Using advanced stem cell technology, scientists have created a model of a heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) -- an excessive thickening of the heart that is associated with a ... read more

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