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February 23, 2017

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February 23, 2017

Fructose Is Generated in the Human Brain

Feb. 23, 2017 — Fructose, a form of sugar linked to obesity and diabetes, is converted in the human brain from glucose, according to a new study. The finding raises questions about fructose's effects on the ... read more

Removing Barriers to Early Intervention for Autistic Children: A New Model Shows Promise

Feb. 23, 2017 — Acting on recommendations from the South Carolina Act Early Team, South Carolina changed its policies to pay for early intensive behavioral intervention in children under three revealed to be at high ... read more

Tumor Protein Could Hold Key to Pancreatic Cancer Survival

Feb. 23, 2017 — A diagnosis of pancreatic cancer is often a death sentence because current chemotherapies have little impact on the disease. In a new study, researchers were able to slow down growth and spread of ... read more

Patients Registered in a Heart Failure Registry Lived Longer

Feb. 23, 2017 — Heart failure patients registered in the Swedish Heart Failure Registry receive better medication and have a 35 percent lower risk of death than unregistered patients, according to a new ... read more

Anti-Aging Gene Identified as a Promising Therapeutic Target for Older Melanoma Patients

Feb. 23, 2017 — An anti-diabetic drug can inhibit the growth of melanoma in older patients by activating an anti-aging gene that in turn inhibits a protein involved in metastatic progression and resistance to ... read more

Direct-to-Consumer Genomics: Harmful or Empowering?

Feb. 23, 2017 — In a new study, a research explores questions that stem from new advances in direct-to-consumer DNA tests, which have the effect of separating the physician-patient relationship from access to new ... read more

Feb. 23, 2017 — Viruses propagate by infecting a host cell and reproducing inside. This not only affects humans and animals, but bacteria as well. This type of virus is called bacteriophage. They carry so called ... read more

Compounds That Show Potent Anti-Cancer Activity in Breast and Colon Tumor Cell Lines

Feb. 23, 2017 — Potential drugs have shown low toxicity in non-tumor cell lines, which could decrease side effects during chemotherapy, researchers ... read more

Nursing Home Residents Need More Activities to Help Them Thrive

Feb. 23, 2017 — In a survey of staff from 172 Swedish nursing homes, most residents had been outside the nursing home during the previous week, but only one-fifth had been on an outing or ... read more

Tired Teens 4.5 Times More Likely to Commit Crimes as Adults

Feb. 23, 2017 — Teenagers who experience sleep problems and exhibit anti-social behavior are more likely to commit violent crimes as adults, new research ... read more

Sorting out Risk Genes for Brain Development Disorders

Feb. 23, 2017 — Gene discovery research is uncovering similarities and differences underlying a variety of disorders affecting the developing brain, including autism, attention deficits, tics, intellectual ... read more

Feb. 22, 2017 — Scientists have created a three-dimensional organ-on-a-chip that can mimic the heart's amazing biomechanical properties in order to study cardiac disease, determine the effects that different ... read more

OCD-Like Behavior Linked to Genetic Mutation

Feb. 22, 2017 — A new study found evidence suggesting how neural dysfunction in a certain region of the brain can lead to obsessive and repetitive behaviors much like obsessive-compulsive disorder ... read more

Measuring Patients' Muscles to Predict Chemotherapy Side Effects

Feb. 22, 2017 — Measuring patients' muscle mass and quality could potentially help doctors better identify patients at high risk for toxic side effects that could require hospitalizations, researchers ... read more

Feb. 22, 2017 — Elevations in a unusual form of cholesterol, called Lipoprotein(a) or Lp(a), as responsible for 1 in 14 heart attacks and 1 in 7 cases of aortic valve disease, research has ... read more

Research on Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells Promises New Future Treatment for Glaucoma Patients

Feb. 22, 2017 — Scientific research builds its own momentum as one discovery triggers another, building an ongoing wave of unexpected possibilities. In the world of glaucoma, such a surge began when advances in stem ... read more

Researchers Take Broad Look at Stem Cells

Feb. 22, 2017 — Scientists have focused recent work on the study of and utility of adult-derived stem cells. The team put together the review after recognizing that the medical and general communities have limited ... read more

Study Suggests New Therapy for Gaucher Disease

Feb. 22, 2017 — Scientists propose that blocking a molecule that drives inflammation and organ damage in Gaucher, and maybe other lysosomal storage diseases, as a possible treatment with fewer risks and lower costs ... read more

CAR T Cells More Powerful When Built With CRISPR, Researchers Find

Feb. 22, 2017 — Researchers have harnessed the power of CRISPR/Cas9 to create more-potent chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells that enhance tumor rejection in ... read more

Feb. 22, 2017 — There are neurons in your skin that are wired to sense itchy things. These neurons are separate from the ones that detect pain, and yet, chemical-induced itch is often accompanied by mild pain such ... read more

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