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February 14, 2016

Long-Term Cancer Surviors Still Need Guidance About Screening, Side Effects, Lifestyle

Feb. 12, 2016 — Researchers have published an article that addresses the needs of cancer survivors who are at least nine years beyond an initial diagnosis. The Q &A article discusses how to better care for ... read more

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

Study Finds Mechanism by Which Obesity Promotes Pancreatic and Breast Cancer

Feb. 12, 2016 — Investigators may have uncovered a novel mechanism behind the ability of obesity to promote cancer progression. The study focused on the effects of obesity on pancreatic and breast cancer, since more ... read more

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

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

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

Asthma Linked to an Increased Time to Pregnancy

Feb. 12, 2016 — Asthma has been associated with a prolonged time to pregnancy and a decreased birth rate in a new clinical observation study. The current study investigated 245 women with unexplained fertility ... read more

What Are My Hiccups Telling Me?

Feb. 11, 2016 — Most of us can remember the Grey's Anatomy episode where Meredith's step-mom checks into the hospital for a case of hiccups that won't go away. The diagnosis wasn't pretty and it ... 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

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

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