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Researchers use droplet-sized 'miniecosystems' to test therapeutic potential of molecules

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 13:37
Scripps Research scientists have solved a major problem in chemistry and drug development by using droplet-sized 'miniecosystems' to quickly see if a molecule can function as a potential therapeutic.

Researchers examine risk factors for opioid dependence in patients undergoing surgery for DS

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 13:33
Researchers investigated risk factors for the development of opioid dependence in patients undergoing surgery for degenerative spondylolisthesis

Single blood sample can provide adequate confirmation of diabetes

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 13:24
The study, published June 19 in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, found evidence that a positive result for two standard diabetes markers in a single blood sample is a highly accurate predictor of diabetes and of major diabetes complications such as kidney disease and heart disease.

Microglia play protective role in response to retinal detachment, shows study

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 13:21
A research team at Massachusetts Eye and Ear has shown that microglia, the primary immune cells of the brain and retina, play a protective role in response to retinal detachment.

Researchers understand the role of brain's ‘reward circuit’ in autism spectrum disorder

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 13:07
A pair of recent studies performed by researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania represents a significant step forward in understanding the role of the brain's "reward circuit" and certain hallmarks of autism spectrum disorder, namely difficulty interpreting or engaging in typical social behavior and restricted or repetitive interests or behaviors.

Scientists could build better drugs by learning from bacteria-derived molecules

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:52
Bacteria found in soil may harbor a potential game-changer for drug design. A new study by Scripps Research, published today in Nature Communications, suggests scientists could build better drugs by learning from bacteria-derived molecules called thiocarboxylic acids.

Study: Effects of in vitro fertilization depend on genetic variation inherited from parents

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:51
In vitro fertilization affects the regulatory region of genes essential for placental and embryonic growth, as well as the birth weight.

Study hints at benefits of lifestyle interventions in reducing dementia risk

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:48
There is no treatment yet for dementia; but one day, a family doctor could prescribe a specific diet, an exercise regime, music or language lessons, or documentary discussion groups as treatments to ward off the disease.

Study finds elevated risk of congenital defects in lithium-exposed infants

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:48
Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai found an elevated risk of major congenital malformations in fetuses after first-trimester exposure to lithium, in the largest study ever to examine the risk of birth defects in lithium-exposed babies.

Unusual gene provides novel insight into how the brain wires itself

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:47
The study of a Quebec family with an unusual gene provides novel insight into how our brain is built and, according to the McGill led team of scientists, offers a better understanding of psychiatric disorders such as depression, addictions, and schizophrenia.

Scientists develop novel computational framework to support personalized cancer treatment

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:27
Researchers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center have developed a highly innovative computational framework that can support personalized cancer treatment by matching individual tumors with the drugs or drug combinations that are most likely to kill them.

Late onset of diabetes could be indicative of pancreatic cancer

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 09:12
Onset of pancreas cancer after the age of 50 years could be a sign of development of pancreatic cancer finds a new study.

Researchers develop new method to preserve fertility in boys with prepubertal cancer

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 08:26
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Soroka University Medical Center researchers in Beer-Sheva, Israel are developing a cell culture system that for the first time can change testicular stem cells into sperm-like cells that may enable future fertility for boys with prepubertal cancer.

Scientists point to potentially promising treatment target for deadly brain cancers

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 08:16
Scientists report finding a potentially promising treatment target for aggressive and deadly high-grade brain cancers like glioblastoma. But they also say the current lack of a drug that hits the molecular target keeps it from being advanced for testing as a therapeutic strategy for patients with few treatment options.

WVU researcher aims to produce updated whooping cough vaccine

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 01:17
Before the whooping-cough vaccine came into widespread use in the 1940s, about 9,000 American children died from the infection each year. Today, thanks to the vaccine's efficacy, reported cases of whooping cough have dramatically declined and fatalities have dropped to up to 20 children each year.

BIDMC scientists develop new tool to benefit patients with HCV-associated liver failure

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 01:12
An estimated 3.5 million people in the United States have chronic hepatitis C (HCV), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Study shows how moderate consumption of alcohol can protect the heart

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 01:06
For at least 20 years, research has shown that for many people, moderate consumption of alcohol can protect the heart, but the reason for this is poorly understood.

Study finds more information about how gene linked to ASD affects the brain

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 00:44
New preclinical research shows a gene already linked to a subset of people with autism spectrum disorder is critical to healthy neuronal connections in the developing brain, and its loss can harm those connections to help fuel the complex developmental condition.

New study examines how the brain plays role in rheumatoid arthritis inflammation

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 00:36
In patients with chronic inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, there has been limited understanding of how this inflammation affects the brain.

New tool determines best treatment plan for adults with severe asthma

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 00:24
One in 12 adults and one in 11 children in the United States are living with asthma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The communication between patients and clinicians is an important factor in proper management of a patient's symptoms and treatment.