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Study offers new clues to autism's underlying biology

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 19:11
Over the past decade, autism spectrum disorder has been linked to mutations in a variety of genes, explaining up to 30 percent of all cases to date.

Researchers reveal benefits of a vacation for our heart health

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 19:01
We all treasure our vacation time and look forward to that time when we can get away from work. With the arrival of summer comes the prime vacation season and along with it one more reasons to appreciate our vacation time: the value to our heart health.

Researchers develop model of intestinal infection that could advance vaccine development

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 18:52
The intestinal parasite Cryptosporidium, which causes a diarrheal disease, is very good at infecting humans. It's the leading cause of waterborne disease from recreational waters in the United States.

Measles vaccination associated with health, schooling benefits among children

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 18:36
While the measles vaccine has eliminated the virus in many high-income countries, the global burden of disease persists with an estimated 245,000 measles cases and 68,000 measles-associated deaths worldwide in 2016.

New study points out simple problem with existing model of cancer

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 18:31
The saying "God doesn't play dice" is meant to suggest that nothing happens by chance. On the other hand, cancer seems like the ultimate happenstance: Don't we all have a 43-year-old, vegan, triathlete friend fighting cancer? Does this mean that cancer plays dice?

UTA professor awarded $2.88 million for novel research on Lou Gehrig's disease

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 18:06
There are 15 new cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, diagnosed in the U.S. each day. The disease causes patients to slowly lose the ability to speak, eat, move and breathe, and comes with an average life expectancy of two to five years after diagnosis.

New e-tattoo beats conventional methods at monitoring heart health

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 17:28
Engineers at the University of Texas at Austin have developed a new “e-tattoo” that could enable easier and more accurate heart monitoring than the current technology allows.

Europe: Data shows upward trend in chronic hepatitis B cases since 2008

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 17:19
In 2017, the majority (58%) of the almost 27 000 newly reported hepatitis B cases in the European Union and European Economic Area were classified as chronic infections. This follows a consistent upward trend in reported chronic hepatitis B cases since 2008.

Study: Phenols in cocoa bean shells have powerful effects on fat and immune cells in mice

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 17:09
Scientists may have discovered more reasons to love chocolate. A new study by researchers at the University of Illinois suggests that three of the phenolic compounds in cocoa bean shells have powerful effects on the fat and immune cells in mice, potentially reversing the chronic inflammation and insulin resistance associated with obesity.

New swine model helps scientists to better understand human brain

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 16:44
For the first time, researchers in the University of Georgia's Regenerative Bioscience Center have used an imaging method normally reserved for humans to analyze brain activity in live agricultural swine models, and they have discovered that pig brains are even better platforms than previously thought for the study of human neurological conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

Timed release of curcumin inhibits cancer cell growth

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 16:07
A Washington State University research team has developed a drug delivery system using curcumin, the main ingredient in the spice turmeric, that successfully inhibits bone cancer cells while promoting growth of healthy bone cells.

Bad gene associated with sudden death in epilepsy and breathing problems

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 15:46
In sudden death in epilepsy, people stop breathing for no apparent reason and die. Now, a group of UConn neuroscientists have a lead as to why, they report in the journal eLife.

3D scanners can help young women focus on body appreciation

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 12:55
3D technology has transformed movies and medical imaging, and now it might be able to help young women better appreciate their bodies.

More insights into transport protein used by cancer cells

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 12:41
Certain cancer cells depend on exporting the metabolite lactate, which accumulates during the generation on energy. Lactate plays an important role in many biochemical and cellular processes.

New approach to capture visual information based on the human brain

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 12:28
Self-driving cars rely on their ability to accurately "see" the road ahead and make adjustments based on what they see.

NIH offers $377,971 grant to develop disposable HIV-1 viral load microchip

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 12:23
As of 2017, about 36.9 million people around the world were living with HIV-- 1 in 4 were unaware of their HIV status.

Study uncovers impact of both low and high iron counts

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 12:23
A global study looking at the role that iron plays in 900 diseases has uncovered the impact of both low and high iron counts – and the news is mixed.

Sortilin protein plays crucial role in pain development

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 12:17
Sortilin, which is a protein expressed on the surface of nerve cells, plays a crucial role in pain development in laboratory mice - and in all likelihood in humans as well.

Researchers report new way for creating tracers used with medical imaging

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 11:56
In an advance for medical imaging, scientists from University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have discovered a method for creating radioactive tracers to better track pharmaceuticals in the body as well as image diseases, such as cancer, and other medical conditions.

People with family history of Alzheimer's do not perform as well as their peers

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 11:49
Results from a study of nearly 60,000 individuals suggest those at higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease due to family history may demonstrate changes in memory performance as early as their 20s.