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Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:09:12 EST
Poor air quality kills 5.5 million worldwide annually
New research shows that more than 5.5 million people die prematurely every year due to household and outdoor air pollution. More than half of deaths occur in two of the world's fastest growing economies, China and India.
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:07:34 EST
Software optimized on Mira advances design of mini-proteins for medicines, materials
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 future, peptide-based medicines with few side effects. As researchers begin to develop new peptides, they are optimizing their in-house software to test thousands of potential peptide structure designs in tandem, requiring a state-of-the-art supercomputer.
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:05:25 EST
New nanotechnology detects biomarkers of cancer
Researchers have developed a new technology to detect disease biomarkers in the form of nucleic acids, the building blocks of all living organisms.
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:05:23 EST
Study finds mechanism by which obesity promotes pancreatic and breast cancer
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 than half of those diagnosed with such tumors are overweight or obese.
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:23:47 EST
Sleep apnea takes a toll on brain function
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 concludes.
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:23:44 EST
Genome studies can help identify lifestyle risks for diseases
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 often overlooked in genetic studies.
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:23:40 EST
Gene switch may repair DNA and prevent cancer
New discoveries are bringing scientists closer to understanding how DNA repairs itself with a chemical modification which, when absent, can lead to tumor formation.
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:37:02 EST
Gene signature could lead to a new way of diagnosing Lyme Disease
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 bacteria.
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:36:58 EST
Gene previously observed only in brain is important driver of metastatic breast cancer
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 showed how a version of the gene with edited RNA prevents metastasis.
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:36:52 EST
Diabetics who use verapamil have lower glucose levels, data show
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 association of verapamil use and lower fasting glucose levels in humans with diabetes
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