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Tuesday 14th August 2018

A class of proteins shown to be effective in reducing drug-seeking behaviors

A class of proteins that has generated significant interest for its potential to treat diseases, has for the first time, been shown to be effective in reducing relapse, or drug-seeking behaviors, in a preclinical study.

Scientists reveal role of 'junk DNA' in cancer dissemination

The more scientists explore so-called "junk" DNA, the less the label seems to fit.

Study reveals how immune cells in the brain influence sexual behavior

Researchers have found a surprising new explanation of how young brains are shaped for sexual behavior later in life.

Talking with children about suicide could save lives

As kids head back to school this year, many of them will be struggling. According to national statistics, we lose more than 2,000 children and teens per year to suicide.

Magnetic gene in aquarium fish could open doors to treatment for epilepsy, Parkinson's

An aquarium fish that senses the Earth's magnetic field as it swims could help unlock how the human brain works and how diseases such as Parkinson's and other neurological disorders function.

'Zombie' gene protects elephants from cancer, study finds

An estimated 17 percent of humans worldwide die from cancer, but less than five percent of captive elephants-;who also live for about 70 years, and have about 100 times as many potentially cancerous cells as humans-;die from the disease.

Adding energy drinks to alcohol may exacerbate negative effects of binge drinking

A key ingredient of energy drinks could be exacerbating some of the negative effects of binge drinking according to a new study.

Johns Hopkins expert panel develops first set of operation-specific opioid prescribing guidelines

A Johns Hopkins expert panel of health care providers and patients have announced what is, to their knowledge, the nation's first set of operation-specific opioid prescribing guidelines.

Clinical study suggests new treatment direction for head and neck cancer in heavy smokers

Patients with a greater than 10 pack/year history of smoking tend to develop an especially dangerous form of head and neck squamous cell cancer for which prognosis remains poor and treatments have changed little during the past two decades.

Anticancer drugs can help plants to battle infection

Cancer-fighting drugs used on humans can help plants fight disease as well. That discovery, by two Washington State University plant pathologists, could help scientists develop new pathways for plants to battle infection, as revealed in a paper in the journal Frontiers in Plant Science.

Finding the light in antimicrobials

Hundreds of polymers which kill drug-resistant superbugs in novel ways could be produced and tested using light, using this new method.

Researchers propose new theory for how rare gene mutations cause Alzheimer's disease

A University of Adelaide-led team of scientists has suggested a potential link between iron in our cells and the rare gene mutations that cause Alzheimer's disease, which could provide new avenues for future research.

New study explains why women get more migraines than men

Research published today reveals a potential mechanism for migraine causation which could explain why women get more migraines than men.

Study helps to better understand disease caused by Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency

The disease consists of a production deficit of Alpha-1 antitrypsin, which is produced in the liver. The main role of this protein is to protect the lungs from degradation or inflammation caused by infections that attach lung tissue, as well as from external agents such a tobacco or pollution.

Researchers discover new genes involved in Alzheimer’s Disease

Scientists have used deep gene sequencing to uncover new genetic variations involved in the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

New digital pharmacy aims to help people living with chronic care conditions

Thirty jobs are to be created through a new £1.5m ‘Tele-Pharmacy’opening in Liverpool, aimed at helping people living with chronic care conditions to manage their medicinal needs through the UK’s only artificial intelligent mobile app ‘Now Patient’.

Phonak's new smallest and most discreet Virto B-Titanium hearing aid

In February of 2017, Phonak announced production of the Virto B-Titanium hearing aid. Virto B-Titanium remains the world’s only mainstream custom hearing aid made of premium medical-grade titanium. Virto B-Titanium combines the many benefits of titanium—including superior strength and an extra lightweight—together with the latest 3D printing technology.

Powerful new microscope reveals inner workings of human cells with unprecedented clarity

Australia’s most advanced and powerful microscope, capable of visualizing down to the level of individual atoms, begins its working life today.

New project aims to study growth of water-based microorganisms

In order to better understand and assess the quality of ground and spring water, state-of-the-art methods from the fields of molecular biology and microbiology, as well as chemical high-performance analytics are now developed.

Immunovia's new blood-based testing platform accurately detects non-small cell lung cancer

Immunovia AB announced today that in a new collaborative study with a major global pharma company, Immunovia ́s innovative blood-based testing platform, IMMray could differentiate healthy controls from non-small cell lung cancer samples with a 95 % accuracy.

Monday 13th August 2018

Researchers develop new way of testing bacterial resistance to antibiotics

A new method to analyze a commonly understood route for antibiotic resistance could lead to earlier detection of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Study compares genetic and neural contributions to ADHD in children with or without TBI

According to a study in Biological Psychiatry, physical brain injury in children contributes to the development of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), distinct from genetic risk for the disorder.

Mono-antiplatelet therapy after aortic heart valve replacements may work as well as two drugs

Current treatment guidelines say patients who undergo minimally invasive aortic heart valve replacements should receive two antiplatelet drugs to reduce the risk of dangerous blood clots.

Researchers show how specialized nucleic acid-based nanostructures could help target cancer cells

More than 100 years ago, German Nobel laureate Paul Ehrlich popularized the "magic bullet" concept -- a method that clinicians might one day use to target invading microbes without harming other parts of the body. Although chemotherapies have been highly useful as targeted treatments for cancer, unwanted side effects still plague patients.

Research illuminates how online forum may offer suicide prevention support for males

New research illuminates how some men and boys who are contemplating suicide are finding emotional support in an unexpected place: Reddit.

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