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New Study Reveals No Association Between MMR Vaccine and Autism

April 21, 2015

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No Association Found Between MMR Vaccine and Autism

A newly published study involving 95,000 children reveals that the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine was not associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders, regardless of whether older siblings had ASD. The findings indicate no harmful association between the receipt of MMR vaccine and ASD even among children already at higher risk for ASD. Although a […]

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New Study Helps Explain Increased Risk of Diabetes in Shift Workers

April 16, 2015

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New Research Helps Explain Increased Risk of Diabetes in Shift Workers

New research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital links blood sugar and the internal clock, and may help develop and improve strategies for controlling glucose levels in day-active people and night workers. A new study may help explain why glucose tolerance — the ability to regulate blood-sugar levels — is lower at dinner than at breakfast […]

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Gold Nanoparticles Intensify Cancer-Killing Radiation

April 16, 2015

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Gold Enhances Radiation Effect on Cancer Cells

Using gold nanoparticles tethered to acid-seeking compounds called pHLIPs, a team of researchers has demonstrated a more precise method for targeting cancer cells with radiation. Providence, Rhode Island (Brown University) — Researchers from Brown University and the University of Rhode Island have demonstrated a promising new way to increase the effectiveness of radiation in killing […]

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Study Shows Link between Muscle-Building Supplements and Cancer

April 13, 2015

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Study Shows Cancer Link for Muscle-Building Supplements

New research shows that men taking muscle-building supplements with creatine or androstenedione are more likely to develop testicular cancer. Providence, Rhode Island (Brown University) — Men who reported taking muscle-building supplements, such as pills and powders with creatine or androstenedione, reported a significantly higher likelihood of having developed testicular cancer than men who did not […]

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Biologists Map the Habits of Cancer Cells

April 8, 2015

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Scientists Map the Habits of Cancer Cells

Yale University researchers are mapping the habits of cancer cells, determining which cues cause cancer cells to disperse and metastasize, how these cues are combined with other cues directing the invasion, and which cues hold sway when there are conflicting orders. Using advanced technology and an approach that merges engineering and medicine, a Yale University-led […]

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New HIV Finding Dampens Hopes of an Impending Cure

March 27, 2015

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New Finding Dampens Hopes of an HIV Cure

New research from Yale University shows that HIV can establish itself in the brain as soon as four months after initial infection, dampening the hopes of an impending cure for a disease that afflicts more than 35 million people. Within two years of infection, a genetically distinct version of HIV replicates in the brains of […]

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Reg3beta Regulates Healing Process after Myocardial Infarction

March 25, 2015

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Reg3beta Controls Healing Process in the Heart

A new study from the Max Planck Institute details how Reg3beta controls the wound-healing process in the myocardium by attracting immune cells to the infarct tissue. In the wake of a myocardial infarction, parts of the myocardium die and are replaced by scar tissue. The formation and stability of scar tissue is key to the […]

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New MIND Diet May Significantly Lower Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

March 23, 2015

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MIND Diet May Significantly Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease

New research from Rush University Medical Center shows that the MIND diet could significantly lower a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. A new diet, appropriately known by the acronym MIND, could significantly lower a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, even if the diet is not meticulously followed, according to a paper published online […]

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Deceased Donor Kidneys with Acute Injury Can Be Used for Transplants

March 13, 2015

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Study Reveals Injured Kidneys Can be Used for Transplants

New research from Yale University shows that kidneys from deceased donors that have acute injuries can be successfully used for transplants, instead of being discarded. The study finds that such kidneys may be more viable than previously thought, and should be considered to meet the growing demand for organ transplants. The study was published March […]

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New Strain of H1N1 in India Raises Concern

March 11, 2015

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H1N1 Outbreak in India Raises Concern

New research from MIT finds evidence that a new strain of H1N1 may carry dangerous mutations. Since December, an outbreak of swine flu in India has killed more than 1,200 people, and a new MIT study suggests that the strain has acquired mutations that make it more dangerous than previously circulating strains of H1N1 influenza. […]

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Study Shows Bacterial Infection, C. dificile, Widespread in the United States

March 9, 2015

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Bacterial Infection Widespread in the United States

Using population-based surveillance data, new research estimates that the germ Clostridium difficile caused nearly half a million infections in the United States in a single year. A new federal study estimates that the germ Clostridium difficile, more commonly known as C. difficile, caused nearly half a million infections in the United States in a single […]

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Possible Signs of Progress in the Fight Against Parkinson’s

March 4, 2015

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Signs of Progress Against Parkinson’s

By using induced pluripotent stem cells, researchers have markedly reduced the symptoms Parkinson’s disease in primates. Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) researchers at University-affiliated McLean Hospital have taken what they describe as an important step toward using the implantation of stem cell-generated neurons as a treatment for Parkinson’s disease. Ole Isacson and colleagues reported that […]

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FIT Treadmill Score Gauges Risk of Dying Based on Treadmill Exercise Performance

March 2, 2015

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Treadmill Performance Predicts Mortality

A new formula gauges a person’s 10-year risk of dying by estimating a person’s ability to exercise on a treadmill at an increasing speed and incline. Analyzing data from 58,000 heart stress tests, Johns Hopkins cardiologists report they have developed a formula that estimates one’s risk of dying over a decade based on a person’s […]

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Scientists Reverse Type 2 Diabetes and Fatty Liver Disease

March 2, 2015

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Researchers Reverse type 2 Diabetes and Fatty Liver Disease

A newly published study reveals how scientists from Yale University developed a controlled-release oral therapy that reversed type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease in rats. Existing therapies for type 2 diabetes, and the closely associated conditions of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), have had limited success at treating the root […]

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A Real-Time Blood Test for Cancer Tumors

February 27, 2015

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A Real-Time Blood Test for Solid Lung Cancer Tumors

A newly published study from Yale University shows that liquid biopsies offer a real-time blood test for solid lung cancer tumors. In the rapidly changing world of molecular profiling for genetic diseases, cancer researchers are increasingly optimistic about the reality of a simple blood test to monitor and treat solid tumor cancers. Recent studies show […]

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Painkillers with Fewer Side Effects

February 24, 2015

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Paving the Way for Painkillers with Fewer Side Effects

Scientists at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory are paving the way for a new generation of pain relievers with reduced dependency. Researchers have long sought alternatives to morphine – a powerful and widely used painkiller – that curb its side effects, including dependency, nausea and dizziness. Now, an experiment at the Department of Energy’s SLAC […]

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Ultraviolet Radiation Continues to Damage Skin After Sun Exposure

February 20, 2015

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Ultraviolet Radiation Continues to Damage Skin in the Dark

A newly published study from Yale University reveals that much of the damage that ultraviolet radiation (UV) does to skin occurs hours after sun exposure. Much of the damage that ultraviolet radiation (UV) does to skin occurs hours after sun exposure, a team of Yale-led researchers concluded in a study that was published online February […]

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New Anti-HIV Candidate Blocks Every Strain of HIV-1, HIV-2 and SIV

February 18, 2015

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Scientists Announce New Anti-HIV Agent

In a new study, researchers show that a new drug candidate blocks every strain of HIV-1, HIV-2 and SIV that has been isolated from humans or rhesus macaques, including the hardest-to-stop variants. Jupiter, Florida – February 18, 2015 – In a remarkable new advance against the virus that causes AIDS, scientists from the Jupiter, Florida […]

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