November 6, 2012

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Dutch Company Will Start Selling Gene Therapy Treatment in 2013

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A Dutch company, uniQure, states that it will start selling the first human gene therapy to be approved in the West by mid-2013. They expect an explosion of similar therapies to be available soon. Glybera was approved by the European Commission on October 25. This drug treats the extremely rare disorder lipoprotein lipase deficiency (LPLD) […]

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November 6, 2012

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The Brightest Flare Ever Observed from Sagittarius A*

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The supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, Sagittarius A*, emits relatively little energy for its size, as much energy as Sol even though it’s 4 billion times as massive. Astronomers have observed that nearly once a day, the black hole emits a brief burst of light before settling down. It’s yet […]

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November 6, 2012

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Scientists Change the Color of Gold

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Scientists in Southampton, UK, are now able to change the color of gold, which could have applications in jewelry-making and security features. The scientists published their findings in the Journal of Optics. The technique used by the scientists involves embossing tiny raised or indented patterns on the metal’s surface, altering the way that it absorbs […]

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November 6, 2012

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Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy Has Increased Risks

Study Links Pregnancy Risks with Antidepressants

HMS researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center examined the current literature on the safety and efficacy of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) use in infertile women, finding that antidepressant use during pregnancy is associated with increased risks of miscarriage, birth defects, preterm birth, newborn behavioral syndrome, persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn and possible […]

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November 6, 2012

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12 Billion-Year Old Supernova Discovered by Astronomers

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Astronomers have discovered a pair superluminous supernovae, which are more than 10 billion years old. The Universe was only 3.75 billion years old back then. Of the pair, one is more remote and ranks as the most distant supernova ever discovered. Astronomers used two telescopes atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii to find these supernovae, and […]

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November 5, 2012

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Study Suggests $31 Billion in Workplace Losses Due to Insomnia

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A new study indicates that insomnia lead to about 274,000 mistakes, which caused $31 billion in losses, due to accidents and workplace errors over a 12 month period. Researchers used data from the America Insomnia Survey (AIS), which is a nationwide phone survey of people with health insurance that was administered to 10,094 Americans. The […]

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November 5, 2012

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HR 8752 Reveals Crucial ‘Missing Link’ in the Evolution of Hypergiant Stars

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A newly published study encompasses thirty years of research on hypergiant HR 8752, a star that is roughly 250 times brighter than our Sun and has crossed Yellow Evolutionary Void. A team of scientists from six European countries reported today they have finalized a thirty years long investigation of a hypergiant star that crossed the […]

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November 5, 2012

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Hopping Robots Could Use Stutter Jump to Conserve Energy

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Jumping is much more complicated that it might seem, at least for robots. A new study indicates that the range of future rescue and exploration robots could be extended by adopting a two-part stutter jump. The researchers published their findings in the journal Physical Review Letters. This technique entails in taking a short hop before […]

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November 5, 2012

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Synthetic Antioxidant Suppresses Symptoms of Huntington’s Disease in Mice

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A team of scientists have designed a synthetic antioxidant, XJB-5-131, that targets mitochondria and suppresses symptoms of Huntington’s disease in mice. There’s new hope in the fight against Huntington’s disease. A group of researchers that includes scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have designed a compound that suppresses […]

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November 5, 2012

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Small Changes in Sleeping Patterns Have a Big Impact on Kids

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Small increases in the amount of time that a child sleeps can improve behavior by a significant amount, while decreases will most likely make them act out. The scientists published their findings in the journal Pediatrics. This new study is the first controlled investigation of the effect of sleep extension and reduction on the behavior […]

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November 5, 2012

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Genes Related to Host-Microbe Interactions Linked to IBD

70 new genetic risk factors tied to inflammatory bowel disease

A newly published study identified 71 additional genetic associations for IBD and suggests a strong overlap between IBD susceptibility genes and genes tied to the immune system’s response to mycobacterial infections, including tuberculosis and leprosy. Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) — inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract — have puzzled the scientific community […]

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November 5, 2012

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It’s Impossible to Stop the Seas from Rising Completely

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Global sea levels have risen about seven inches in the past hundred years, and that pace is steadily accelerating thanks to climate change. This rise in sea levels threatens most coastal areas, and makes storm surges much worse, as in the case of hurricanes as well as smaller storms. Scientists published their findings in the […]

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