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New Treatment Blocks and Reverses Pulmonary Fibrosis

September 25, 2014

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MicroRNA Mimicry Blocks Pulmonary Fibrosis

Using mouse models, researchers from Yale University and miRagen Therapeutics have shown that miR-29 blocks and reverses pulmonary fibrosis. Yale University researchers are studying a potential new treatment that reverses the effects of pulmonary fibrosis, a respiratory disease in which scars develop in the lungs and severely hamper breathing. The treatment uses a microRNA mimic, […]

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Yale Researchers Detail How Blood Vessels Stay Fit

September 24, 2014

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Researchers Reveal How Blood Vessels Keep Fit

In a newly published study, researchers from Yale University detail a key molecular fitness signal that prevents vessels from becoming narrow and developing dangerous plaques. Blood vessels need constant maintenance if they are to remain healthy. Yale researchers describe a key molecular fitness signal that prevents vessels from becoming narrow and developing dangerous plaques. The […]

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Yale Study Shows Estrogen Helps Calm Stressed Cells

September 22, 2014

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Yale Study Shows Estrogen Helps Calm Stressed Cells

New research from Yale University shows that the hormone estrogen helps cells survive stress, fueling speculation that anti-estrogen therapy may help kill cancer cells and prolong the survival of patients. Stress is as bad for cells as it is for people, but scientists have had a hard time devising ways to study its effects on […]

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Engineers Develop New Temperature Switchable Membrane to Regulate Flow

September 19, 2014

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Researchers Develop New Temperature Switchable Membrane

Researchers from the University of Connecticut and Yale University have developed a new membrane with highly aligned nanoscale pores that open and close in response to temperature; this highly porous, valve-like material has many potential filtration applications, including water purification and molecular separation. The membrane was created from a block copolymer that self-assembles into alternating […]

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Yale Study Shows Risk Patterns for Autism and Schizophrenia Associated with Birth Size

September 17, 2014

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Genetic Tug of War Explains Autism and Schizophrenia

A new study from Yale University shows that bigger babies do have increased risk of autism, while smaller babies are more likely to develop schizophrenia. The size of babies and even human behavior may be shaped during early fetal development by a molecular tug of war between paternal and maternal genes, according to an emerging […]

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Study Explains Prevalence of Hadrosaur Skin Among All Known Dinosaur Skin Fossils

September 11, 2014

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New Research Documents the Prevalence of Hadrosaur Skin

A new study from Yale University details the prevalence of hadrosaur skin among all known dinosaur skin fossils, revealing that hadrosaur skin is 31 times more likely to be preserved. In life, Tyrannosaurus rex usually got the best of the less fearsome duck-billed dinosaurs, or hadrosaurs: T. rex ate them. But in death, the plant-eating […]

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Brain Structure of the Parietal Cortex Could Predict Risky Behavior

September 10, 2014

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Brain Structure Could Predict Risky Behavior

New research shows that brain structure may predict risky behavior, revealing that those with a larger volume in a particular part of the parietal cortex were willing to take more risks than those with less volume in this part of the brain. Some people avoid risks at all costs, while others will put their wealth, […]

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Yale Study Shows More Health Symptoms Reported Near ‘Fracking’ Sites

September 10, 2014

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More Health Symptoms Reported Near Fracking

A new study from Yale University found that natural gas drilling may increase the risk of health symptoms in people living near natural gas extraction sites, supporting the need for further research into the health and environmental implications of extraction techniques like hydraulic fracturing. A Yale-led study has found a greater prevalence of health symptoms […]

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Researchers Reveal a New Pathway to Help Treat Perinatal Brain Injuries

September 9, 2014

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A New Pathway to Help Treat Perinatal Brain Injuries

A team of researchers has uncovered a new pathway to help treat perinatal brain injuries, revealing that a synthetic molecule derived from the embryo called PreImplantation Factor (sPIF) protects against neuronal death and brain injury by targeting let-7. Researchers at Yale School of Medicine and their colleagues have uncovered a new pathway to help treat […]

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BMGs – A New Generation of Strong Pliable Materials

September 5, 2014

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BMGs A New Generation of Strong Pliable Materials

Yale researchers have developed a new method that softens bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) sufficiently to allow for shaping – allowing the researchers to use the super-strong, lightweight material for things like cell phone cases and other electronic devices. Someday, digital citizens around the world may have a Yale professor to thank for the supercool, extra-durable […]

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Counties With a Higher Number of Dentists Per Capita Have Lower Rates of Obesity

September 4, 2014

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Study Shows Counties With More Dentists Per Capita Have Lower Rates of Obesity

New research from Yale University shows that counties with a higher number of dentists per capita have strikingly lower rates of obesity, finding that counties that had an additional dentist for every 10,000 people had a 1-percentage point lower rate of obesity than the counties without as many dentists. The fight against obesity in the […]

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Chimpanzees Outplay Humans in Brain Games

September 3, 2014

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Chimps Outplay Humans in Brain Games

In a new study chimpanzees outplay humans in a two-player game, suggesting that chimps may have a superior memory and strategy when it comes to recalling their opponent’s choice history. We humans assume we are the smartest of all creations. In a world with over 8.7 million species, only we have the ability to understand […]

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