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Repairing damaged hearts with self-healing heart cells

38 minutes agoHealth : EurekAlert: Health

(National University Health System) New research has discovered a potential means to trigger damaged heart cells to self-heal. The discovery could lead to groundbreaking forms of treatment for heart diseases. For the first time, researchers...Show More Summary

Key protein to regulate synapse formation

39 minutes agoHealth : EurekAlert: Health

(DGIST (Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology)) Korean researchers have identified the control mechanism of synapse formation using a protein crystallography method. It is expected to be used in the study of brain diseases caused by dysfunction of synapses and to develop therapeutic drugs.

Behavior theory may offer key to ensuring infants are put to sleep safely

(Yale University) It is still common for infants to be placed in unsafe sleeping positions by their caregivers, report researchers from Yale and Boston University (BU). Fewer than half of infants are always placed on their backs for sleep, the recommended safe sleep position.

Comparison of screening recommendations indicates annual mammography

(Wiley) When to initiate screening for breast cancer, how often to screen, and how long to screen are questions that continue to spark emotional debates.

Sedentary behavior increases risk of death for frail, inactive adults

(Canadian Medical Association Journal) Sedentary time, for example, time spent sitting, increases the risk of death for middle-aged and older people who are frail and inactive, but does not appear to increase the risk for non-frail people who are inactive, according to a new study published in CMAJ.

People who hear voices can detect hidden speech in unusual sounds

(Durham University) People who hear voices that other people can't hear may use unusual skills when their brains process new sounds, according to research led by Durham University and University College London (UCL).

Yemen's Saudi-led coalition is responsible for the 'worst cholera outbreak in the world'

(Queen Mary University of London) The cholera outbreak in Yemen is overwhelmingly affecting rebel-controlled areas due to Saudi-led airstrikes and blockades, according to a letter by researchers from Queen Mary University of London, published in The Lancet Global Health.

Novel approach to track HIV infection

(Northwestern University) Scientists used a novel live-cell fluorescent imaging system that allowed them for the first time to identify individual viral particles associated with HIV infection.

To reduce postoperative pain, consider sleep -- and caffeine

(Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan) A new preclinical study found that a brief period of extended wakefulness before surgery enhances pain and prolongs recovery time after surgery. Caffeine administration helped to reduce the harmful effects of sleep loss on subsequent surgical pain.

Research reveals how physical exercise protects the heart

(Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo) A study by the University of São Paulo (USP) in Brazil, published recently in the journal Autophagy, helps to elucidate part of the mechanism whereby aerobic exercise protects the sick heart. Show More Summary

Make way for hemoglobin

(Harvard Medical School) Harvard Medical School researchers have identified the mechanism behind red blood cell specialization and revealed that it is controlled by an enzyme called UBE2O. This finding could spark the development of new treatments for blood disorders and cancers.

UH receives $3.3 million from state cancer research program

(University of Houston) The University of Houston has received $3.3 million from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, including $2 million to hire Rohith Reddy, a post-doctoral researcher at Harvard Medical School who...Show More Summary

Smokers 20 percent more likely to quit when cigarettes cost $1 more

(Drexel University) Smokers were found to be 20 percent more likely to quit smoking when packs of cigarettes cost just one dollar more, according to a new public health study out of Drexel University.

Despite benefits, half of parents against later school start times

(Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan) Leading pediatrics and sleep associations agree: Teens shouldn't start school so early. Yet University of Michigan research finds parents are split almost down the middle on whether they support delays in school start times that might permit their 13- to 17-year-olds to sleep later on school days.

GA4GH 5th Plenary Meeting

(Global Alliance for Genomics and Health) Francis Collins and Harold Varmus will discuss the importance of international open science in a joint keynote address at the 5GA4GH 5th Plenary Meeting in Orlando, Florida, USA on Oct. 17, 2017. Show More Summary

Mechanisms explaining positional diversity of the hindlimb in tetrapod evolution

(Nagoya University) Elucidating how body parts in their earliest recognizable form are assembled in tetrapods during development is essential for understanding the nature of morphological evolution. Nagoya University researchers found...Show More Summary

Vitamin D deficiency linked to increased heart failure risk in older adults

(Wiley) A recent study found an elevated risk of heart failure in more than half of older individuals, and this risk was significantly associated with vitamin D deficiency.

Population health impact of infants born small for gestational age in low- and middle-income countries

(Brigham and Women's Hospital) Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital and CHERG used the first international, multi-ethnic birth weight standard, known as the INTERGROWTH-21st, to describe the global burden of suboptimal fetal growth.

How whip-like cell appendages promote bodily fluid flow

(Nagoya University) Researchers at Nagoya University revealed that a molecule called Daple is essential for the correct orientation and coordinated beating of cilia on the surface of cells lining ventricles in the brain. Without Daple, the cilia develop a random arrangement and cannot produce a uniform flow of CSF. Show More Summary

Drug resistance in an intestinal parasite of piglets confirmed for the first time

(University of Veterinary Medicine -- Vienna) Cystoisospora suis causes diarrhea especially in newborn piglets and spreads quickly across farms. European farmers preventively use toltrazuril to control parasite development. In contrast to congeneric chicken parasites, no resistance to toltrazuril was described in pig parasites until recently. Show More Summary

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