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August 2013 Archive

August 26, 2013

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Insights Into Genetic Causes of Childhood Epilepsies

Two novel genes were linked to severe forms of childhood epilepsies. These and other findings provide opportunities for further exploring the origins and treatment of the disorders.

Left brain MRI showing larger area of color than the right.

Tumor Imaging Technique Tracks Responses to Cancer Therapies

A new technique that uses MRI image data to assess blood vessels in cancer tumors may help identify patients who would benefit from certain therapies.

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Blood Markers May Signal Suicide Risk

Scientists identified signs in blood that might help doctors identify people with suicidal feelings and thoughts. The discovery could lead to more effective interventions.

August 19, 2013

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Malaria Vaccine Found Safe and Protective

A candidate malaria vaccine is safe and protects against infection in adults, according to the results of an early-stage clinical trial.

Synapse between nerve cells.

Genes Help Predict Response to Alcoholism Treatment

A set of 5 genetic variants can help predict whether an experimental treatment for alcohol dependence will succeed.

Chromosome translocation

Cancer Chromosome Abnormalities Visualized in Living Cells

Researchers have observed for the first time how broken ends of chromosomes incorrectly reattach to each otheran abnormality common in cancer cells.

August 12, 2013

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How Diet and Activity Affect Weight in Children

A mathematical model simulates how weight and body fat in children respond to changes in diet and physical activity. The model may offer new insights for addressing childhood obesity.

Complex, branching blood vessels.

New Vasculitis Therapy as Effective as Standard Care

Patients with severe vasculitis get the same benefits from just 4 doses of the drug rituximab over a month as from the standard daily therapy for 18 months, a study reports.

Schizophrenia networks in the human brain

Mutated Genes in Schizophrenia Map to Brain Networks

People with schizophrenia have a high number of spontaneous mutations in genes that form a network in the front region of the brain. The findings reveal new clues about the disorder.

August 5, 2013

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Working Up a Sweat May Help Reduce Stroke Risk

New research suggests that breaking a sweat during regular physical activity may lower your risk of having a stroke.

Image of tiny blood vessels.

Stem Cells Coaxed To Create Working Blood Vessels

Scientists directed human stem cells to form tiny vascular networks that can connect to the existing circulation in mice. The technique might assist future efforts to repair and regenerate tissues and organs.

Human glucagon receptor.

Structure of a Potential Diabetes Drug Target

Researchers have determined and analyzed the structure of the human glucagon receptor. The findings may aid in the development of drugs for type 1 and type 2 diabetes and other metabolic disorders.

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