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February 2010 Archive

February 12, 2010

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Resting May Boost Memory

Memories grow stronger when people take a break to rest, according to a new study. The finding may have important implications for how students study and how people can best learn new things.

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Mouse Skin Cells Changed Directly into Nerve Cells

A trio of genes added to mouse skin cells can transform them directly into functioning nerve cells, a new study reports. With further research, this basic technique may lead to treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders.

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Salt Taste Cells Identified

By identifying the cells that give us the ability to taste sodium, researchers have now pinpointed the taste receptor cells responsible for all 5 basic taste qualities.

February 1, 2010

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The Health Benefits of Cutting Salt

A computer model suggests that even a modest reduction in salt intake could significantly reduce the number of deaths nationwide from coronary heart disease.

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Subtypes of Deadly Brain Cancer Identified

The most common form of malignant brain cancer in adults, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), has 4 distinct molecular subtypes, according to a new study. The finding may lead to more personalized approaches to treating GBM patients.

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Mild Lung Disease Linked to Heart Function

People with a mild form of a common lung condition—even those without symptoms—are at increased risk for heart problems, according to a new study. This is the first report that mild, often-symptomless chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may be linked to the heart's pumping ability.

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