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New noninvasive approach uses polarized light to help surgeons identify crucial nerves

5 hours 8 min ago
During operations, it can be difficult for surgeons to avoid severing crucial nerves because they look so much like other tissue.

UC Irvine pharmacology researchers unearth potential roots of schizophrenia

5 hours 15 min ago
An abundance of an amino acid called methionine, which is common in meat, cheese and beans, may provide new clues to the fetal brain development that can manifest in schizophrenia, University of California, Irvine pharmacology researchers report in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.

Scientists identify basic biological mechanism that kills neurons in ALS

5 hours 23 min ago
A team led by scientists at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Mayo Clinic has identified a basic biological mechanism that kills neurons in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and in a related genetic disorder, frontotemporal dementia (FTD), found in some ALS patients.

Experts explore ways to improve safety of care for nursing home residents with dementia

5 hours 32 min ago
By 2050, the number of people 65 and older with dementia in the United States is expected to nearly triple – from 5 million to more than 13 million – increasing the numbers in assisted living and nursing homes.

Research finds high prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors among urban population in Nepal

5 hours 50 min ago
Changing life-style in urban areas is increasing the risk of heart diseases. Recent research done in an urban population of Nepal's capital Kathmandu to assess their risk factors to cardio vascular diseases has found that the risk factors are high.

Simple odor identification tests may help track progression of Alzheimer's disease

5 hours 54 min ago
By the time you start losing your memory, it`s almost too late. That`s because the damage to your brain associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD) may already have been going on for as long as twenty years.

Breakthrough research could potentially improve detection and treatment of anal cancer

5 hours 58 min ago
Specialists at The Christie and The University of Manchester have made a breakthrough which could potentially improve detection and treatment of anal cancer, as well as have wider implications for other cancers.

Vaginal estrogens do not increase cancer, cardiovascular disease risk in post-menopausal women

6 hours 2 min ago
Women who have gone through menopause and who have been using a vaginal form of estrogen therapy do not have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer than women who have not been using any type of estrogen.

Mobile health app helps improve concussion symptoms in teenagers

6 hours 25 min ago
Generally, after suffering a concussion, patients are encouraged to avoid reading, watching TV and using mobile devices to help their brains heal.

Polio vaccine developed using tobacco plants could transform how vaccines are made

6 hours 44 min ago
Scientists have used plants to create a new polio vaccine in what is hoped to be a breakthrough in the way vaccines are made.

Blood biopsy helps identify targetable genetic alterations in patients with cancer of unknown primary

8 hours 15 min ago
Using fragments of circulating tumor DNA in blood, University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers were able to identify theoretically targetable genetic alterations in 66 percent of patients with cancer of unknown primary (CUP), a rare disease with seven to 12 cases per 100,000 people each year.

Compounds produced by creosote bush exhibit anti-parasitic activity against pathogenic protozoa

8 hours 25 min ago
Researchers at Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of California San Diego and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have found that compounds produced by the creosote bush, a desert plant common to the Southwestern United States, exhibit potent anti-parasitic activity against the protozoa responsible for giardia infections and an amoeba that causes an often-lethal form of encephalitis.

Older people treated with electroconvulsive therapy for depression may not get relief from insomnia

10 hours 51 min ago
Older people receiving electroconvulsive therapy for their depression likely will need an additional treatment if insomnia is one of their symptoms, researchers report.

Scientists reveal engineered fusion protein that could recover blood vessel health

10 hours 58 min ago
Scientists from Boston Children's Hospital Vascular Biology Program have revealed an engineered fusion protein that could recover blood vessel health following the onset of hypertension, atherosclerosis, stroke, heart attack, and other cardiovascular diseases.

Home learning environment influences academic success of children

11 hours 16 min ago
Children whose parents provide them with learning materials like books and toys and engage them in learning activities and meaningful conversations in infancy and toddlerhood are likely to develop early cognitive skills that can cascade into later academic success, finds a new study by NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

ICP monitoring does not improve favorable outcome rate in patients with severe TBI, study shows

11 hours 23 min ago
A new study has shown that use of intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring in patients with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) was associated with a significant decrease in mortality, but it did not improve the rate of favorable outcomes.

Research suggests novel approach to treating deadly pancreatic cancer

12 hours 1 min ago
Pancreatic cancer is now the third leading cause of cancer mortality. Its incidence is increasing in parallel with the population increase in obesity, and its five-year survival rate still hovers at just 8 to 9 percent.

Biochemist explores complex interaction of activation and regulation in fat breakdown

12 hours 2 min ago
What happens and where, when the body’s fat stores are activated? With the support of the Austrian Science Fund FWF, the biochemist Ruth Birner-Grünberger investigates the complex interaction of activation and regulation in fat breakdown, thus providing a basis for new therapeutic approaches for illnesses such as diabetes or arteriosclerosis.

Pesticide bans can be effective way to reduce suicides than secure storage

12 hours 2 min ago
Global policies on access to highly hazardous pesticides – commonly ingested in acts of self-poisoning and suicide in rural Asia – should focus on national bans, rather than safe storage, according to two studies in The Lancet and The Lancet Global Health journals.

Shorter sleep duration in childhood linked to higher risk of type 2 diabetes

14 hours 48 sec ago
A study has found that children who slept on average one hour less a night had higher risk factors for type 2 diabetes, including higher levels of blood glucose and insulin resistance.