BUSM Researchers Uncover Cellular Mechanism Responsible For Chronic Inflammation, Type 2 Diabetes

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have demonstrated that certain T cells require input from monocytes in order to maintain their pro-inflammatory response in people with type 2 diabetes (T2D). The study also showed, for the first time, how a loss in homeostasis in this group of T cells most likely promotes chronic […]
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Fruit Fly Study Digs Deeper Into Poorly Understood Details Of Forming Embryos

Using fruit flies as a model to study embryo formation, scientists report in Nature Cell Biology that molecular breakdown of a protein called Bicoid is vital to normal head-to-tail patterning of the insect’s offspring. Published online recently by the journal, the study shows how Bicoid is targeted for molecular degradation by a newly identified protein […]
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Skill In Recognizing Faces Peaks After Age 30 According To Psychologists

Scientists have made the surprising discovery that our ability to recognize and remember faces peaks at age 30 to 34, about a decade later than most of our other mental abilities. Researchers Laura T. Germine and Ken Nakayama of Harvard University and Bradley Duchaine of Dartmouth College will present their work in the journal Cognition. […]
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30 percent children have chest-related problems

At least 30 percent of the cases at Al Sadd Pediatric Emergency Centre are chest- related allergy, according to an expert. “We are receiving an increasing number of seasonal flu cases, since the temperature started decreasing,” Dr Khalid Al Ansari, Director of the PEC, told a local daily. “From an average 1,000 cases each day, […]
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Childhood obesity can begin as early as 9 months of age, researchers find

Everyone loves a roly-poly baby. Still, there is such a thing as an overweight infant, and obese babies — even those as young as 9 months — are predisposed to being obese later in life, researchers say in Friday’s issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion. Childhood obesity is a growing public health problem […]
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Malaria-Infected Cells Stiffen, Block Blood Flow

Although the incidence of malaria has declined in all but a few countries worldwide, according to a World Health Organization report earlier this month, malaria remains a global threat. Nearly 800,000 people succumbed to the mosquito-borne disease in 2009, nearly all of them in the developing world. Physicians do not have reliable treatment for the […]
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Consistent Exercise Associated With Lower Risk Of Colon Cancer Death

Consistent exercise is associated with a lower risk of dying from colon cancer, according to a new study led by researchers at the Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. The study is among the first to show that physical activity can make the disease less deadly. […]
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Winners Of 2011 Minority Travel Awards Announced By Biophysical Society

The Biophysical Society has announced the winner of its Minority Travel Awards to attend the Biophysical Society’s 55th Annual Meeting at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland, March 5-9, 2011. The awards are meant to encourage participation at the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting by minority students currently studying biophysics. Recipients will be honored at […]
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Drs. Chiara Daraio And Iain Couzin Hailed As Top Young Scientists

Dubbed the “Brilliant 10” by Popular Science, two researchers on the magazine’s recently released 2010 list of top young scientists have received funding from the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The two ONR-funded researchers are Dr. Chiara Daraio, a 2010 ONR Young Investigator Program (YIP) award winner, who researched and designed a nonlinear acoustic lens, […]
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Parents Favor Genetic Testing For Melanoma In Their Children

The vast majority of parents who tested positive for a genetic mutation that increases the risk of melanoma (the most serious form of skin cancer) support genetic testing of their children or grandchildren. Results of the two-year study at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) appear in the December […]
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The Environment And Human Health Threatened By Long Lasting Chemicals

Every hour, an enormous quantity and variety of manmade chemicals, having reached the end of their useful lifespan, flood into wastewater treatment plants. These large-scale processing facilities, however, are designed only to remove nutrients, turbidity and oxygen-depleting human waste, and not the multitude of chemicals put to residential, institutional, commercial and industrial use. So what […]
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