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Two New Weapons in the Battle Against Bacteria

Two New Weapons in the Battle Against Bacteria | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Proteases are vital proteins that serve for order within cells. They break apart other proteins, ensuring that these are properly synthesized and decomposed. Proteases are also responsible for the pathogenic effects of many kinds of bacteria.
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H5N1: Dengue deaths soar in Malaysia

H5N1: Dengue deaths soar in Malaysia | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
I've been trying to learn more about the H7N9 case in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. The local papers have nothing, but I did run across an AFP dengue story in the New Sabah Times. Excerpt: Deaths from dengue fever have nearly...
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Weekdays Determine Weight Gain, Loss

Weekdays Determine Weight Gain, Loss | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
There are sleep cycles and there are also weight loss cycles. Almost everyone loses weight on weekdays and gains weight on weekends.
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Caltech | Worry on the Brain

Caltech | Worry on the Brain | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, over 18 percent of American adults suffer from anxiety disorders, characterized as excessive worry or tension that often leads to other physical symptoms. Previous studies of anxiety in the brain have focused on the amygdala, an area known to pla...
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Making Your Brain Social

Making Your Brain Social | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
In many people with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders, different parts of the brain don’t talk to each other very well. Scientists have now identified, for the first time, a way in which this decreased functional connectivity can come about.
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Immune Cells May Heal an Injured Heart

Immune Cells May Heal an Injured Heart | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
The immune system plays an important role in the heart’s response to injury.
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What Causes Stem Cell Differentiation?

What Causes Stem Cell Differentiation? | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Researchers have developed a technique which can pinpoint the factors which drive cell differentiation, including many that were previously unidentified.
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Caffeine Has Positive Effect on Memory

Caffeine Has Positive Effect on Memory | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Whether it's a mug full of fresh-brewed coffee, a cup of hot tea, or a can of soda, consuming caffeine is the energy boost of choice for millions who want to wake up or stay up. Now, researchers at Johns Hopkins University have found another use...
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Genomics, Medicine, and Pseudoscience: The top 6 vitamins and supplements you shouldn’t take

Genomics, Medicine, and Pseudoscience: The top 6 vitamins and supplements you shouldn’t take | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
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Bacteria Show Strength in Diversity

Bacteria Show Strength in Diversity | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
A new study shows that bacteria exhibit different genetic variations that have helped them adapt in different ways, allowing then to create a surprising number of genetic paths to survival within each patient.
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Second Code Hiding in DNA

Second Code Hiding in DNA | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Scientists have discovered a second code hiding within DNA. This second code contains information that changes how scientists read the instructions contained in DNA and interpret mutations to make sense of health and disease.
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Growing Up Unvaccinated - Voices for Vaccines

Growing Up Unvaccinated - Voices for Vaccines | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
I am the 70s child of a health nut. I wasn’t vaccinated. I was brought up on an incredibly healthy diet: no sugar til I was one, breastfed for over a year, organic homegrown vegetables, raw milk, no MSG, no additives, no aspartame.
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Something about STEM drives women out

Something about STEM drives women out | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Just when the nation has a need for more workers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, research at Cornell and the University of Texas, Austin, finds that women have often found those fields inhospitable,...
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Researchers Find Brain’s ‘Sweet Spot’ for Love in Neurological Patient

Researchers Find Brain’s ‘Sweet Spot’ for Love in Neurological Patient | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
A region deep inside the brain controls how quickly people make decisions about love, according to new research at the University of Chicago. The finding, made in an examination of a 48-year-old man who suffered a stroke, provides the first causal clinical evidence that an area of the brain called the anterior insula “plays an instrumental role in love,” said UChicago neuroscientist Stephanie Cacioppo, lead author of the study.
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Genomics, Medicine, and Pseudoscience: Internet quack Joe Mercola is worried. Dr. Oz to the rescue!

Genomics, Medicine, and Pseudoscience: Internet quack Joe Mercola is worried. Dr. Oz to the rescue! | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
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Quicker, Cheaper Method Sees Staph in Body

Quicker, Cheaper Method Sees Staph in Body | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Researchers have created a noninvasive chemical probe that detects a common species of staph bacteria in the body. The probe ingeniously takes advantage of staph’s propensity to slash and tear at DNA, activating a beacon of sorts that lets doctors know where the bacteria are wreaking havoc.
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Pain and Progress | The Scientist Magazine®

Pain and Progress | The Scientist Magazine® | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Is it possible to make a nonaddictive opioid painkiller?
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Harald zur Hausen on human papillomaviruses

Harald zur Hausen on human papillomaviruses | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
I interviewed Harald zur Hausen, MD., recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, at the 2013 meeting of the Society for General Microbiology.

For TWiV by Vincent Racaniello

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This is about the importance of the HPV vaccine

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Toxin Evolution | The Scientist Magazine®

Toxin Evolution | The Scientist Magazine® | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Researchers show that scorpion venom toxins are closely related to defensive proteins from venomous insects.
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New Approach to Studying How Variants Affect Gene Expression

New Approach to Studying How Variants Affect Gene Expression | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Researchers have now developed a novel approach to study the ways in which genetic differences affect how strongly certain genes are "expressed"— that is, how they are translated into the proteins that do the actual work in cells.
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Scientists Solve 40-year Mystery of How Sodium Controls Opioid Brain Signaling

Scientists Solve 40-year Mystery of How Sodium Controls Opioid Brain Signaling | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Scientists have discovered how the element sodium influences the signaling of a major class of brain cell receptors, known as opioid receptors.
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How exercise revs brainpower

How exercise revs brainpower | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
It has long been accepted that exercise cuts the risk of heart disease, and recent studies suggest a raft of more general benefits, such as reducing the risk of certain types of cancer and even preventing Type 2 diabetes.
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Exercise Helps Women Tolerate Breast Cancer Drugs

Exercise Helps Women Tolerate Breast Cancer Drugs | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Exercise might help women beat breast cancer.
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my family started the 1924 smallpox epidemic

I occasionally dabble in genealogy, the only hobby I have that has nothing to do with natural history or science. I’ve been most interested in my mother’s side of the family, which was a big mystery even when my grandmother was alive. My mom was an only child, but her mother came from a large family — of which only one sister was known. All her other siblings, cousins, ancestors…my grandmother was unclear on all their names or what became of them. All I knew was that she was raised on a farm in Amherstburg, Ontario (she remained a Canadian citizen her whole life) but her immediate family had come to live in Detroit sometime after 1900.

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Studies show the long-term, positive effects of fitness on cognitive abilities

Studies show the long-term, positive effects of fitness on cognitive abilities | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
A growing number of studies show that fitness has a long-term influence on cognitive abilities.
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