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Lab-made Cholesterol Can Help Treat Heart Disease

Lab-made Cholesterol Can Help Treat Heart Disease | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
A new type of “good cholesterol,” made in the lab, could one day deliver drugs to where they are needed in the body to treat disease or be used in medical imaging, according
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Breaking News: Genetic Mutations Cause Obesity

Breaking News: Genetic Mutations Cause Obesity | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Video of KSR2 mutations are associated with obesity, insulin resistance and impaired cellular fuel oxidation
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Study Reveals How Flu Virus Wipes Out Immune System

Study Reveals How Flu Virus Wipes Out Immune System | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Scientists have discovered that the influenza virus is able to infect its host by first killing off the cells of the immune system that are actually best equipped to neutralize the virus.
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Ovarian Cancer Screening Prompts Optimism for First Time

Ovarian Cancer Screening Prompts Optimism for First Time | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Changes in CA125 blood levels—not one-shot tests—may be the key to one of oncology’s most elusive goals: identifying ovarian cancer at a treatable stage, says a recent Cancer study.
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Stomach Cells Naturally Revert to Stem Cells

Stomach Cells Naturally Revert to Stem Cells | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
New research has shown that the stomach naturally produces more stem cells than previously realized, likely for repair of injuries from infections, digestive fluids and the foods we eat.
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Walking Can Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Walking Can Reduce Breast Cancer Risk | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Postmenopausal women who were very active or walked for at least seven hours a week had a reduced risk for breast cancer, according to a
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Study IDs Possible Parkinson's Biomarker

Although Parkinson’s disease is the second most prevalent neurodegenerative disorder in the U.S., there are no standard clinical tests available to identify this widespread condition.
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Cashing In On Fears Of Autism: Scientists Claim They Can Predict Whether A Mom Will Have A Child With Autism

Cashing In On Fears Of Autism: Scientists Claim They Can Predict Whether A Mom Will Have A Child With Autism | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
A new study describes a prenatal test that might predict autism - but the authors have patented the proteins and formed a company to sell the test, long before the science is in. The claims surrounding the study are fraught with problems.
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Fibers Put the Spring Back in Broken Hearts

Fibers Put the Spring Back in Broken Hearts | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
The threat from a heart attack doesn't end with the event itself. Blockage of blood flow to the heart can cause irreversible cell death and scarring. With transplants scarce, half the people who live through a heart attack die within five years.
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Obesity Damages Brain-Stomach Communication

The way the stomach detects and tells our brains how full we are becomes damaged in obese people but does not return to normal once they lose weight, according to new research from the University of Adelaide.
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New Strategy Could Reduce Inappropriate Use of Antibiotics

Researchers have developed a new strategy for prescribing antibiotics that could reduce patient harm and help combat the rise in antibiotic resistance.
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A New Approach to Early Diagnosis of Influenza

A New Approach to Early Diagnosis of Influenza | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
A new technology is showing promise as the basis for a much-needed home test to diagnose influenza quickly, before the window for taking antiviral drugs slams shut and sick people spread the virus to others, scientists reported.
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Gut Bacteria From Thin Humans Can Slim Mice Down

Gut Bacteria From Thin Humans Can Slim Mice Down | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Mice exposed to gut bacteria of overweight humans become overweight, while those exposed to the microbiomes of thin humans lose weight, a new study found.
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Video Gaming Can Benefit the Brain

Video Gaming Can Benefit the Brain | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Video gaming causes increases in the brain regions responsible for spatial orientation, memory formation and strategic planning as well as fine motor skills, according to a new study.
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Virus Confirms Ancient Human Migration Patterns

Virus Confirms Ancient Human Migration Patterns | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
A study of the full genetic code of a common human virus offers a dramatic confir
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New Biological Clock Found in Genomes

New Biological Clock Found in Genomes | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Everyone grows older, but scientists don't really understand why. Now, a new study has uncovered a biological clock embedded in our genomes that may shed light on why our bodies age and how we can slow the process.
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Sleep Cleans Out Gunk in Brain

Sleep Cleans Out Gunk in Brain | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
When we sleep, our brains get rid of gunk that builds up while we're awake, suggests a study that may provide new clues to treat Alzheimer's disease and other disorders.
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'Exercising' the Mind

'Exercising' the Mind | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
A protein increased by endurance exercise has been isolated and given to non-exercising mice, turning on genes that promote brain health and encourage the growth of new nerves involved in learning and memory, researchers say.
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Alzheimer’s, Gum Disease Possibly Linked

Oral bacteria from poor dental hygiene have been linked to brain tissue degeneration, according to new evidence from an international team of researchers, including one at the University of Florida College of Dentistry.
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Long-awaited “Trackable” Stem Cells Attack Patients’ Brain Tumors

Long-awaited “Trackable” Stem Cells Attack Patients’ Brain Tumors | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
The FDA has approved the first, long-awaited, and safe method for tracking stem cells in the human body. The approach could lead to dramatic advances in the area of regenerative medicine and cancer therapies.
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Human Brain Tumor Cells Erased in Mice

Human Brain Tumor Cells Erased in Mice | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Working with mice, researchers have discovered that weeks of treatment with a repurposed FDA-approved drug halted the growth of— and ultimately left no detectable trace of— brain tumor cells taken from adult human patients.
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Path That Makes Antidepressants Act Quicker Discovered

Path That Makes Antidepressants Act Quicker Discovered | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
The reasons behind why it often takes people several weeks to feel the effect of newly prescribed antidepressants remains somewhat of a mystery– and likely, a frustration to both patients and physicians.
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Specific Sugar Molecule Causes Cancer Cell Growth

Specific Sugar Molecule Causes Cancer Cell Growth | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
The process of glycosylation, where sugar molecules are attached to proteins, has long been of interest to scientists, particularly because certain sugar molecules are present in very high numbers in cancer cells.
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Autoimmune Disease Strategy Emerges from Immune Cell Discovery

Autoimmune Disease Strategy Emerges from Immune Cell Discovery | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
Scientists from UC San Francisco have identified a new way to manipulate the immune system that may keep it from attacking the body’s own molecules in autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.
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Researchers pin down the genetics of going under

Researchers pin down the genetics of going under | Biomedical Beat | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—Falling asleep in your bed at night and being 'put to sleep' under general anesthesia – as well as waking up in the morning or coming out of anesthesia – aren't quite the same thing, yet they share some important similarities.
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