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This is a collection of the latest and most interesting developments in health sciences, biomedical, and medical research
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A Powerful New Way to Edit DNA

A Powerful New Way to Edit DNA | Health Sciences Research and News | Scoop.it
A technique is stirring excitement while raising profound questions.
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Mysteries of the heart: Stanford Medicine magazine answers cardiovascular questions

Mysteries of the heart: Stanford Medicine magazine answers cardiovascular questions | Health Sciences Research and News | Scoop.it
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Computer Heart Pretends to be Real to Test Cardiac Implants

Computer Heart Pretends to be Real to Test Cardiac Implants | Health Sciences Research and News | Scoop.it
Implantable electrocardiac devices, being in charge of keeping people alive, necessarily require a lot of testing to avoid deadly malfunctions. Yet, wh
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The Connection Between Teeth and Heart Surgery | Advancing The Science

The Connection Between Teeth and Heart Surgery | Advancing The Science | Health Sciences Research and News | Scoop.it
We want to pass on some published Mayo Clinic research as reflected in the media this week. This one, from the Annals of Thoracic Surge...
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More Hints That Dad's Age At Conception Helps Shape A Child's Brain

More Hints That Dad's Age At Conception Helps Shape A Child's Brain | Health Sciences Research and News | Scoop.it
A study that took many other potential influences into account found that kids born to men 45 and older were more likely than the children of younger fathers to develop autism or ADHD.
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One in six clinical trials might fall outside federal oversight, study estimates : Spoonful of Medicine

One in six clinical trials might fall outside federal oversight, study estimates : Spoonful of Medicine | Health Sciences Research and News | Scoop.it
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New class of antibiotics discovered by chemists

New class of antibiotics discovered by chemists | Health Sciences Research and News | Scoop.it
A new class of antibiotics to fight bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and other drug-resistant bacteria that threaten public health has been discovered by a team of chemists. The new class, called oxadiazoles, was discovered in silico (by computer) screening and has shown promise in the treatment of MRSA in mouse models of infection. MRSA has become a global public-health problem since the 1960s because of its resistance to antibiotics.
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Researchers grow human lungs in lab for first time

Researchers grow human lungs in lab for first time | Health Sciences Research and News | Scoop.it
In a breakthrough that could one day revolutionize transplant medicine, researchers have successfully grown human lungs in a lab for the first time. 
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Gene therapy a promising tool for cardiac regeneration

Gene therapy a promising tool for cardiac regeneration | Health Sciences Research and News | Scoop.it
After a heart attack, there is often permanent damage to a portion of the heart. This happens, in part, because cardiac muscle cells are terminally differentiated and cannot proliferate after blood flow is blocked off to the heart. This partial healing can be attributed to heart disease being one of the leading causes of death. What if the cells could be stimulated to divide and the heart could be induced to repair itself? Gene therapy, new research shows, can elicit a regenerative response in pig hearts and potentially do exactly that -- repair a heart.
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Independent association between diabetes, depression, and impulse control disorders including binge-eating, bulimia, study shows

Independent association between diabetes, depression, and impulse control disorders including binge-eating, bulimia, study shows | Health Sciences Research and News | Scoop.it
New research published today shows that depression and impulse control disorders (eating disorders in particular) are independently associated with diabetes diagnosis, after adjustment for presence of other mental disorders.
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Ancient Plague's DNA Revived From A 1,500-Year-Old Tooth

Ancient Plague's DNA Revived From A 1,500-Year-Old Tooth | Health Sciences Research and News | Scoop.it
When you hear the words bubonic plague, Black Death usually comes to mind. But the first plague pandemic happened 800 years earlier, when the Justinian plague wiped out nearly a quarter of the world's population. Scientists have decoded the bacteria responsible, which have roots in China.
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Worry on the brain: Researchers find new area linked to anxiety

Worry on the brain: Researchers find new area linked to anxiety | Health Sciences Research and News | Scoop.it
Previous studies of anxiety in the brain have focused on the amygdala, but a team of researchers had a hunch that understanding a different brain area, the lateral septum (LS), could provide more clues into how the brain processes anxiety. Their instincts paid off -- the team has found a neural circuit that connects the LS with other brain structures in a manner that directly influences anxiety.
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Is genetic testing humans playing God?

Is genetic testing humans playing God? | Health Sciences Research and News | Scoop.it
Robert Klitzman says testing embryos for mutations of deadly disease makes sense, but beyond that it's worrisome.
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Stanford bioengineer develops a 50-cent paper microscope

Stanford bioengineer develops a 50-cent paper microscope | Health Sciences Research and News | Scoop.it
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After clicking ‘submit’ on a grant proposal, the laundry

After clicking ‘submit’ on a grant proposal, the laundry | Health Sciences Research and News | Scoop.it
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Study examines gap in federal oversight of clinical trials

Study examines gap in federal oversight of clinical trials | Health Sciences Research and News | Scoop.it
An analysis of nearly 24,000 active human research clinical trials found that between 5 percent and 16 percent fall into a regulatory gap and are not covered by two major federal regulations. These trials studied interventions other than drugs or devices (e.g., behavioral, surgical). The authors write that their analysis provides the first quantitative estimate of the size of the gap in regulatory coverage, and also documents a large number of studies that are subject to both sets of regulations.
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My Brain and Your Brain Speak Different Languages

My Brain and Your Brain Speak Different Languages | Health Sciences Research and News | Scoop.it
By Clara Colombatto The fact that “different people speak language differently” is one of the major challenges in uncovering the neural basis of language. Brain structure and function differ highly...
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Consortium aims to improve immune response to diseases

Consortium aims to improve immune response to diseases | Health Sciences Research and News | Scoop.it
A new research partnership between Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology will apply the principles of engineering to study the immune system and develop new therapies that can improve the immune response to diseases.
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Blood test identifies those at-risk for cognitive decline, Alzheimer's within three years

Blood test identifies those at-risk for cognitive decline, Alzheimer's within three years | Health Sciences Research and News | Scoop.it
A blood test that can predict with greater than 90 percent accuracy if a healthy person will develop mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's disease within three years has been discovered and validated.
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Small non-coding RNAs could be warning signs of cancer

Small non-coding RNAs could be warning signs of cancer | Health Sciences Research and News | Scoop.it
Small non-coding RNAs can be used to predict if individuals have breast cancer conclude researchers who contribute to The Cancer Genome Atlas project. The results indicate that differences in the levels of specific types of non-coding RNAs can be used to distinguish between cancerous and non-cancerous tissues. These RNAs can also be used to classify cancer patients into subgroups of individuals that have different survival outcomes.
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Early warning system for epidemics: Risk map correlates environmental, health data

Early warning system for epidemics: Risk map correlates environmental, health data | Health Sciences Research and News | Scoop.it
The environment has an impact on our health. Preventing epidemics relies on activating the right counter-measures, and scientists are now trying to find out how better use of forecasting can help. The EU’s EO2HEAVEN project developed a risk map for correlating environmental and health data in order to identify where a disease may break out next.
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Cloning: Great for Dolly the sheep, not so good for EHRs

Cloning: Great for Dolly the sheep, not so good for EHRs | Health Sciences Research and News | Scoop.it
First, CMS insists that physicians use an EHR. But then CMS seems to say, “Don’t use this tool in a way that is too convenient or that saves you any time.”
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Neanderthal Genes Live On In Our Hair And Skin

Neanderthal Genes Live On In Our Hair And Skin | Health Sciences Research and News | Scoop.it
Scientists know that a small percentage of humans' genes came from Neanderthals. But they were surprised to find that one-fifth of Neanderthal genes are in modern humans living today. That includes genes associated with diseases including Type 2 diabetes, Crohn's disease and lupus.
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Autistic brains create more information at rest, study show

Autistic brains create more information at rest, study show | Health Sciences Research and News | Scoop.it
New research finds that the brains of autistic children generate more information at rest -- a 42 percent increase on average. The study offers a scientific explanation for the most typical characteristic of autism -- withdrawal into one's own inner world. The excess production of information may explain a child's detachment from their environment.
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