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June 7, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Breastfeeding benefits babies’ brains
Using brain images from “quiet” MRI machines, a study adds to the growing body of evidence that breastfeeding improves brain development in infants. Breastfeeding alone produced better brain development than a combination of breastfeeding and formula, which produced better development than formula alone.

More concerns about anesthesia's impact on the brain
As pediatric specialists become increasingly aware that surgical anesthesia may have lasting effects on the developing brains of young children, new research suggests the threat may also apply to adult brains.

Reversal cells balance bone formation and reabsorption
In adults, bones are maintained and kept healthy by constant remodeling. This consists of bone reabsorption and formation by osteoblast cells. If the delicate balance between these two processes fails, osteoporosis or other bone disorders develop. Research is just beginning to understand how these two functions work together.

June 6, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Cholesterol Sets Off Chaotic Blood Vessel Growth
A study has identified a protein that is responsible for regulating blood vessel growth by affectting the efficient removal of cholesterol from the cells. Unregulated development of blood vessels can feed the growth of tumors.

Breast milk genetics may help improve newborn’s outcome
The composition of breast milk varies from mother to mother, and genetic factors may affect the levels of protective components in breast milk that could influence a newborn's outcomes.

Targeting an aspect of Down syndrome
Research has determined how a gene known to be defective in Down syndrome is regulated and may lead to neurological defects. This knowledge provides insights into potential therapeutic approaches to one aspect of the syndrome.

June 5, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Abnormal HER2 gene found in many advanced cancers
The HER2 growth-factor gene is known to be over-active in breast and gastro-esophageal cancers. But now, irregularities in the genes 's expression — among them mutations, amplifications, substitutions, and translocations — have been found in 14 different advanced solid tumors.

New Way to Improve Stem Cell Cartilage Formation
Bioengineers are interested in finding innovative ways to grow new cartilage from a patient’s own stem cells, and, thanks to a new study from the University of Pennsylvania, such a treatment is a step closer to reality.

Genetic editing Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Using a novel genetic 'editing' technique, Duke University biomedical engineers have been able to repair a defect responsible for one of the most common inherited disorders, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, in cell samples from Duchenne patients.

June 4, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Depression Linked to Telomeres, Aging, Chronic Disease
The first symptoms of major depression may be behavioral, but the common mental illness is based in biology—and not limited to the brain.

Epigenetic biomarkers may predict specific diet/exercise regimen
New research in The FASEB Journal describes five epigenetic biomarkers associated with better weight loss response in Spanish adolescents participating in the 10-week EVASYON weight loss program.

Ultrasound able to heat and destroy tumors
Patients with cancer that has spread to their bones are often treated with radiation therapy to reduce pain. But if that treatment doesn't work, or can't be used again, a second, effective option now exists.

June 3, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Artificial sweeteners may do more than sweeten
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that the popular artificial sweetener Splenda® (sucralose) can modify how the body handles sugar.

A newly discovered hormone makes ovaries grow
New research suggests that human female eggs produce a previously unknown hormone—R-spondin2—which promotes follicle development and stimulates ovary growth.

Kidney growth in the womb affects health decades later
Accumulated evidence links low birth weight and prematurity—risk factors for high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease later in life— with low numbers of nephrons—the kidney's filtration units.

 

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