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June 21, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Vitamin D may delay precocious puberty in girls
Among girls, puberty generally begins between the ages of 10 and 14. Boys undergo puberty later, usually between 12 to 16 years of age. Precocious puberty is diagnosed in girls when sexual development begins before the age of 8; in boys, it is diagnosed when these changes occur before age 9.

Group child care reduces emotional problems in children of depressed moms
Fewer social withdrawal symptoms were observed than when children were in maternal care.

Two-week treatment prevents epilepsy in mice
Many patients with temporal lobe epilepsy experience an initial episode of prolonged seizures, known as status epilepticus, which is often followed by a period of seizure-free recovery before individuals develop recurring seizures.

June 20, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Iodine in bread not enough for pregnant women
Research from the University of Adelaide shows that iodized salt used in bread is not enough to provide healthy levels of iodine for pregnant women and their unborn children. The study-– led by researchers from the University's Robinson Institute – has prompted calls for pregnant women to keep taking iodine supplements.

Autoantibodies in Children Define Early Type 1 Diabetes
Long-term study reveals that multiple islet autoantibodies in young children indicate a high risk of developing type 1 diabetes within 10 years, clarifying the window for potential prevention strategies.

How neural stem cells create new and varied neurons
A new study examining the brains of fruit flies reveals a novel stem cell mechanism that may help explain how neurons form in humans.

June 19, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Rett Syndrome protein surrenders some secrets
Rett Syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder, is complicated by the fact that the implicated gene controls a suite of other genes. Discovery of a mutant gene responsible for a disease is a milestone, but may be only a first step towards treatment or cure. That step may be now.

Early BPA exposure increases risk of prostate cancer later
The increased cancer risk by this ubiquitous plastic can be traced to prostate stem and progenitor cells which become "sensitized" to estrogen early in development through exposure to BPA—which mimics estrogen in the body.

IQ linked to baby's weight gain and head size in first month
New research shows that weight gain and increased head size in the first month of a baby's life is linked to a higher IQ at early school age.

June 18, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Geneticists solve mystery of EEC Syndrome's variability
Proteins called TAp63 act as genetic modifiers in an illness that produces cleft palate and major deformities of limbs, skin.

DNA Damage Checkpoint During Oxidative Stress
Currently, antioxidants are all the rage, as “everybody knows” that reducing the amount of “reactive oxygen species”—cell-damaging molecules that are byproducts of cellular metabolism—is critical to staying healthy. What everyone doesn’t know is that our bodies already have a complex set of processes built in to handle these harmful byproducts of being alive and repair the damage they cause.

Dad's diet makes for fat male babies—who become fat adults
When fathers eat a high-fat diet before conception of their offspring, the male children have increased body weight after weaning and high body fat in midlife despite eating a low-fat diet.

June 17, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Neurodegeneration gene keeps biological clock running
Scientists identify another gene important to morning wake-up call. The gene is involved in neurodegenerative disease,but also plays a critical role in the proper function of the circadian clock.

‘Should I stay or should I go?’ brain cell types linked to behavior
The activity of two specific neuron types correlates with food foraging decisions in mice.

Could novel drug target autism AND fetal alcohol disorder?
Study shows autism vulnerability genes are also affected in fetal alcohol disorder. Both disorders have symptoms of social impairment and originate during brain development in utero.

 

 

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