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

Antiepileptic drugs while pregnant affects early child development
Children whose mothers took antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) while pregnant are at increased risk of early development issues. Results of the study suggest that children exposed to AEDs in the womb were at risk for difficulties with motor development, language skills, social skills, and autistic traits compared to children whose mothers did not take anti-seizure medications.

BPA mixed with chlorine equals — bad news
Modified forms of bisphenol A are found to alter hormone signaling in new, disturbing ways — such as, what is it doing in publicly supplied drinking water, which is contaminated at its source by BPA-laden discarded plastic.

Estrogen may be a lifesaver after all - for women with hysterectomies
The widespread rejection of estrogen therapy after the 2002 Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study has most likely led to almost 50,000 unnecessary deaths over the last 10 years among women aged 50 to 69 who have had a hysterectomy.

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

Silencing extra chromosome responsible for Down syndrome
Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School are the first to establish that a naturally occurring X chromosome "off switch" can be rerouted to neutralize the extra chromosome responsible for trisomy 21, also known as Down syndrome, a genetic disorder characterized by cognitive impairment.

Molecular switch controls destiny of self-eating cells
A collaboration of scientists at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, University of Michigan, and University of California San Diego, USA, interested in finding out whether autophagy can be affected by events in the cell nucleus discovered that a signal chain in the nucleus serves as a kind of molecular switch that determines whether the cell dies or survives.

Most children and adults have a "Nutrition Gap" in omega-3 fatty acids
Because of a diet low in fish and seafood, children and adults in North America and other parts of the world, have a “nutrition gap” of omega-3 fatty acids.

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

HIV used to cure 2 genetic diseases
The idea of one Italian scientist proves successful — and six children from all over the world, after three years of treatment, are well and show significant benefits.

Visualizing mRNA work in a Test Tube
Much of biomedical science – both mystifying and awe-inspiring to the lay public – depends on an unwavering focus on things that can’t be easily seen, like the inner-workings of cells, in order to determine how and why disease develops. New research provides a rare “picture” of the activity taking place at the single molecule level.

Glial cells send protective proteins and genetic information to nerve cells
A new mode of cell communication to the nerves is discovered in the brain.

July 16, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Dad's obesity could be inherited for multiple generations
The sperm of obese fathers could increase the risk of both their children and their grandchildren inheriting obesity, according to new research from University of Adelaide.

Allergies may be indicated by high omega-3, omega-6 levels in cord blood
High polyunsaturated fat levels in cord blood raise risk of breathing and skin allergies.

Cells in the early embryo compete to become part of the whole
Researchers have found that during the early stages of mammalian development, embryonic cells battle for survival. Through this struggle, less active cells are eliminated by their stronger sisters.

July 15, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Cry, baby
Slight, often imperceptible variations in a baby’s cry may carry information about what’s wrong. A new tool, developed at Brown University, analyzes the acoustic signal, allowing the youngest infants to help care-givers pinpoint problems.

New theory uncovers cancer's deep evolutionary roots
Tracing cancer back to the dawn of time and the beginning of multicellular formations, could explain its mysterious properties and transform modern therapies — and explain cancer's.

The Universe within: gates to the genome
A decades old controversy over structure of a nuclear pore, appears solved with a new method combining thousands of super-resolution microscopy images to reach a precise image — below one nanometrer — of how individual components fit together to build large molecular machines guiding entrance and exit of components into and out of the cell nucleus.

 

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