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Sep 13, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Potential epilepsy drug discovered
An antihistamine discovered in the 1950s to treat itching may also prevent seizures in an intractable form of childhood epilepsy, according to researchers at UC San Francisco who tested it in zebrafish bred to mimic the disease.

UCSF Gene sequencing project in newborns
The University of  California San Francisco will receive $4.5 million over the next five years for a pilot project to assess whether large-scale gene sequencing aimed at detecting disorders and conditions can and should become a routine part of newborn testing.

"Merlin" matches "Hippo" to "Warts", keeping organs the right size
The "Merlin" protein “arranges” other protein interactions to control growth and prevent cancer.

Sep 12, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Radiotherapy in girls and the risk of breast cancer later in life
Exposing young women and girls under the age of 20 to ionizing radiation can substantially raise the risk of their developing breast cancer later in life. Scientists may now know why.

International Study Provides New Genetic Clue to Anorexia
The largest DNA-sequencing study of anorexia nervosa has linked the eating disorder to variants in a gene coding for an enzyme that regulates cholesterol metabolism. The finding suggests that anorexia could be caused in part by a disruption in the normal processing of cholesterol, which may disrupt mood and eating behavior.

Study details paired risk factors in preeclampsia
Preeclampsia is a life-threatening complication of pregnancy. A study of how two immune system-related factors – one genetic and one sexual – combine to affect risk could yield strategies for planning pregnancies with improved awareness and management of the odds for complication.

Sep 11, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Multiple sclerosis originates in different part of brain than believed
The search for the cause of multiple sclerosis, a debilitating disease that affects up to a half million people in the United States, has confounded researchers and medical professionals for generations.

How immune system kills healthy cells
Medical scientists at the University of Alberta have made a key discovery about how the immune system kills healthy cells while attacking infections. This finding could one day lead to better solutions for cancer and anti-viral treatments.

eTAC cell discovery may assist in immune strategy
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.

Sep 10, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Study reveals biology of sensory processing disorders in kids
Sensory processing disorders (SPD) are more prevalent in children than autism and as common as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, yet the condition receives far less attention partly because it’s never been recognized as a distinct disease.

Risk factors for cerebral palsy and infant death
Scientists from NIH and Australia investigate risk factors that contribute to cerebral palsy and early infant death.

Discovered new RNA pathway in human embryonic stem cells
Discovery of RNA regulator could lead to a better understanding of diseases like cancer and influenza.

Sep 9, 2013--------News ArchiveLatest research covered daily, archived weekly

Smoking + asthma + pregnant = DANGER
New research from the University of Adelaide has shown for the first time that pregnant women who smoke as well as having asthma are greatly increasing the risk of complications for themselves and their unborn children.

Pax5 gene mutations seen in childhood leukemia
For the first time, a genetic link specific to risk of childhood leukemia has been identified, according to a team of researchers from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, University of Washington, and other institutions.

Two paths where chromosomes rearrange and fail
Discovery provides target to potentially halt the process, prevent cancers.

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