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Vitamin Protects Mice from Diabetes Complications

May 27, 2016 1:11 pm | Comments

A naturally occurring vitamin, nicotinamide riboside (NR), can lower blood sugar levels, reduce fatty liver and prevent peripheral nerve damage in mouse models of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.


Fasting-like Diet Reduces Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

May 27, 2016 1:02 pm | by University of Southern California | Comments

Evidence is mounting that a diet mimicking the effects of fasting has health benefits beyond weight loss, with a new USC-led study indicating that it may reduce symptoms of multiple sclerosis.


Brain Needs Cleaning to Stay Healthy

May 27, 2016 12:49 pm | by Public Library of Science | Comments

New research has revealed the mechanisms that keep the brain clean during neurodegenerative diseases.


NASA Hits Snag While Inflating New Room at Space Station

May 27, 2016 12:46 pm | by Associated Press, Marcia Dunn | Comments

NASA hit a snag while trying to inflate an experimental room at the International Space Station on Thursday and put everything on indefinite hold.


X-rays Help Scientists Understand Why Fat is Yummy

May 27, 2016 12:44 pm | by Argonne National Laboratory | Comments

Fat-free ice cream, for all its healthy merits, melts the wrong way. Two seconds on the tongue and it's a slush of milk, flavoring and water instead of the rich glob of slowly melting cream we grew to love as kids. When it comes to taste memories, fats are forever.


First-of-its-kind Procedure Combines Scalp, Skull, Kidney, Pancreas Transplant

May 27, 2016 12:36 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health | Comments

Simultaneous transplantation of a "composite" skull and scalp flap plus a kidney and pancreas--all from the same donor--provided excellent outcomes for a patient with a non-healing scalp defect and declining organ kidney and pancreas function.


Silver Boa Discovered in Bahamas Islands

May 27, 2016 11:07 am | by Harvard University | Comments

The team encountered the first individual, a beautiful meter-long silvery female, climbing in a Silver Palm tree near the water's edge on a remote island in the southern Bahamas.


First ‘Superbug’ with Complete Antibiotic Resistance Appears in Pennsylvania Woman

May 27, 2016 9:58 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

For more than a decade, doctors and scientists have warned that evolving bacteria could soon lead to “superbug” germs resistant to all current antibiotics, ushering in a new era of medicine in the United States – and beyond.


Restoring Chemotherapy Sensitivity by Boosting MicroRNA Levels

May 27, 2016 9:40 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

By increasing the level of a specific microRNA molecule, researchers have for the first time restored chemotherapy sensitivity in vitro to a line of human pancreatic cancer cells that had developed resistance to a common treatment drug.


Protein That Puts the Brakes on Melanin Found

May 27, 2016 9:33 am | by Brown University | Comments

A year and a half ago, researchers at Brown University found a molecular gas pedal for melanin production. Now they've found a brake.


How a Huge Landslide Shaped Zion National Park

May 27, 2016 9:25 am | by University of Utah | Comments

A Utah mountainside collapsed 4,800 years ago in a gargantuan landslide known as a "rock avalanche," creating the flat floor of what is now Zion National Park by damming the Virgin River to create a lake that existed for 700 years.


Defect in Enzyme Keeps Cardinals From Turning Red

May 27, 2016 9:17 am | by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis | Comments

For many birds, just like for many people, red is the color of love. And, as with so many things, there is science behind the color.


Brain Scans Reveal Hidden Consciousness in Patients

May 27, 2016 9:08 am | by Associated Press, Malcom Ritter | Comments

A standard brain scanning technique is showing promise for helping doctors distinguish between patients in a vegetative state and those with hidden signs of consciousness.


Immune Defects May Cause Chronic Itching

May 27, 2016 8:58 am | by Washington University in St. Louis | Comments

People who suffer itching with no clear cause may have previously unrecognized immune system defects. In a small study of such patients, researchers identified immune system irregularities that may prompt the urge to scratch.


Paper Sensor Monitors Sun Exposure

May 26, 2016 3:18 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Summer is around the corner — time for cookouts and sunbathing. But too much sun can result in sunburn, which is the main cause of skin cancer.



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