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Simple blood test could improve treatment for many stage 2 colon cancer patients

News Medical (Australia) - 21/06/2017
​A simple blood test could improve treatment for more than 1 in 6 stage 2 colon cancer patients, suggests new Mayo Clinic research. The researchers also discovered that many patients who could benefit from the test likely aren't receiving it.

Study identifies structural changes in genes that increase risk of Tourette syndrome

News Medical (Australia) - 21/06/2017
Researchers have identified structural changes in two genes that increase the risk of developing Tourette syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary motor and vocal tics.

Women must be both confident and caring to succeed

Daily Mail (UK) - 21/06/2017
The researchers, led by experts at the European School of Management and Technology in Berlin, claim that ambitious women are often viewed negatively in the workplace.

Three ways neuroscience can advance the concussion debate

Science Daily (US) - 21/06/2017
While concussion awareness has improved over the past decade, understanding the nuances of these sports injuries, their severity, symptoms, and treatment, is still a work in progress. Neurologists and neurotraumatologists have reviewed the science of concussions and outlined several areas where neuroscience and clinical research can help create consensus in the field: definitions of what acute and chronic concussions are, diagnostics, and management and treatment.

Could flu during pregnancy raise risk for autism?

Science Daily (US) - 21/06/2017
Researchers found no evidence that laboratory-diagnosis alone of maternal influenza during pregnancy is associated with risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the offspring. They did, however, find a trend toward risk in mothers with a laboratory diagnosis of influenza and self-reported symptoms of severe illness. This trend did not achieve statistical significance.

Yarraman flu or horse flu? Words and graphics influence willingness to vaccinate

Science Daily (US) - 21/06/2017
'Yarraman flu is a virus quickly infecting the US...' The mock announcement was enough to make readers worry. But when the name of the hypothetical illness was changed to 'horse flu', readers reported being less motivated to get a vaccine that would prevent them from contracting the illness. Based on a survey of 16,510 participants from 11 countries, the findings show that the way health information is communicated, matters.

Researchers develop new technique to boost quality of brain scans

News Medical (Australia) - 21/06/2017
People who suffer a stroke often undergo a brain scan at the hospital, allowing doctors to determine the location and extent of the damage. Researchers who study the effects of strokes would love to be able to analyze these images, but the resolution is often too low for many analyses.

Neurons that regenerate, neurons that die

Science Daily (US) - 21/06/2017
Investigators report on a transcription factor that they have found that can help certain neurons regenerate, while simultaneously killing others.

Forgetting can make you smarter

Science Daily (US) - 21/06/2017
A new review paper proposes that the goal of memory is not to transmit the most accurate information over time, but to guide and optimize intelligent decision making by only holding on to valuable information.

New mechanism for genome regulation discovered

Science Daily (US) - 21/06/2017
The mechanisms that separate mixtures of oil and water may also help the organization of a part of our DNA called heterochromatin, according to a new study. Researchers found that liquid-liquid phase separation helps heterochromatin organize large parts of the genome into specific regions of the nucleus. The work addresses a long-standing question about how DNA functions are organized in space and time, including how genes are silenced or expressed.

Parkinson's is partly an autoimmune disease, study finds

Science Daily (US) - 21/06/2017
Researchers have found the first direct evidence that autoimmunity plays a role in Parkinson's disease, suggesting that immunosuppressants might play a role in treatment.

'Rosetta Stone' to decode immune recognition

Science Daily (US) - 21/06/2017
Medical researchers have developed an algorithm that predicts T cell recognition of antigens and sets the stage to more effectively harness the immune system.

New statistical method finds shared ancestral gene variants involved in autism's cause

Science Daily (US) - 21/06/2017
Researchers believe that theirs is the first rigorous statistical evidence that ancient variations in the human genome contribute to autism -- each, most likely, having a very small effect. The method investigatorss used in the new study was family-based and compared 'discordant sibilings,' one with and one without autism to a separate collection of affected individuals. The sample included over 16,000 people from nearly 4000 families.

Rep. Steve Scalise upgraded to fair condition

CNN (US) - 21/06/2017
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is in "fair condition" as he continues to heal from his gunshot wounds, according to hospital statement released on Wednesday.

Too much texting could be a pain in the wrist, experts say

CNN (US) - 21/06/2017
Do your thumbs need a tune-up after too much texting?

HIV has a similar impact to diabetes on heart disease risk

National Aids Manual (UK) - 21/06/2017
Living with HIV carries the same lifetime risk of cardiovascular disease as having diabetes, even after taking into account smoking, a US study has estimated. The investigators say that more research is needed to find out whether preventive treatments such as statins could reduce this risk in people who don’t

Obese mother-of-two sheds 186lbs

Daily Mail (UK) - 21/06/2017
Katie Eastgate, 33, from Akron, Ohio, was being weighed in order to determine her dosage of antibiotics when she saw that she tipped the scales at 359lbs, prompting her to get down to 173lbs.