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Innovative triple pill significantly lowers blood pressure, study finds

Lun, 08/13/2018 - 22:00
A new low dose three in one pill to treat hypertension could transform the way high blood pressure is treated around the world.

Researchers artificially generate immune cells integral to creating cancer vaccines

Lun, 08/13/2018 - 22:00
For the first time, Mount Sinai researchers have identified a way to make large numbers of immune cells that can help prevent cancer reoccurrence, according to a study published in August in Cell Reports.

Large collection of brain cancer data now easily, freely accessible to global researchers

Lun, 08/13/2018 - 22:00
A valuable cache of brain cancer biomedical data, one of only two such large collections in the country, has been made freely available worldwide by researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Zombie gene protects against cancer -- in elephants

Lun, 08/13/2018 - 22:00
LIF6, a dead gene that came back to life, prevents cancer by killing cells with DNA damage.

Elephants resist cancer by waking a zombie gene

Lun, 08/13/2018 - 22:00
Elephants have evolved a way to make LIF6 (a non-functioning, or dead, gene in mammals) come back to life, and it's what makes the largest living land mammals nearly immune to cancer. In response to DNA damage, such as that caused by ultraviolet rays, the elephant version of the tumor-suppressing protein p53 prompts 'zombie' LIF6 to efficiently kill cells poised to become cancerous. The research publishes Aug. 14 in the journal Cell Reports.

The science behind rooting for the home team

Lun, 08/13/2018 - 22:00
Children often observe society dividing its members -- by ethnicity, religion, gender, or even favorite sports team. But a review by a Yale psychologist published Aug. 14 in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences concludes that favoritism toward members of one's own social groups may not be a learned behavior but an instinct triggered by belonging to that group. Although this favoritism can manifest as discrimination, it may have facilitated human evolution by boosting social learning.

National team of researchers identify new genes that may contribute to Alzheimer's disease

Lun, 08/13/2018 - 22:00
Researchers have discovered new genes that will further current understanding of the genetic risk factors that predispose people to the development of Alzheimer's disease (AD).

Why do women get more migraines?

Lun, 08/13/2018 - 22:00
Differing levels of sex hormones, especially estrogens, may explain why many more women than men suffer from migraines. A study published today provides evidence that these hormones affect cell mechanisms that control responses to migraine triggers, offering a possible pathway to more effective, personalized treatments.

California water managers vary in use of climate science

Lun, 08/13/2018 - 22:00
Lack of climate change adaptation among water utilities can put water supplies and the people dependent on them at risk, especially in marginalized communities, a new University of California, Davis, paper suggests.

Despite social development, gender attitudes chart different course globally

Lun, 08/13/2018 - 22:00
A multinational study by University of California, Davis, sociologists charts three distinct transitions in gender attitudes associated with national characteristics. Gender equality has spread unevenly.