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African-American, Blood Pressure, genetic variants, American Journal of Human Genetics, genome-wide assocation study, CoGeNT, Continental Origins and Genetic Epidemiology Network

African-American Study Identifies Four Common Genetic Variants Associated with Blood Pressure

Case Western Reserve University is part of a landmark study that has discovered four novel gene variations associated with blood pressure.

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Addiction, Amygdala, dendritic spine, memory maintenance, Myosin, structural plasticity

Study Suggests Possibility of Selectively Erasing Unwanted Memories

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For the first time, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have been able to erase dangerous drug-associated memories in mice and rats without affecting other more benign memories. The surprising discovery points to a clear and workable method to disrupt unwanted memories while leaving the rest intact.

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Bloodstream Infections, CLABSI, central line

Changing Part of Central Line Could Reduce Hospital Infections

Simply replacing the connector in the IV system in patients with central lines could help reduce deadly bloodstream infections, researchers at Georgia Regents University have found.

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Atmospheric Science, Atmospheric Sciences, Lightning Strike, Sensor Technology, Severe Weather, Lightning, Initiation, Earth Sciences, storm forecasting, Storm

Device Gives Scientists Front-Row Seat to Lightning Strikes

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A device developed at The University of Alabama in Huntsville has become a valuable tool in researchers’ quest to determine how lightning is spawned, to map strikes and to better predict severe weather.

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Malaria, Systems Biology

A Better Malaria-Fighting Machine

Researchers at Seattle BioMed are using systems biology to discover how liver cells infected with malaria parasites are more vulnerable than previously thought, and that existing drugs can be leveraged to force those infected cells to self destruct while leaving the healthy cells intact.

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Supercondductor, Electrical Conductivity, atom, Crystal, Material Science, Detector, Diffraction, Energy, Superconductivity, Charge, neutron beams

New Evidence to Aid Search for Charge “Stripes” in Superconductors

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Researchers from Columbia Engineering and Brookhaven National Laboratory have identified a series of clues that particular arrangements of electrical charges known as “stripes” may play a role in superconductivity, using a method to detect fluctuating stripes of charge density in a material closely related to a superconductor.

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Teenagers, teenage obesity, Mental Health, Depression, healthy lifestyle programs, K-12 Education, Nutrition, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Researchers Find What’s Missing in Teen Health Programs

Adding a mental health component to school-based lifestyle programs for teens could be key to lowering obesity, improving grades, alleviating severe depression and reducing substance use, a new study suggests.

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Smart Growth, Walkability, exercise and children, Neighborhood Design

Kids Get More Exercise in Smart Growth Neighborhoods

Children who live in smart growth neighborhoods, designed to improve walkability, get 46 percent more moderate or vigorous physical activity than those who live in conventional neighborhoods, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Extinction, dingo, Thylacine, Tasmanian Devil, Tasmanian Tiger, Ecology, Aboriginal, Climate

Dingo Wrongly Blamed for Extinctions

Dingoes have been unjustly blamed for the extinctions on the Australian mainland of the Tasmanian tiger (or thylacine) and the Tasmanian devil, a University of Adelaide study has found.

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PAX5, All, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Childhood Cancer, Childhood ALL, Oncology, Gene Mutation, Pediatric ALL, Cancer, Leukemia, DNA

Rare, Inherited Mutation Leaves Children Susceptible to Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Researchers have discovered the first inherited gene mutation linked exclusively to acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) occurring in multiple relatives in individual families.







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