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Body’s Fatty Folds May Help Fight Kidney Failure

American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

• In rats with kidney disease, functioning of the kidney improved when the organ was fused with the omentum, a fatty fold of tissue that lies close to the kidney and is a rich source of stem cells. • Stem cells from a chronic kidney disease patient’s own omentum may help heal diseased kidneys without the need for an outside source of cells.

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Article ID: 614808

Autism and Intellectual Disability Incidence Linked with Environmental Factors

University of Chicago Medical Center

An analysis of 100 million US medical records reveals that autism and intellectual disability rates correlate with genital malformation incidence in newborn males, an indicator exposure to harmful environmental factors. The study also finds that Autism and ID incidence decreases dramatically in states with stronger regulations on diagnosis.

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Article ID: 614863

Microorganism Shows Promise in Inhibiting Thrush

Case Western Reserve University

Scientists at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and University Hospitals Case Medical Center have discovered how the beneficial fungal yeast, Pichia, holds at bay a harmful fungal yeast, Candida. The hope for this finding is that components in Pichia could one day become therapeutic agents to stave off thrush.

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Article ID: 615054

Nanoscale Optical Switch Breaks Miniaturization Barrier

Vanderbilt University

An ultra-fast and ultra-small optical switch has been invented that could advance the day when photons replace electrons in the innards of consumer products ranging from cell phones to automobiles.

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Article ID: 614888

Religious Beliefs of American Muslims Influence Attitudes Toward Organ Donation

University of Chicago Medical Center

American Muslims who interpret negative events in life as punishment from God are less likely to believe that donating organs after death is ethical than those with a more positive outlook, according to a survey conducted by researchers from the University of Chicago’s Program on Medicine and Religion.

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Article ID: 614972

A Simple EMG Classification Describing Quality of Donor Nerves Can Predict Outcome of Nerve Transfer Surgery

Hospital for Special Surgery

A study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery finds that electromyography (EMG) testing to determine the quality of donor nerves can improve the outcome of nerve transfer surgery to restore function in patients with a brachial plexus injury.

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Article ID: 615059

Negative Effects of Joining a Gang Last Long After Gang Membership Ends

University of Washington

Joining a gang in adolescence has significant consequences in adulthood beyond criminal behavior, even after a person leaves the gang. Former gang members are more likely to be in poor health, receiving government assistance and struggling with drug abuse than someone who never joined a gang.

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Article ID: 615047

Bioscientists Write Languages to Design Synthetic Living Systems

Virginia Tech

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Virginia Tech have used a computer-aided design tool to create genetic languages to guide the design of biological systems.

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Halting Immune Response Could Save Brain Cells After Stroke

University of Wisconsin-Madison

A new study in animals shows that using a compound to block the body’s immune response greatly reduces disability after a stroke.

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Article ID: 615044

Husband’s Health and Attitude Loom Large for Happy Long-Term Marriages

University of Chicago

A husband’s agreeable personality and good health appear crucial to preventing conflict among older couples who have been together a long time, according to a study from University of Chicago researchers.

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