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Predictor of Tissue Injury in Kidney Transplant Recipients Found

Researchers at UC San Francisco and Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, may have found a predictor for a disorder affecting kidney transplant recipients that can accelerate organ failure, a discovery that eventually could allow for customized therapies and improved patient selection for transplant.

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Drug Treats Inherited Form Of Intellectual Disability In Mice

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Studying mice with a genetic change similar to what is found in Kabuki syndrome, a inherited disease of humans, Johns Hopkins researchers report they have used an anticancer drug to “open up” DNA and improve mental function.

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Decreased Ability to Identify Odors Can Predict Death

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The inability of older adults to identify scents is a strong predictor of death within five years. Almost 40% of those who failed a smelling test died during that period, compared to 10% of those with a healthy sense of smell. Olfactory dysfunction predicted mortality better than a diagnosis of heart failure or cancer.

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Ancient Sabertooth Cats May Have Used Their Jaws Like a Can-Opener

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Sabertooth cats (e.g., Smilodon fatalis) have long inspired the imagination of paleontologists and the public alike. With their powerful forelimbs and enormous upper canines, these now-extinct cats were formidable predators that thrived for millions of years. But how did they kill their prey?

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A New Report Examines Erectile Dysfunction Among Male Active Component Service Members

SILVER SPRING, MD, September 30, 2014 – An average of approximately 10,000 active component service members were diagnosed with erectile dysfunction each year during a 10-year surveillance period and the annual number of incident cases doubled between 2004 and 2013, according to a newly released health surveillance report.

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Local Tech Firm Supports Women in Engineering at UIC

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The Knowles Corporation, an Itasca, Illinois, tech company specializing in acoustic electronics, has committed $100,000 to the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Engineering to support a scholarship program for female engineering students and a summer program for high school students interested in engineering.

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China’s International Status on the Line in Hong Kong

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Dog Waste Contaminates Our Waterways

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Americans love their dogs, but they don't always love to pick up after them. And that's a problem. Dog feces left on the ground wash into waterways, sometimes carrying bacteria — including antibiotic-resistant strains — that can make people sick. Now scientists have developed a new genetic test to figure out how much dogs are contributing to this health concern, according to a report in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology.

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Gut Bacteria Are Protected by Host During Illness

To protect their gut microbes during illness, sick mice produce specialized sugars in the gut that feed their microbiota and maintain a healthy microbial balance. This protective mechanism also appears to help resist or tolerate additional harmful pathogens, and its disruption may play a role in human diseases such as Crohn’s disease.

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Genetic Secrets of the Monarch Butterfly Revealed

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Sequencing the genomes of monarch butterflies from around the world, scientists have made surprising insights into the insect’s genetics. They identified a single gene that appears central to migration – a behavior generally regarded as complex – and another that controls pigmentation, as well as shed light on the evolutionary origins of the monarch.

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