Training Your Brain to Prefer Healthy Foods

It may be possible to train the brain to prefer healthy low-calorie foods over unhealthy higher-calorie foods, according to new research from Tufts University and Massachusetts General Hospital.

– Tufts University|1-Sep-2014 10:20 AM EDT

A Nucleotide Change Could Initiate Fragile X Syndrome

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Researchers reveal how the alteration of a single nucleotide—the basic building block of DNA—could initiate fragile X syndrome, the most common inherited form of intellectual disability.

– The Rockefeller University Press|1-Sep-2014 9:00 AM EDT

Study Compares Consequences of Teen Alcohol and Marijuana Use

The researchers also found that alcohol use was more commonly reported to compromise relationships with friends and significant others (e.g., boyfriends); it was also reported to lead to more regret, particularly among females. Marijuana use on the other hand was more commonly reported to compromise relationships with teachers or supervisors, result in less energy or interest, and result in lower school or job performance.

– New York University|1-Sep-2014 4:00 AM EDT

Inhibiting Inflammatory Enzyme After Heart Attack Does Not Reduce Risk of Subsequent Event

In patients who experienced an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) event (such as heart attack or unstable angina), use of the drug darapladib to inhibit the enzyme lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (believed to play a role in the development of atherosclerosis) did not reduce the risk of recurrent major coronary events, according to a study published by JAMA.

– JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association|31-Aug-2014 3:00 AM EDT

Medication Shows Mixed Results in Reducing Complications From Cardiac Surgery

Administration of colchicine, a plant-based medication commonly used to treat gout, before and after cardiac surgery showed mixed results in reducing potential complications from this type of surgery, but it did increase the risk of gastrointestinal adverse effects, according to a study published by JAMA.

– JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association|30-Aug-2014 7:00 AM EDT

Rocket Team Soars Again at NIWeek

For its innovative and efficient application of National Instruments products, the Lee College of Engineering’s Rocket Team won a chance to travel to Austin, Texas, to present at the 20th annual NIWeek. Out of 3,250 student projects submitted from 25 countries for the Student Design Competition, National Instruments selected the 49er team as one of three finalists.

– University of North Carolina at Charlotte|29-Aug-2014 4:00 PM EDT

University of Louisville Researcher Leads Group Developing First Policy Statement on E-Cigarettes

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A 10-member expert panel chaired by a University of Louisville researcher has developed the American Heart Association's first-ever policy statement on e-cigarettes, calling for more research and regulation of the products.

– University of Louisville|29-Aug-2014 3:00 PM EDT

A Vaccine for Ebola?

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To learn more about this outbreak and the creation of new human vaccines, Vermont Medicine, a publication of the University of Vermont College of Medicine, talked to infectious disease experts Beth Kirkpatrick, M.D., UVM Vaccine Testing Center director, and Kristen Pierce, M.D., who have led vaccine studies for such global pathogens as cholera, West Nile virus, dengue, typhoid fever and anthrax.

– University of Vermont|29-Aug-2014 3:00 PM EDT
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