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Article ID: 702250

Scientists grow functioning human neural networks in 3D from stem cells

Tufts University

A team of Tufts University-led researchers has developed three-dimensional (3D) human tissue culture models for the central nervous system that mimic structural and functional features of the brain and demonstrate neural activity sustained over a period of many months.

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15-Oct-2018 5:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 702231

Us vs. Them: Understanding the Neurobiology of Stereotypes

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

In a review published in the journal Trends in Cognitive Science, Alvaro Pascual-Leone, MD, PhD, and colleagues describe how non-invasive brain stimulation – a technique he and others have pioneered to unlock the secrets of the brain – could shed light on the neurobiology underlying implicit bias.

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15-Oct-2018 4:10 PM EDT

Article ID: 702188

Janey L. Wiggs, MD, PhD, Elected to the National Academy of Medicine

Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Janey L. Wiggs, MD, PhD, the Paul A. Chandler Professor of Ophthalmology and Associate Director of the Ocular Genomics Institute at Harvard Medical School, and the Associate Chief for Clinical Research in Ophthalmology and Interim Glaucoma Service Director at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Medicine (NAM).

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15-Oct-2018 12:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 702180

Using Technology to Manage Type 2 Diabetes Maximizes Time, Resources and Health Outcomes

Joslin Diabetes Center

BOSTON (October 15, 2018) – Harnessing the power of digital health technology --- smart phone apps, telemedicine and mobile health (m-health) --- can provide powerful tools to help people with diabetes self-management, ultimately improving A1c levels, reducing complications and lowering healthcare costs, suggests a recent systematic review of studies first published online September 27 in the journal Cell Metabolism.

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15-Oct-2018 10:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 702066

Changes to RNA may impact growth and function of insulin-producing cells

Joslin Diabetes Center

RNA methylation might prove important in regulating many aspects of beta cell behavior, such as how the cells divide or how effectively they are stimulated by blood glucose to produce insulin

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11-Oct-2018 1:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 702052

New Clinical Trials Seek Treatments for Canine Cancers, May Offer Clues on Human Cancers

Tufts University

Two studies into deadly cancers in dogs are now underway, offered through the newly formed Clinical Trials Office at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University. Dogs with spontaneous osteosarcoma, as well as dogs with mast cell tumors and solid tumors, may be eligible for enrollment.

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11-Oct-2018 12:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 702002

Nutrients May Reduce Blood Glucose Levels

Joslin Diabetes Center

BOSTON – (October 10, 2018) – Type 2 diabetes is driven by many metabolic pathways, with some pathways driven by amino acids, the molecular building blocks for proteins. Scientists at Joslin Diabetes Center now have shown that one amino acid, alanine, may produce a short-term lowering of glucose levels by altering energy metabolism in the cell.

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10-Oct-2018 2:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 701934

New study finds that inflammatory proteins in the colon increase incrementally with weight

Tufts University

A new study from Tufts researchers finds that two inflammatory proteins in the colon increase incrementally with weight. In individuals with obesity, this was accompanied by activation of precancerous cellular pathways.

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10-Oct-2018 8:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 701888

Exclusive polling: Young voters energized for midterms

Tufts University

Young voters are engaged in the 2018 midterm elections and plan to vote in higher numbers, according to new findings from an exclusive pre-election poll of young people, ages 18-24, from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University's Tisch College.

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9-Oct-2018 11:00 AM EDT

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Article ID: 701790

Out Like a Light: Researchers ID Brain's 'Sleep Switch'

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Two decades ago, Clifford B. Saper, MD/PhD, Chairman of the Department of Neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and colleagues discovered a set of nerve cells they thought might be the switch that turns the brain off, allowing it to sleep. In a new study, Saper and colleagues demonstrate in mice that that these cells – located in a region of the hypothalamus called the ventrolateral preoptic nucleus – are in fact essential to normal sleep.

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8-Oct-2018 10:05 AM EDT

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