Researchers unlock mysteries of complex microRNA oncogenes

IMAGE: Ariel Donayo, Ph.D. candidate in biochemistry at McGill University, and Dr. Thomas Duchaine, Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at McGill University. view more  MicroRNAs are tiny molecules of nucleic acid that control gene expression, acting like a dimmer switch to tone down gene output at key positions in the network of information that governs…

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University of Missouri receives $8.6 million grant for new biomedical research center

IMAGE: Randy Prather and Kevin Wells are co-lead researchers on the $8.6 million NIH grant. view more  Credit: University of Missouri Today, the University of Missouri announced that researchers in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources have received an $8.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish a new national research…

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Study examines association of naloxone coprescription laws on naloxone Rx dispensing

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 28, 2019) — In a new study published in JAMA Network Open, University of Kentucky researchers, in collaboration with researchers from Ferris State University, examined whether legal mandates on naloxone coprescription in certain states increased naloxone dispensing. Recently, a Federal Drug Administration panel and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services…

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Deciphering how the brain encodes color and shape

LA JOLLA—(June 27, 2019) There are hundreds of thousands of distinct colors and shapes that a person can distinguish visually, but how does the brain process all of this information? Scientists previously believed that the visual system initially encodes shape and color with different sets of neurons and then combines them much later. But a…

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New research raises prospect of better anti-obesity drugs

IMAGE: Neurons in the brainstem become activate in response to heat. By inhibiting these cells in mice, researchers were able to make the animals eat less and burn more calories. view more  Effective weight-loss strategies call for eating less food, burning more calories—or ideally, both. But for the more than 90 million Americans who suffer from…

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UMN researcher studies hip fracture probability on women in late life

MINNEAPOLIS, MN- June 27, 2019 — New University of Minnesota Medical School research evaluates the impact of multimorbidity on the probability of hip fractures. In an article recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine, lead author Kristine Ensrud, MD, Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School, examines the impact of disease definition, comorbidity…

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Sperm Donors Can’t Stay Secret Anymore. Here’s What That Means.

To be the biological child of an anonymous sperm donor today is to live in a state of perpetual anticipation. Having never imagined a world in which donors could be tracked down by DNA, in their early years sperm banks did not limit the number of families to whom one donor’s sperm would be sold…

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What to know about nipple reconstruction surgery

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