Nitrogen gets in the fast lane for chemical synthesis

IMAGE: Rice University postdoctoral researcher Zhe Zhou is lead author of a paper on the discovery of a one-step method to turn silicon-based silyl enol ether into nitrogen-bearing alpha-aminoketones, valuable building… view more  Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University HOUSTON — (Feb. 8, 2019) — Rice University scientists have given organic chemists a boost with their latest discovery…

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Study identifies new target to prevent, treat alcoholism

New research conducted at OHSU in Portland, Oregon, identifies a gene that could provide a new target for developing medication to prevent and treat alcoholism. Scientists at the Oregon National Primate Research Center at OHSU discovered a gene that had lower expression in the brains of nonhuman primates that voluntarily consumed heavy amounts of alcohol…

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SIOP recognizes Lilia Cortina and Vicki Magley with the Katzell Award

Lilia Cortina, PhD, and Vicki Magley, PhD, have been honored with the Raymond A. Katzell Award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). The annual award was created in memory of Raymond A. Katzell, who was a strong proponent of the scientist-practitioner model in I-O psychology. He advocated for the integration of science…

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New NIH research policy seeks greater inclusion across lifespan

IMAGE: Founded in 1942, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is a nationwide, not-for-profit society of geriatrics healthcare professionals that has—for more than 75 years—worked to improve the health, independence, and quality… view more  Credit: (C) 2019, American Geriatrics Society The pipeline of research supporting care as we age is about to look a bit more like…

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Genome scientists develop novel approaches to studying widespread form of malaria

BALTIMORE, MD., Feb. 8 — Scientists at the Institute of Genome Sciences (IGS) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) have developed a novel way with genome sequences to study and better understand transmission, treat and ultimately eradicate Plasmodium vivax, the most widespread form of malaria. P. vivax is a single-celled transmitted by…

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Women’s hormones play role in drug addiction, higher relapse rates

IMAGE: This is Erin Calipari, an assistant professor of pharmacology in the Vanderbilt Center for Addiction Research. view more  Credit: Vanderbilt University Women’s hormonal cycles may not only make them more prone to drug addiction but also more affected by triggers that lead to relapse, a new Vanderbilt University study revealed. The findings are especially significant…

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Anther rubbing, a new movement discovered in plants, promotes prior selfing

Most plants have developed mechanisms to prevent self-fertilization and its detrimental effects of inbreeding depression. Traits promoting selfing in plants have been approached mainly from the perspective of a loss of function, or even only considered as a by-product of non-adaptive evolutionary processes. However, the shift from cross-fertilization to selfing has been identified as one…

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How exercise may protect against Alzheimer’s

NEW YORK, NY (Feb. 8, 2019)—Athletes know a vigorous workout can release a flood of endorphins: «feel-good» hormones that boost mood. Now there’s evidence that exercise produces another hormone that may improve memory and protect against Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study co-led by Ottavio Arancio, MD, PhD, a researcher at Columbia University’s Vagelos College…

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Modern Love: At What Age Is Love Enthralling? 82

It has been many decades since I went through menopause. At the time, I regretted the concurrent invisibility, when men stopped noticing me on the street. The funniest moment happened in Italy, where, as a young student, I had grown accustomed to walking down the street in a mist of commentary: “Bellina, bella.” Later, visiting…

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New drug brings unexpected hope in targeting cancer cells

IMAGE: Professor Peter’s team has now developed a new imaging and platelet targeting chemotherapy agent for the early detection and treatment of cancers. view more  Credit: N/A An unexpected finding in pre-clinical platelet studies by Baker Institute researchers could provide a novel approach to targeting and destroying difficult-to-treat cancer cells, providing new therapeutic options for a…

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