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MIT biological engineers trying to adapt MRI to visualize gene activity inside the brains of living animals

MIT biological engineers trying to adapt MRI to visualize gene activity inside the brains of living animals

Doctors commonly use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to diagnose tumors, damage from stroke, and many other medical conditions. Neuroscientists also rely on it as a research tool for identifying parts of the brain that carry out different cognitive functions. [More]
Peanut consumption offers significant benefits to people with elevated serum lipids and blood pressure

Peanut consumption offers significant benefits to people with elevated serum lipids and blood pressure

A new study just released in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that different flavors of peanuts – salted, spicy, honey-roasted, or unsalted – result in positive health benefits. The study, "A Randomized Trial on the Effects of Flavorings on the Health Benefits of Daily Peanut Consumption," was conducted at Purdue University and included over 150 men and women who incorporated peanuts into their daily diet for 12 weeks. [More]

Biodegradable scaffolds promote tissue growth during the healing process

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering and McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine (MIRM) are proposing that if 3-D printers, or additive manufacturing, can produce custom replacement parts for machines, why couldn't the same process create biodegradable tissue repair structures for the human body? [More]
Study to understand role of bacterium in heart valve disease

Study to understand role of bacterium in heart valve disease

A disease-causing bacterium found in the mouth needs manganese, a trace mineral, in order to cause a serious heart infection, according to a preclinical study led by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University Philips Institute for Oral Health Research in the School of Dentistry. [More]

Research report on global manganese sulfate industry

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/5zshx4/global_and) has announced the addition of the "2013 Report on the International Manganese Sulfate Industry" report to their offering. [More]
Professor wins U.S. Patent for use of antioxidant compound used in treatment of obesity

Professor wins U.S. Patent for use of antioxidant compound used in treatment of obesity

A Skidmore College alumnus and professor have been awarded U.S. Patent No. 8,598,150 for use of an antioxidant compound that shows promise in the treatment of obesity and related disorders, such as type-2 diabetes. [More]
FDA grants Orphan Drug Designation to CMC Contrast's CMC-001 MRI contrast media

FDA grants Orphan Drug Designation to CMC Contrast's CMC-001 MRI contrast media

CMC Contrast AB, a privately owned drug development company that is developing a targeted contrast agent for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), announced today that Orphan Drug Designation has been granted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its liver specific contrast agent CMC-001. [More]
Frequent consumption of peanuts lowers risk of death

Frequent consumption of peanuts lowers risk of death

A major study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that men and women who ate an ounce of peanuts daily reduced their risk of death from all causes by up to 20%. Results also showed that peanut eaters were leaner. This gives people another great reason to get their daily handful of peanuts. [More]
Researchers find zinc starves bacteria by preventing its uptake of essential metal

Researchers find zinc starves bacteria by preventing its uptake of essential metal

Australian researchers have found that zinc can 'starve' one of the world's most deadly bacteria by preventing its uptake of an essential metal. [More]
Honey may be detrimental for patients with type 2 diabetes

Honey may be detrimental for patients with type 2 diabetes

Honey may be detrimental for patients with type 2 diabetes because of the great quantities of sugars it contains. [More]

Researchers theoretically create large, hollow magnetic cage molecules that could used in drug delivery system

Virginia Commonwealth University researchers have discovered, in theory, the possibility of creating large, hollow magnetic cage molecules that could one day be used in medicine as a drug delivery system to non-invasively treat tumors, and in other emerging technologies. [More]
Pregnant women exposed to high levels of air pollution more likely to have a child with autism

Pregnant women exposed to high levels of air pollution more likely to have a child with autism

Women in the U.S. exposed to high levels of air pollution while pregnant were up to twice as likely to have a child with autism as women who lived in areas with low pollution, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). It is the first large national study to examine links between autism and air pollution across the U.S. [More]

TAU researcher develops peptide to protect and restore microtubule function

A structure called "the microtubule network" is a crucial part of our nervous system. It acts as a transportation system within nerve cells, carrying essential proteins and enabling cell-to-cell communications. But in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, ALS, and Parkinson's, this network breaks down, hindering motor abilities and cognitive function. [More]
Researchers explore new technique to determine the activity of different calcium channels in cancer cells

Researchers explore new technique to determine the activity of different calcium channels in cancer cells

Two Wayne State University researchers are working on a technique that could lead to easier, faster identification of cancer tumors that can be effectively treated by calcium channel-based therapies. [More]

Scientists discover enzyme regulation that catalyzes chain elongation in the terpenoid pathway

Max Planck scientists in Jena, Germany, have discovered an unusual regulation of enzymes that catalyze chain elongation in an important secondary metabolism, the terpenoid pathway. [More]

High iron and zinc intake may reduce risk of pre-menstrual syndrome in women

Women who reported eating a diet rich in iron were 30 to 40 percent less likely to develop pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) than women who consumed lower amounts, in a study reported this week by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences and Harvard. [More]

Vanderbilt investigators report new insights into workings of calprotectin

On the front lines of our defenses against bacteria is the protein calprotectin, which "starves" invading pathogens of metal nutrients. Vanderbilt investigators now report new insights to the workings of calprotectin - including a detailed structural view of how it binds the metal manganese. [More]

UAB dietitian suggests five foods for healthier eating

With the hectic hustle and bustle of daily life — managing family, career, home and more — it is no wonder that creativity in the kitchen can fall to the wayside. To help people get out of a food rut and eat healthier this year, a dietitian from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) suggests adding five foods to the grocery cart. [More]

Calmangafodipir protects against side effects of cancer treatments

A drug developed at Linköping University in Sweden protects against the side effects of cancer treatments while strengthening the effects on the tumour. [More]
New photoactive compound eradicates 'Iraqibacter' from wounds and skin infections

New photoactive compound eradicates 'Iraqibacter' from wounds and skin infections

Researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, have developed a novel approach for eradicating drug-resistant bacteria from wounds and skin infections, using light to trigger the controlled release of nitric oxide. The UCSC team developed a photoactive compound that releases nitric oxide when exposed to light, and loaded it into a porous, biocompatible material that could be applied as a sprayable powder. [More]