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  • Science Ticker

    Weight and sun exposure linked to onset of multiple sclerosis

    People with multiple sclerosis who got less sun exposure and had higher body mass as young adults developed the disease sooner than those who spent more time in the sun and were a normal weight, a new study finds.

    In a study of over 1,100 Danish people with MS — a nervous system condition that causes muscle...

    10/07/2015 - 16:20 Health, Neuroscience
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    Chemistry Nobel honors studies of DNA repair mechanisms

    Studies of DNA’s repair mechanisms have won Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar the 2015 Nobel Prize in chemistry.

    DNA encodes the instructions for building and conducting life. But it’s a fragile molecule that can be altered or damaged by sunlight, toxic chemicals, radiation or even normal chemical reactions inside the cell.

    Lindahl, of the Francis Crick Institute in...

    10/07/2015 - 07:14 Genetics, Chemistry, Cancer
  • News

    Nobel medicine prize won for drugs from natural sources

    Drugs that have saved the lives of millions of people around the world have earned their discoverers the 2015 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. One half of the award goes to William Campbell of Drew University in Madison, N.J., and Satoshi Ōmura of Kitasato University in Tokyo for their work on a drug called ivermectin, which combats roundworm infections. The other half goes to Youyou Tu...

    10/05/2015 - 14:08 Health
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    Therapies against roundworm, malaria parasites win medicine Nobel

    Half of the 2015 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine was awarded to Youyou Tu of the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences in Beijing for her work in counteracting malaria. William C. Campbell, professor emeritus at Drew University in Madison, N.J., and Satoshi Ōmura, professor emeritus at Kitasato University in Japan, will split the other half for work that has led to treatments against...

    10/05/2015 - 06:16 Health, Biomedicine
  • News

    Fizzy bubbles carry drugs deep into wounds

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    Alka-Seltzer’s frothy fizz may hold the secret to stopping blood loss. 

    Jets of rushing bubbles can carry blood-clotting drugs deep into a wound and seal it shut, scientists report October 2 in Science Advances.

    The work is the first to show bubble-powered devices...

    10/02/2015 - 14:00 Biomedicine, Chemistry, Technology
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    Sperm protein may offer target for male contraceptive

    For 55 years, birth control pills have been exclusively for women. But men may be a step closer to getting in on the action, researchers report October 1 in Science.

    A newly identified sperm protein, called PPP3CC/PPP3R2, could give scientists a promising target for developing male contraceptives. The protein resides in...

    10/01/2015 - 17:24 Biomedicine, Health
  • Science Ticker

    Kavli Foundation gives more money for the brain

    WASHINGTON — The Kavli Foundation is establishing three new institutes to accelerate research aimed at unlocking the mysteries of the brain. That research will align with the national BRAIN Initiative announced by President Obama in 2013. 

    The foundation, along with university partners, is providing over $100 million for...

    10/01/2015 - 17:01 Neuroscience
  • News

    Brain cells’ DNA differs

    Nerve cells in the brain don’t all work from the same genetic blueprint. Individual neurons within a person’s skull harbor over a thousand distinct DNA mutations, scientists report in the Oct. 2 Science.

    The study “shows something fascinating — every neuron probably has a unique genome,” says neuroscientist Mike McConnell...

    10/01/2015 - 14:00 Genetics, Cells, Neuroscience
  • News in Brief

    Babies low on key gut bacteria at higher risk of asthma

    Lacking certain gut microbes in the first three months after birth can put babies at risk for asthma, a new study shows.

    Children who had low levels of four types of bacteria early in infancy were more likely to be diagnosed with asthma by age 3 than tots who had more of the microbes in their feces....

    09/30/2015 - 14:00 Microbiology, Health
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    How a fat hormone might make us born to run

    Last weekend, I ran the Navy-Air Force half-marathon. After pounding pavement for an hour or so, my legs began to feel light. Slightly numb. I felt fantastic. I had to remind myself to run, not to stop and dance, and that singing along to my candy-pop workout music — even at mile 10 — is not socially acceptable. It’s the hope of this euphoria — this runner’s high — that keeps me running.

    09/25/2015 - 10:58 Neuroscience