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Brain inflammation may be friend, not foe, for Alzheimer's patients

...ating the disease. The current work reinforces the idea that inflammation is not simply the bad guy that many people think it is.” The work could have ramifications for the development of a vaccine or other strategy to protect against or fight off Alzheimer’s. Work on an Alzheimer’s vaccine has at time...

Math that powers spam filters used to understand how brain learns to move our muscles

...icular outcome when that outcome is uncertain. The idea as applied to the workings of a brain is that each...at information to help make it so. “We used the idea that prior experience and belief affect the probability of future outcomes, such as taking an altern...

Bigger horns equal better genes

...tation accumulation theory of ageing, which is the idea that, because natural selection weakens with age, genetic mutations have effects that accumulate over time. Therefore, differences in genetic quality become more apparent as an organism ages. Coltman noted that his study, which incorporated genet...

Columbine flowers develop long nectar spurs in response to pollinators

...in pollinators. Whittall and Hodges proved this idea by testing the columbine genus Aquilegia, which is pollinated by bumblebees, hummingbirds and hawkmoths. They found that most of the columbines' nectar spur length evolution happened during shifts in pollinators from bumblebees to hummingbirds, an...

New collaborative research reveals chimpanzees can sustain multiple-tradition cultures

...roduce cultures in chimpanzees, which supports the idea cultural variation observed in the wild is learned,” says Dr. de Waal. “We are the first to show cultures potentially can jump from group to group if you offer chimpanzees the opportunity to watch other groups. It’s a bit like Westerners learning to ...

Researchers examine carbon capture and storage to combat global warming

...ofessor of energy resources engineering. ''But the idea that we can take fossil fuels out of the mix very quickly is unrealistic. We're reliant on fossil fuels, and a good pathway is to find ways to use them that don't create a problem for the climate.'' Carbon capture has the potential to reduce more ...

Physicist cracks women's random but always lucky choice of X chromosome

...fic location on the chromosome but they had little idea as to why this should happen randomly to one X chr...observations also seem to run counter to the usual idea that the biological mechanisms evolve in ways that allow a "best" choice to be made between things r...

MU researchers to study the status of black bears in Missouri

...s important to us because we need to have a better idea about the nature of the bear population in Missouri,” Hamilton said. “We get lots of questions from citizens and media this time of year because bears are active and get into trouble, and we try to reassure the public that we are prepared to handle n...

Runners -- Let thirst be your guide

...,” he says. “Many in our society have promoted the idea that you need to continually drink a large amount of fluid, such as 8 ounces of water eight times a day. But most people don’t really need that much.” Verbalis points out that EAH predominantly afflicts exercisers engaging in endurance activitie...

The kapok connection -- Study explains rainforest similarities

...cottony fibers, the kapok tree now is upsetting an idea that biologists have clung to for decades: the notion that African and South American rainforests are similar because the continents were connected 96 million years ago. Research by University of Michigan evolutionary ecologist Christopher Dick and ...

Experimental gene therapy 'abolishes' arthritis pain and lessens joint damage

...ef," Tallents said. "A little further out, the new idea that peripheral inflammatory diseases like arthritis can lead to brain inflammation may provide an entirely new way to treat inflammatory neurological conditions that affect millions."...

'Virtual Patient' to simulate real-time organ motions for radiation therapy

...issue deformation for surgical procedures, and the idea to take 3-D VIP-Man into the fourth dimension was born. Xu has been working on the 3-D VIP-Man since 1997 using the original Visible Human Project dataset provided by the National Library of Medicine, also funded by several grants from NIH as well...

An 'elegant' idea proves its worth 25 years later

...t was just astonishing," he says. "His elegant idea was to give patients chemicals they already make in small amounts in large doses to make up for the missing urea cycle enzyme they inherited," says Ada Hamosh, M.D., M.P.H, clinical director of the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine. "Sod...

Scripps research team sheds light on long-sought cold sensation gene

... brain. The Patapoutian team’s results support the idea that activation of TRPM8 by temperature triggers cold sensation. "TRPM8 acts as a gate," says Dhaka, "At warm temperature it remains closed, but opens when exposed to cool temperature." The TRPM8-deficient mice did not lose their ability to feel ...

pHLIP, a novel technology to locate and treat tumors

...g on the intended outcome—for treating cancer, the idea is to cause cell death.? In addition to targeting tumors, other disease states that produce inflammation and cause tissue to be acidic are a target for pHLIP. “Acidosis is a physiological marker of many diseases ?and pHLIP feels acidity,?said Resh...

Scientists: As rainfall changes, tropical plants may acclimate

..., present a notable exception to the commonly held idea that tropical plants are highly specialized in the... at the same time. " ?This does not support the idea that natural selection has caused species to diverge into highly specialized niches for nitrogen con...

Fat screen delivers plant-derived chemical with antidiabetic effects

...anation for this paradoxical mode of action is the idea that the body needs a place to store lipids," Tontonoz said. "If the body becomes less able to store lipids in fat, it may deposit in other tissues," where it can spur disease. Despite their efficacy, the development and clinical use of TZDs is li...

LIAI scientists make important finding on cytomegalovirus transmission

...hink both of these studies lend credibility to the idea that the medical community should be looking at IL-10 as a molecular candidate that might be used to control persistent viral infections." Ware and Croft’s next step will be conducting animal studies with the IL-10 suppression and the OX40 enhance...

Dinosaur hearing, listening to muscle noise, quieter cubicles

...na ( bbmonson@email.arizona.edu ) will discuss the idea of teaching voice students to reach vocal resonances by training them to achieve a 1:6 ratio in the areas of two anatomical regions: the pharanx and the epilarynx. When a teacher provides verbal critiques on a student's singing performance, the infor...

Decoding protein structures helps illuminate cause of diabetes

...g them. Though scientists already have a good idea of the healthy "before" and dangerous "after" hIAPP structures, the steps in between remain somewhat of a mystery and may hold clues to what drives the transition, says UW-Madison chemistry professor Martin Zanni, who led the new study. In trying ...

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