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

... to turn off molecular events that scientists have widely considered to be detrimental in people with the disease. The findings could also renew efforts to develop a vaccine or other strategies against Alzheimer’s by engaging the body’s immune system. The team expected to see the telltale clumps of mater...

Soils offer new hope as carbon sink

...rm of agrichar." Unfortunately, agrichar is not widely available. BEST Energies Australia, a company involved with NSW DPI in the trials, has a pilot plant at Gosford which is producing minimal amounts for research purposes. "We are hoping the technology will take hold and pyrolysis plants will be bui...

New study reports hotel guests at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning

...nce of efficacy, CO alarms have not been installed widely by the lodging industry, even at properties where guests and employees have been injured by CO. No official statement from the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) was found pertinent to CO poisoning prevention, although the AH&LA...

Caribbean frogs started with a single, ancient voyage on a raft from South America

...id impact near Cuba 65-million years ago, which is widely believed to have exterminated the dinosaurs. "Both theories acknowledged that the frog faunas must have arrived by rafting over water to the smaller and younger islands, the Lesser Antilles, because they never were connected by land to South America...

Longer treatment benefits sleep apnea patients

...oms such as excessive daytime sleepiness using two widely accepted assessment tools, and for daytime functioning using a standardized test before treatment and after three months of CPAP therapy. The findings suggest that most patients should use CPAP for at least 7.5 hours each night to realize the greate...

Brightening prospects of using fluorescent nanotubes in medical applications

...le and can last for months. Fluorescent proteins – widely used for imaging living systems – begin fading within a few hours. Quantum dots last several days before degrading. Hertel’s team is currently working on the next step necessary for many biomedical uses: finding a way to attach molecules to the su...

Plants recognize their siblings, biologists discover

...t that the docile garden plant isn’t as passive as widely assumed, at least not with strangers. Researchers at McMaster University have found that plants get fiercely competitive when forced to share their pot with strangers of the same species, but they’re accommodating when potted with their siblings. T...

Researchers demonstrate way to control tree height

...s-breeding or horticultural techniques are already widely used in fruit trees, the ornamental tree industry and agriculture. The advances for cereals have been part of the “Green Revolution,” in which plants such as rice or wheat were created that directed less energy to height growth and more to develop...

CU study reveals why starling females cheat

...en known that males of many species cheat and mate widely to produce as many offspring as possible to spread their genes, the reasons behind female infidelity appear more complex. With this study and this species, "we can break down the reasons why superb starling females are not faithful to their mates and...

Treating HIV in war zones -- Public health emergencies need rapid advice from WHO

...against vandals and looters Distributing clinics widely throughout the treatment area, thus reducing travel requirements and making it easier and safer for staff and patients to access the clinics in times of insecurity Establishing links with HIV care programs in neighboring regions, allowing displaced...

How brain pacemakers erase diseased messages

...ns, such as depression, in which symptoms can vary widely from day to day. "In the case of tremor, physicians can alter the setting until they see the symptoms stop," Grill said. "You don't have to know how it's really working. "In a condition like epilepsy, however, it's extremely unlikely that a per...

Resistant HIV quickly hides in infants' cells

...stant infection. "There is also a need for new and widely accessible methods for detecting HIV infection in infants, whether resistant or not," he pointed out, "since transplacental transfer of maternal antibodies precludes the use of antibody detection methods." Affordable techniques also are necessary to...

Statin treatment improves spatial memory in mouse models of Alzheimer's

...reatment with Simvastatin, one of the statin drugs widely used for lowering cholesterol in humans, significantly improved spatial memory - how to navigate a water maze - in mice genetically bred to have an Alzheimer’s like disease. Although statin improved memory in both males and females, the results were ...

Mice with a migraine show signs of brain damage

...ain injury as well as migraine. While it’s been widely recognized that CSD underlies some migraines, Nedergaard’s team linked the phenomenon for the first time to both severe hypoxia and to damage to brain cells. As a result of CSD, the team found changes to the synapses, the connections between brain ce...

Machine preservation may promote more organ sharing

...ion, or pulsatile perfusion, is not new, it is not widely used because it is more costly and labor-intensive. According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, only 21 percent of kidneys from deceased donors are preserved on a pump. The purpose of this study was to compare outcomes in kidney transplant ...

Scientists: As rainfall changes, tropical plants may acclimate

...on that tropical plant species coexist by adopting widely different strategies to getting what they need. At... as the Earth warms, some areas of the tropics are widely expected to be wetter, some drier. So, at least one of dozens of variables that will change with pre...

Baumann Lab defines proteins that distinguish chromosome ends from DNA double-strand breaks

...these events are only poorly understood, but it is widely accepted that loss of chromosome end protection can initiate genomic instability through bridge-breakage-fusion cycles. It is, therefore, very important to understand the mechanism of chromosome end protection and how and why it fails during tumorige...

DOE JGI sets 'gold standard' for metagenomic data analysis

...Mavrommatis said that, for example, when using the widely used sequence assembly tool Phrap, they actually saw artifacts created by the program caused by mixing sequences that should not have been mixed. "It's like when you're in the market for a digital camera, you can go to web sites like CNET to see ...

New study examines 'brain's own marijuana'

... Health is supporting this investigation. “It is widely accepted that one of the major reasons that people use and abuse marijuana is to relieve stress,?according to Samir Haj-Dahmane, Ph.D., neuroscientist and principal investigator on the RIA study. “However, because marijuana can be addictive, it canno...

Decoding protein structures helps illuminate cause of diabetes

...roscopy will become a common analytical technique, widely available in university and industrial research laboratories around the world."...

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