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DNA-testing kit company to launch huge weight-loss study focused on diet, exercise and genes

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Is fitting into your jeans a matter of your genes? One Bay Area company aims to provide answers. Mountain View's 23andMe, which sells personal DNA-testing kits, has announced a large-scale study intended to uncover the genetic...

Wrist Worn Gadget Allows Researchers to Capture Real Life Sleep

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A simple actimeter device is helping researchers better understand sleep duration and quality in humans. To measure a person’s sleep, researchers have always relied on costly and time-consuming approaches that could only be used in...

Novel Complementary Effects of Estrogen Treatment in Multiple Sclerosis

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UCLA researchers reveal the mechanism behind how estrogen can protect central nervous system damage in people with MS. The researchers report estrogen treatments have positive effects on immune cells in the brain and oligodendrocytes A...

Selenium Protects a Specific Type of Interneuron in the Brain

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Exactly 200 years ago, the Swedish scientist Jöns Jacob Berzelius discovered the trace element selenium, which he named after the goddess of the moon, Selene. Besides its industrial applications (chemical industry, production of semiconductors...

Cancer Overrides the Circadian Clock to Survive

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Tumor cells use the unfolded protein response to alter circadian rhythm, which contributes to more tumor growth, Hollings Cancer Center researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) find. A key part of...

Try exercise to improve memory and thinking, new guideline urges

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For patients with mild cognitive impairment, don't be surprised if your health care provider prescribes exercise rather than medication. A new guideline for medical practitioners says they should recommend twice-weekly exercise to people with mild...

Can e-cigarettes help smokers quit?

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Pilot study finds smokers who are willing to use e-cigarettes tend to smoke less and have increased quit attempts, according to new research. As e-cigarettes become more popular, fewer people are taking up smoking traditional...

New patch aims to turn energy-storing fats into energy-burning fats

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A new approach to reducing bulging tummy fats has shown promise in laboratory trials. It combines a new way to deliver drugs, via a micro-needle patch, with drugs that are known to turn energy-storing white...

Genes in Space-3 successfully identifies unknown microbes in space

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Being able to identify microbes in real time aboard the International Space Station, without having to send them back to Earth for identification first, would be revolutionary for the world of microbiology and space...

Chrome Extension with 105,000 installs is a Cryptocurrency Miner

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“Archive Poster” extension for Chrome browser is being currently used by 105,000 users. The primary function of this extension is to allow users to “quickly reblog, queue, draft, and like posts right from another blog’s archive” but now,...

Engineers hack cell biology to create 3-D shapes from living tissue

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Many of the complex folded shapes that form mammalian tissues can be recreated with very simple instructions, UC San Francisco bioengineers report December 28 in the journal Developmental Cell. By patterning mechanically active mouse or human...

Sound Waves can Help Hackers Disrupt Functions of Hard Disk Drives

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Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) are most commonly used storage components because these tend to be energy efficient and low cost. HDDs are a mandatory element of any computing system from PCs to CCTV, bedside monitors...

New treatments for nicotine addiction

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As the worldwide death toll from tobacco use continues to climb—it's currently six million per year and is expected to top eight million by 2030, according to the World Health Organization—efforts to unlock the...

Where Voice Recognition Occurs in the Brain

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We regularly find ourselves in situations in which we talk to others. We talk to friends in a different way than we do to strangers. One important skill for this is not just understanding...

Bacteria acquire resistance from competitors

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Bacteria not only develop resistance to antibiotics, they also can pick it up from their rivals. Researchers have demonstrated that some bacteria inject a toxic cocktail into their competitors causing cell lysis and death. Then, by...