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  • Insomnia symptoms, overall health improve with online insomnia program September 25, 2018
    Treating insomnia with digital programs can improve insomnia symptoms, daytime functioning and overall health, a new study has found. A major limitation of insomnia treatments is the lack of providers to deliver CBT, but this study used an online platform that made it easily accessible to users. It also automated and tailored the treatment based […]
  • Food scientists profile microbes at a fermented vegetable facility September 25, 2018
    Food scientists have mapped and characterized microbial populations in a vegetable fermentation facility and report that its microbiome was distinct between production and fermentation areas and that the raw vegetables themselves -- cabbages destined for sauerkraut -- were the main source of fermentation-related microbes in production areas rather than handling or other environmental sources.
  • Liquid metal discovery to make toxic water safe and drinkable September 25, 2018
    Researchers have discovered a revolutionary and cheap way to make filters that can turn water contaminated with heavy metals into safe drinking water in a matter of minutes.
  • Researchers seek vaccine for 'traveler's diarrhea' September 25, 2018
    Medical researchers have discovered how ETEC works to cause disease. They are using this information in an effort to develop a preventive vaccine for travelers.
  • Enzymes 'partner up' to accelerate cancer, aging diseases September 25, 2018
    Researchers have identified cellular processes that appear to supercharge both the growth and shrinkage of the chemical 'caps' on chromosomes associated with aging, called telomeres.
  • Once majestic Atlantic Forest 'empty' after 500 years of over-exploitation September 25, 2018
    New research finds that 500 years of over-exploitation has halved mammal populations in South America's once majestic Atlantic Forest. A new analysis of mammal populations reveals the devastating effects of human disturbance since the area was first colonized in the 1500s. They found that apex predators and large carnivores, such as jaguars and pumas, as […]
  • Lung cancer drug could be repurposed to target 'zombie' proteins linked to leukemia September 25, 2018
    A new study highlights how a clinically approved lung cancer drug could potentially be 'repurposed' to design new treatments for future cancer therapies. The research focuses on a protein called TRIB2, which is linked to promoting survival and drug resistance in solid tumors and blood cancers and is therefore of particular interest as a therapeutic […]
  • Sensitive babies become altruistic toddlers September 25, 2018
    Our responsiveness to seeing others in distress accounts for variability in helping behavior from early in development, according to a new study.
  • Retracing Antarctica's glacial past September 25, 2018
    More than 26,000 years ago, sea level was much lower than it is today partly because the ice sheets that jut out from the continent of Antarctica were enormous and covered by grounded ice -- ice that was fully attached to the seafloor. As the planet warmed, the ice sheets melted and contracted, and sea […]
  • Genetic testing: Not a one-and-done deal September 25, 2018
    A study that reviewed genetic testing results from 1.45 million individuals found that nearly 25 percent of 'variants of uncertain significance' were subsequently reclassified -- sometimes as less likely to be associated with cancer, sometimes as more likely.

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  • Insomnia symptoms, overall health improve with online insomnia program September 25, 2018
    Treating insomnia with digital programs can improve insomnia symptoms, daytime functioning and overall health, a new study has found. A major limitation of insomnia treatments is the lack of providers to deliver CBT, but this study used an online platform that made it easily accessible to users. It also automated and tailored the treatment based […]
  • Researchers seek vaccine for 'traveler's diarrhea' September 25, 2018
    Medical researchers have discovered how ETEC works to cause disease. They are using this information in an effort to develop a preventive vaccine for travelers.
  • Enzymes 'partner up' to accelerate cancer, aging diseases September 25, 2018
    Researchers have identified cellular processes that appear to supercharge both the growth and shrinkage of the chemical 'caps' on chromosomes associated with aging, called telomeres.
  • Lung cancer drug could be repurposed to target 'zombie' proteins linked to leukemia September 25, 2018
    A new study highlights how a clinically approved lung cancer drug could potentially be 'repurposed' to design new treatments for future cancer therapies. The research focuses on a protein called TRIB2, which is linked to promoting survival and drug resistance in solid tumors and blood cancers and is therefore of particular interest as a therapeutic […]
  • Sensitive babies become altruistic toddlers September 25, 2018
    Our responsiveness to seeing others in distress accounts for variability in helping behavior from early in development, according to a new study.
  • Genetic testing: Not a one-and-done deal September 25, 2018
    A study that reviewed genetic testing results from 1.45 million individuals found that nearly 25 percent of 'variants of uncertain significance' were subsequently reclassified -- sometimes as less likely to be associated with cancer, sometimes as more likely.
  • Molecular channel that regulates blood pressure described September 25, 2018
    New research for the first time reveals the three-dimensional structure of a membrane channel that's critical in controlling blood pressure. The findings represent the first time the human epithelial sodium channel has been shown so precisely since it was first isolated and described through expression cloning more than two decades ago.
  • Diagnosing types of fear of falling in Parkinson's patients September 25, 2018
    Parkinson's disease causes one of the highest risks of falling among all neurological conditions. Due to this, many patients develop a fear of falling, even if they've never fallen. Researchers have discovered a way to diagnose subtypes of fear of falling in hopes of improving treatment and quality of life for patients.
  • Patterns in STEM grades of girls versus boys September 25, 2018
    A new study has explored patterns in academic grades of 1.6 million students, showing that girls and boys perform very similarly in STEM - including at the top of the class.
  • Skin wounds in older mice are less likely to scar September 25, 2018
    Researchers have discovered a rare example in which the mammalian body functions better in old age. A team has found that, in skin wounds in mice, being older increased tissue regeneration and decreased scar formation. The same findings were confirmed in studies of human tissue.