Κυριακή, 6 Ιουλίου 2014

ScienceDaily: Top News

ScienceDaily: Top News


Drug shows promise for effectively treating metabolic syndrome

Posted: 03 Jul 2014 11:24 AM PDT

Researchers have discovered that an enzyme involved in intracellular signaling plays a crucial role in developing metabolic syndrome, a finding that has a spinoff company developing a drug to potentially treat the condition.

'Switch' in Alzheimer's and stroke patient brains prevents generation and survival of neurons

Posted: 03 Jul 2014 09:52 AM PDT

A new study finds a modification to the transcriptional protein MEF2 that inhibits the growth of new brain cells and survival of existing cells. The findings show promise for therapeutic intervention for a variety of neurodegenerative disorders.

Protein's structural shift offers clues to tumor suppression and other key cell functions

Posted: 03 Jul 2014 07:25 AM PDT

Researchers have discovered how one segment of an important regulatory protein changes shape so it can fulfill multiple roles in the life of cells, including tumor suppression. These findings could aid cancer drug development. The research focused on the protein nucleophosmin 1 (NPM1), which plays a critical part not only in tumor suppression but in cell division, protein production and other cell processes. Until now, however, how NPM1 fulfilled its varied responsibilities was unknown.

Flamingo die-offs: Flexible, standardized post-mortem examinations important in preventing future flamingo die-offs

Posted: 03 Jul 2014 06:16 AM PDT

The lakes of Kenya's Rift Valley boast spectacular pink aggregations of lesser and greater flamingos. Over the last 20 years these populations have suffered a series of unexplained mass mortality events, during which hundreds of thousands of birds die over a period of just a few months.

One third of adults with dyslexia report they were physically abused during their childhood

Posted: 03 Jul 2014 06:12 AM PDT

Adults who have dyslexia are much more likely to report they were physically abused before they turned 18 than their peers without dyslexia, according to a new study. Thirty-five per cent of adults with dyslexia report they were physically abused before they turned 18. In contrast, seven per cent of those without dyslexia reported that they had experienced childhood physical abuse.

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