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Public Release: 17-Sep-2014
Scientific Reports
Researchers examine role of hormone in response to ovarian cancer treatment
Researchers at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island recently published the results of an investigation into how we might better tailor therapy for ovarian cancer.

Contact: Susan McDonald
Women & Infants Hospital

Public Release: 17-Sep-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Protein variant may boost cardiovascular risk by hindering blood vessel repair
Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found that the most common variant of the circulating protein apolipoprotein E, called apoE3, helps repair the lining of blood vessels.

Contact: Cathy Frisinger
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Public Release: 17-Sep-2014
Nature Genetics
Moffitt researchers help lead efforts to find new genetic links to prostate cancer
Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center, including Center Director Thomas A. Sellers, Ph.D., M.P.H., Jong Park, Ph.D. and Hui-Yi Lin, Ph.D., have discovered 23 new regions of the genome that influence the risk for developing prostate cancer, according to a study published Sept. 14 in Nature Genetics.

Contact: Kim Polacek
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Public Release: 17-Sep-2014
Journal of Biological Chemistry
Abnormal properties of cancer protein revealed in fly eyes
Mutations in the human retinoblastoma protein gene are a leading cause of eye cancer. Now, Michigan State University scientists have turned to fruit fly eyes to unlock the secrets of this important cancer gene.

Contact: Layne Cameron
Michigan State University

Public Release: 17-Sep-2014
Journal of Neurotrauma
New MRI technique helps clinicians better predict outcomes following mild traumatic brain injury
Diffusion Tensor Imaging, a specialized magnetic resonance imaging technique that detects microstructural changes in brain tissue, can help physicians better predict the likelihood for poor clinical outcomes following mild traumatic brain injury compared to conventional imaging techniques such as computed tomography, according to a new study published in Journal of Neurotrauma.

Contact: Kathryn Ryan
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News

Public Release: 17-Sep-2014
Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry
Rooting out horse-meat fraud in the wake of a recent food scandal
As the United Kingdom forms a new crime unit designed to fight food fraud -- in response to an uproar last year over horse meat being passed off as beef -- scientists from Germany are reporting a technique for detecting meat adulteration. They describe their approach, which represents a vast improvement over current methods, in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Contact: Michael Bernstein
American Chemical Society

Public Release: 17-Sep-2014
BMC Medicine
Magnetic resonance helps to detect and quantify fat in liver
A study undertaken by the research team led by Luis Bujanda, Professor of Medicine at the University of the Basque Country and in charge of the Area of Research into Hepatic and Gastrointestinal Diseases at the Biodonostia Health Research Institute, has shown that magnetic resonance is a good method -- better still than hepatic biopsy -- for detecting fats in the liver and for quantifying them.

Contact: Matxalen Sotillo
University of the Basque Country

Public Release: 17-Sep-2014
Yoga may help people with bipolar disorder, reports Journal of Psychiatric Practice
People with bipolar disorder who do yoga believe their yoga practice has significant mental health benefits, reports a survey study in the Sept. Journal of Psychiatric Practice. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

Contact: Connie Hughes
Wolters Kluwer Health

Public Release: 17-Sep-2014
ACS Nano
Nanoscience makes your wine better
One sip of a perfectly poured glass of wine leads to an explosion of flavours in your mouth. Researchers at Aarhus University, Denmark, have now developed a nanosensor that can mimic what happens in your mouth when you drink wine. The sensor measures how you experience the sensation of dryness in the wine.

Contact: Associate Professor Duncan Sutherland, Aarhus University
Aarhus University

Public Release: 17-Sep-2014
Journal of Psychiatric Practice
Survey finds benefits, risks of yoga for bipolar disorder
Newly published results from a survey of people with bipolar disorder who practice yoga have begun to document the reported benefits and risks of the practice. The information, plus a pilot clinical trial currently underway, could help psychologists develop yoga as an adjunctive therapy for the condition.
Depressive and Bipolar Disorder Alternative Treatment Foundation

Contact: David Orenstein
Brown University

Public Release: 17-Sep-2014
Five genes to predict colorectal cancer relapses
Researchers at the Catalan Institute of Oncology-Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute, led by David Garcia-Molleví have identified 5 genes differentially expressed in normal accompanying cells in colorectal tumors. Analysis of these genes could be used to classify colorectal tumors, predict the evolution of the patient and thus take appropriate clinical decisions to prevent relapses.
Spanish government

Contact: Arantxa Mena
IDIBELL-Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute

Public Release: 17-Sep-2014
Mechanism behind age-dependent diabetes discovered
Ageing of insulin-secreting cells is coupled to a progressive decline in signal transduction and insulin release, according to a recent study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden.
Swedish Research Council, Novo Nordisk Foundation, Swedish Diabetes Association, Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation

Contact: Press Office
Karolinska Institutet

Public Release: 17-Sep-2014
Elsevier journal Maturitas publishes position statement on breast cancer screening
Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced the publication of a position statement by the European Menopause and Andropause Society in the journal Maturitas on the topic of breast cancer screening.

Contact: Greyling Peoples

Public Release: 17-Sep-2014
NAMS issues first comprehensive recommendations on care of women at menopause and beyond
The North American Menopause Society has published its key, evidence-based recommendations for the comprehensive care of midlife women -- on everything from hot flashes to heart disease. This is the first, comprehensive set of evidence-based recommendations for the care of midlife women freely available to all clinicians who care for women at this stage of life.

Contact: Eileen Petridis
The North American Menopause Society (NAMS)

Public Release: 17-Sep-2014
Nature Communications
Recruiting bacteria to be technology innovation partners
For most people biofilms conjure up images of slippery stones in a streambed and dirty drains. While there are plenty of 'bad' biofilms around, a team at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University sees biofilms as a robust new platform for designer nanomaterials that could clean up polluted rivers, manufacture pharmaceutical products, fabricate new textiles, and more.
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University

Contact: Kristen Kusek
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard

Public Release: 17-Sep-2014
BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
A greater focus on socially disadvantaged women is needed to improve maternity care in England
Women from lower socioeconomic groups in the UK report a poorer experience of care during pregnancy and there needs to be a greater focus on their care, suggests a new study published today n BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Contact: Nicole Weingartner

Public Release: 17-Sep-2014
BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
New study examines the impact of socioeconomic position and maternal morbidity in Australia
The risk of severe maternal morbidity amongst women in Australia is increased by lower socioeconomic position, suggests a new study published today in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Contact: Nicole Weingartner

Public Release: 17-Sep-2014
Environmental Health Perspectives
Phthalates heighten risk for childhood asthma
Researchers at the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health at the Mailman School of Public Health are the first to demonstrate an association between childhood asthma and prenatal exposure to two phthalates used in a diverse array of household products. Results appear online in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, US Environmental Protection Agency

Contact: Timothy Paul
Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health

Public Release: 16-Sep-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Counting fish teeth reveals regulatory DNA changes behind rapid evolution, adaptation
Threespine sticklebacks, small fish found around the globe, undergo rapid evolutionary change when they move from the ocean to freshwater lakes, losing their armor and gaining more teeth in as little as 10 years. UC Berkeley biologist Craig Miller shows that this rapid change results not from mutations in functional genes, but changes in regulatory DNA. He pinpoints a gene that could be responsible for teeth, bone or jaw deformities in humans, including cleft palate.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Robert Sanders
University of California - Berkeley

Public Release: 16-Sep-2014
Lancet Oncology
Improved risk identification will aid fertility preservation in young male cancer patients
A study led by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital investigators has found the chemotherapy dose threshold below which male childhood cancer survivors are likely to have normal sperm production. The study appears in Sept. 17 edition of the journal Lancet Oncology.
NIH/National Cancer Institute, American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities

Contact: Carrie Strehlau
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Public Release: 16-Sep-2014
Slimy fish and the origins of brain development
Lamprey -- slimy, eel-like parasitic fish with tooth-riddled, jawless sucking mouths -- are rather disgusting to look at, but thanks to their important position on the vertebrate family tree, they can offer important insights about the evolutionary history of our own brain development, suggests a recent study done at Caltech.
National Institutes of Health, Stowers Institute for Medical Research

Contact: Deborah Williams-Hedges
California Institute of Technology

Public Release: 16-Sep-2014
Journal of Medical Internet Research
Do wearable lifestyle activity monitors really work?
Wearable electronic activity monitors hold great promise in helping people to reach their wellness goals. These increasingly sophisticated devices help the wearers improve their wellness by constantly monitoring their activities and bodily responses through companion computer programs and mobile apps. Given the large market for these devices, researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston analyzed 13 of these devices to compare how the devices and their apps work to motivate the wearer.
National Institutes of Health, US Department of Education, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, American Heart Association

Contact: Donna Ramirez
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Public Release: 16-Sep-2014
Agronomy Journal
Boosting global corn yields depends on improving nutrient balance
Ensuring that corn absorbs the right balance of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium is crucial to increasing global yields, a Purdue and Kansas State University study finds.
International Plant Nutrition Institute, Purdue University, Kansas State University

Contact: Natalie van Hoose
Purdue University

Public Release: 16-Sep-2014
ASTRO's 56th Annual Meeting
Study identifies when and how much various prostate cancer treatments will impact urinary and sexual functioning
Men with prostate cancer may one day be able to predict when and how much various treatments will impact their urinary and sexual functioning, thanks in part to new findings that researchers at Fox Chase Cancer Center presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology's 56th Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Contact: Diana Quattrone
Fox Chase Cancer Center

Public Release: 16-Sep-2014
Translational Psychiatry
First blood test to diagnose depression in adults
The first blood test to diagnose major depression in adults has been developed, providing the first objective, scientific diagnosis for depression. The test also predicts who will benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy, offering the opportunity for more effective, individualized therapy. The test also showed the biological effects of the therapy, the first measurable, blood-based evidence of the therapy's success and showed who is vulnerable to recurring episodes of depression.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Marla Paul
Northwestern University