Genomic & Biopharma News

MGH researchers discover regulators of gene expression programs in medulloblastoma
Massachusetts General Hospital researchers have identified a mechanism that controls the expression of genes regulating the growth of the most aggressive form of medulloblastoma, the most common pediatric brain tumor. In their report published online in Cancer Discovery, the team also identifies potential targets for future treatments.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-02-25 00:58:09

Adolescent female offspring could be rescued from negative effects of poor maternal diet during pregnancy
Here's some good news if you are female: Research published online in The FASEB Journal, shows that in mice, what is eaten during adolescence or childhood development may alter long-term behavior and learning, and can even "rescue" females from the negative effects on behavior resulting from a poor maternal diet during pregnancy.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-02-25 00:42:39

Pitt study sheds light on shared roots of schizophrenia and rheumatoid arthritis
An in-depth computational analysis of genetic variants implicated in both schizophrenia and rheumatoid arthritis by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh points to eight genes that may explain why susceptibility to one of the disorders could place individuals at lower risk for the other, according to the results of a study published today in the journal npj Schizophrenia.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-02-25 00:33:36

Dietary prebiotics can improve sleep after stress exposure, study suggests
In recent years, reams of research papers have shed light on the health benefits of probiotics, the "good bacteria" found in fermented foods and dietary supplements.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-02-25 00:28:00

Princeton-Intel collaboration builds new software to decode brain scans
Early this year, about 30 neuroscientists and computer programmers got together to improve their ability to read the human mind.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-02-25 00:20:02

Researchers discover promising target for treatment of leishmaniasis
Each year, about 2 million people contract leishmaniasis, a parasitic disease transmitted by the bite of a sand fly. The cutaneous form of the disease results in disfiguring skin ulcers that may take months or years to heal and in rare cases can become metastatic, causing major tissue damage.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-02-25 00:07:05

New research pinpoints how bacteria get into lungs of healthy people
They traveled a huge distance, evaded a protective barrier, and found themselves in a strange and unwelcoming land.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-02-25 00:03:34

Novel antiviral drug can protect transplant patients against CMV infections
In a significant advance in improving the safety of donor stem cell transplants, a major clinical trial led by researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital has shown that a novel agent can protect against the most common viral infection that patients face after transplantation.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-02-24 23:56:31

New study finds huge problem of multi-drug resistant infections among children
In a new, first-of-its-kind study, researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have found a 700-percent surge in infections caused by bacteria from the Enterobacteriaceae family resistant to multiple kinds of antibiotics among children in the US. These antibiotic resistant infections are in turn linked to longer hospital stays and potentially greater risk of death.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-02-24 23:50:00