Genomic & Biopharma News

Deaths from diabetes in the U.S. higher than estimated, study shows
The proportion of deaths attributable to diabetes in the U.S. is as high as 12 percent - three times higher than estimates based on death certificates suggest, according to a new analysis led by a Boston University School of Public Health researcher.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-01-27 09:26:23

Novel gene therapy restores partial hearing and balance in mice born with genetic deafness
Using a novel form of gene therapy, scientists from Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital have managed to restore partial hearing and balance in mice born with a genetic condition that affects both.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-01-27 08:34:49

Fixations control responses of face cells, research suggests
When we are walking down a crowded street, our brains are constantly active, processing a myriad of visual stimuli. Faces are particularly important social stimuli, and, indeed, the human brain has networks of neurons dedicated to processing faces.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-01-27 08:28:51

Smartphone app reduces length of hospital stay after delivery for C-section patients
Women who used a smartphone app as part of a Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) program were released from the hospital sooner after delivering their babies via cesarean section, according to a study presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2017 meeting.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-01-27 08:20:40

Study compares postoperative outcomes, costs of laparoscopic and open antireflux surgery for GERD
Patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease, known as GERD, who undergo laparoscopic anti-reflux operations compared with traditional "open" operations suffer fewer postoperative complications, experience faster recovery, and incur lower health care costs, according to study results published online as an "article in press" on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons website, ahead of print publication.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-01-27 06:28:06

LSD influences perception by stimulating serotonin receptors in the brain
Researchers from UZH have discovered how the perception of meaning changes in the brain under the influence of LSD. The serotonin 2A receptors are responsible for altered perception.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-01-27 06:11:26

UCL researchers discover how HIV infects macrophages despite presence of protective protein
A team led by UCL researchers has identified how HIV is able to infect macrophages, a type of white blood cell integral to the immune system, despite the presence of a protective protein.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-01-27 06:00:00

NIH scientists improve understanding of antibody-based protection against klebsiella bacteria
Klebsiella bacteria cause about 10 percent of all hospital-acquired infections in the United States. K. pneumoniae sequence type 258 (ST258) is one of the Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae organisms labeled an urgent threat by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-01-27 05:31:48

Old tuberculosis drug improves impaired social behavior in autism mouse model
Reducing the function of the autism-associated gene Pcdh10 leads to impairments in social behavior, according to a study published in Biological Psychiatry.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-01-27 04:50:38