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In Fruit Fly and Human Genetics, Timing Is Everything

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Every animal starts as a clump of cells, which over time multiply and mature into many different types of cells, tissues, and organs. This is fundamental biology. Yet, the details of this process remain largely mysterious. Now, scientists have begun to unravel an important part of that mystery.

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Brain Cancer, MD Anderson Cancer Center, ACSS2, Brain Tumor

Study Provides Better Understanding of How Brain Tumors ‘Feed’

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All cancer tumors have one thing in common – they must feed themselves to grow and spread, a difficult feat since they are usually in a tumor microenvironment with limited nutrients and oxygen. A study at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has revealed new details about how an enzyme called acetyl-CoA synthetase 2 (ACSS2) allows brain tumors to grow despite their harsh surroundings.

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Brain Network, Executive Function, teen brains, Adolescence, Youth

Penn Medicine Researchers Identify Brain Network Organization Changes That Influence Improvements in Executive Function Among Adolescents and Young Adults

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In a new study, published this week in Current Biology, a team of University of Pennsylvania researchers report newly mapped changes in the network organization of the brain that underlie those improvements in executive function. The findings could provide clues about risks for certain mental illnesses.

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University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Penn Nursing Science, Penn Nursing, mary ersek, Lung Cancer, Aggressive Treatment, veteran research

Aggressive Care at End of Life for Patients with Advanced Lung Cancer Linked to Poorer Outcomes

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For patients with advanced cancer, aggressive care — chemotherapy, mechanical ventilation, acute hospitalizations and intensive care unit admissions — at the end of life is commonplace. Yet until now, little is known about the relationship between patients’ and families’ satisfaction with this aggressive care within the last 30 days of life.

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Wind Energy, wind turbine towers, concrete towers, Concrete Technology

Concrete for Taller Wind Turbine Towers Passes Tests, Could Help Expand Wind Energy Nationwide

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A research team led by Iowa State's Sri Sritharan has just finished an 18-month, $1 million study of concrete technology for taller wind turbine towers. Sritharan said the taller towers could enable wind energy production in all 50 states.

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Dolphins, Dolphin Strandings, Contaminants, Veterinary Health, Marine Mammals, Environment and cancer , Immunity, Immonology, Veterinary Medicine, environmental contaminants, Disease, Disease Susceptibility, Mortality and Morbidity

Approach Tested at FAU First to Look at Dolphin Immune System

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With the drastic increase in the number of unusual dolphin strandings and deaths along the southeastern coast of the U.S. and elsewhere, finding specific antibodies to test, monitor and document their immune health is critical.

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Opioid Abuse Epidemic, opioid abuse, safe consumption space, Injection Drug Users, Heroin, HIV, Hepatitis C

Safe Space for Illegal Drug Consumption in Baltimore Would Save $6 Million a Year

A new cost-benefit analysis conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and others suggests that $6 million in costs related to the opioid epidemic could be saved each year if a single “safe consumption” space for illicit drug users were opened in Baltimore.

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Synthetic Biology, Cellular Programming

UW Engineers Borrow From Electronics to Build Largest Circuits to Date in Living Eukaryotic Cells

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UW synthetic biology researchers have demonstrated a new method for digital information processing in living cells, analogous to the logic gates used in electric circuits. In a key step in the ability to program living cells, the team built the largest circuits published to date in eukaryotic cells, using DNA instead of silicon and solder.

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Obesity, ABOM, Surgery, Report, Physicans, Physicians, Training, Medical, Growth, Achievement

The American Board of Obesity Medicine Five Year Report

Five-year report reflecting on the growth of ABOM

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Weight Loss

Insurance vs. Out-of-Pocket Payment Not a Big Factor in Weight-Loss Outcomes

Individuals whose insurance covered the cost of a comprehensive medical weight-loss program had one-year outcomes very similar to those of patients who paid for the treatment out of pocket, according to an observational study conducted at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.







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