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Unexpected bottleneck identified in spread of herpes simplex virus

Unexpected bottleneck identified in spread of herpes simplex virus

ScienceDaily (Nov. 5, 2012) — New research suggests that just one or two individual herpes virus particles attack a skin cell in the first stage of an outbreak, resulting in a bottleneck in which the infection may be vulnerable to medical treatment. Continue reading

Brain’s mysterious switchboard operator revealed

Brain’s mysterious switchboard operator revealed

ScienceDaily (Aug. 17, 2012) — A mysterious region deep in the human brain could be where we sort through the onslaught of stimuli from the outside world and focus on the information most important to our behavior and survival, Princeton University researchers have found. The researchers report in the journal Science that an area of our brain called the pulvinar regulates communication between clusters of brain cells as our brain focuses on the people and objects that need our attention Continue reading

Insured and still at risk: Number of underinsured in U.S. increased 80 percent between 2003 – 2010

Insured and still at risk: Number of underinsured in U.S. increased 80 percent between 2003 – 2010

ScienceDaily (Sep. 8, 2011) — The number of underinsured adults — those with health insurance all year, but also with very high medical expenses relative to their incomes — rose by 80 percent between 2003-2010, from 16 million to 29 million, according to a new Commonwealth Fund study published in the September issue of Health Affairs. Continue reading

In the early life of an embryo, a monster lurks

In the early life of an embryo, a monster lurks

ScienceDaily (Aug. 22, 2011) — Research based at Princeton University has revealed that newly fertilized cells only narrowly avoid degenerating into fatal chaos. At the same time, scientists have discovered that embryos have acquired a mechanism to contain this dangerous instability, a finding that could help biologists unravel other mysteries about the first hours of life. Continue reading

Mechanism involved in breast cancer’s spread to bone discovered

Mechanism involved in breast cancer’s spread to bone discovered

ScienceDaily (Feb. 4, 2011) — In a discovery that may lead to a new treatment for breast cancer that has spread to the bone, a Princeton University research team has unraveled a mystery about how these tumors take root. Cancer cells often travel throughout the body and cause new tumors in individuals with advanced breast cancer — a process called metastasis — commonly resulting in malignant bone tumors. Continue reading