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Modest acute changes in cardiac biomarkers, electrocardiogram findings following thoracic radiation therapy

Modest acute changes in cardiac biomarkers, electrocardiogram findings following thoracic radiation therapy

There were only modest acute changes in cardiac biomarkers and electrocardiograms and there were no clinically significant cardiac events in patients with high-dose radiation exposure to the heart following thoracic radiation therapy (RT) and short-term follow-up. Radiation therapy is standard of care for some patients with thoracic malignancies such as lung cancer, esophageal cancer, thymoma, or malignant mesothelioma Continue reading

New analysis of human genetic history reveals female dominance

New analysis of human genetic history reveals female dominance

Female populations have been larger than male populations throughout human history, according to research published today in the open access journal Investigative Genetics . The research used a new technique to obtain higher quality paternal genetic information to analyze the demographic history of males and females in worldwide populations Continue reading

Enzyme discovery paves way to tackling deadly parasite diseases

Enzyme discovery paves way to tackling deadly parasite diseases

An enzyme found in all living things could hold the key to combating deadly diseases such as sleeping sickness, a study suggests. Research into the enzyme, which helps cells convert nutrients into energy, has shown that it is activated in different ways in various species Continue reading

Foot drop stimulator found to be beneficial in stroke rehab

Foot drop stimulator found to be beneficial in stroke rehab

Kessler Foundation scientists have published a study showing that use of a foot drop stimulator during a task-specific movement for 4 weeks can retrain the neuromuscular system. This finding indicates that applying the foot drop stimulator as rehabilitation intervention may facilitate recovery from this common complication of stroke. “EMG of the tibialis anterior demonstrates a training effect after utilization of a foot drop stimulator,” was published online ahead of print on July 2 by NeuroRehabilitation Continue reading

Reversing the effects of pulmonary fibrosis with a microRNA mimic

Reversing the effects of pulmonary fibrosis with a microRNA mimic

Yale University researchers are studying a potential new treatment that reverses the effects of pulmonary fibrosis, a respiratory disease in which scars develop in the lungs and severely hamper breathing. Continue reading

Best exercise for obese youths analyzed

Best exercise for obese youths analyzed

What exercise program can best fight the “epidemic” of teen obesity? According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association ( JAMA ) Pediatrics , by combining aerobic exercise with resistance training. The Healthy Eating Aerobic and Resistance Training in Youth (HEARTY) study, led by researchers at the University of Calgary and University of Ottawa, involved 304 overweight teens in the Ottawa/Gatineau area between the ages of 14 to 18 Continue reading

Blood test may help determine who is at risk for psychosis

Blood test may help determine who is at risk for psychosis

A study led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers represents an important step forward in the accurate diagnosis of people who are experiencing the earliest stages of psychosis. Psychosis includes hallucinations or delusions that define the development of severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia Continue reading

How gene expression affects facial expressions

How gene expression affects facial expressions

A person’s face is the first thing that others see, and much remains unknown about how it forms — or malforms — during early development. Recently, Chong Pyo Choe, a senior postdoctoral fellow working in the lab of USC stem cell researcher Gage Crump, has begun to unwind these mysteries. In a study published in the journal Development , Choe and Crump describe how a mutation in a gene called TBX1 causes the facial and other deformities associated with DiGeorge syndrome Continue reading

How gene expression affects facial expressions

How gene expression affects facial expressions

A person’s face is the first thing that others see, and much remains unknown about how it forms — or malforms — during early development. Continue reading

How gene expression affects facial expressions

How gene expression affects facial expressions

A person’s face is the first thing that others see, and much remains unknown about how it forms — or malforms — during early development. Continue reading