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Obese Patients Face Higher Radiation Exposure From CT Scans—But New Technology Can Help

Existing technique could accelerate metabolism to fight obesity

Researchers identify a protein in fat and liver cells that can be altered to increase energy expenditures By manipulating a biochemical process that underlies cells'...

Surprising new clue to the roots of hunger

Researchers are creating a wiring diagram of the complex brain circuits that regulate this intense motivational state While the function of eating is to nourish...

How Red Hair May Increase Melanoma Risk

A person’s skin pigment, which determines hair color and skin tone, is influenced by the melanocortin-1 (MC1R) gene receptor. For the population’s 1 to...

Researchers identify a novel therapeutic approach for liver cancer

BOSTON -- Cancer of the liver -- rare in the United States but the third-leading cause of cancer death worldwide -- can result from environmental exposures or infections like chronic hepatitis, but the link is poorly understood. Now, researchers...

New target found for aggressive cancer gene

Researchers have found a way to kill human cells hijacked by a genetic accelerator that puts cancer cells into overdrive: the Myc oncogene. The discovery reveals new drug targets for Myc-driven cancers, which tend to be particularly aggress...

Evolution reveals missing link between DNA and protein shape

Fifty years after the pioneering discovery that a protein's three-dimensional structure is determined solely by the sequence of its amino acids, an international team of researchers has taken a major step toward fulfilling the tantaliz...

Better Electrical Stimulation Could Help Damaged Nerves

Functional electrical stimulation (FES) was developed to help return lost function to patients with upper and lower extremity injuries and spinal cord injuries, among...

Study shows rapamycin reverses myocardial defects in mouse model of LEOPARD...

BOSTON -- Congenital heart diseases affect approximately one in 100 patients, making them the most common type of birth defect and the number-one cause of pediatric deaths. Now a new study showing that the mTOR inhibitor drug rapamycin can rev...

Recalled ICD leads fail in women, youths most often

The recalled Sprint Fidelis implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) leads (Medtronic) failed more often in younger patients, women, and individuals with hereditary heart disease, according to a multicenter study published online Jan. 17 in Circ...

Noninvasive brain stimulation helps improve motor function in stroke patients

BOSTON -- A noninvasive electric stimulation technique administered to both sides of the brain can help stroke patients who have lost motor skills in their hands and arms, according to a new study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical ...

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