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One Gene Adds To Mouse Longevity
2013-08-30 08:32:34

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have extended the average lifespan of a group of mice by lowering the expression of a single gene. The lifespan of the mice was increased by about 20 percent, or the equivalent of raising the average human life span by 16 years, from 79 to 95. The researchers focused on a gene called mTOR, which is involved in metabolism and energy balance, and might be connected with an...

2013-08-29 23:04:16

Led by WPI, a multi-institution team is developing a system that combines an MRI-guided robot with ablation by high-intensity ultrasound to accurately destroy tumors without damaging surrounding tissue. Worcester, Mass. (PRWEB) August 29, 2013 With a five-year, $3 million R01 award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), through the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a team of researchers led by Gregory Fischer, PhD, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and robotics...

2013-08-28 23:01:42

Five-year program will refine use of adult stem cells and novel biological sutures developed at WPI to heal damaged hearts. Worcester, MA (PRWEB) August 28, 2013 The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a five-year, $1.94 million grant to a biomedical research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) working at the forefront of cell therapies for healing cardiac muscle damaged by heart attack or chronic disease. Funded through the NIH's premiere Research Project Grant...

2013-08-26 13:27:36

NIH-funded study could lead to new treatments for amblyopia A study in mice reveals an elegant circuit within the developing visual system that helps dictate how the eyes connect to the brain. The research, funded by the National Institutes of Health, has implications for treating amblyopia, a vision disorder that occurs when the brain ignores one eye in favor of the other. Amblyopia is the most common cause of visual impairment in childhood, and can occur whenever there is a...

2013-08-23 10:38:07

NIH-funded study provides more evidence supporting development of noninvasive tests Levels of a protein in the urine of kidney transplant recipients can distinguish those at low risk of developing kidney injury from those at high risk, a study suggests. The results also suggest that low levels of this protein, called CXCL9, can rule out rejection as a cause of kidney injury. The study appears online Aug. 22 in the American Journal of Transplantation. The work was funded by the National...

2013-08-19 15:09:48

By determining the three-dimensional structure of proteins at the atomic level, researchers at the National Institutes of Health have discovered how some commonly used flame retardants, called brominated flame retardants (BFRs), can mimic estrogen hormones and possibly disrupt the body's endocrine system. BFRs are chemicals added or applied to materials to slow or prevent the start or growth of fire. "We're beginning to have a better understanding of flame retardants and their effect on...

2013-08-12 14:02:05

Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder share the most common genetic variation The largest genome-wide study of its kind has determined how much five major mental illnesses are traceable to the same common inherited genetic variations. Researchers funded in part by the National Institutes of Health found that the overlap was highest between schizophrenia and bipolar disorder; moderate for bipolar disorder and depression and for ADHD and depression; and low between schizophrenia and autism....


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