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2012-05-16 11:04:20

UCLA researchers may have found a key to determining which Parkinson's disease patients will experience a more rapid decline in motor function, sparking hopes for the development of new therapies and helping identify those who could benefit most from early intervention. In a study published May 15 in the peer-reviewed online journal PLoS ONE, the researchers found that Parkinson's sufferers who possess two specific variants of a gene known to be a risk factor for the disease had a...

Can Too Much Sugar Make You Stupid?
2012-05-16 07:09:59

Dentists have long warned that too much sugar can rot a person's teeth, but scientists at UCLA have discovered evidence that too much soda and candy could also rot a person's brain. The study, which was published Tuesday in the Journal of Physiology, discovered how a diet that is "steadily high" in fructose can slow down the function of the brain, impairing memory and learning ability, the Los Angeles-based university said in a May 15 press release. Those adverse effects, they say, can...

2012-05-16 05:00:22

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Though there is no known cure for Parkinson´s disease, there are means to control the symptoms. Researchers at UCLA may have found a way to determine which patients will experience a more rapid decline in motor function, which is potentially beneficial in developing new therapies and identifying who can benefit the most from early intervention. In a small study with 233 patients, the researchers discovered that people with Parkinson´s who possess two...

2012-05-03 15:57:25

Gaming system a new step for telepathology and other telemedicine fields Online crowd-sourcing – in which a task is presented to the public, who respond, for free, with various solutions and suggestions – has been used to evaluate potential consumer products, develop software algorithms and solve vexing research-and-development challenges. But diagnosing infectious diseases? Working on the assumption that large groups of public non-experts can be trained to recognize...

2012-05-03 09:06:03

It seems improbable that a baby born underweight would be prone to obesity, but it is well documented that these children tend to put on weight in youth if they're allowed free access to calories. Now, researchers believe they understand why this happens. A new animal model study at UCLA has found that in low—birth-weight babies whose growth was restricted in the womb, the level of appetite-producing neuropeptides in the brain's hypothalamus – the central control of the...

2012-05-02 13:15:54

'A huge step forward in the safety screening of nanomaterials,' researchers say Engineered nanomaterials, prized for their unique semiconducting properties, are already prevalent in everyday consumer products – from sunscreens, cosmetics and paints to textiles and solar batteries – and economic forecasters are predicting the industry will grow into $1 trillion business in the next few years. But how safe are these materials? Because the semiconductor properties of...

2012-05-01 13:53:39

If you throw a rubber balloon filled with water against a wall, it will spread out and deform on impact, while the same balloon filled with honey, which is more viscous, will deform much less. If the balloon's elastic rubber was stiffer, an even smaller change in shape would be observed. By simply analyzing how much a balloon changes shape upon hitting a wall, you can uncover information about its physical properties. Although cells are not simple sacks of fluid, they also contain...

2012-04-27 22:02:25

In the fight against emerging public health threats, early diagnosis of infectious diseases is crucial. And in poor and remote areas of the globe where conventional medical tools like microscopes and cytometers are unavailable, rapid diagnostic tests, or RDTs, are helping to make disease screening quicker and simpler. RDTs are generally small strips on which blood or fluid samples are placed. Specific changes in the color of the strip, which usually occur within minutes, indicate the...


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jument
  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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