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2013-04-04 11:39:35

The gene variants weaken the same receptors that some hallucinogenic drugs block New genetic factors predisposing to schizophrenia have been uncovered in five families with several affected relatives. The psychiatric disorder can disrupt thinking, feeling, and acting, and blur the border between reality and imagination. Dr. Debby W. Tsuang, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and Dr. Marshall S. Horwitz, professor of pathology, both at the University of Washington in...

2013-01-25 10:12:24

At the heart of computing are tiny crystals that transmit and store digital information´s ones and zeroes. Today these are hard and brittle materials. But cheap, flexible, nontoxic organic molecules may play a role in the future of hardware. A team led by the University of Washington in Seattle and the Southeast University in China discovered a molecule that shows promise as an organic alternative to today´s silicon-based semiconductors. The findings, published this week in the...

2012-02-09 18:21:57

Trends in other countries and emerging cephalosporin resistance signal likelihood of treatment failures Researchers are continuing to sound the alarm on the growing threat of multi-drug resistant gonorrhea in the United States, according to a Perspective commentary in the Feb. 9 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. In July 2011, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released "Cephalosporin Susceptibility Among Neisseria gonorrhoeae Isolates - United States,...

2012-02-07 23:12:30

Gene that influences inflammatory response to infection predicts effectiveness of drug therapy A gene that influences the inflammatory response to infection may also predict the effectiveness of drug treatment for a deadly form of tuberculosis. An international collaboration between researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle, Duke University, Harvard University, the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Vietnam and Kings College London reported these findings Feb. 3 in...

2011-10-26 00:37:54

The study used a quick, accurate genome sequencing method that could become a single test to screen for a broad range of cancers More patients with ovarian carcinoma carry cancer-predisposing mutations, and in more genes, than previously thought. A rapid experimental method for screening genomes has located mutations in 12 genes for inherited cancers of the ovary, fallopian tubes and peritoneum (the thin tissue lining the lower abdomen). More than one-fifth of ovarian cancers arise...

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2011-07-22 11:48:42

Pseudomonas aeruginosa targets opponents' cell walls and immunizes itself against its own weapons When competing for food and resources, bacteria employ elaborate strategies to keep rival cells at bay. Scientists have now identified a pathway that allows disease-causing bacteria to attack other bacterial cells by breaking down their cell wall. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a type of bacteria readily found in everyday environments. It easily forms colonies in a wide variety of settings, including...

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2011-06-18 06:10:00

According to a new study, people in the U.S. are more susceptible to skin cancer on the left side of their bodies, possibly due to driving. Researchers from the University of Washington in Seattle said driving may be to blame because the left arm receives more UV rays. The researchers said that when skin cancer occurred in one side of the body, 52 percent of melanoma cases and 53 percent of merkel cell cases developed on the left side. The study provides the strongest evidence to date of a...

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2011-04-05 07:30:00

A new study states that one in 44,000 athletes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association has sudden cardiac death each year, higher than many estimates for young athletes in other areas, reports The Associated Press (AP). The findings, published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, come on the heels of the death of a Michigan teenage basketball player who last month collapsed minutes after a game-winning shot, and could influence health screening guidelines for...

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2011-02-26 07:26:26

A new study, published in the journal Headache, has found that girls who get migraines appear more likely than their peers to gain extra weight during adulthood. Reuters reports that scientists found that four in ten women with childhood migraines had added at least 22 pounds since age 18, compared to three in ten women who never had the excruciating headaches. Other studies have linked migraines to obesity, but the new results held up even after taking into consideration that children...

2010-10-01 14:09:59

The procedure is performed through the eye socket, thereby eliminating removal of the top of the skull to reach the brain Surgeons at UW Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle and at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine have determined that transorbital neuroendoscopic surgery (TONES) is a safe, effective option for treating a variety of advanced brain diseases and traumatic injuries. This groundbreaking, minimally invasive surgery is performed through the...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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