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Health News - Biology/Biochemistry

Scientists find way to increase length of human telomeres
Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine have created a novel technique that they say can increase the length of human telomeres by up to 10%. (Medical News Today)

Sexually-transmitted diseases: do multiple partners mean more immunity?
It has been assumed that the increased transmission of sexually-transmitted diseases in the case of mating promiscuity is influential in shaping the immune system of mammals. (Medical News Today)

New forensic entomology observations expand knowledge of decomposition ecology
Fans of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and similar TV shows know that forensic entomology involves the use of insects and other arthropods in legal matters, including homicide cases. (Medical News Today)

Exhaled carbon dioxide alerts malaria mosquito to human presence
While human odor guides malaria mosquitoes to human homes, once they take up residence, it is exhaled carbon dioxide that triggers them to land on skin for their next blood meal. (Medical News Today)

New bone growth therapy to be tested in space
In outer space, scientists will study a molecule that could accelerate bone growth, potentially leading to new treatments for osteoporosis and other bone conditions. (Medical News Today)

Researchers create Methuselah fly by selecting best cells
A team of researchers at the University of Bern has managed to considerably prolong the lifespan of flies by activating a gene which destroys unhealthy cells. (Medical News Today)

cAMP allows selective activation of Epac2, a protein that augments glucose induced insulin secretion
Second messengers are small molecules that transmit signals in the cell. A single second messenger typically interacts with several signalling proteins. (Medical News Today)

Deeper view of living things with new high-speed 3-d microscope 'SCAPE'
Opening new doors for biomedical and neuroscience research, Elizabeth Hillman, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia Engineering and of radiology at Columbia University Medical... (Medical News Today)

Citrus scent inhibits liver cancer
As main component of essential oils, terpenes can inhibit the growth of different cancer cells. (Medical News Today)

Cellulose with Braille for cells
Artificial implants such as pacemakers often cause complications because the body identifies them as foreign objects. (Medical News Today)

Unique boundary found for little-known cellular compartment
Organization is key to an efficient workplace, and cells are no exception to this rule. (Medical News Today)

Could vitamin A deficiency be a cause of type 2 diabetes?
Vitamin A deficiency led to loss of insulin-producing beta cells in a new study of adult mice, causing researchers to believe it may be a driver of type 2 diabetes. (Medical News Today)

Targeting drugs using 'triggered release' via nanoparticles
Scientists are working on a drug delivery system using parent nanoparticles that only produce the active drug when they come near each other and make a daughter nanoparticle. (Medical News Today)

Coenzyme A plays leading role in nitric oxide function so essential to cell metabolism
Case Western Reserve and University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center researchers and physicians have discovered that the molecule known as coenzyme A plays a key role in cell metabolism by... (Medical News Today)

£1m gene study to investigate secrets of successful ageing
More than 1000 Scots are to have their entire genetic make-up decoded to help explain why some people's brains age better than others. (Medical News Today)

Breast cancer: rates of diagnosis and survival 'vary by race'
A new study finds the likelihood of women in the US being diagnosed with breast cancer at stage I and surviving the diagnosis varies by race and ethnicity. (Medical News Today)

Biochemically modified constituent of yew demonstrates early effectiveness in bile duct cancer
Bile duct cancers are amongst the most aggressive tumour-related diseases and, so far, the medical treatment options available have been limited. (Medical News Today)

Study finds new treatment target for aggressive blood cancer
Acute myeloid leukaemia is an aggressive blood cancer with a poor prognosis. Now, fresh clues about a molecular mechanism in the disease may offer a new drug target. (Medical News Today)

Potential new drug target for combating chemo-resistant cancer cells
A type of cancer cell that proliferates much more slowly than regular cancer cells has proven difficult to eradicate. A new study suggests a potential drug target for these cells. (Medical News Today)

Researchers find potential new target for acute respiratory distress syndrome
Severe lung infections can often lead to fatal acute respiratory distress syndrome. Now a study has uncovered a protective mechanism in the lungs that may offer a treatment target. (Medical News Today)

Scientists develop new software using avatars to picture the complexity of cancer cells
New software to visualise data generated by imaging of cells could help scientists understand more about cancer. (Medical News Today)

Maynooth University discovery in the fight against diabetes
Maynooth University scientists have identified a protein in the body that may have the potential to prevent the development of obesity-driven diabetes. (Medical News Today)

Smokers' metabolisms may suggest which quitting aid is best for them
A new study has found that the nicotine patch and smoking cessation pills have different benefits for smokers, depending on whether they have a normal or slow metabolism. (Medical News Today)

Scientists illuminate mysterious molecular mechanism powering cells in most forms of life
A team led by structural biologists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has taken a big step toward understanding the intricate molecular mechanism of a metabolic enzyme produced in most forms... (Medical News Today)

Malassezia yeasts - everywhere and sometimes dangerous
Malassezia yeasts have been found in human dandruff, deep-sea vents, and pretty much everywhere in between. (Medical News Today)

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