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Study finds assessment of age based on physical development to be inaccurate
A new study, published in the journal Annals of Human Biology, has found that the current methods used by immigration bodies, local authorities and the Fédération Internationale de Football... (Medical News Today)

Genetic variation influences effectiveness of anti-diabetic drug
The first study to show how natural genetic variation can affect individual response to an anti-diabetic drug takes a step toward individualized treatment of metabolic disorders. (Medical News Today)

New technique maps elusive chemical markers on proteins
Unveiling how the 20,000 or so proteins in the human body work--and malfunction--is the key to understanding much of health and disease. (Medical News Today)

Faulty cellular 'garbage disposal' implicated in Alzheimer's
A new study reports that lysosomes - the garbage disposal systems of cells - that accumulate near amyloid plaques in Alzheimer's are faulty and possibly contribute to the disease. (Medical News Today)

Temperature reproduces good and bad effects in mammals
Contradictory temperature effects on reproductive success in mammals pose a dilemma, with cooler temperatures causing increased milk output, but slower development in young and higher temperatures... (Medical News Today)

Engineered particles 'may become antibiotics of the future'
Using synthetic biology, researchers have engineered particles called phagemids that cause harmful bacteria to malfunction and cease replicating without bursting open. (Medical News Today)

A single molecule in the building blocks of life
The world is built up of molecules that join together and form different building blocks; new software makes it easier to zoom right in to the individual moleculeThis is a video of smFRET... (Medical News Today)

Skin cancer risk linked with grapefruit and orange juice
Consuming large amounts of grapefruit and orange juice may increase the risk of melanoma - the deadliest form of skin cancer - according to new research led by Brown University. (Medical News Today)

Targeting dormant cells may halt colorectal cancer spread
Scientists have found how to control stem cell behavior that spurs the spread of bowel cancer, opening a route for therapies that target dormant cells as opposed to growing cells. (Medical News Today)

SAPH-ire helps scientists prioritize protein modification research
Researchers have developed a new informatics technology that analyzes existing data repositories of protein modifications and 3D protein structures to help scientists identify and target research on... (Medical News Today)

Key element of human language discovered in bird babble
New study deciphers bird sounds to reveal language precursors in babbler birds Stringing together meaningless sounds to create meaningful signals was previously thought to be the preserve of... (Medical News Today)

New cancer treatment shows promise in lab trials
A new class of drug that targets two metabolic pathways that drive cancer progression - the Warburg effect and lipogenesis - show promising results in cell and animal tests. (Medical News Today)

Attractive female flies harmed by male sexual attention
Too much male sexual attention harms attractive females, according to a new Australian and Canadian study on fruit flies.This is a mating pair of Drosophila serrata. (Medical News Today)

New drug delivery system may open up treatments for polycystic kidney disease
A new method that allows antibodies to penetrate cyst walls may open the door for already approved drugs to target the growth factors that drive polycystic kidney disease. (Medical News Today)

Cocktail of chemicals trigger cancer - Global taskforce calls for research into how everyday chemicals in our environment cause cancer
A deadly list of 50 chemicals the public is exposed to on a daily basis may trigger cancer when combined, according to new research published today. (Medical News Today)

Soft core, hard shell - the latest in nanotechnology
Nanoparticles are the smallest particles capable of reaching virtually all parts of the body. (Medical News Today)

The successful ovulation of 100 eggs from 1 female mouse
The average number of eggs for genetically modified mice (knockout mice 1) obtained using previous methods of superovulation induction is about 20 but in reality the number is often much smaller... (Medical News Today)

'Fasting-mimicking diet' may promote health and longevity
Researchers have created a fasting-mimicking diet that they found increased lifespan and healthspan of mice and reduced risk factors linked to cancer, CVD and diabetes in humans. (Medical News Today)

Potential type 2 diabetes drug found with new screening tool
A new tool that monitors a critical function inside live cells that is believed to be the underlying cause of type 2 diabetes has identified a potential drug to target the disease. (Medical News Today)

Single enzyme's far-reaching influence in human biology and disease
Enzyme Fam20C chemically modifies more than 100 different secreted proteins, thus directing numerous cellular processesCells stained orange to illuminate the endoplasmic reticulum and Golgi... (Medical News Today)

TSRI study points to unexplored realm of protein biology, drug targets
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have devised a powerful set of chemical methods for exploring the biology of proteins. (Medical News Today)

Study of cholesterol in cells offers clues on infertility and early puberty
Cells use cholesterol to make the steroid hormones that trigger puberty and support pregnancy. Now, a new study of this may help find causes of infertility and early puberty. (Medical News Today)

Scientists show how nanostructure of dentin stops teeth cracking
What makes our teeth withstand decades of wear and tear? For the first time, a new study reveals how the nanostructure of dentin responds to stress to prevent teeth from cracking. (Medical News Today)

Injured jellyfish seek to regain symmetry
Self-repair is extremely important for living things. Get a cut on your finger and your skin can make new cells to heal the wound; lose your tail -- if you are a particular kind of lizard -- and... (Medical News Today)

Dancing with the cells
Cells 'dance' as they draw together during early embryo developmentThe same kind of contraction that fires our muscles also controls a key stage of mammalian embryo development, according to a... (Medical News Today)

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