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July 2013 Archive

July 29, 2013

Doctor using a stethoscope to examine an overweight African-American woman.

Duration of Obesity May Affect Heart Disease

How long a young adult is obese may affect heart disease risk later in life, according to new research.

Ribbon cartoon of pyramid-shaped typhoid toxin.

Novel Structure and Function of Typhoid Toxin

Scientists gained important insights into the reasons why Salmonella typhi, the cause of typhoid fever, is so dangerous.

Stem-cell-derived sensory hair cells.

Technique Forms Working Inner Ear Cells

Using an innovative 3-D culture system, researchers were able to coax mouse embryonic stem cells to form cells and structures seen in the inner ear.

July 15, 2013

Woman listening to doctor.

Urine Test Detects Kidney Transplant Rejection

Levels of certain molecules in the urine of kidney transplant recipients can provide an early sign of transplant rejection.

Sleepy senior man.

Brain Protein Affects Aging and Sleep

Researchers revealed how an aging-related protein in the brain affects sleep patterns.

Mouse brain cells with red and green, but mostly yellow strands.

Altered Protein Shapes May Explain Brain Diseases

Scientists may have uncovered a key mechanism involved in the brain degeneration seen in conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

July 1, 2013

Three middle-aged women looking at a photo album.

The Effects of Estrogen Therapy on Cognition

A large analysis of estrogen therapy in younger postmenopausal women, aged 50–55, found no long-term risk or benefit on cognitive function.

Happy woman with a wicker basket full of fresh vegetables.

Gene Variants Predict Response to Breast Cancer Drugs

Scientists found genetic variations that could be used to identify women who are most likely to benefit from a certain type of breast cancer prevention drug.

Computer-generated map of the heart of a twin with PTSD.

Vietnam Vets with PTSD More Likely to Have Heart Disease

A study of male twin Vietnam veterans suggests that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be a risk factor for heart disease.

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