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Volume 9, Number 10
March 8, 2010


Physical sciences
Technology
Life sciences
Neuroscience, psychology, behavior
Health and medicine
Physical sciences

Hubble parameter
Earthquakes
Star forming regions
Tests of relativity
Gamma-ray background
James Webb Space Telescope
Water on Mars
Global warming
Paleoclimatology
Extrasolar planets
Magnetars
Old stars in dwarf galaxies
Active galaxies
Large Hadron Collider
Square Kilometer Array
K-T mass extinction
Methane and global warming
Earth's magnetic field
Hypernuclei
Astrochemistry
Galaxies
Snowball Earth
Hurricanes and climate
Extremely Large Telescope

Technology

Quantum communication
Optical communications
Graphene
Superconductivity
Nanotechnology
Junctionless transistor
Carbon nanotubes
Brain-computer interface
Nanophotonics
Photovoltaics
DNA sequencing
Supercomputing
Grid computing
Controlled fusion
Molecular transfer printing

Life sciences

Early human symbolic behavior
Kinesin breakdown of ATP
Circadian rhythm period gene, stress, and longevity
Stress and immune response
Evolutionary theory of aging
Stromatolites
Cell reprogramming
Soluble fiber, IL-4, and the immune system
Epigenetics
Genomics
Systems Biology Markup Language
Triacylglycerol hydrolase and blood lipid levels
Genome hotspots and natural selection
Glycosylase DNA repair
Systems biology
Human polygamy
Diversity of mitochondrial DNA across body cells
Human intestinal microbiome
CD95L and inflammation in nerve cell injury
SIRT3, acetylation, and fat metabolism
Sestrin, AMPK, TOR, and aging
Sexual selection
Mapping transcription factor networks
Microbe adaptation to land
Endocytosis
Prokaryote/eukaryote transition and Naegleria gruberi
Psychological traits and longevity

Neuroscience, psychology, and behavior

Perception of sound termination
Improved fMRI sensor
Antidepressants
Schizophrenia
GABA and depression
Alcohol dependence
Brain activity and BDNF signaling
Circadian rhythm, vasopressin, and body hydration
Brain-imaging studies
Neuron growth cones
Astrocytes
Crowding in visual perception
Josephson junction brain simulation
Ritalin, dopamine, plasticity, and learning

Health and medicine

Control of diabetes with leptin
Cardiovascular disease
Cancer
MicroRNA and cancer
Obesity
Diabetes
Alzheimer's disease
Inflammatory bowel disease
Stem cells
Vaccines
Cancer biology
Immune system downregulation by antibiotics
Genetics and weight-loss diet
Intestinal bacteria and metabolic disease
Trauma-induced systemic inflammatory response syndrome
Antibiotic resistance
Antibacterials
AIDS
Parkinson's disease
Gene therapy
Multiple sclerosis
Tuberculosis
Lupus
Vitamin D
Malaria
Nutrigenomics
Diabetes, depression, and dementia
Prions
Antibiotics
Psoriasis
Drug discovery
Allergies
Celiac disease



Physical sciences


Hubble parameter

References:
  1. March 1, 2010 - Dark matter lens used to measure age of universe
  2. March 1, 2010 - Astronomically large lenses measure the age and size of the universe - also here, here, here, here, here
  3. March 2, 2010 - Galactic Lenses Confirm Universe's Age, Size
  4. March 31, 2010 - Gravitational lensing constrains cosmology
Background


Earthquakes

References:
  1. March 1, 2010 - Chile quake occurred in zone of 'increased stress' - also here
  2. March 2, 2010 - Chilean Quake May Have Shortened Earth Days - also here
  3. March 2, 2010 - Chile Earthquake Altered Earth Axis, Shortened Day
  4. March 2, 2010 - How the Chilean quake shortened the day
  5. March 2, 2010 - Northwest at risk of megaquake like one in Chile - also here
  6. March 3, 2010 - Earth knocked for a loop
  7. March 5, 2010 - Chile aftershocks could go on for years: scientists
Background


Star forming regions

References:
  1. March 1, 2010 - Baby Stars Illuminate Web of Glowing Gas
  2. March 3, 2010 - The Cosmic Bat: An Island of Stars in the Making on the Outskirts of Orion - also here, here, here
  3. March 3, 2010 - Delicate Nebula Looks Like a Cosmic Bat
Background


Tests of relativity

References:
  1. March 1, 2010 - Dark matter could meet its nemesis on Earth
Background


Gamma-ray background

References:
  1. March 2, 2010 - Universe's Energetic Cosmic Fog Stumps Scientists
  2. March 2, 2010 - Fermi Telescope probes 'dragons' of the gamma-ray sky - also here
  3. March 3, 2010 - Mysterious "Dragons" Make Universe's Gamma Ray Fog
  4. March 3, 2010 - Universe's high-energy haze gets murkier
Background


James Webb Space Telescope

References:
  1. March 2, 2010 - First Mirrors Polished for Next-Gen Space Telescope
  2. March 2, 2010 - Webb Telescope's first primary mirror meets cold temperature specifications, sets program landmark - also here
  3. March 3, 2010 - Turning up the heat: Finding out how well the Webb telescope's sunshield will perform - also here
Background


Water on Mars

References:
  1. March 2, 2010 - Radar Map of Buried Martian Ice Adds to Climate Record - also here
  2. March 4, 2010 - Hidden Glaciers Are Common on Mars
  3. March 5, 2010 - New view reveals Mars' icy history
Background


Global warming

References:
  1. March 2, 2010 - Research team breaks the ice with new estimate of glacier melt - also here
  2. March 4, 2010 - Glacier melting a key clue to tracking climate change
  3. March 5, 2010 - Climate change human link evidence 'stronger'
  4. March 5, 2010 - Which climate changes can be blamed on humans?
  5. March 5, 2010 - 95 per cent chance that Man is to blame for global warming, say scientists
Background


Paleoclimatology

References:
  1. March 2, 2010 - Were short warm periods typical for transitions between interglacial and glacial epochs? - also here
Background


Extrasolar planets

References:
  1. March 2, 2010 - How to hunt for exoplanets - also here
  2. March 4, 2010 - NASA's Kepler Mission Celebrates One Year in Space - also here
Background


Magnetars

References:
  1. March 2, 2010 - Exotic Magnetar Has Extremely Strong Magnetic Fields
Background


Old stars in dwarf galaxies

References:
  1. March 3, 2010 - First of Missing Primitive Stars Discovered - also here
  2. March 3, 2010 - Old star is 'missing link' in galactic evolution - also here
  3. March 8, 2010 - Low-metal star suggests Milky Way grew by gobbling dwarfs
  4. March 12, 2010 - The Milky Way's Killer Instincts
  5. March 19, 2010 - Origins of the Milky Way
Background, Background


Active galaxies

References:
  1. March 3, 2010 - Lopsided stellar disks help black holes guzzle gas - also here
  2. March 3, 2010 - Winds of Change: How Black Holes May Shape Galaxies - also here, here
Background, Background


Large Hadron Collider

References:
  1. March 3, 2010 - Detecting proton collisions at unprecedented levels of energy - also here
  2. March 3, 2010 - LHC Restarted: Half-Power Run Is Full of Potential
Background


Square Kilometer Array

References:
  1. March 3, 2010 - First signal received by future telescope
Background


K-T mass extinction

References:
  1. March 3, 2010 - It's definitive: An asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs
  2. March 4, 2010 - It's official: An asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs
  3. March 4, 2010 - Experts reaffirm asteroid impact caused mass extinction 65 million years ago - also here
  4. March 4, 2010 - Rock Solid Link: Asteroid Doomed the Dinosaurs
  5. March 4, 2010 - Dinosaur extinction link to crater confirmed
  6. March 4, 2010 - An Asteroid Killed the Dinosaurs, After All
  7. March 4, 2010 - Researchers reassert that impact killed dinosaurs - also here
  8. March 5, 2010 - Dinosaur extinction caused by asteroid: study
  9. March 5, 2010 - Experts confirm asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs
Background


Methane and global warming

References:
  1. March 4, 2010 - Methane Releases From Arctic Shelf May Be Much Larger and Faster Than Anticipated
  2. March 4, 2010 - Methane bubbles in Arctic seas stir warming fears
  3. March 4, 2010 - Arctic seafloor a big source of methane - also here
  4. March 4, 2010 - Study: Arctic seabed methane stores destabilizing, venting - also here
  5. March 4, 2010 - Arctic Sea Belching Tons of Methane
  6. March 4, 2010 - Methane bubbling out of Arctic Ocean - but is it new?
  7. March 4, 2010 - Methane seen as growing climate risk - also here
  8. March 5, 2010 - Study finds methane bubbling from Arctic
  9. March 5, 2010 - Siberian Methane Could Fast-Track Global Warming
Background


Earth's magnetic field

References:
  1. March 4, 2002 - Geophysicists push age of Earth's magnetic field back 250 million years
  2. March 4, 2010 - Oldest measurement of Earth's magnetic field reveals battle between Sun and Earth for our atmosphere - also here, here
  3. March 4, 2010 - Earth's mag field may drop in a flash
  4. March 4, 2010 - Magnetized Rocks Push Back Origin of Earth's Magnetic Field
  5. March 5, 2010 - Earth's Magnetic Field Is 3.5 Billion Years Old
  6. March 5, 2010 - Early Earth embroiled in constant solar storm
  7. March 5, 2010 - Early Earth's Magnetic Field Was a Weakling
  8. March 9, 2010 - Earth's magnetic field older than we thought
Background


Hypernuclei

References:
  1. March 4, 2010 - Strange antiparticles pop out of RHIC's quark-gluon plasma
  2. March 4, 2010 - Heavy antimatter created in gold collisions
  3. March 4, 2010 - From two-trillion-degree heat, researchers create new matter -- and new questions - also here
  4. March 4, 2010 - Researchers Help To Create New Form Of Matter
  5. March 5, 2010 - RHIC nets strange antimatter
Background


Astrochemistry

References:
  1. March 4, 2010 - Herschel Finds Possible Life-Enabling Molecules in Space
  2. March 5, 2010 - Precursors of Life-Enabling Organic Molecules in Orion Nebula Unveiled by Herschel Space Observatory
  3. March 8, 2010 - All of Life’s Ingredients Found in Orion Nebula
  4. March 11, 2010 - Life-Enabling Molecules Spotted in Orion Nebula
Background


Galaxies

References:
  1. March 4, 2010 - Bully galaxy rules the neighborhood - also here
Background


Snowball Earth

References:
  1. March 4, 2010 - New evidence hints at global glaciation 716.5 million years ago - also here, here
  2. March 4, 2010 - "Snowball Earth" Confirmed: Ice Covered Equator
  3. March 4, 2010 - Snowball Earth dated by radioactive rocks
  4. March 4, 2010 - Scientists Find Signs of "Snowball Earth" Amidst Early Animal Evolution
Background, Background


Hurricanes and climate

References:
  1. March 4, 2010 - Hurricanes' effects on ocean temperature revisited
Background


Extremely Large Telescope

References:
  1. March 4, 2010 - Chile Poised to Host Biggest Telescope in the World
Background



Technology


Quantum communication

References:
  1. March 1, 2010 - Long-distance quantum communication gets closer as physicists increase light storage efficiency by an order of magnitude
Background


Optical communications

References:
  1. March 1, 2010 - New device for ultrafast optical communications - also here
Background


Graphene

References:
  1. March 1, 2010 - Researchers make graphene hybrid - also here
  2. March 2, 2010 - Producing graphene layers using crystallization
Background


Superconductivity

References:
  1. March 1, 2010 - Template engineering demonstrates possibilities of new superconducting material
  2. March 3, 2010 - Hydrocarbon superconductor is a first
  3. March 3, 2010 - Hydrocarbons Can Superconduct, Too
  4. March 10, 2010 - Hydrocarbon superconductor created
Background


Nanotechnology

References:
  1. March 1, 2010 - New approach could produce multifunction nanodevices
  2. March 4, 2010 - Nano-foundry technique yields ultra-durable probes from diamond
Background


Junctionless transistor

References:
  1. March 1, 2010 - Junctionless transistor makes its debut
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. March 2, 2010 - Nanotube Thermocells Hold Promise For Converting Heat Waste To Energy
  2. March 7, 2010 - MIT researchers discover new way of producing electricity - also here, here
  3. March 7, 2010 - Carbon nanotube sensor array detects single molecules for the first time
  4. March 9, 2010 - Nanometre 'fuses' for high-performance batteries
  5. March 10, 2010 - Nanotubes help create thermopower waves
  6. March 14, 2010 - Enter the 'thermopower wave'
Background


Brain-computer interface

References:
  1. March 2, 2010 - Researchers reconstruct 3-D hand movement using brain signals - also here
  2. March 2, 2010 - Bossy brain goes gaga over computer
  3. March 2, 2010 - Mind-controlled prosthetics without brain surgery
  4. March 2, 2010 - No Implants Needed: Movement-Generating Brain Waves Detected and Decoded Outside the Head
  5. March 4, 2010 - New device may enable limbs to be controlled by thought alone
Background


Nanophotonics

References:
  1. March 3, 2010 - IBM Scientists Create Ultra-Fast Device Which Uses Light for Communication between Computer Chips
Background


Photovoltaics

References:
  1. March 3, 2010 - Trapping Sunlight with Silicon Nanowires - also here
Background


DNA sequencing

References:
  1. March 3, 2010 - Undergrad publishes better DNA sequencing method in medical journal
Background


Supercomputing

References:
  1. March 3, 2010 - Fujitsu, JAEA Unveil Japan's Fastest Supercomputer
Background


Grid computing

References:
  1. March 3, 2010 - Cloud technology to combat cancer - also here
Background


Controlled fusion

References:
  1. March 4, 2010 - High-Power Plasmas for ITER Fusion Reactor
Background


Molecular transfer printing

References:
  1. March 5, 2010 - For smaller chips, borrow 18th-century tricks
Background



Life sciences


Early human symbolic behavior

References:
  1. March 1, 2010 - Stone Age engraving traditions appear on ostrich eggshells - also here
  2. March 1, 2010 - Engraved Eggs Suggest Early Symbolism
  3. March 2, 2010 - Etched ostrich eggs illustrate human sophistication
  4. March 3, 2010 - Oldest 'writing' found on 60,000-year-old eggshells
Background


Kinesin breakdown of ATP

References:
  1. March 1, 2010 - Researchers determine how ATP, molecule bearing 'the fuel of life,' is broken down in cells
Background


Circadian rhythm period gene, stress, and longevity

References:
  1. March 1, 2010 - 'Biological clock' could be a key to better health, longer life - also here
Background, Background


Stress and immune response

References:
  1. March 1, 2010 - Social Stress May Enhance The Immune Response To Influenza Virus
Background


Evolutionary theory of aging

References:
  1. March 1, 2010 - Tree-Dwelling Mammals Climb to the Heights of Longevity
Background, Background


Stromatolites

References:
  1. March 2, 2010 - First Fossil-Makers in Hot Water
Background


Cell reprogramming

References:
  1. March 2, 2010 - Using own skin cells to repair hearts on horizon - also here
Background


Soluble fiber, IL-4, and the immune system

References:
  1. March 2, 2010 - Study shows soluble fiber boosts immune system - also here, here
Background


Epigenetics

References:
  1. March 2, 2010 - Biochemists take a bead on gene-controlling code
Background


Genomics

References:
  1. March 2, 2010 - Human Genome Project is 10: Where are we now?
Background


Systems Biology Markup Language

References:
  1. March 2, 2010 - After 5 years, free systems biology markup language has proven popular - also here
Background


Triacylglycerol hydrolase and blood lipid levels

References:
  1. March 2, 2010 - Researchers identify method to help reduce fat in the blood
  2. March 4, 2010 - With Just One Enzyme Missing, Mice Show 'Global' Metabolic Improvements
Background, Background


Genome hotspots and natural selection

References:
  1. March 2, 2010 - The genetic footprint of natural selection - also here
Background


Glycosylase DNA repair

References:
  1. March 2, 2010 - New Insights on a Fundamental DNA Repair Mechanism - also here
Background


Systems biology

References:
  1. March 2, 2010 - Biologists Use Mathematics to Advance Our Understanding of Health and Disease
Background, Background


Human polygamy

References:
  1. March 2, 2010 - Modern man found to be generally monogamous, moderately polygamous - also here
Background, Background


Diversity of mitochondrial DNA across body cells

References:
  1. March 3, 2010 - Surprising mtDNA diversity
  2. March 3, 2010 - Research Calls Forensic DNA Technique Into Question
  3. March 4, 2010 - Tissue differences within us track cancer, hinder forensics
Background


Human intestinal microbiome

References:
  1. March 3, 2010 - Gut bacteria gene complement dwarfs human genome
  2. March 3, 2010 - Scientists catalog zoo of bacteria inside our guts - also here
  3. March 3, 2010 - Human gut microbes hold 'second genome'
  4. March 4, 2010 - Gene study reveals diverse gut zoo
  5. March 4, 2010 - Census of microbes in human gut
  6. March 4, 2010 - Bacterial balance that keeps us healthy - also here
Background


CD95L and inflammation in nerve cell injury

References:
  1. March 3, 2010 - Scientists discover cause of destructive inflammations - also here
Background, Background


SIRT3, acetylation, and fat metabolism

References:
  1. March 3, 2010 - Scientists identify key protein in energy regulation - also here
Background


Sestrin, AMPK, TOR, and aging

References:
  1. March 4, 2010 - Protein shown to be natural inhibitor of aging in fruit fly model - also here
Background, Background


Sexual selection

References:
  1. March 4, 2010 - Lizard moms choose the right genes for the right gender offspring
Background


Mapping transcription factor networks

References:
  1. March 4, 2010 - Researchers create atlas of transcription factor combinations - also here
Background


Microbe adaptation to land

References:
  1. March 5, 2010 - First Microbes Colonized Land by Using Fat For Protection
Background


Endocytosis

References:
  1. March 5, 2010 - A fingerprint for genes - also here
Background


Prokaryote/eukaryote transition and Naegleria gruberi

References:
  1. March 5, 2010 - Plodding Amoeba Flips Into Free-Swimming Flagellate: Naegleria Genome Sheds Light on Transition from Prokaryotes to Eukaryotes
Background


Psychological traits and longevity

References:
  1. March 5, 2010 - For a long life, smile like you mean it
Background



Neuroscience, psychology, and behavior


Perception of sound termination

References:
  1. March 1, 2010 - Brain 'hears' sound of silence
Background


Improved fMRI sensor

References:
  1. March 1, 2010 - New technique offers a more detailed view of brain activity
Background


Antidepressants

References:
  1. March 1, 2010 - A new generation of rapid-acting antidepressants? - also here
Background


Schizophrenia

References:
  1. March 1, 2010 - Scientists identify age-associated defects in schizophrenia - also here
  2. March 1, 2010 - Offspring of two psychiatric patients have increased risk of developing mental disorders - also here
  3. March 4, 2010 - Mental Illness Multiplied in Children
Background


GABA and depression

References:
  1. March 1, 2010 - Critical brain chemical shown to play role in severe depression - also here
Background


Alcohol dependence

References:
  1. March 1, 2010 - Genome-wide study of alcohol dependence points to chromosome 11 - also here
  2. March 1, 2010 - Anterior cingulate cortex activity may represent a neurobiological risk for alcohol dependence - also here
  3. March 2, 2010 - Examining alcohol use disorders through gene networks instead of individual genes - also here
Background


Brain activity and BDNF signaling

References:
  1. March 2, 2010 - Learning keeps brain healthy: study - also here
Background, Background


Circadian rhythm, vasopressin, and body hydration

References:
  1. March 2, 2010 - Why you are not thirsty while sleeping
Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. March 2, 2010 - Don't make that face at me! - also here
  2. March 2, 2010 - Stress-affected brain region is smaller in veterans with PTSD
  3. March 2, 2010 - Brain scans now catch chemicals too
Background


Neuron growth cones

References:
  1. March 2, 2010 - Neuroscientist steers research into neurological disorders - also here
Background


Astrocytes

References:
  1. March 4, 2010 - Brain cells' new role defunct?
Background


Crowding in visual perception

References:
  1. March 4, 2010 - Why our peripheral vision may not be as random as we think - also here
Background


Josephson junction brain simulation

References:
  1. March 5, 2010 - Superconductors could simulate the brain
Background, Background


Ritalin, dopamine, plasticity, and learning

References:
  1. March 7, 2010 - Ritalin boosts learning by increasing brain plasticity - also here
Background, Background



Health and medicine


Control of diabetes with leptin

References:
  1. March 1, 2010 - Appetite Suppressor Could Be an Alternative to Insulin
  2. March 1, 2010 - Hormone may be heart-healthy insulin substitute
Background, Background


Cardiovascular disease

References:
  1. March 1, 2010 - Obese children show signs of heart disease
  2. March 1, 2010 - Obese 3-year-olds show early warning signs for future heart disease - also here, here
  3. March 1, 2010 - Calcium, vitamin D pills don't help heart: study
  4. March 1, 2010 - Weight-loss diets may reverse atherosclerosis in obese, overweight people - also here
  5. March 2, 2010 - Secondhand smoke damages arteries in teens: study
  6. March 2, 2010 - Eating fish has no effect on abnormal heart rhythm
  7. March 2, 2010 - Coffee not linked to heart arrhythmia
  8. March 2, 2010 - Coffee associated with reduced risk of hospitalization for heart rhythm disturbances: study - also here
  9. March 2, 2010 - Aspirin use does not significantly reduce events among those identified by certain screening method - also here
  10. March 2, 2010 - Children with insomnia may have impaired heart rate variability
  11. March 2, 2010 - Cluster of 'critical' follow-up evaluations may improve outlook for hospitalized HF patients
  12. March 2, 2010 - Secondhand smoke raises risk of hardened arteries among 13-year-olds - also here
  13. March 2, 2010 - Low-fat, Mediterranean and low-carb diets 'help heart'
  14. March 3, 2010 - Shingles of the eye tied to stroke risk
  15. March 3, 2010 - Calcium and vitamin D may not cut cholesterol
  16. March 3, 2010 - Ocular shingles linked to increased risk of stroke - also here
  17. March 3, 2010 - Coffee Is Generally Heart-Friendly - also here
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. March 1, 2010 - Gene test aid to cancer treatment
  2. March 1, 2010 - New testing method hints at garlic's cancer-fighting potential - also here
  3. March 1, 2010 - Hormone thought to slow aging associated with increased risk of cancer death - also here
  4. March 1, 2010 - Researchers fishing for cancer cure discover active DHA derivatives - also here
  5. March 1, 2010 - Molecular imaging technique uses ultrasound and microscopic bubbles to target cancer cells - also here
  6. March 1, 2010 - Dietary factors influence ovarian cancer survival rates - also here
  7. March 1, 2010 - Office-based ultrasound-guided FNA superior in diagnosing head and neck lesions
  8. March 1, 2010 - New subtype of breast cancer responds to targeted drug - also here
  9. March 1, 2010 - Overexpression of ARD1A gene reduces tumor size and number in mice - also here
  10. March 2, 2010 - Overcoming multidrug resistance in acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells - also here
  11. March 2, 2010 - Long waits for radiotherapy linked to increased recurrence of breast cancer
  12. March 2, 2010 - Experts call for further research into the relationship between insulin therapy and cancer - also here
  13. March 2, 2010 - PINC trial launched to test new treatment for pre-invasive breast cancer - also here
  14. March 2, 2010 - New test reduces need for radioisotopes in certain thyroid cancer treatments
  15. March 2, 2010 - Common osteoporosis drugs are associated with a decrease in risk of breast cancer - also here
  16. March 2, 2010 - Synta gets FDA nod to resume developing cancer drug
  17. March 3, 2010 - Cigarette smoking may raise prostate cancer risk
  18. March 3, 2010 - Herceptin and Tykerb effective against a subset of gastric cancers - also here
  19. March 3, 2010 - Freezing breast tumors helps stop cancer's spread in mice - also here
  20. March 3, 2010 - Nuclear physics promises earlier detection of brain tumors with just one scan - also here
  21. March 3, 2010 - Patient age not a factor in use of second-line therapy for lung cancer
  22. March 3, 2010 - Lung cancer research explores the effects of patient attitudes on patient outcomes
  23. March 3, 2010 - Hormone replacement therapy linked to increased lung cancer risk - also here
  24. March 3, 2010 - Costly tests may not help detect bladder cancer recurrence, study finds - also here
  25. March 3, 2010 - Cancer society casts more doubt on prostate tests - also here
  26. March 3, 2010 - Should men be tested for prostate cancer? - also here
  27. March 4, 2010 - Plant-focused diet may curb breast cancer risk
  28. March 4, 2010 - Bladder tumor risk higher after childhood cancer
  29. March 4, 2010 - Study shows link between vitamin D, skin cancer - also here
  30. March 4, 2010 - Possible vaccine for mesothelioma proven safe - also here
  31. March 4, 2010 - A new indicator of poor prognosis in node-negative colorectal cancer patients - also here
  32. March 4, 2010 - Colorectal Cancer in China
  33. March 5, 2010 - Smoking tied to lung cancer in women with HIV
  34. March 5, 2010 - New study introduces the prospect for concurrent antiangiogenic/antitumorigenic therapy
  35. March 5, 2010 - SIBLING Proteins May Predict Oral Cancer
  36. March 6, 2010 - High weight associated with risk of colorectal tumors without microsatellite instability - also here
  37. March 6, 2010 - Dermatologists Can Diagnose and Treat Early Stage Melanomas Using New Technology
  38. March 7, 2010 - Most early-stage breast cancer patients may not need radiation after mastectomy - also here
  39. March 7, 2010 - New Strategy Develops Two Prototype Drugs Against Cancer, Retinal Diseases
Background


MicroRNA and cancer

References:
  1. March 1, 2010 - Key player found for a cancer typical in Down syndrome - also here
  2. March 4, 2010 - Study identifies key cause of chronic leukemia progression - also here
Background, Background


Obesity

References:
  1. March 1, 2010 - Sleep habits linked to fat gain in younger adults
  2. March 1, 2010 - Childhood obesity prevention should begin early in life, possibly before birth
  3. March 1, 2010 - Extremes in sleep duration are related to increases in abdominal fat in minority young adults - also here
  4. March 1, 2010 - Obesity associated with depression and vice versa - also here
  5. March 4, 2010 - Obesity and depression are a two-way street
  6. March 7, 2010 - Sleep wrong and you'll feel the bad fat
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. March 1, 2010 - Nap lovers show higher diabetes rate
  2. March 1, 2010 - Frequent napping is associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes in older adults - also here
  3. March 1, 2010 - Immunology: Uncovering the in Vivo Role of the Protein DO
  4. March 2, 2010 - Researcher ready to test new diabetes treatment in humans
  5. March 2, 2010 - Sharp spike in diabetes during pregnancy
  6. March 3, 2010 - Hemoglobin A1c outperforms fasting glucose for risk prediction - also here
  7. March 4, 2010 - A1c diabetes test is a better indicator of risk
  8. March 5, 2010 - Lunchtime coffee break best for fighting diabetes
  9. March 6, 2010 - Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages daily linked to diabetes - also here
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. March 1, 2010 - Having greater purpose in life associated with a reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease - also here
  2. March 1, 2010 - Predisposing factors for conversion of mild cognitive impairment to AD identified - also here
  3. March 1, 2010 - New findings suggest new ways to diagnose and treat Alzheimer's - also here
  4. March 2, 2010 - The sea squirt offers hope for Alzheimer's sufferers - also here
  5. March 2, 2010 - Sea Squirt Offers Hope for Alzheimer's Sufferers
  6. March 3, 2010 - Alzheimer's-associated protein may be part of the innate immune system - also here
  7. March 3, 2010 - How the demons of dementia possess and damage brain cells - also here
  8. March 3, 2010 - Medivation, Pfizer Alzheimer's drug fails study
  9. March 4, 2010 - Drug flop is blow to immune theory of dementia
Background


Inflammatory bowel disease

References:
  1. March 1, 2010 - Thiopurine therapy improves quality of life - also here
  2. March 4, 2010 - Therapeutic effect of worm-derived proteins on experimental colitis - also here
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. March 1, 2010 - Predicting the fate of stem cells - also here
  2. March 1, 2010 - Scientists identify wide variety of genetic splicing in embryonic stem cells - also here
  3. March 2, 2010 - Star and flower-shaped moulds tell stem cells what to be
  4. March 3, 2010 - Challenges and Opportunities Facing Stem Cell Scientists
  5. March 3, 2010 - Stem cells approved to treat 'orphan' disease
  6. March 4, 2010 - Researchers distinguish two different types of blood stem cells
  7. March 4, 2010 - Theory of single stem cell for blood components challenged - also here
  8. March 4, 2010 - Breakthrough reveals blood vessel cells are key to growing unlimited amounts of adult stem cells - also here
  9. March 5, 2010 - Deceptive model: Stem cells of humans and mice differ more strongly than suspected - also here
Background


Vaccines

References:
  1. March 2, 2010 - Small molecule with high impact - also here
  2. March 3, 2010 - Aluminum Adjuvants in Vaccinations: How Do They Really Work?
  3. March 4, 2010 - Experimental vaccine protects monkeys against chikungunya - also here
Background


Cancer biology

References:
  1. March 2, 2010 - How Does Estrogen Feed Breast Cancer Tumors?
  2. March 3, 2010 - Targeting leukemia cell's gene 'addiction' presents new strategy for treatment - also here
  3. March 4, 2010 - Different signaling pathways of cholangiocarcinoma - also here
  4. March 5, 2010 - Researchers zero in on a way to switch off T-cells that cause leukemia
  5. March 6, 2010 - Researchers Find Oncogene Is Important in Pancreatic Cancer Growth and Spread
Background


Immune system downregulation by antibiotics

References:
  1. March 2, 2010 - Probiotics prime immune system to fight
Background, Background


Genetics and weight-loss diet

References:
  1. March 3, 2010 - New gene test may help you pick your diet-report
  2. March 3, 2010 - Your best diet? It might be in your genes
  3. March 3, 2010 - A genetic test for dieters
  4. March 4, 2010 - Gene test claims to show what diet works best - also here
  5. March 5, 2010 - DNA test 'could predict most effective diet'
Background


Intestinal bacteria and metabolic disease

References:
  1. March 3, 2010 - Links seen between gut bacteria and disease: paper
  2. March 4, 2010 - Gut bacteria and disease may be linked
  3. March 4, 2010 - Could germs be making you fat?
  4. March 4, 2010 - Gut Bacteria Cause Overeating in Mice
  5. March 4, 2010 - Intestinal bacteria drive obesity and metabolic disease in immune-altered mice - also here, here
  6. March 4, 2010 - Appetite may be partly linked to germs in the gut - also here
  7. March 5, 2010 - Intestinal Microbes Could Drive Obesity and Other Health Issues
  8. March 5, 2010 - A Hidden Trigger of Obesity: Intestinal Bugs
Background, Background, Background


Trauma-induced systemic inflammatory response syndrome

References:
  1. March 3, 2010 - How the cell's powerhouses turn deadly
  2. March 3, 2010 - Deadly Inflammation, But No Sign of Infection
  3. March 3, 2010 - Immune responses to mitochondria help explain body's inflammatory response to injury - also here
Background


Antibiotic resistance

References:
  1. March 3, 2010 - Evidence of increasing antibiotic resistance - also here
Background


Antibacterials

References:
  1. March 3, 2010 - Mineral studies advance antibacterial alternatives
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. March 3, 2010 - HIV vaccine strategy expands immune responses - also here
  2. March 5, 2010 - Periodontal pathogens enhance HIV-1 promoter activation in T cells
  3. March 7, 2010 - Hiding place for HIV revealed
  4. March 7, 2010 - New HIV Hiding Spot Revealed
  5. March 7, 2010 - Bone marrow can harbor HIV-infected cells - also here, here
  6. March 7, 2010 - Stem cells: home of HIV?
  7. March 8, 2010 - Researchers: AIDS virus can hide in bone marrow - also here
Background


Parkinson's disease

References:
  1. March 3, 2010 - Parkinson's disease makes it harder to figure out how other people feel - also here
  2. March 3, 2010 - Putting gene duo to work for Parkinson's
Background


Gene therapy

References:
  1. March 3, 2010 - Second dose of gene therapy for inherited blindness proves safe in animal studies - also here
Background


Multiple sclerosis

References:
  1. March 4, 2010 - Researchers find further evidence linking Epstein-Barr virus and risk of multiple sclerosis - also here
Background


Tuberculosis

References:
  1. March 4, 2010 - Researchers discover gene that affects susceptibility to TB and clues to how it works
  2. March 4, 2010 - Genetic variant offers protection against TB and leprosy - also here
Background


Lupus

References:
  1. March 4, 2010 - Psychotherapy may help autoimmune disease
Background


Vitamin D

References:
  1. March 5, 2010 - Low levels of vitamin D linked to muscle fat, decreased strength in young people - also here, here
  2. March 7, 2010 - Scientists find why "sunshine" vitamin D is crucial
  3. March 7, 2010 - Vitamin D crucial to activating immune defenses - also here
Background


Malaria

References:
  1. March 5, 2010 - Scientists narrow down origins of malaria
  2. March 7, 2010 - Cambodia drug-resistant malaria stirs health fears
Background


Nutrigenomics

References:
  1. March 5, 2010 - Studies on nutrients, gene expression could lead to tailored diets for disease prevention - also here
Background


Diabetes, depression, and dementia

References:
  1. March 5, 2010 - Major depression more than doubles risk of dementia among adults with diabetes - also here
Background, Background, Background


Prions

References:
  1. March 5, 2010 - Scientists find new form of prion disease that damages brain arteries - also here
Background


Antibiotics

References:
  1. March 5, 2010 - Newly Engineered Enzyme Is a Powerful Staph Antibiotic
Background


Psoriasis

References:
  1. March 6, 2010 - Psoriasis Is More Than Skin Deep
Background


Drug discovery

References:
  1. March 6, 2010 - Efficient Identification of Drug Candidates
Background


Allergies

References:
  1. March 7, 2010 - Food allergy-related disorder linked to master allergy gene - also here
Background


Celiac disease

References:
  1. March 7, 2010 - Virus Infections May Be Contributing Factor in Onset of Gluten Intolerance
Background


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