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Surveys, polls, focus groups, and now fMRI scans? A new study shows that neural activity can predict responses to public service campaigns better than simply asking people what they think.
April 30, 2012, 10:58 PM PDT | By Janet Fang
Researchers have discovered that inhibiting the enzyme 5-lipoxygenase helps protect astronauts from immune problems in flight. This same therapy may also work to suppress aging on Earth.
April 30, 2012, 9:42 AM PDT | By Audrey Quinn
Newly discovered networks in the adolescent brain explain why some teens are more likely to say yes to experimentation with alcohol, cigarettes and illegal drugs.
April 30, 2012, 6:10 AM PDT | By Audrey Quinn
Visual-spatial tasks help disrupt the formation of mental imageries involved in flashbacks. Though not a cure, the game could lessen other symptoms, including irritability and poor concentration.
April 27, 2012, 4:44 PM PDT | By Janet Fang
The most common form of vitamin E in our food helps prevent colon, lung, breast and prostate cancers. But the form of the vitamin most commonly in supplement pills doesn’t share these benefits.
April 27, 2012, 3:24 PM PDT | By Audrey Quinn
A new study highlights the loss of income that can accompany the time demands of breastfeeding.
April 26, 2012, 10:41 AM PDT | By Audrey Quinn
A thin, flexible film that wraps around a single drop of liquid could prevent evaporation, allowing diagnostics to be performed with just one droplet of blood.
April 25, 2012, 9:29 PM PDT | By Janet Fang
As next-generation sequencers enter the clinic and into public health, researchers are asking for independent analyses to help sort through the marketing claims in this competitive industry.
April 24, 2012, 3:29 PM PDT | By Janet Fang
The drug gabapentin, already on the market to treat neuropathic pain and epilepsy, quiets the brain circuitry responsible for withdrawal symptoms in marijuana addicts.
April 24, 2012, 9:35 AM PDT | By Audrey Quinn
By changing the sugars in DNA and RNA strands, scientists created 6 new kinds of genetic molecules called XNAs. These variants can help scientists design better drugs and diagnostic tests.
April 23, 2012, 11:11 PM PDT | By Janet Fang