Tag: Boston University

Brain-like chip outstrips normal computers

22 November 2012 by Michael Marshall Magazine issue 2892. COMPUTER chips that mimic the human brain are outstripping conventional chips in crucial ways. They could also revolutionise our understanding of how the brain functions.Attempts to simulate the brain usually involve programming software to behave like groups of neurons. […]

Selenium may slow march of AIDS

2008 study posted for filing Contact: Amitabh Avasthi axa47@psu.edu 814-865-9481 Penn State Increasing the production of naturally occurring proteins that contain selenium in human blood cells slows down multiplication of the AIDS virus, according to biochemists. “We have found that increasing the expression of proteins that contain selenium […]

Did the gene for ADHD help our nomadic ancestors?

Re-Post 2008 Contact: Ben Campbell campbelb@uwm.edu 414-229-6250 University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee An ADHD-associated version of the human gene DRD4 is linked to better health among nomadic tribesmen, but may cause malnourishment in their settled cousins, according to new research by a team directed by an anthropologist at […]

Study finds bacteria may reduce risk for kidney stones: 70 percent reduction in the risk of recurrent kidney stones

Contact: Gina Digravio gina.digravio@bmc.org 617-638-8491 Boston University Boston, MA—Researchers from Boston University’s Slone Epidemiology Center have found that the bacteria Oxalobacter formigenes (O. formigenes), a naturally occurring bacterium that has no known side effects, is associated with a 70 percent reduction in the risk of recurrent kidney stones.  […]

Researchers identify phthalates in numeruous medicines and supplements

(Boston) –Researchers from Boston University’s Slone Epidemiology Center (SEC), in collaboration with Harvard School of Public Health, have found numerous prescription and over-the-counter drugs and supplements use certain chemicals called phthalates as inactive ingredients in their products. The findings appear on-line in Environmental Health Perspectives. Phthalates such as […]