How to erase a memory — and restore it

  Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have erased and reactivated memories in rats, profoundly altering the animals’ reaction to past events.   The study, published in the June 1 advanced online issue of the journal Nature, is the first to show the ability to selectively remove a memory and…

The symphony of life, revealed

  A new imaging technique captures the vibrations of proteins, tiny motions critical to human life              IMAGE:   Using a new imaging technique they developed, scientists have managed to observe and document the vibrations of lysozyme, an antibacterial protein found in many animals. This graphic visualizes the vibrations… Click here for more information.…

LSUHSC research finds combo of plant nutrients killed 100% of sample breast cancer cells

Contact: Leslie Capo lcapo@lsuhsc.edu 504-568-4806 Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans, LA – A study led by Madhwa Raj, PhD, Research Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans and its Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center, has found that a super cocktail of six natural compounds in vegetables, fruits,…

Scientists report human dietary supplement cures lab animals infected with human intestinal parasite ( Hookworm )

Contact: Preeti Singh psingh@burnesscommunications.com 301-280-5722 Bridget DeSimone bdesimone@burnesscommunications.com 301-280-5735 Burness Communications Preliminary success using ‘probiotics’ against hookworms raises hope for treating afflictions that burden 1.5 billion and cause stunting, development delays in children WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 15, 2013) — Laboratory animals fed a modified version of a common human dietary supplement were completely cured of…

Compound derived from vegetables shields rodents from lethal radiation doses

Contact: Karen Mallet km463@georgetown.edu Georgetown University Medical Center WASHINGTON — Georgetown University Medical Center researchers say a compound derived from cruciferous vegetable such as cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli protected rats and mice from lethal doses of radiation. Their study, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) suggests the compound, already…

Obese stomachs tell us diets are doomed to fail

Public release date: 16-Sep-2013 [ Contact: Amanda Page amanda.page@adelaide.edu.au 61-882-225-644 University of Adelaide The way the stomach detects and tells our brains how full we are becomes damaged in obese people but does not return to normal once they lose weight, according to new research from the University of Adelaide. Researchers believe this could be…

Codeine could increase users’ sensitivity to pain

Contact: Paul Rolan paul.rolan@adelaide.edu.au 61-883-134-102 University of Adelaide Using large and frequent doses of the pain-killer codeine may actually produce heightened sensitivity to pain, without the same level of relief offered by morphine, according to new research from the University of Adelaide. Researchers in the Discipline of Pharmacology have conducted what is believed to be…

Novel Chinese herbal medicine JSK improves spinal cord injury outcomes in rats

Contact: Daphne Watrin d.watrin@iospress.nl 31-206-883-355 IOS Press Findings published in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience Amsterdam, NL, August 19, 2013 – A new study published in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience demonstrates that Chinese herbal medicine Ji-Sui-Kang (JSK), given systemically for three weeks after injury in rats, improved locomotor function, reduced tissue damage, and preserved the structure…

Obesity kills more Americans than previously thought

Contact: Timothy S. Paul tp2111@columbia.edu 212-305-2676 Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health 1 in 5 Americans, Black and White, die from obesity — nearly 3 times previous estimates Obesity is a lot more deadly than previously thought. Across recent decades, obesity accounted for 18 percent of deaths among Black and White Americans between the…