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  June 20, 2024
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- Whooping Cough Vaccine Proves Effective
A vaccine to protect against illness due to Bordetella pertussis infection has proved more than 90 percent effective in a national, large-scale clinical study.
- Effective Treatment for Stimulant Drug Abuse: Motivational Incentive
Motivational Incentive (MI) Programs can motivate cocaine and methamphetamine abusers to stay in treatment and be drug-free for a longer period.
- NIH Launches Major Program to Transform Clinical and Translational Science
Grants will encourage institutions to propose new approaches to clinical and translational research, including new organizational models and training programs at graduate and post-graduate levels.
- "Gramene" Database Facilitates Global Agricultural Research
Invaluable biological and genomic information about rice and other grasses now available.
- Childhood Asthma Study Shows Home-Based Interventions Are Cost-Effective
Moderate to severe asthma can be reduced by targeting dust mites, cockroaches, pet dander, rodents, passive smoking and mold.
- First Phase II Trial of a “Global” HIV/AIDS Vaccine Launched
A novel vaccine targeted to multiple HIV subtypes found worldwide has moved into the second phase of clinical testing.
- More than 200 Human Flu Strains Reveal a Dynamic Virus Genome
The information, being made available in a publicly accessible database, is expected to help scientists better understand how flu viruses evolve, spread and cause disease
- Wider Access to Knockout Mice
Trans-NIH Effort Provides New Models for Understanding Human Disease
- Who Are the Next Generation of Genetic Counselors? A Survey of Students
Genetic counseling students were surveyed about their backgrounds, application process to genetic counseling programs, and career motivations and plans.
- Factors Influencing Uptake of Genetic Testing For Colorectal Cancer Risk in an Australian Jewish Population
This study reports a high acceptability of genetic testing within a community sample of 300 Australian Jewish individuals.
- Communication Analysis of BRCA1 Genetic Counseling
The findings support the use of RIAS in genetic counseling research.
- Comparing Knowledge of Beta-Thalassemia in Samples of Italians, Italian-Americans, and Non-Italian-Americans
Study determines the level of Beta-Thalassemia awareness among Italians, Italian-Americans, and other Americans.
- Predictive Genetic Testing for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer
Study evaluates emotional functioning and illness representations in 68 unaffected women 1 year after predictive testing for BRCA1/2 mutations.
- Buckets Of Beta Cells
Researchers describe a 'reversibly immortalized' cell line that can supply large amounts of insulin-producing human beta-cells.
- Schizophrenia: An Update and Review
Findings of the research to elucidate the nature of environmental vulnerability factors involved in Schizophrenia.
- Thursdays with Marion: The Therapist's Tale
A case study with a patient who began therapy after her presymptomatic testing for Huntington disease (HD) to address her depression and anxiety.
- Nicotine: An Addictive Pleasure
Nicotine shown to induce a progressive and long-lasting increase of sensitivity in the brain reward systems.
- Communicating Cancer
The role of the Internet and other forms of mass media is explored in helping to raise awareness of cancer prevention and treatment that can shape what people know and do about cancer.
- Development Of Immune Cells Associated With Allergy And Asthma
Two papers describe how one type of immune cell associated with allergic inflammation and autoimmunity ultimately causes disease.
- Multiple Sclerosis Genetics
Two studies map genetic regions associated with susceptibility to multiple sclerosis (MS).
- Human Protein Interactions Go Large Scale
Researchers have taken an initial step towards addressing the issue of which of the 22,000 human-gene encoded proteins interact with each other.
- Sequence Of Chromosome 18 Completed
Scientists conducted a genome-wide comparison of human and other mammalian DNA, and found similarities in the levels of non-protein-coding regions among mammals.
- New Arthritis Relief on the Horizon
A synthetic protein eases arthritis symptoms in mice.
- Tick-Borne Flaviviruses Use a Novel Mechanism to Evade Host Defenses
Mosquito-born flaviviruses are not the same as tick-borne flaviviruses.
- Custom Pharmaceuticals: NIH Renews Network Focused On How Genes Influence Drug Response
More money to be dedicated to Pharmacogenetics Research Network to pave the way to individually tailored therapies.
- First Report Of Cancer Drug Gleevec As New Target Therapy For Pulmonary Hypertension
Larger clinical trials in a controlled design to test Gleevec's safety and effectiveness are currently in preparation.
- New Lifespan Extension Genes Found
HST2 mediates SIR2-independent life-span extension by calorie restriction.
- Study Identifies Gene In Mice That May Control Risk-taking Behavior In Humans
The dosage of the Neurod2 transcription factor regulates amygdala development and emotional learning
- Collaborative Cross To Provide Powerful Resource For Mouse Model Researchers Worldwide
A thousand new strains of mice being bred at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as part of an international effort will provide researchers with a powerful resource for studying human disease.
- Researchers Predict Infinite Genomes
Genome analysis of multiple pathogenic isolates of Streptococcus agalactiae: Implications for the microbial "pan-genome".
- Gene That Controls The Severity Of Asthma Identified
Role for macrophage migration inhibitory factor in asthma.
- Clinical Trial Launched for Treatment of Liver Disease in Children
Investigators hope to uncover the underlying conditions that contribute to the development and progression of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) in children.
- Loss of Body Mass Linked to Development of Alzheimer’s Disease
The loss of body mass reflects disease processes and changes in BMI might be a clinical predictor of the development of Alzheimer's Disease.
- Early Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer
Discovery of Protein Signatures for Prostate Cancer Could Improve Diagnosis of Early Disease - a complementary test to Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA).
- Nanobiotechnology: Training the Next Generation of Scientists
For cancer biology, as well as many other biomedical disciplines, nanotechnology has significant potential in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
- Plasma homocysteine concentration is a risk factor for schizophrenia
Evidence that elevated levels of homocysteine increase susceptibility to schizophrenia and that this association is mediated by genotype
- Connotea Wins Award For Publishing Innovation
Connotea, a free online reference management service for scientists, developed by Nature Publishing Group, has won the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) Award for Publishing Innovation.
- An Assessment of Risk Understanding in Hispanic Genetic Counseling Patients
This study sought to identify if differences existed in risk comprehension and risk format understanding between genetic counseling patients of Hispanic and Caucasian ethnicity.
- Psychosocial Issues That Face Patients With Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease: The Role of Genetic Counseling
This study identifies and explores life issues that individuals with Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT) may face.
- Women’s Attitudes Toward Testing for Fragile X Carrier Status: A Qualitative Analysis
Findings have significant implications for genetic counseling as well as for population screening.
- Educating Genetic Counselors in Australia: Developing an International Perspective
This paper highlights the Australian experience of genetic counselor education and the history of the profession.
- Smoking Delays Response To Eye Disease Treatments
Response to treatment for episcleritis and scleritis is likely to be delayed by at least 4 weeks if patients are smokers.
- Scientists Confirm That Smoking Causes Blindness
Smoking greatly increases your chance of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which leads to severe and irreversible sight-loss.
- Nitrite Gives A Signal
Paper reports that nitrite -- a common additive in foods such as hot dogs -- is a built-in signaling molecule that regulates multiple biochemical pathways.
- Genome Mining Reveals New Natural Products
Researchers have discovered a new microbial natural product by a technique called "genome mining."
- A Forceful Finding About Atherosclerosis
Scientists show that three proteins, which are expressed in vessel endothelial cells, are required for detecting mechanical stress on the vessel walls.
- An Outside-In View Of Psoriasis
Researchers have found that cells in human psoriatic lesions have decreased expression of the gene JUNB.
- The Spiniest Aspect Of Amyloid Formation
Scientists report how amyloid fibrils, protein structures found in a number of neurodegenerative disorders, can "zip up" without losing their ability to function properly.
- On The Origin And Size Of Infectious Prions
Malformed prion proteins appear to be responsible for transmissible spongiform encephalopathies such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
- Opposite Effects, But One Target
Scientists have identified a link between two major pathways that regulate blood glucose levels.

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