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Promising Drug a ‘New Paradigm’ for Treating Leukemia
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Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have developed a compound that delays leukemia in mice and effectively kills leukemia cells in human tissue samples, raising hopes that the drug could lead to improved treatments in people. The researchers call it an exciting “new paradigm” for treating leukemia.

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IQ of Children in Better-Educated Households is Higher, Study Indicates
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Young adults who were raised in educated households develop higher cognitive ability than those who were brought up in less ideal environments, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University and Lund University in Sweden.

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Study: Hormone Level Predicts How the Brain Processes Social Information
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The hormone oxytocin is made at different levels in different people and it plays a role in regulating social behavior. A new University of Virginia study involving brain imaging finds that people with naturally higher levels of oxytocin in their blood show greater brain activity when processing social information.

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More school, more challenging assignments add up to higher IQ scores
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More schooling -- and the more mentally challenging problems tackled in those schools -- may be the best explanation for the dramatic rise in IQ scores during the past century, often referred to as the Flynn Effect, according to a team of researchers. These findings also suggest that environment may have a stronger influence on intelligence than many genetic determinists once thought.

 

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​Look, something shiny! How color images can influence consumers
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How would you sort these shoes? A study at The Ohio State University found that the answer depends on whether you see the shoes in color or black and white. Image courtesy of The Ohio State University.

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Persuasive power: Members of Congress can sway the public
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Members of the U.S. Congress really do have the power to persuade their constituents in several different ways, according to a first-of-its kind national study.

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Gut bacteria may contribute to diabetes in black males
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African American men at elevated risk for developing type 2 diabetes may have fewer beneficial and more harmful intestinal bacteria, according to research presented by University of Illinois at Chicago endocrinologist Dr. Irina Ciubotaru at the ENDO 2015 meeting in San Diego.

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Bioengineers put human hearts on a chip to aid drug screening
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When UC Berkeley bioengineers say they are holding their hearts in the palms of their hands, they are not talking about emotional vulnerability.

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Restoring ability to halt cell division may protect lung cells from cancer
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Researchers led by a team at the University of Illinois at Chicago, have identified a novel role for a signaling mechanism in lung cells that permanently places them into a state of suspended animation called senescence. Alive but unable to do much of anything, including divide, senescent cells cannot become cancerous. Drugs that can induce senescence through this signaling pathway would represent a new class of chemotherapy.

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Strong genetic risk factor for MS discovered in family of five affected siblings
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Using snus doubles the risk of alcohol dependency
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People who use snus run twice the risk of developing alcohol dependency compared with non-users, and the more one uses snus, the higher the risk. This has been found in a study from Umeå University which was published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

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