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Researchers Develop Touch-Sensitive 'e-Skin'

May be used in robots and possibly one day to restore a sense of touch to patients with prosthetic limbs

2 Genes Have Possible Link to Deadly Ovarian Cancer

Scientists say findings may lead to new therapies for ovarian clear cell carcinoma

Immune System Genes Show Links to Type 1 Diabetes

Finding is starting point for new work on the disease's origins, possible treatment, experts say

Mouse Study May Help Explain Fish Oil's Benefits

Giving rodents omega-3 fatty acids helped counteract inflammation that can lead to diabetes

Experimental TB Test Called Fast and Accurate

Health experts say it has potential to greatly improve treatment of the respiratory disease

Most Study Volunteers Seem Willing to Share Genetic Data

But they want to be asked before info enters a national database, study finds

Lung Damage From Secondhand Smoke Observed in Rats

Findings may aid efforts to develop new ways to treat respiratory diseases in people, researchers say

Immune System Research Sees Many Similarities Among People

Findings may lead to better diagnosis, treatment of cancers, autoimmune diseases, study says

Diabetes Drug Metformin Linked to Lower Lung Cancer Rate in Mice

Findings reflect those of population studies in humans, researchers say

Genetic Studies Find Clues to 'Lou Gehrig's Disease' Risk

Two teams report on role chromosome 9 seems to play in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Potential Cause of Asthma-Like Symptoms Spotted in Mice

Findings may lead to new treatments for people with severe forms of the airway disorder, researchers say

Bird Flu Detection Takes a Novel Turn

Mice trained to zero in on infected duck feces in USDA experiment

Biosynthetic Corneas Show Promise in Transplants

They improved vision without side effects, small study found

Obama to Appeal Stem Cell Ruling

Experts say judge's injunction on using federal funds effectively halts work in labs across the country

Scientists Dismayed by Stem Cell Research Ruling

Experts say the injunction on using federal funds effectively halts work in labs across the country

More Evidence Virus Plays Role in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Condition afflicts a million Americans, but cause, treatments remain elusive

Scientists Shock Spuds in Bid to Boost Antioxidants

Exposure to ultrasound also improved nutritional levels, researchers claim

Scientists Create Fertile Ground for Growing Stem Cells

New synthetic surface should 'make it easier for the cells to divide and grow,' they say

Trial Therapy Improves Melanoma Survival

While gain was small, it marks notable advance against this deadly disease, researchers say

Novel Ovarian Cancer Test Shows Promise

In early experiments, new method displayed 100% accuracy, researchers say

Beer Linked to Psoriasis in Women

Long-term study finds higher risk with regular brew, but not light beer or wine

Deep Brain Stimulation Studied for Alzheimer's

Small study shows "no clear clinical benefit" but warrants further research, scientists say

Length of Research Volunteer Consent Forms May Not Matter

Participants understood the key points of the study when given either long or short forms, experts say

Burning Candle at Both Ends Harmful?

A rat study suggests too little sleep has effects similar to that of total sleep deprivation

Dogs' Features Set By a Handful of Genetic Regions: Study

Finding may eventually help scientists better understand inherited physical traits in humans

Stem Cell Treatment May Offer Hope Against Fatal Skin Disorder

Therapy's potential could extend beyond care of epidermolysis bullosa, researchers say

Lithium of No Benefit in ALS, Study Finds

Two doses tested did not help patients with Lou Gehrig's disease, researchers say

Some Monkeys Naturally Resist AIDS, Research Shows

Even a high viral load doesn't cause the disease to develop in sooty mangabeys, scientists found

Travel for Surgery May Help Spread New Superbug

Antibiotic-resistant strain of bacteria found in patients who underwent procedures in India, researchers say

Discovery Moves Use of Stone Tools Back 800,000 Years

Team found evidence of two animal bones that had been marked by eating tools

'Biomarkers' Could Spot Alzheimer's Disease Early, Studies Suggest

Levels of 3 proteins might point to impending trouble and someday help with diagnosis, treatment

Scientists Unravel Secrets of Sound Sleep

Bursts of brain activity called 'spindles' may keep loud noise from disturbing sleep, study suggests

What Caused 2009 H1N1 Pandemic?

Researchers say they've identified biochemical process behind 'swine flu'

Bat Species Facing Regional Extinction From Fungal Disease

Millions of bats have died over the last 4 years from 'white-nose syndrome,' research shows

New Drug Studied for Hard-to-Treat Vascular Condition

Clinical trials suggest icatibant safe, effective against life-threatening swelling of hereditary angioedema

Device May Help Spot Hidden Graves Without Digging

Air test allows investigators to detect bodies buried beneath concrete, scientists say

A New Marker to Spot Aggressive Breast Cancers?

Levels of a cellular protein seem to fall as tumor lethality rises, study finds

Genome Studies Point to Cholesterol-Regulating Genes

But researchers caution any possible clinical application is many years away

Signs of Autism May Show in Early Infancy

Abnormal arm muscle tone, visual processing evident in month-old babies, study says

Review Suggests Bias in Drug Study Reporting

Industry-funded trials more likely to have positive findings than other studies, analysis shows

Ketamine Eased Depression in Treatment-Resistant Bipolar Disorder

But improvement from anesthetic infusion was only significant for three days, researchers found

Scientists Use Stem Cells to Help Rabbits Grow New Joints

Animals were up and hopping again within weeks, but experts say human trials still far off

For Some Female Birds, Infidelity Boosts Offspring's Survival

Seychelles warblers pair up for life, but females often go elsewhere to sire their young, research shows

New Drugs Eyed for Huntington's Disease

But tests on mice needed first, researchers say

Genetic Risk Score Can Predict Odds For Breast Cancer

Scientists find different variants affect different tumor types

Sniffing Device Allows Disabled to Write, Run Wheelchairs

Israeli team found sniffs could be translated into directives with special machine

Caterpillars' Creep May Hold Clues for Advanced Robotics

Understanding their unique system of movement could be key to future biomechanics, report suggests

Study Points to Molecular Origins of Celiac Disease

3 protein fragments may drive immune response to gluten in those with genetic predisposition to the disorder

Procedure Rejuvenates Aging Arteries in Pigs

Combination of nanoparticles and stem cells cleans, heals clogged vessel walls, study shows

Scientists Create 'Malaria-Proof' Mosquito

Gene-tweaked insect can't be infected by parasite that spurs the disease, researchers say