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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

Human Sperm Gene Hasn't Changed for 600 Million Years

This DNA is shared across species and seems 'so important it can't change,' researcher says

Scientists Create 'Malaria-Proof' Mosquito

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

New Clues to How Cancer Patients' Genes Influence Treatment

Major study is already confirming links between certain therapies and specific DNA, researchers say

New Pill Found to Cut Weight With Few Side Effects: Study

Lorcaserin one of three new anti-obesity medications up for review by the FDA

Medical Studies Involving Kids May Be Prone to Bias

Industry-funded trials at greater risk of distortion than nonprofit or government-sponsored: review

New Criteria for Alzheimer's Diagnosis Proposed

First guideline changes in 25 years would seek earlier identification of the disease

Brain Grows Quickest in Areas Where Apes, Humans Vary: Study

Research focuses on cerebral cortex, seat of higher mental functions

Alzheimer's Research Spotlights Protein 'Tangles' in Brain

Studies in animals suggest buildup of 'tau' can be repressed, but will it help curb the disease?

Gene Linked to Obesity May Also Raise Dementia Risk

But finding is early and needs to be replicated in other research, experts say

Scientists Engineering Advanced Wound Dressings

Embedded antibiotics would be released only when infection is detected, researchers say

Rat Study Sheds Light on Cocaine Addiction

Researchers discover tiny molecules that may be key to human addiction as well