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Fri, 13 Jul 2018 11:19:57 EDT
Allergy potential of strawberries and tomatoes depends on the variety
Strawberries and tomatoes are among the most widely consumed fruits and vegetables worldwide. However, many people are allergic to them, especially if they have been diagnosed with birch pollen allergy. A team has investigated which strawberry or tomato varieties contain fewer allergens than others and to what extent cultivation or preparation methods are involved.
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 09:51:35 EDT
Synapse-specific plasticity governs the identity of overlapping memory traces
Each memory is stored in a specific population of neurons called engram cells. When a memory is linked with another to generate an associative memory, two memory traces overlap. At the same time, individual memories maintain their own identities. Using two overlapping fear memories in mice, researchers show that synapse-specific plasticity guarantees both storage and identity of individual memories. They also show that memory traces no longer exist in the brain after complete retrograde amnesia.
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 09:35:53 EDT
How fast can acute stroke treatment become to still be reliable?
Every day roughly three new stroke suspects are rushed by ambulance to Helsinki University Hospital Emergency Department to be considered for urgent clot-busting thrombolytic therapy or thrombectomy to prevent permanent stroke caused by acute cerebral ischemia. But perilously, out of one hundred such 'thrombolysis candidates' only half is actually caused by this condition and the rest have other kinds of diagnoses. Despite the tremendous time-pressure, the rapid diagnoses need to be accurate.
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 09:35:50 EDT
Teaching robots to be more reliable teammates for soldiers
Researchers have developed a new technique to quickly teach robots novel traversal behaviors with minimal human oversight.
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 09:35:39 EDT
One step closer to finding a cure for brain diseases
Researchers have identified a mechanism for signaling brain nerve cells through excitatory synaptic binding proteins. The finding provides important clues to understanding the principles of synaptic nerve transmission and thus can be used to analyze the fundamental causes of brain diseases and treat them.
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 09:35:36 EDT
Target for novel malaria vaccine identified
Researchers have created a vaccine that protects against malaria infection in mouse models, paving the way for the development of a human vaccine that works by targeting the specific protein that parasites use to evade the immune system.
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 09:35:26 EDT
Researchers trace Parkinson's damage in the heart
A new way to examine stress and inflammation in the heart will help Parkinson's researchers test new therapies and explore an unappreciated way the disease puts people at risk of falls and hospitalization.
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 09:35:23 EDT
Fragile X: New drug strategy corrects behavior/biochemical measures in mouse model
Research in mice shows that a pharmacological strategy can alleviate multiple behavioral and cellular deficiencies in a mouse model of fragile X syndrome, the most common inherited form of intellectual disability.
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 09:35:20 EDT
Looking at the urine and blood may be best in diagnosing myeloma
When it comes to diagnosing a condition in which the plasma cells that normally make antibodies to protect us instead become cancerous, it may be better to look at the urine as well as the serum of our blood for answers, pathologists say.
Thu, 12 Jul 2018 17:22:29 EDT
Headers may cause balance issues
Soccer players who head the ball may be more likely to experience short-term balance problems, suggesting that repetitive head impacts could have the potential to cause subtle neurological deficits not previously known, according to a preliminary study.
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