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Author: Leigh MacMillan

Deciding who’s who in heart valves

Jul. 29, 2011—Identification of a gene that is involved in the development of heart valves offers new insights into congenital heart valve disease.

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Give me some skin

Jul. 21, 2011—A new understanding of the biochemical pathway that builds our skin barrier could lead to treatments for skin diseases.

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Dad’s diet influences birth timing

Jul. 20, 2011—It may be possible to prevent preterm birth by modifying the father’s diet before a baby's conception.

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Stomach bugs impact nutrient levels

Jun. 30, 2011—Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium that infects half of the world’s population and increases the risk for stomach cancer, appears to impair nutrient absorption.

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Protecting brainpower during radiation

Jun. 29, 2011—Blocking a certain protein during radiation to treat brain cancers could protect the brain’s thinking powers.

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Antioxidant genes keep stomach moving

Jun. 24, 2011—Antioxidant genes may be good targets for treating a stomach disorder that affects up to 40 percent of patients with diabetes.

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Fine-tuned protein makes memories

Jun. 24, 2011—Researchers discover new wrinkles in how proteins build memories.

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Receptor ‘ties’ together blood flow, atherosclerosis

Jun. 22, 2011—A discovery about the causes of atherosclerosis, a cause of heart attacks and strokes, may lead to new treatments.

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Magnesium affects prostate cancer risk

Jun. 3, 2011—Low blood levels of magnesium are associated with more aggressive prostate cancer, a recent study suggests.

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Cells open doors for reovirus

May. 13, 2011—The cellular factor Src helps reoviruses enter cells.

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Ecstasy associated with chronic change in brain function

May. 5, 2011—Recreational Ecstasy use is associated with a chronic change in brain function, raising concerns about proposals to use it to treat post-traumatic stress and other disorders.

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Gene variant impacts exercise blood pressure

Apr. 28, 2011—Subtle genetic changes can have big effects on blood pressure while exercising.

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