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How to Make Science More Reliable: Tips for Managing Data

Jul 1, 2016

Nearly anyone who has worked in research is familiar with the frustrating scenario: a postdoc leaves for another job, and with him goes all sorts of valuable knowledge. It’s become loud and clear that results from many published scientific studies are unreliable. While ethical violations like ...

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Why Am I Sick? With This Tool, Doctors Could Know At a Glance

Jun 2, 2016

All too often an answer to the simple question of “what is making me sick?” does not come easily. Current methods for figuring out what viruses or bacteria are causing infection come with the risk of being too slow, or failing to find the culprit altogether. Taxonomer is a genomics-based ...

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A Flu Shot During Pregnancy Protects Baby, Too

May 25, 2016

There’s more than one good reason to get a flu shot while pregnant. Julie Shakib, D.O., M.P.H., assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine and medical director of the Well Baby and Intermediate Nursery, describes her research showing that the flu vaccine not ...

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A Story of Scientific Irreproducibility: Study Contradicts Belief that Cancer Prevents Alzheimer’s

May 17, 2016

It’s been estimated that up to half of scientific studies are irreproducible, they can’t be replicated, and this is a big problem. A new study illustrates a case in point, calling into question previous results suggesting that cancer prevents Alzheimer’s. Heidi Hanson, Ph.D., M.S., a Huntsman ...

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Controlling Aging At A Microscopic Scale? A New Quality Control Pathway For Mitochondria

May 3, 2016

Mitochondria, tiny organelles within our cells, pack a big punch. They function as powerhouses that generate energy for the cell. Malfunctioning mitochondria, explains Adam Hughes, assistant professor of biochemistry at the University of Utah, impacts a number of processes, such as aging and ...

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Young Adults With Autism May Be More Likely to Succeed if Parents Have High Expectations

Apr 29, 2016

When parents of autistic teens have high expectations, they are more likely to have the skills they need to live independently, reports a study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. The transition to adulthood can be difficult for people with autism. Suddenly, subsidized ...

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Drug Treatment Prevents Polyps In High-Risk Cancer Patients

Apr 19, 2016

A randomized clinical trail led by Huntsman Cancer Institute investigators finds that a combinatorial chemotherapy reduces precancerous polyps by 75 percent in patients at high-risk for cancer. This advance represents the first prevention therapy against the leading cause of death, cancer of the ...

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