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Irreproducible Research—How Big of a Problem Is it?

Jan 19, 2016

Some estimates say that as many as half of the scientific discoveries made in certain disciplines cannot be replicated. Irreproducible research is a big problem that could be undermining credibility in science. Tom Parks, Ph.D., vice president for research at the University of Utah, describes ...

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In Fish, Brain Cells Regenerate

Jan 12, 2016

Recent research published in Current Biology shows that the brains of zebrafish have amazing regenerative properties. The work suggests that a specific type of brain cell grows back after it is destroyed, and becomes fully functional again. Adam Douglass, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurobiology ...

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Getting to the Heart of Precision Medicine: Embracing Genetic Diversity

Dec 22, 2015

At the heart of precision medicine is taking into consideration that each person is unique. Two people with the same disease can have very different outcomes depending on their specific genetic milieu, a complication that is largely overlooked in research and therapeutics. Clement Chow, Ph.D., ...

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DNA Testing, Decision Support, May Reduce Hospitalizations Among Elderly on Multiple Medications

Dec 7, 2015

The elderly take an average of 14 prescribed medications each year, increasing their risk for adverse drug interactions that could land them in the hospital. A study published in the Journal of Medical Economics finds that older adults who underwent DNA testing, and whose results were processed ...

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Could Donor Matching Help Fecal Transplants to Work Better?

Nov 23, 2015

Though it may be hard to get past the “ick factor”, fecal transplants—putting fecal matter from a healthy donor into a patient’s intestine—is proving to be a surprisingly effective way to treat serious infections such as Clostridium difficile. However, so far the therapy has not been as ...

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How an Autism Gene Changes the Developing Brain

Nov 16, 2015

New research suggests that small changes in brain connectivity early in life may lead to big changes that contribute to autism and intellectual disabilities. The study, which explores how disruption to the gene Kirrel3 affects the developing brain, could help explain why some people with mutations ...

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Lower Blood Pressure Target Could Affect Millions

Nov 9, 2015

Results from the landmark Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT) shows that a blood pressure target of 120 mmHg, lower than current guidelines, significantly reduces risk for heart failure, heart attacks and death. Implementing these findings into medical guidelines would be expected to...

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