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As the world fights obesity at the human level, scientists at the University of Michigan and their colleagues have made a surprising finding at the microscopic level that could help fuel that fight.Their work, using mice, helps explain why fat-storing cells get fatter, and burn fat slower, as obesity sets in. If their findings from mice can be shown to apply to humans, they may provide a new target for obesity-fighting drugs.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 16:48

A Chesterton family’s beloved dog diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor has a new "leash" on life thanks to a Purdue University veterinary neurosurgeon and a research study by the University of Minnesota.

Monday, June 25, 2012 - 16:08

The Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC) has a breeding program of its own and also gets its animals from other breeding programs around the country.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 16:14

Fish cannot display symptoms of autism, schizophrenia or other human brain disorders. However, a team of MIT biologists has shown that zebrafish can be a useful tool for studying the genes that contribute to such disorders.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 14:23

Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found new clues to why some urinary tract infections recur persistently after multiple rounds of treatment.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 16:00

What started as a study observing how contaminants in the Kalamazoo River affect frogs is evolving into Western Michigan University becoming a national leader in finding a cure for a rare human disease.

Monday, June 18, 2012 - 16:19

Johns Hopkins researchers say they have discovered one of the most important cellular mechanisms driving the growth and progression of meningioma, the most common form of brain and spinal cord tumor. A report on the discovery, published in the journal Molecular Cancer Research, could lead the way to the discovery of better drugs to attack these crippling tumors, the scientists say.

Friday, June 15, 2012 - 15:53

Mosquitoes bred to be unable to infect people with the malaria parasite are an attractive approach to helping curb one of the world’s most pressing public health issues, according to UC Irvine scientists.

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 15:49

If you want to make the worm turn, try using magnets. By implanting nanoparticles in nerve cells in a nematode's head, Arnd Pralle and his team from the State University of New York in Buffalo can make a wriggling worm alter its course when exposed to a magnetic field.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 16:21

What can a twentysomething naked mole-rat tell us about fighting pain, cancer, and aging?

Monday, June 11, 2012 - 11:18

Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) have identified a brain receptor that appears to play a central role in regulating appetite. The findings, published today in the online edition of Cell, could lead to new drugs for preventing or treating obesity.

Friday, June 8, 2012 - 16:07

A team of Idaho State University researchers have discovered that fish show autism-like gene expression after exposure to water containing psychoactive pharmaceuticals. The results may suggest an environmental trigger for autism, although this finding may only apply to genetically predisposed individuals.

Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 15:42

The brain receives information from the ear in a surprisingly orderly fashion, according to a University at Buffalo study scheduled to appear June 6 in the Journal of Neuroscience. The research focuses on a section of the brain called the cochlear nucleus, the first way-station in the brain for information coming from the ear. In particular, the study examined tiny biological structures called synapses that transmit signals from the auditory nerve to the cochlear nucleus.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 15:53

Using translucent zebrafish larvae the researchers were able to visualise how white blood cells interact with the early cancer cell formation as they arise in tissues.

Monday, June 4, 2012 - 15:45

Wearing a robotic harness, paralyzed rats have been made to walk again, according to a new studyalbeit with an oddly upright, humanlike gait and while stimulated by judicious jolts of electricity and chemicals. It's the first time severely injured spinal cords have been reawakened, say researchers, who add that the technique might hold some promise for disabled people.

Friday, June 1, 2012 - 09:11

The tuberculosis vaccine is often used as a treatment for bladder cancer, and adding vitamin D might improve the vaccine’s effectiveness, according to new research from the University of Rochester Medical Center .

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 15:54

Researchers have shown in mice how immune cells in the brain target and remove unused connections between brain cells during normal development. This research, supported by the National Institutes of Health, sheds light on how brain activity influences brain development, and highlights the newly found importance of the immune system in how the brain is wired, as well as how the brain forms new connections throughout life in response to change.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 15:51

Is it possible that liposuction or other fat removal procedures are beneficial for treating obesity and reducing the risk of cancer?

When it comes to humans, scientists can’t answer that question. They know that obesity increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.  But there have not been clinical studies to determine if the surgical removal of fat tissue would decrease cancer risk in humans.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 15:40

Scientists at Queen Mary, University of London have shown that zebrafish could be used to study the underlying causes of psychiatric disorders.

Monday, May 21, 2012 - 16:27

A project that maps dopamine circuits in the prefrontal cortex through optogenetic manipulation was given top honors in this year's annual Addiction Science Awards at the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) — the world's largest science competition for high school students.

Friday, May 18, 2012 - 14:47