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Mutant protein takes babies' breath away
(University of Connecticut) Researchers had never shown exactly how cells in the brain stem detect carbon dioxide and regulate breathing in humans. After taking a mutation from a two-month-old baby and expressing it in human astrocytes, they did exactly that -- and the research may lead to an early warning system to save premature infants with breathing trouble.

The sound of status: People know high-power voices when they hear them
(Association for Psychological Science) Being in a position of power can fundamentally change the way you speak, altering basic acoustic properties of the voice, and other people are able to pick up on these vocal cues to know who is really in charge, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

Schizophrenia may be triggered by excess protein during brain development
(Rutgers University) A gene associated with schizophrenia plays a role in brain development and may help to explain the biological process of the disease, according to new Rutgers research. Bonnie Firestein, professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, says too much protein expressed by the NOS1AP gene, which has been associated with schizophrenia, causes abnormalities in brain structure and faulty connections between nerve cells that prevent them from communicating properly.

Healthy gut microbiota can prevent metabolic syndrome, researchers say
(Georgia State University) Promoting healthy gut microbiota, the bacteria that live in the intestine, can help treat or prevent metabolic syndrome, a combination of risk factors that increases a person's risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke, according to researchers at Georgia State University and Cornell University. Their findings are published in the journal Gastroenterology.

Adult survivors of childhood eye cancer experience few cognitive or social setbacks
(Wiley) Adult survivors of retinoblastoma, a type of eye cancer that usually develops in early childhood, have few cognitive or social problems decades following their diagnosis and treatment.

The Lancet: Universal health coverage for US militar veterans within reach, but many still lack coverage
(The Lancet) Over a million US military veterans lacked healthcare coverage in 2012, according to new estimates published in The Lancet. While many people believe that all veterans are covered by the Veterans Affairs health care system, less than half -- 8.9 million -- of the 22 million veterans in the US are covered by VA health benefits, and most veterans are covered by private health insurance. Uninsured veterans are more likely to be young, single, African American, and veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Suicide risk falls substantially after talk therapy
(Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health) Repeat suicide attempts and deaths by suicide were roughly 25 percent lower among a group of Danish people who underwent voluntary short-term psychosocial counseling after a suicide attempt, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health-led research suggests.

Clipping proteins that package genes may limit abnormal cell growth in tumors
(The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine) Changes to the structure of the protein histone H3.3 may play a key role in silencing genes that regulate cancer cell growth.

Investigational drug reduces high potassium levels in chronic kidney disease patients
(University of Maryland Medical Center) Research published today found that the investigational drug patiromer decreased high potassium levels and maintained normal potassium levels in patients with chronic kidney disease. The results of a multicenter trial appear in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Women with serious mental illness less likely to receive cancer screenings
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Study finds that women with symptoms of serious mental illness are 40 percent less likely to receive three cancer screenings: mammography, clinical breast exams and PAP smears.

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