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New device detects deadly lung disease
(University of Exeter) A scientist from the University of Exeter has developed a simple, cheap and highly accurate device for diagnosing a frequently fatal lung disease which attacks immune deficient individuals such as cancer patients and bone marrow transplant recipients.

Studying impacts of indoor air pollution on tribal communities
(University of Massachusetts at Amherst) The study, which starts in September, aims to provide information on the effectiveness of various emissions mitigation methods and to improve understanding of multipollutant emissions from burning various types of biomass indoors.

New York law offers nurses more recognition, responsibility
(Columbia University Medical Center) If past experience is anything to go by, nurse practitioners in New York State are about to get a lot more recognition for their contributions to primary care.

NIBIB to host second Edward C. Nagy New Investigator Symposium
(NIH/National Institute of Biomedical Imaging & Bioengineering) The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering will host its second Edward C. Nagy New Investigator Symposium on July 30, 2014 on the NIH campus. There will be ten exciting presentations from recent new investigators covering a wide breadth of NIBIB-funded research.

Department of Defense awards $2.6 million grant to SMU STEM program for minority students
(Southern Methodist University) The US Department of Defense recently awarded the STEMPREP Project at Southern Methodist University a $2.6 million grant to support its goal of increasing the number of minorities in STEM fields. STEMPREP recruits bright, science-minded minority middle school students for the two-summer classroom phase of the STEMPREP project, then provides high school students with summer opportunities at research labs.

Global food safety research agreement signed by China and UC Davis
(University of California - Davis) An agreement establishing a collaborative global food safety research center in China was signed today by officials from China's Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University and the University of California, Davis.

Hormones after breast cancer: Not fuel for the fire after all?
(Parsemus Foundation) Study highlights beneficial effects of non-oral hormone therapy on cardiac and bone outcomes, tumor reduction, and overall health in postmenopausal breast cancer mouse model.

UNC researchers find unsuspected characteristics of new CF drugs, offering potential paths to more effective therapies
(University of North Carolina Health Care) Last month, the pharmaceutical company Vertex released results from a large phase 3 clinical trial for cystic fibrosis patients, showing that a combination of two new cystic fibrosis drugs modestly improved lung function and offered better health outcomes for some patients. Now, scientists at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and the University of North Carolina Marsico Lung Institute have shown that one of these drugs counteracts the intended beneficial molecular effect of the other.

Targeting the brain to treat obesity
(American University) Unlocking the secrets to better treating the pernicious disorders of obesity and dementia reside in the brain, according to a paper from American University's Center for Behavioral Neuroscience.

Study links autistic behaviors to enzyme
(University of California - Riverside) Biomedical scientists at the University of California, Riverside have published a study today that sheds light on the cause of autistic behaviors in Fragile X syndrome (FXS), the most common cause of autism. They found that an enzyme, MMP-9, plays a critical role. Working on mice, the researchers targeted MMP-9 as a potential therapeutic target in FXS and showed that genetic deletion of MMP-9 favorably impacts key aspects of FXS-associated anatomical and behaviors.

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