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November 3, 2015

New genetic risk marker for late-life depression

One of the most powerful predictors in neuropsychiatry is the epsilon 4 (?4) allele of the apolipoprotein gene (APOE). Individuals who carry this ?4 variant of APOE are at increased…
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November 3, 2015

Muscle loss linked to falls, fractures in elderly

Older people with an age-related loss of muscle mass and strength may be at greater risk of falling and bone fractures, according to new research. A study into sarcopenia --…
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November 3, 2015

Past earthquakes play a role in future landslides, research suggests

The likelihood of an area experiencing a potentially devastating landslide could be influenced by its previous exposure to earthquakes many decades earlier, say scientists.
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November 3, 2015

Helping hand in the operation room

In the future, surgical assistants could be relieved by surgeons, to devote their time instead to their own patients. This is expected to be made possible by a device which…
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November 3, 2015

Simulating technical textiles perfectly

Technical textiles have unique requirements to meet. Compression bandages, for example, should put pressure on the human tissue, therefore the stretchability of the material has to be right. Materials for…
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November 3, 2015

Uptake mechanisms of cytostatics discovered

How does a cytostatic like cisplatin or carboplatin actually get into the cell? Scientists have now succeeded in showing that the volume-regulated anion channel VRAC is 50 % responsible for…
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November 3, 2015

Preschoolers working memory forecasts teenage dropout risk

Preschoolers who score lower on a working memory task are likely to score higher on a dropout risk scale at the age of 13, researchers have revealed.
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November 3, 2015

The solution to faster computing? Sing to your data

A team of engineers may have found the answer to faster computing using minimal power: sound. The research has shown that certain types of sound waves can move data quickly,…
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November 3, 2015

New test for ancient DNA authenticity throws doubt on Stone Age wheat trade

A new method reliably tests whether DNA shows ancient or modern patterns of biochemical change. This has recently cast doubt on the authenticity of what was thought to be evidence…
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November 3, 2015

Early hospitalization key to survival for Ebola victims

Scientists looked at data from nearly 1,000 cases over 38 years in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has experienced more Ebola outbreaks than any other country since the virus…
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