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Scientists Get First-Ever Glimpse of ‘Teenage’ HIV-Neutralizing Antibody

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and collaborating institutions have described the first-ever immature or “teenage” antibody found in a powerful class of immune molecules effective against HIV.

“This is actually the first example of how we can go back to the really early stage to see how this antibody lineage was born and can develop,” said TSRI biologist Jiang Zhu, who served as co-senior author of the study.

The research was an international collaboration, also led by Yuxing Li of the University of Maryland, Yiming Shao of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), Peking University and Nankai University and Ian Wilson of TSRI.

READ MORE:http://www.scripps.edu/newsandviews/e_20160418/zhu.html

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Study Identifies Memory Suppressor Gene That Could Hold Key to New Alzheimer’s Disease Treatments

While research has identified hundreds of genes required for normal memory formation, genes that suppress memory are of special interest because they offer insights into how the brain prioritizes and manages all of the information, including memories, that it takes in every day. These genes also provide clues for how scientists might develop new treatments for cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.

READ MORE:http://www.scripps.edu/newsandviews/e_20160418/davis.html

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Sanjay Gupta MD: Psychedelic medicine gets a closer look

Drugs like LSD and MDMA are generating new interest among doctors for use in psychotherapy.

WATCH VIDEO:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPZU6tx4AQk

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DHL to Deliver Medicine via Drone

Another delivery drone will hit the skies–this time it’s Deutsche Post DHL’s parcelcopter. On Wednesday, DHL said it will start using an unmanned aircraft to carry medicine to the small German island of Juist.

READ MORE:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZEk3H7I3d8

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BBC Pleasure and Pain – 2011 Documentary with Michael Mosley

Pleasure is vital for our survival – without it we wouldn’t eat or have sex, and would soon die out as a species. But how does pleasure work and what gives us the most pleasure in life?

In an attempt to find out, Michael Mosley learns how the hottest chilli in the world creates euphoria in the brain, why parents have an overwhelming surge of love for their newborn child and what happens if you turn

WATCH VIDEO:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzochDMdN-4

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Woman testifies at medical marijuana hearing

Chronic pain sufferer Katie Crosby (center) flanked by her parents, Lindsey, left, and Robin, testifies in front of a Georgia legislative committee Wednesday looking into the possibility of legalizing cannabis oil as a pain medicine. She received an ovation from most of the 120 people interested in the issue attending the hearing.

WATCH VIDEO:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_HphyVCh8g

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CELLS ‘PRESS DOWN’ TO MAKE WOUNDS HEAL FASTER

Scientists have uncovered more details about how our bodies repair wounds.

They say having a clearer idea of how the process works might help researchers develop drugs that speed up healing.

Earlier studies identified two processes at play in mending injury in the body. One involves the “purse-string” mechanism where a ring of proteins forms at the edge of a wound and tightens like the strings of a purse.

READ MORE:http://www.futurity.org/cells-wounds-heal-763932/

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JUST A LITTLE BIT OF DAIRY MAY CUT YOUR RISK OF STROKE

One serving of milk or cheese every day may be enough to ward off heart disease or stroke, even in communities where dairy is not a traditional part of the diet.

A study of nearly 4,000 Taiwanese looked at the role an increased consumption of dairy foods had played in the country’s gains in health and longevity.

READ MORE:http://www.futurity.org/dairy-stroke-heart-disease-768222/

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FRUIT FLY EYES OFFER CLUES TO HUMAN CANCER

Scientists are using the eyes of fruit flies to better understand the human retinoblastoma protein gene, in which mutations are a leading cause of eye cancer.

In the current issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry, researchers provide the first detailed examination of a set of mutations similar to those present in the human cancer gene, says study coauthor Irina Pushel, an undergraduate at Michigan State University.

READ MORE:http://www.futurity.org/fruit-fly-eyes-cancer-767122/

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‘MAGIC’ MUSHROOMS MAY TURN SMOKERS INTO QUITTERS

A small number of long-time smokers were able to quit after carefully controlled experiences with the hallucinogen found in “magic mushrooms.”

The smokers, who had failed many previous attempts to quit, used the mind-altering drug psilocybin under close supervision and in the context of a cognitive behavioral therapy treatment program.

READ MORE:http://www.futurity.org/magic-mushrooms-quit-smoking-763812/