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  • Cats can control the minds of mice
    Cat urine contains a chemical that 'controls' mice
    Cats and mice. Cat and mouse. Games of cat and mouse. Everybody knows about cats and mice; it's a stereotype that comes from the fact that cats chase mice, because mice are among domestic cats' primary prey. They're good meals, and...
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    Fact checking Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) in Maryland
    According to the 2015 Data Book issued by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, in 2011-2012, 50.1% of Montgomery County residents entering the state institutions of higher learning needed remediation. Figures published in the 2014 Data Book...
  • New study furthers understanding of how memories are formed
    New study furthers understanding of how memories are formed
    A new study by researchers at UCLA and the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom has advanced knowledge on how the brain forms new memories. The findings could result in the development of new therapies to prevent cognitive impairment in...
  • Low sex drive in women may be a heart problem
    Low sex drive in women may be a heart problem
    According to a new study, women with low—or no—sex drive may have a heart problem, not on an emotional basis, rather a medical basis. The study showed that low heart rate variability, the variation in the time that lapses between one...
  • Telomeres
    Telomeres: The Bananas of Aging
    In a boon to what appears to be the science of preventing aging, Stanford Medicine reports that “Researchers delivered a modified RNA that encodes a telomere-extending protein to cultured human cells. Cell proliferation capacity was...
  • UCLA football players to aid concussion research
    UCLA football players to aid concussion research
    A current focus of sports-related research is on concussions, which are a common occurrence in football and other contact sports. Now, UCLA researchers are engaging their own Bruin football team in their research projects. The studies are expected...
  • Cocaine increases risk of HIV infection reports UCLA study
    Cocaine increases risk of HIV infection reports UCLA study
    A new UCLA study has provided further evidence that cocaine use disrupts the immune system; thus, making the user more susceptible to an HIV infection. The findings were published online on June 18 in the journal Scientific Reports. For the study,...
  • Family findings
    Integrating the family tree
    How can one integrate all content areas into one unit and still keep a student's or my child's interest? Create a unit that starts with the child as the star. A genealogy research will create a timeline and family tree of your child'...
  • Subjects wanted for promising Alzheimer’s research
    Subjects wanted for promising Alzheimer’s research
    Alzheimer’s disease research is ongoing throughout the nation, and with the influx of Baby Boomers into the senior population, the number of Alzheimer’s patients is expected to soar. A new clinical trial, the NOBLE study, is underway...
  • New UCLA research focused on autism sufferers who overreact to auditory stimuli
    New UCLA research focused on autism sufferers who overreact to auditory stimuli
    Many children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) overreact to auditory stimuli. Parents of these children are well aware of this problem. Now, UCLA researchers have discovered that these children have brains that react differently than those with...
  • UCLA receives $1 million from Revlon and Halle Berry for breast cancer research
    UCLA receives $1 million from Revlon and Halle Berry for breast cancer research
    On June 8, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center announced that it had received a $1 million donation from Revlon that will fund the Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program and advance Revlon’s commitment to stamping out women...
  • Common spice reported to effectively treat head and neck cancer
    Common spice reported to effectively treat head and neck cancer
    Since antiquity, plant products have been used to treat diseases. In fact, a number of currently available prescription medications such as digitalis and quinine are plant derivatives. A new UCLA scientists has found that a synthetic version of...
  • UCLA researchers discover drug therapy to treat blood cancer
    UCLA researchers discover drug therapy to treat blood cancer
    Multiple myeloma is the second most common blood cancer in the United States. UCLA researchers have discovered a new drug that may lead to an effective treatment for the disease. The findings were published online on May 11 in the journal Oncogene...
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    Learning from a medical science news prank
    In the health news this past week is a very interesting prank. The researchers intentionally created a bogus medical study about losing weight and chocolate, and then watched how fast the story about the research spread. The research had many...
  • UCLA research furthers understanding of infertility
    UCLA research furthers understanding of infertility
    A new study by researchers at the UCLA Eli & Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research significantly increases the understanding of the human germline, which are the cells that produce eggs or sperm during prenatal...
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