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New neuron-like cells allow investigation into synthesis of vital cellular components
A new method to create synthetic neurons allows researchers to investigate how the human brain makes metabolic building blocks essential for the survival of all living organisms. A new study describes a core enzyme involved in the synthesis of these building blocks, called purines, and how the enzyme might change during infection by herpes simplex virus.
Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily, Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:25:14 GMT

Cryo-EM reveals critical protein-modifying complex and potential drug target
Scientists have revealed the atomic-level structure of a molecular complex responsible for modifying proteins, possibly paving the way for the development of new medications for cancer and a host of other diseases.
Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily, Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:25:14 GMT

A new assessment method for active aging
Researchers have developed a new indicator for assessing active aging. Active aging refers to having initiative and doing things the aging person considers important. The indicator consists of a series of questions, which can be presented either in an interview or as a questionnaire. A score describing active ageing is calculated based on the responses. 
Health & Medicine News -- ScienceDaily, Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:25:14 GMT

Dietary fiber protects against obesity and metabolic syndrome, study finds
(Georgia State University) Consumption of dietary fiber can prevent obesity, metabolic syndrome and adverse changes in the intestine by promoting growth of 'good' bacteria in the colon, according to a study led by Georgia State University.
EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health, Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:25:14 GMT

Hungry for solutions: New research tackles college hunger
(University of Houston) If you're too hungry to study, can you learn? University of Houston's Daphne Hernandez launches a study of hunger among college students and evaluates a local intervention, food scholarships.
EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health, Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:25:14 GMT

Placental accumulation of flame retardant chemical alters serotonin production in rats
(North Carolina State University) An NC State-led research team has shown a connection between exposure to a widely used flame retardant chemical mixture and disruption of normal placental function in rats, leading to altered production of the neurotransmitter serotonin.
EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health, Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:25:14 GMT

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