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Study leads to a promising first-in-class drug candidate

Discoveries by Scripps Research Institute scientists have led to a promising new drug candidate--the first in its class--for patients with a genetic protein-misfolding disease. In results announced by the biopharmaceutical firm FoldRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today, the new drug tafamidis significantly halts disease progression for patients with a disease called Transthyretin (TTR) amyloid...

Australia discovered by the 'Southern Route'

Genetic research indicates that Australian Aborigines initially arrived via south Asia. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology have found telltale mutations in modern-day Indian populations that are exclusively shared by Aborigines.

O we do like to be beside the seaside ...

Wildflowers at the seaside make an impressive sight for the summer holidays. Thrift, or sea pink, is found on almost every type of seashore and even stone walls near the coast, their globes of bright pink flowers held on tall stalks above cushions of green leaves. The old threepenny coin featured the thrift, maybe as a pun on its name or perhaps because it is amazingly tolerant of high copper...

Adopting low-risk dietary and lifestyle factors related to lower incidence of high blood pressure

Adherence to modifiable lifestyle and dietary factors including maintaining normal weight, daily vigorous exercise, eating a diet high in fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products and low in sodium and taking a folic acid supplement was associated with a significantly lower incidence of self-reported hypertension among women, according to a study in the July 22/29 issue of JAMA.

Apple profit up 15 pct, helped by iPhones, laptops

(AP) -- Apple Inc., the closest thing the tech industry has to a luxury brand, said Tuesday its profit jumped 15 percent in the most recent quarter despite the recession. IPhone revenue surged and reduced prices pushed laptop sales higher, even as the rest of the PC industry shrank.

Definitely, not your mother's maternity ward

At Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, Minn., women can now give birth in rooms with whirlpool tubs and wi-fi. At Fairview Southdale in Edina, Minn., new moms can hire a massage therapist or a portrait photographer.

More than meets the eye: New blue light nanocrystals

Berkeley Lab researchers have produced non-toxic magnesium oxide nanocrystals that efficiently emit blue light and could also play a role in long-term storage of carbon dioxide, a potential means of tempering the effects of global warming.