Giant proteins determine properties of neurons

Giant membrane-associated proteins called ankyrins extend into the cytoplasm to arrange and stabilize microtubules in axons and synapses. This determines not only the diameter and hence the functional properties ...

Apr 14, 2015
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The genetics of psychiatric disorders

While it has long been recognised that genetics – alongside environmental factors – play a role in developing psychiatric disorders, the function of individual genes is still largely unknown. But an international, ...

Apr 13, 2015
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Breastfeeding may prevent postpartum smoking relapse

While a large number of women quit or reduce smoking upon pregnancy recognition, many resume smoking postpartum. Previous research has estimated that approximately 70% of women who quit smoking during pregnancy relapse within ...

Apr 16, 2015
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Income tied to health and life expectancy

Americans at all income levels are less healthy than those with higher incomes. Not only is income associated with better health, but wealth affects health as well. Though it is easy to imagine how health is tied to income ...

Apr 15, 2015
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