Northeastern University

A simpler way to treat cancer

(Medical Xpress)—Sometimes the best solutions are the simplest ones. This is the philosophy that Northeastern professor Vladimir Torchilin and his team took in new research carried out in collaboration ...

Jun 02, 2014
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Your face says it all? Not so fast

It's a concept that had become universally understood: humans experience six basic emotions—happiness, sadness, anger, fear, disgust, and surprise—and use the same set of facial movements to express them. ...

Mar 05, 2014
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The brakes of inflammation

In the last few decades, sci­en­tists have come to attribute an immuno­log­ical expla­na­tion to many can­cers. It is now thought that tumors rise up rou­tinely in the body but that a healthy immune ...

Feb 27, 2013
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The stressed out brain

Clinical studies of adolescents suffering from depression have shown an interesting connection between early life stress and the immune system. "Those who have experienced childhood trauma and adversity tend to have higher ...

Nov 08, 2013
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Our brains are hardwired for language

A groundbreaking study published in PLOS ONE by Prof. Iris Berent of Northeastern University and researchers at Harvard Medical School shows the brains of individual speakers are sensitive to language univer ...

Apr 17, 2014
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Researcher studies protein's role in aging

With time, the amino acid known as asparagine will eventually degrade. Long considered a type of protein "damage," the phenomenon has come to be accepted as yet another part of aging: our hair turns gray, our joints begin ...

Jul 24, 2013
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The secret life of serotonin

As a graduate student, Chris Skipwith studied cardiovascular disease and was particularly interested in the biophysics of the proteins involved in blood clotting. "We were very interested in how clotting ...

Jun 10, 2014
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3Qs: A crazy little drug called love

Singers and filmmakers know it: Love is a drug. Popular lines such as, "Love is the drug, got a hook on me," or "I wish I knew how to quit you," solidify this pop culture notion. But is it really true, scientifically ...

Feb 17, 2014
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A global push to unlock the genome

A Northeastern chemistry professor is a leader in the international effort to advance the understanding of human genetics and genomics by assigning each of the 23 pairs of human chromosomes for in-depth study ...

Oct 07, 2011
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