Breast cancer breakthrough: Spread of disease could be stopped with diabetes drug

Tue, Sep 13, 2016 - 9:01am

By Olivia Lerche

Researchers in the US believe the key to fighting the development of a protein associated with the disease could be pioglitazone, a drug typically used to treat type two diabetes by reducing insulin resistance.

They found that reducing the level of the protein NAF-1 and the activity of the iron-sulfur clusters it transports, may be the answer to halting tumour growth.

The team, including scientists from Rice University, Texas, and scientists from Israel, the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the University of North Texas, discovered that a single mutation can stop growth.


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University of North Texas Students Look For Zika Virus In Mosquitoes

Tue, Sep 13, 2016 - 4:06am

By Bianca Castro

Graduate students at the University of North Texas are at the front lines of the battle against the West Nile virus.

They're testing mosquitoes for the disease that has already affected dozens of North Texans this year and now, they're tracking possible Zika-carrying mosquitoes.

"It's probably a given that Zika is going to get here sometime. No idea when that is going to happen, but it’s already established in Florida and no doubt it’ll do that here," said James...

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Tinder Users Have Lower Self-Esteem: Study

Thu, Aug 4, 2016

By Mandy Oaklander

People on Tinder are more likely to think of themselves as sex objects than people who don't use the app

Put yourself on Tinder, and you might end up with a date—or a crippling case of negative thoughts about yourself.

So suggests a new study about the psychological effects of the popular dating app, presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association. In the study, researchers asked a group of 1,300 mostly...

Student Uses National Science Foundation Fellowship to Research Political Violence

Fri, Jun 24, 2016

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Martin Muñoz, a political science and international studies major, has earned a fellowship through the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program to study civil conflict management and peace science at the University of North Texas this summer.

Muñoz, who will be a senior at the University of South Dakota in the fall, is researching civil-military relations and political violence in Colombia and his native country, Peru, as part of his honors research thesis. Over a period of eight weeks, he will work with senior faculty at the program’s host university to develop...