Researchers forecast interactions between two owl species and the quality of their habitat in the Pacific Northwest — ScienceDaily

Scientists are puzzling out how to address the declining numbers of northern spotted owls (NSO) in their Pacific Northwest forest habitat. A new study in the Ecological Society of America’s journal Ecological Applications explores the reasons why spotted owls are losing a foothold in their habitat, forecasts future habitat conditions and species interactions, and suggests…

Tool reduces material needed to ID transcription factors regulating gene expression — ScienceDaily

Faster results. Lower costs. Fewer cells. A new mathematical method developed by researchers at Cincinnati Children’s and New York University may soon make it much easier to conduct more of the complex data analysis needed to drive advances in the exploding field of personalized medicine. Proof-of-principle results for the method are reported this month in…

Nuclear medicine imaging monitors effectiveness of therapy for melanoma patients — ScienceDaily

Nuclear medicine imaging with PET/CT can monitor the effectiveness of immunotherapy treatment for metastatic melanoma and predict outcome. In this way, a patient’s therapy can be more effectively tailored to his or her personal response. Metastatic melanoma is one of the deadliest skin cancers, so determination of a treatment’s effectiveness is essential but can be…

Experts urge early cochlear implantation of deaf infants as a public policy priority — ScienceDaily

Researchers from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago present further evidence that deaf children who received cochlear implants (implanted electronic hearing device) before 12 months of age learn to more rapidly understand spoken language and are more likely to develop spoken language as their exclusive form of communication. In their study, published…

Integrated therapy treating obesity and depression is effective — ScienceDaily

An intervention combining behavioral weight loss treatment and problem-solving therapy with as-needed antidepressant medication for participants with co-occurring obesity and depression improved weight loss and depressive symptoms compared with routine physician care, according to an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Obesity and depression commonly occur together. Approximately 43 percent of…