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Take heart: Study reveals how relaxin targets cardiovascular disease

1 week ago from Science Daily

As a healthy heart ages, it becomes more susceptible to cardiovascular diseases. Though researchers have discovered that relaxin, an insulin-like hormone, suppresses atrial fibrillation (AF), inflammation, and fibrosis in aged...

Outbreak science: Infectious disease research leads to outbreak predictions

1 week ago from Physorg

Infectious diseases have a substantially growing impact on the health of communities around the world and pressure to both predict and prevent such diseases is ever-growing. LSU Assistant Professor of...

Cancer death rate in U.S. shows large one-year drop

1 week ago from CBC: Health

Progress against lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer death, partly fuels record decline, U.S. researchers say.

Less than perfect kidneys safe for transplant, study shows

1 week ago from UPI

Some kidneys for transplant which are currently discarded as unusable -- such as those with acute kidney injury -- can be safely and effectively transplanted, according to a new study.

South Korea says Chinese pneumonia patient under investigation

1 week ago from UPI

South Korea is investigating a patient showing symptoms of pneumonia following a sudden outbreak in central China in December.

Egg-based flu vaccines: Not all they're cracked up to be?

1 week ago from Physorg

Flu season is underway in the Northern Hemisphere, sickening millions of people and in rare cases, causing hospitalization or death. The best prevention is a flu shot, but it's not...

Scientists improve yield predictions based on seedling data

1 week ago from Physorg

A doctor diagnosing a 50-year-old patient based on a blood test taken during the patient's infancy would be unthinkable.

Few U.S. teen opioid overdose survivors get recommended care

2 weeks ago from UPI

Even after surviving an opioid overdose, few U.S. teenagers receive the recommended treatment for their addiction, a new study shows.

Electric scooter injuries rose 222 percent in 4 years in the U.S.

2 weeks ago from

Electric scooters are clogging up big city sidewalks and jamming up hospital rooms, too. Using U.S. emergency room reports of e-scooter injuries, scientists estimate there were 19 injuries per 100,000 people in 2018,...

Nanoparticles deliver 'suicide gene' therapy to pediatric brain tumors growing in mice

2 weeks ago from Physorg

Johns Hopkins researchers report that a type of biodegradable, lab-engineered nanoparticle they fashioned can successfully deliver a "suicide gene" to pediatric brain tumor cells implanted in the brains of mice....

A response key for survival of Mycoplasma genitalium in the urogenital tract uncovered

2 weeks ago from Physorg

Metals (iron, zinc, nickel, cobalt, etc.) participate in numerous enzymatic reactions and are essential nutrients for bacteria. Inside our organism, but these metals are scarcely available, because they are bound...

Does restorative justice help or harm victims?

2 weeks ago from Physorg

Research from Royal Holloway has evaluated the effectiveness of restorative justice (RJ) in reducing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in victims and has concluded more evidence is needed to...

Study of veterans details genetic basis for anxiety, links anxiety and depression

2 weeks ago from Science Blog

A massive genome-wide analysis of approximately 200,000 military veterans has identified six genetic variants linked to anxiety, researchers from Yale and colleagues at other institutions report Jan. 7 in the...

New compounds block master regulator of cancer growth, metastasis

2 weeks ago from Science Blog

Scientists have developed new drug compounds that thwart the pro-cancer activity of FOXM1, a transcription factor that regulates the activity of dozens of genes. The new compounds suppress tumor growth...

Ketone monoester drinks may help control blood sugar

2 weeks ago from Science Blog

With more people with diabetes and pre-diabetes looking for strategies to help control blood sugar, new research from UBC’s Okanagan campus suggests that ketone monoester drinks–a popular new food supplement–may...

Researchers pursue single-dose gene therapy to treat cocaine addiction

2 weeks ago from Science Blog

In a radical new approach to treat cocaine addition, researchers at the Mayo Clinic are seeking approval for first-in-human studies of a single-dose gene therapy. To support the safety and...

Human body temperature has decreased in the United States, Stanford study finds

2 weeks ago from Science Blog

Since the early 19th century, the average human body temperature in the United States has dropped, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. “Our...

Big 12 fines West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins for 'blind mice' ref jab

2 weeks ago from UPI

The Big 12 has fined Bob Huggins $10,000 after the West Virginia men's basketball coach called referees "blind mice," following a win against Oklahoma State.

Record drop in U.S. cancer deaths helped by progress against lung cancer

2 weeks ago from UPI

A 29 percent drop in U.S. cancer deaths between 1991 and 2017 was driven by declines in deaths from four major cancers -- lung, colon, breast and prostate, according to...

Gut Microbes May Improve Stroke Recovery

2 weeks ago from Science Blog

New research shows that the microorganisms in our gut could help protect brain cells from damage caused by inflammation after a stroke. The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience by researchers...

Discoveries detail role of stem cell in deadly gastric cancer

2 weeks ago from Science Blog

A Cornell study provides important new insights into a common and deadly type of gastric cancer. Incidence of this cancer, called gastric squamous-columnar junction (SCJ) cancer, also known as gastroesophageal...

Nanoparticles Deliver 'Suicide Gene' Therapy to Pediatric Brain Tumors Growing in Mice

2 weeks ago from Newswise - Scinews

Johns Hopkins researchers report that a type of biodegradable, lab-engineered nanoparticle they fashioned can successfully deliver a "suicide gene" to pediatric brain tumor cells implanted in the brains of mice....

WHO: 'World's worst measles epidemic' in Congo has killed 6,000

2 weeks ago from UPI

The death toll from a measles outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has topped 6,000, the United Nations' primary health agency said.

Treatments for touch hypersensitivity explored in new research

2 weeks ago from Harvard Science

Harvard University and Deerfield Management announced today the selection of a first project for funding under the Lab1636 R&D alliance that aims to advance promising innovations from labs across the University toward the...

Bacterial link in celiac disease

2 weeks ago from Science Daily

Researchers have discovered bacterial exposure is a potential environmental risk factor in developing celiac disease, a hereditary autoimmune-like condition that affects about one in 70 Australians.

Cancer mortality continues steady decline, driven by progress against lung cancer

2 weeks ago from Science Daily

The cancer death rate declined by 29% from 1991 to 2017, including a 2.2% drop from 2016 to 2017, the largest single-year drop in cancer mortality ever reported.

Scientists develop way to track salmonella infection in real time

2 weeks ago from Physorg

When bacteria like salmonella infect and sicken people, they hijack a person's cell proteins to develop a defense against an immune response. Understanding how that works and developing methods for...

Study finds salt nanoparticles are toxic to cancer cells

2 weeks ago from Physorg

A new study at the University of Georgia has found a way to attack cancer cells that is potentially less harmful to the patient. Sodium chloride nanoparticles—more commonly known as...