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Probing drug abuse circuitry

brain connections_iStock Click for a full size image Probing drug abuse circuitry by Leigh MacMillan Understanding how drugs of abuse affect the brain’s neuronal connections is vital to developing treatments for substance abuse disorders. Previous studies have demonstrated that changes ...

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Opioids can pose particular danger to children

Image: Thinkstock/Marek Tarabura Click for a full size image Opioids can pose particular danger to children Overdose of prescription pain killers may seem like a grown-up problem, but children are increasingly being hospitalized for opioid poisoning . Part of the ...

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Single-cell study of tumor samples

Single-cell immunofluorescence in specimens from colon biopsies. (Alan J. Simmons, Vanderbilt University) Click for a full size image Single-cell study of tumor samples by Leigh MacMillan The presence of various cell types in tumors – cellular heterogeneity – makes treatment ...

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Preparing for a return of pox

Preparing for a return of pox by Bill Snyder Smallpox killed upwards of 500 million people in the 20th century before the virus was eradicated from the earth by large-scale vaccination campaigns. Close relatives in the poxvirus family, including cowpox ...

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Inside an Asthma Attack

Two kinds of imaging—optical coherence tomorgraphy and mechano-microscopy—reveal airway volume and thickness during an asthma attack (left) and an estimation of the force with which the airway muscle contracts. Image: Mass General Click for a full size image Inside an ...

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