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Uncovering Asthma’s Genetic Origins

Boy Using Inhaler for Asthma Researchers are combing through mountains of data to understand a disease that afflicts growing numbers of children and adults.   Uncovering Asthma’s Genetic Origins The statistics about asthma are staggering. According to a recent Global …

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When cancer screenings are challenged for logic

A blood test is is screened for prostate specific antigens indicative of prostate cancer. ThinkStock   When cancer screenings are challenged for logic Is it ethical medicine to advise an 89-year-old woman with dementia to have a mammogram? A recent …

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Should you ever not listen to your doctor?

  Should you ever not listen to your doctor? Since I got married seven years ago and had two kids, I’ve had to shed parts of my life, like the hockey package, going to the movies, and slow-pitch softball. None …

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Lack of sleep boosts levels of Alzheimer’s proteins

Chronic poor sleep has been linked to cognitive decline. A new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis shows that a sleepless night causes levels of the Alzheimer’s protein amyloid beta to rise faster than the brain’s …

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Promise seen in one-and-done approach to combat flu

The vaccine strategy introduces stable components of flu virus to the body’s dermal layer to spur universal, and long-lasting DNA-enhanced protection.   Promise seen in one-and-done approach to combat flu The strategy introduces stable components of flu virus to the …

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Using gold nanoparticles to destroy viruses

SUNMIL/EPFL – Cartoon depicting an imaginary attack of the nanoparticles to a virus leading to its loss of integrity   Using gold nanoparticles to destroy viruses EPFL researchers have created nanoparticles that attract viruses and, using the pressure resulting from …

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How the brain selectively remembers new places

The image shows the locus coeruleus, which drives neuronal circuits of the hippocampus and enables novel contextual memory. The red staining shows norepinephrine transporter (NET)-positive cells, indicating the locus coeruleus. The green staining shows adeno-associated virus (AAV)-mediated expressions of light-sensitive …

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The Truth About Viruses and Bacteria

  The Truth About Viruses and Bacteria Debunking common myths about the causes of your cold Truth: There is a difference, and your physician will treat the two very differently. Bacteria are small, single-celled microorganisms that reproduce by themselves and …

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Combating hearing loss

This image shows large clonal colonies of cochlear progenitor cells formed from single cells and converted into high-purity colonies of hair cells (cyan) with intricate hair bundles (red). Image: Will McLean   Combating hearing loss Drug treatment could combat hearing …

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