Shopping Can Make You Famous

Every Sunday afternoon, shoppers descend on Bella McFadden’s Depop page for the chance to be dressed like ’90s cult film characters, “sk8r girls” and “Y2K mall goths.” Ms. McFadden, who is 23 and lives in Los Angeles, is something of a “Depop mogul”: Sales of her thrift-store finds have taken off on the popular e-commerce…

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An Elite Athlete’s Real-Life Training Plan

Mention to people you’re training for a 50- or 60-mile ultramarathon and the list of questions they’ll ask will be nearly as long as the race itself. “What do you think about when you run?” they wonder. “Where do you pee? When do you sleep? How do you do it all?” They assume that you…

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Clinical trial for new anti-obesity drug ready to launch at University of Alberta

IMAGE: Dr. Andrea Haqq (left) is leading the Canadian component of an international clinical trail to test an anti-obesity drug for patients with rare genetic disorders linked to obesity. view more  Credit: University of Alberta The Alberta Diabetes Institute (ADI) will be at the centre of a new clinical trial for an anti-obesity drug targeting people…

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Smells like love…to sea lampreys

IMAGE: In new research led by Michigan State University and published in the current issue of PLoS Biology, spermine, an odorous compound found in male semen, proved to be a powerful… view more  Credit: Courtesy of Michigan State University EAST LANSING, Mich. — Some people are drawn to cologne; others are attracted to perfume. When it…

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Symptom-triggered medication for neonatal opioid withdrawal yields shorter hospital stays

BOSTON — A study led by researchers at Boston Medical Center (BMC) found that symptom-triggered medication dosing for neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome instead of infants receiving a fixed schedule of medication with a long taper reduced the length of their hospital stay. The findings, published in Hospital Pediatrics, indicate that following the novel symptom-triggered approach…

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Scientists identify new virus-killing protein

A new protein called KHNYN has been identified as a missing piece in a natural antiviral system that kills viruses by targeting a specific pattern in viral genomes, according to new findings published today in eLife. Studying the body’s natural defenses to viruses and how viruses evolve to evade them is crucial to developing new…

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Hinge-like protein may open new doors in cystic fibrosis treatment

IMAGE: A potentiator (orange) binds to a protein ‘hotspot,’ altering the molecule’s conformation. view more  Credit: Laboratory of Membrane Biology and Biophysics at The Rockefeller University In recent decades, treatment options for people with cystic fibrosis have improved dramatically. The newest drugs, known as potentiators, target a protein called cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator, which is…

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UM researchers land NIH contract to develop opioid addiction vaccine

IMAGE: Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (right) meets with Dr. Jay Evans, director of UM’s Center for Translational Medicine. view more  Credit: University of Montana file photo MISSOULA — The University of Montana has received a $3.3 million contract from the National Institutes of Health to develop an innovative vaccine targeting opioid addiction. The principal investigator on…

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Addicted to ran, ovarian cancer cells stop moving when deprived

IMAGE: Researchers from the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) view more  Credit: CHUM Did you know that 90% of cancer patients die from distant metastasis? The latter occurs when cancer cells have the ability to move within the patient’s body and invade its healthy tissues. In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers from…

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Growth failure in preterm infants tied to altered gut bacteria

Extremely premature infants who fail to grow as expected have delayed development of their microbiome, or communities of bacteria and other micro-organisms living in the gut, according to a new study published in Scientific Reports. Analysis of these infants’ metabolism revealed that their bodies are responding as if they were fasting, despite caloric intake similar…

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