New insight into cell receptors opens the way for tailored cancer drugs

New research on how cancer mutations influence a certain type of receptor on the cell membrane opens the way for the development of tailored drugs for certain cancers, such as rectal cancer and lung cancer. This according to researchers at Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet and Uppsala University, who have been collaborating with researchers in the UK…

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When sequencing fails to pinpoint a rare disease

Routine sequencing has given unprecedented insight into the genetics of rare diseases, but genomics fails to diagnose up to half of patients who are tested. That’s the problem German scientists tackled in a recent study in the journal Molecular & Cellular Proteomics. Using samples from patients in four countries, and a novel database on the…

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Five solutions offered for achieving gender equality in medicine and science

IMAGE: Sonia Kang is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management in the Department of Management at the University of Toronto Mississauga, and holds a cross-appointment to the… view more  Credit: Rotman School Toronto — Women’s representation in science and medicine has slowly increased over the past few decades. However, this rise in…

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How the brain responds to texture

VIDEO: Sliman Bensmaia and Justin Lieber take you inside the somatosensory lab, where they show you a rotating drum that can measure how 60 different textures feel against the skin. view more  Our hands and fingertips are amazingly sensitive to texture. We can easily distinguish coarse sandpaper from smooth glass, but we also pick up more…

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Study finds a dearth of mental health interventions for ethnic minority youth in the US

VIDEO: Armando Pina, of the Arizona State University Department of Psychology, describes an upcoming study in the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Pina, Antonio Polo from DePaul University, and… view more  Hispanic and Latino youth are more likely to drink alcohol at a younger age than their African-American and non-Hispanic Caucasian peers, but they…

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Study: Serious health concerns missed in older adults

In older people, symptoms of pain, depression and fatigue are commonplace. But how common? Researchers examined the prevalence and impact of six common symptoms (pain, fatigue, depression, anxiety, breathing difficulty, sleep problems) and found that nearly half of adults ages 65 and older have two or more of these symptoms and one-fourth have three or…

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