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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University of Pittsburgh group brings computation and experimentation closer together

IMAGE: Frames from a 10 hour long time-lapse sequence with model prediction (red line) and explant spreading (dotted line). ‘Good’ models predict not only the extent of the movement but also… view more  Credit: MechMorpho Lab/University of Pittsburgh PITTSBURGH (July 9, 2019) … A bioengineering group from the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering is…

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CDC’s Dr. Pat Breysse to deliver keynote address at Legionella Conference 2019

IMAGE: This is Dr. Pat Breysse, CDC. view more  Credit: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ANN ARBOR, Mich. (July 9, 2019) — Pat Breysse, Ph.D., Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, will deliver the keynote address…

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Judge Blocks Trump Rule Requiring Drug Companies to List Prices in TV Ads

A federal judge ruled on Monday that the Trump administration cannot force pharmaceutical companies to disclose the list price of their drugs in television ads, dealing a blow to one of the president’s most visible efforts to pressure drug companies to lower their prices. Judge Amit P. Mehta, of the United States District Court in…

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