Starved cancer cells became more sensitive to chemotherapy

By preventing sugar uptake, researchers succeeded in increasing the cancer cells’ sensitivity to chemotherapeutic treatment. The studies, led by researchers at Lund University in Sweden, were carried out on cancer cells in a lab environment. The results were recently published in the research journal Haematologica. Just like the body’s cells, cancer cells need energy like…

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Prenatal stress associated with infant gut microbes

Mother’s chronic prenatal psychological distress and elevated hair cortisol concentrations are associated with gut microbiota composition of the infant, according to a new publication from the FinnBrain research project of the University of Turku, Finland. The results help to better understand how prenatal stress can be connected to infant growth and development. The study has…

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Nearly 70% of patients make personal or financial sacrifices to afford medications

COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 23, 2020 — Nearly 70 percent of patients have made personal or financial sacrifices to afford prescribed medications1 according to new research released by CoverMyMeds, highlighting the impact of one of the most common medication access challenges. The 2020 Medication Access Report, and corresponding Prescription Decision Support, Electronic Prior Authorization, Specialty Patient…

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CAR T cell therapy: potential for considerable savings

Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy is a new and in some cases highly effective form of immunotherapy to treat certain types of cancer of the blood and lymph system. This promising treatment comes at a cost, however: The manufacturers charge up to EUR 320,000 for the production of immune cells for a single…

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Size matters in the sex life of salmon

Every summer, tens of thousands of Atlantic salmon migrate from the Barents Sea to the Teno River, Finland, to spawn in the streams where they were born. This journey is a feat of endurance: salmon stop feeding and must navigate fast flowing water, leap over obstacles, and avoid predators, hooks, and fishing nets to arrive…

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Blocking sugar metabolism slows lung tumor growth

Blocking a pair of sugar-transporting proteins may be a useful treatment approach for lung cancer, suggests a new study in mice and human cells published today in eLife. Cancer cells use a lot of sugar to fuel their rapid growth and spread. This has led scientists to consider cutting off their sugar supply as a…

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UK partners with Atomwise to screen for potential drugs against novel COVID-19 target

The University of Kentucky announced a research collaboration with Atomwise, an industry leader in using artificial intelligence (AI) for small molecule discovery, to explore potential COVID-19 therapies. The project awarded to Dr. Konstantin V. Korotkov is part of Atomwise’s Artificial Intelligence Molecular Screen (AIMS) awards program, which seeks to democratize access to AI for drug…

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Prestigious Wine Organization Drops Use of Term ‘Master’

A prestigious wine organization will stop its common use of “master” with a sommelier’s surname as part of an effort to be more inclusive and to help diversify the wine industry. The organization, the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas, said in a statement last week that it wanted to play a part in diversifying the…

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Eat Like an Italian

Edwin Garrubbo — who is in the cosmetics business and an Italophile, with family ties to Italy — has written the “Garrubbo Guide,” a well-researched book with just about every detail of the Italian table. And for him, it’s best appreciated in Italy; he says America does not come close. He provides a concise history…

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Summer Rolls for Entertaining

Pescatore Seafood, a long-established fish shop in Grand Central Market, now ships its bounty fresh nationwide. It’s also available for pickup and delivery in New York. Though you might not need Pescatore for lump crab meat or red snapper fillets, you could use its assortment of summer rolls stuffed with seafood and vegetables as an…

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