Is your child getting enough sleep?

There are plenty of good reasons to make sure children get enough sleep, but their parents’ evening peace is nowhere near the most important one. «If we make sure our children get enough sleep, it can help protect them from mental health problems,» says Bror M. Ranum, a PhD candidate at the Norwegian University of…

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Cancer diagnostics

A good indicator of dysregulation in live cells is a change in their RNA expression. MicroRNA (miRNA), a special type of RNA, is considered a biomarker for carcinogenic cells. A team of scientists from China has found a way to amplify miRNA in live tumor cells for bioimaging. As they report in the journal Angewandte…

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Free coronavirus sequencing kits for researchers offered by U-M startup

ANN ARBOR—As doctors, scientists and governments try to get a grip on COVID-19, the University of Michigan startup Arbor Biosciences is providing free kits to capture the genetic code of virus samples. Variations in that code reveal how the virus has morphed over time—for instance, enabling it to change from an animal disease to one…

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Transgender adults holding gender-affirming IDs have better mental health

PHILADELPHIA (March 16, 2020) — Having gender-affirming documents, such as a passport, driver’s license, or birth certificate, may improve mental health among transgender adults, according to findings published today in The Lancet Public Health from researchers at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health. «Having IDs that don’t reflect how you see yourself, and how…

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Experts stress radiology preparedness for COVID-19

OAK BROOK, Ill. (March 16, 2020) — Today, the journal Radiology published the policies and recommendations of a panel of experts on radiology preparedness during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) public health crisis. The article outlines priorities for handling COVID-19 cases and suggests strategies that radiology departments can implement to contain further infection spread and protect…

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Why is appendicitis not always diagnosed in the emergency department?

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — While symptoms of appendicitis may be common, a new study suggests that accurately diagnosing the condition in the emergency department may be more challenging. The study, published in JAMA Network Open, highlights that appendicitis is one of the most common surgical emergencies in the United States, but previous data show an…

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Immunotherapy combo achieves reservoir shrinkage in HIV model

Stimulating immune cells with two cancer immunotherapies together can shrink the size of the viral «reservoir» in SIV-infected non-human primates treated with antiviral drugs, researchers have concluded. The reservoir includes immune cells that harbor virus despite potent antiviral drug treatment. The findings, reported in Nature Medicine, have important implications for the quest to cure HIV,…

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