The Harvard Museum of Natural History presents a new Climate Change exhibit exploring the global impact of the warming climate on the planet

IMAGE: Extreme drought and record heat have laid the groundwork for hugely destructive and deadly wildfires, including the now infamous «Camp Fire, » seen here a few hours after it ignited on… view more  Credit: NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens. CAMBRIDGE, Mass., January 31— The Harvard Museum of Natural History announces the new Climate…

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When neurons get the blues: Hyperactive brain cells may be to blame when antidepressants don’t work

IMAGE: When neurons get the blues. This artistic image shows neurons derived from pluripotent stem cells of antidepressant (SSRI) resistant depressed patients. SSRI-resistant patient neurons display hyperactivity in response to serotonin…. view more  Credit: Salk Institute LA JOLLA—(January 31, 2019) The most commonly prescribed antidepressants, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), lift the fog of depression for…

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Short anti-rejection therapy protects transplants in diabetic animals

Transplanted pancreatic islets in diabetic animals can survive for a long period of time if the animals are treated with short anti-rejection therapy around the time of the transplant. This has been shown by researchers at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, and the Diabetes Research Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, USA, in a new…

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Nearly half of all adult Americans have cardiovascular disease

DALLAS, Jan. 31, 2019 — Nearly half (48 percent, 121.5 million in 2016) of all adults in the United States have some type of cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association’s Heart and Stroke Statistics — 2019 Update, published in the Association’s journal Circulation. As the world’s leading voluntary organization focused on heart and…

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Chronic kidney disease: Everyone’s concern

Chronic kidney disease is defined as an abnormality of kidney structure or function that persists for more than three months. It is prevalent, affecting 10.4% of men and 11.8% of women, worldwide [3]. Chronic kidney disease can progress such that between 5.3 and 10.5 million people need kidney replacement therapy in the form of dialysis…

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Exercise may fight depression in older adults, study suggests

Rockville, Md. (January 31, 2019)—New research suggests that exercise-induced muscle changes could help boost mood in older adults. The study is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology—Cell Physiology. Exercise increases the expression of certain proteins (transcription factors) that help regulate gene expression and the processing (metabolism) of tryptophan in the body.…

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New treatment target emerging for retinal damage

AUGUSTA, Ga. (Jan. 31, 2019) — Scientists at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University are looking at new treatment targets for the retinal damage that often accompanies diseases like diabetes, glaucoma and hypertension. Characterized by damage to the blood vessels, those diseases often lead to ischemia — or a disruption of the blood…

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Cultural practices improve health care for Indigenous women living with violence

IMAGE: The study highlights the importance of a holistic approach towards healing for Indigenous survivors of intimate partner violence, said study co-author Roberta Price, an elder from the Coast Salish Snuneymuxw… view more  The health of Indigenous women recovering from the trauma of partner violence improves when the healing process integrates elder-led circles and other cultural…

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