UConn researchers discover new stem cells that can generate new bone

A population of stem cells with the ability to generate new bone has been newly discovered by a group of researchers at the UConn School of Dental Medicine. In the journal STEM CELLS, lead investigator Dr. Ivo Kalajzic, professor of reconstructive sciences, postdoctoral fellows Dr. Sierra Root and Dr. Natalie Wee, and collaborators at Harvard,…

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LGBT health improves when friends are just like them

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Individuals in the LGBT community face stressors that have dire consequences on their health. Researchers from Michigan State University are the first to pinpoint social factors that can reduce these stressors and improve health for LGBT people. «When we reviewed past studies, we found a pretty stark bias toward studying what…

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Tissue-digging nanodrills do just enough damage

HOUSTON — (March 5, 2020) — Molecule-sized drills do the damage they are designed to do. That’s bad news for disease. Scientists at Rice University, Biola University and the Texas A&M Health Science Center have further validation that their molecular motors, light-activated rotors that spin up to 3 million times per second, can target diseased…

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Many Lyme disease cases go unreported; a new model could help change that

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention receives reports of about 30,000 cases of Lyme disease each year. The real number, according to the agency, is closer to 300,000. Underreporting affects the ability of public health authorities to assess risk, allocate resources and devise prevention strategies. It also makes early detection very difficult, hampering efforts…

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Ultra-wide field retinal imaging techniques cannot be used interchangeably

BOSTON — (March 5, 2020) -Diabetic retinopathy can be diagnosed and graded with the use of a newer scanning technology called ultra-wide field (UWF) imaging, a system that generates high-quality pictures showing most of the retina. Research from the Joslin Diabetes Center’s Beetham Eye Institute has now shown that one technique, UFW fluorescein angiography, detects…

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Researchers to study COVID-19-related discrimination against Chinese Americans

As the COVID-19 outbreak originating in China has spread to populations across all continents except Antarctica, racism and discrimination against Chinese-American people has also increased. Researchers from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) just received a Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grant from the National Science Foundation to…

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Colorectal cancer burden shifting to younger individuals

March 5, 2020—ATLANTA— The burden of colorectal cancer is swiftly shifting to younger individuals as incidence increases in young adults and declines in older age groups, according to the latest edition of Colorectal Cancer Statistics 2020, a publication of the American Cancer Society. A sign of the shift: the median age of diagnosis has dropped…

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Trojan horse for tumor cells

Can phagocytes act like a Trojan horse, transporting tumour cells within themselves and thereby causing metastases in cancer patients? PD Dr. Heiko Bruns at Universitätsklinikum Erlangen, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), has been accepted to the funding programme ‘Experiment! In search of bold research ideas’ on the basis of this unusual question. He has received funding of…

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Coronavirus Testing Offered With Just a Doctor’s Approval, C.D.C. Says

Federal health officials announced on Wednesday that anyone who wants a coronavirus test may get one if a doctor agrees. But the nation’s testing capacity is still so limited that experts feared clinics and hospitals could be overwhelmed by an avalanche of requests. Under the new criteria, patients who have fevers, coughs or difficulty breathing…

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China’s Battle Against Coronavirus: 7 Takeaways

In an extensive interview with The New York Times, Dr. Bruce Aylward, of the World Health Organization, described what he learned from close observation of China’s efforts to contain the coronavirus. Here are seven important lessons. Aggressive measures work. New cases have dropped to 200 a day from over 3,000 a day one month ago.…

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