A new model to trial preventative treatments for schizophrenia

Neuroscientists at The University of Queensland have developed a new animal model of schizophrenia that will enable researchers around the world to better understand the disease and develop new treatments. Schizophrenia, which affects around 7 people in 1000, is a poorly understood group of mental disorders that disrupt cognition and behaviour. Common hallmarks include delusions,…

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Binding affinities of perfluoroalkyl substances to Baikal seal PPARα

IMAGE: The Baikal seal (Pusa sibirica) is a top predator in Lake Baikal, Russia and is contaminated with a variety of environmental pollutants. view more  Credit: Center for Marine Environmental Studies (CMES), Ehime University A team of researchers at Ehime University revealed the binding affinities of perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) to Baikal seal peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor α…

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Cancer researchers highlight clinical potential of liquid biopsy using droplet digital PCR technology at the 2019 AACR Annual Meeting

Atlanta-March 29, 2019-New research demonstrating the clinical utility of Bio-Rad’s Droplet Digital PCR (ddPCR) powered liquid biopsy will be presented this week during the 2019 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting in Atlanta, March 29-April 3. Many of the studies rely on the sensitivity, speed, and cost-effectiveness of ddPCR technology to measure blood-based…

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World first 3D printed feet

IMAGE: These are 3D-printed feet, some enhanced with foot ulcers. view more  Credit: University of South Australia It’s gory, sticky and undoubtedly on the nose, but a blend of icing sugar, chicken stock and flexible resin is proving to be the just the right recipe for creating realistic foot ulcers as part of a world-first podiatric…

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Major step towards individual cancer immunotherapy

Cells belonging to the body’s own immune system can help fight tumours. For several years now, this has allowed oncologists to use medications known as checkpoint inhibitors to encourage T cells to eliminate tumour cells. Last year the two scientists who discovered this therapeutic approach were awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine. While doctors are…

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Call for unis and others to consider women juggling research/childcare

IMAGE: Offering financial aid to cover childcare costs for female academics attending conferences is one of the suggestions offered by QUT researchers who surveyed Australian women on how caring for children… view more  Credit: QUT Marketing & Communication Offering financial aid to cover childcare costs for female academics attending conferences is one of the suggestions offered…

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What Childbirth Was Like for a Woman Who Has Never Felt Pain

By REUTERS | Mar. 28, 2019 | 0:38 Jo Cameron, 71, has a rare genetic mutation that keeps her from feeling pain or anxiety, according to a new scientific report. Researchers hope the finding can help develop more effective treatments for pain. Related: article: At 71, She’s Never Felt Pain or Anxiety. Now Scientists Know…

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Why Don’t More American Men Get Vasectomies?

Image CreditTill Lauer [A newsletter for parents with evidence-based guidance and personal stories for your transformed life with kids. Sign up to get NYT Parenting in your inbox every week.] March Madness is upon us, and for urologists throughout the country that means one thing: It’s vasectomy season. Let me explain. Every year, men schedule…

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