Study: Disease-causing repeats help human neurons function

Over half of our genomes are made of repeating elements within DNA. In rare cases, these repeats can become unstable and grow in size. These repeat «expansions» cause neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS and dementia as well as learning disorders and autism in Fragile X syndrome. Research to date has focused on how these expanded…

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Test measures immune response to improve ovarian cancer diagnosis

Researchers have developed a simple blood test that measures the body’s own immune response to improve diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is one of the most common gynaecologic cancers, with the highest mortality rate. About 300,000 new cases are diagnosed globally each year, with an estimated 60% of women dying within five years after…

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Combination drug therapy for childhood brain tumors shows promise in laboratory models

In experiments with human cells and mice, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center report evidence that combining the experimental cancer medication TAK228 (also called sapanisertib) with an existing anti-cancer drug called trametinib may be more effective than either drug alone in decreasing the growth of pediatric low-grade gliomas. These cancers are the most…

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Vaccine misinformation and social media

People who rely on social media for information were more likely to be misinformed about vaccines than those who rely on traditional media, according to a study of vaccine knowledge and media use by researchers at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The study, based on nationally representative surveys of nearly…

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Katie Waldman and Stephen Miller Wed at Trump Hotel

Katie Rose Waldman and Stephen Miller, who both work in the Trump White House, were married Feb. 16 at Trump International Hotel in Washington. Rabbi Aryeh Lightstone, who is a senior adviser to David Friedman, the United States ambassador to Israel, officiated. Mrs. Miller, 28, is a special assistant to President Trump and the press…

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Britain Battered as ‘Weather Bomb’ Brings Landslides and Travel Chaos

LONDON — Britain has been battered by severe weather for the second consecutive weekend, prompting an official warning on Sunday that lives were at risk as streets became flooded, mud flowed, rail tracks were submerged and dozens of flights were canceled. The storm, named Dennis and classified as a “weather bomb” by the national weather…

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France Confirms First Death in Europe From Coronavirus

LONDON — A Chinese tourist has died in France of the coronavirus, the French health minister said on Saturday, becoming the outbreak’s first fatality in Europe and outside Asia. France’s health minister, Agnès Buzyn, said the tourist, who was 80 years old and from the Chinese province of Hubei, the center of the outbreak, died…

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Danielle Serbin, Yuvaraj Sivalingam

Danielle Elise Serbin and Yuvaraj Sivalingam are to be married Feb. 16 at the Ebell Club in Long Beach, Calif. Rabbi Richard Steinberg is to officiate, with Cantor Arie Shikler to take part. Mrs. Sivalingam, 33, is a trial lawyer at the consumer protection branch of the Justice Department in Washington. She graduated with highest…

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