New research highlights blood clot dangers of COVID-19

OAK BROOK, Ill. (April 23, 2020) — A special report published today in the journal Radiology outlines prevention, diagnosis and treatment of complications stemming from blood clots in patients with COVID-19. The journal also published two research letters and a case study on this topic. Clinicians worldwide face this new severe infectious lung disease with…

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Preventing metastasis — An antibody with therapeutic potential

A receptor in the cell layer that lines the blood vessels from the inside stimulates both the formation of new blood vessels in tumors and metastasis. Scientists at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg (DKFZ) and the Mannheim Medical Faculty of the University of Heidelberg have succeeded in blocking this receptor with an antibody…

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Researchers are making recombinant-protein drugs cheaper

The mammalian cell lines that are engineered to produce high-value recombinant-protein drugs also produce unwanted proteins that push up the overall cost to manufacture these drugs. These same proteins can also lower drug quality. In a new paper in Nature Communications, researchers from the University of California San Diego and the Technical University of Denmark…

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Inexpensive, portable detector identifies pathogens in minutes

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Most viral test kits rely on labor- and time-intensive laboratory preparation and analysis techniques; for example, tests for the novel coronavirus can take days to detect the virus from nasal swabs. Now, researchers have demonstrated an inexpensive yet sensitive smartphone-based testing device for viral and bacterial pathogens that takes about 30 minutes…

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Adult astrocytes are key to learning and memory

Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine reveal that astrocytes, the most abundant cells in the brain, play a direct role in the regulation of neuronal circuits involved in learning and memory. The findings appear in the journal Neuron. «It has become increasingly clear that astrocytes are much more than supportive cells in the healthy adult…

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University of Montana researchers work on COVID-19 vaccine

MISSOULA — Researchers in the Center for Translational Medicine at the University of Montana have been awarded $2.5 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health to identify and advance a COVID-19 vaccine candidate. The principal investigator on the two-year award is Dr. Jay Evans, the center director and a research professor in UM’s…

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Academic Emergency Medicine and Wiley offer full access to online collection of breaking COVID-19 research

DES PLAINES, IL — To facilitate the rapid dissemination of COVID-19 findings, Academic Emergency Medicine (AEM) journal, in collaboration with Wiley Publishing, is fast-tracking submissions related to COVID-19 and making the latest, most relevant research available in an easy-to-navigate, freely accessible online collection of accepted and citable articles. As of this date, the collection comprises…

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Novela Neurotech joins INCF’s Industry Advisory Council to advance open neuroscience

San Francisco, CA — Novela Neurotech, a medtech company at the forefront of accelerating novel neurological therapies through neural data curation, collaboration and sharing, is excited to join INCF’s Industry Advisory Council (IAC) to help guide efforts at industry and academic collaborations in the neuroscience, data science and neurotech sphere. INCF (the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating…

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Researchers rebuild the bridge between neuroscience and artificial intelligence

The origin of machine and deep learning algorithms, which increasingly affect almost all aspects of our life, is the learning mechanism of synaptic (weight) strengths connecting neurons in our brain. Attempting to imitate these brain functions, researchers bridged between neuroscience and artificial intelligence over half a century ago. However, since then experimental neuroscience has not…

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