Cleaning Up After My Brother’s Fatal Overdose

The last mark my brother made on the world was a bloodstain on a bathroom floor. He died of a fentanyl overdose, nearly one year ago. He was 35 years old. His body was found in a rented room in the basement of a run-down house in Vancouver, where fatal opioid overdoses are now so…

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He’s Never Going to Put Away That Shirt

I would not let the shirt defeat me. It had been sitting on top of a cabinet in our upstairs hallway, just outside of our bedroom, for days. There must have been a reason it landed there. Perhaps my husband, Doug, was about to wear it one day and changed his mind. Maybe he was…

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How do MAIT cells identify and attack foreign invaders?

Melbourne researchers have identified what makes a specialised immune cell, known as mucosal-associated invariant T (MAIT), cells boost their numbers and attack foreign invaders at the site of the infection. T cells are a core component of the immune system, which recognise the presence of infectious agents through surface structures known as T cell receptors.…

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Vaping less harmful than smoking for vascular health, major study finds

Study finds significant improvements in vascular health of chronic smokers who transition to e-cigarettes Women see greater health benefits than men following switch to e-cigarettes VESUVIUS is the largest study to-date on the vascular impact of e-cigarettes versus tobacco cigarettes Cigarette smokers who switch to nicotine containing vaporisers could significantly improve their vascular health, a…

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The DFG to fund 16 new research training groups

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) is establishing 16 new Research Training Groups (RTGs) to further support early career researchers. This was decided by the responsible Grants Committee in Bonn. The new RTGs will receive a total of approximately €72 million in funding for an initial period of four and a half years, starting…

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Relevant social stimuli may reduce interest in drugs

Researchers of the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Malaga (UMA), specialized in addictive disorders, have demonstrated in an animal model that the presence of a relevant social stimulus reduces interest in cocaine. These members of the «Neuropsychopharmacology Applied to Neurological and Neuropsychiatric Disorders» group of the Institute of Biomedical Research in Malaga (IBIMA),…

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Fecal transplantation to treat patients with Parkinson’s disease: Hope or hype?

Amsterdam, NL, November 15, 2019 — Constipation is a common complaint in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Fecal microbiome transplantation (FMT) and pre- and probiotics are potential options for treating constipation and restoring the microbiome of patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD), but scientists warn that clinical data are scarce, and more research is needed before…

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New candidate cancer genes identified using math models

(Boston)—Computational modeling is the use of computers to simulate and study the behavior of complex systems. Computational approaches are widely adopted in the bioimedical sciences and can be used to sift through large volumes of complex data to extract recurrent patterns that may point to a disease’s causes and effects. Researchers from Boston University School…

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Pulmonary arterial hypertension targeted for new treatment by Sheffield scientists

Scientists at the University of Sheffield have identified an antibody that has the ability to stop and reverse the progression of pulmonary arterial hypertension Pulmonary arterial hypertension is a rare but fatal disease which is only currently cured by lung transplantation These research findings will now be prioritised for the development of a new drug…

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