OU launches $9 million research collaboration with Peruvian University

NORMAN, OKLA. — The University of Oklahoma has entered an agreement to develop a $9 million program of joint research with Universidad Nacional de San Agustin, one of Peru’s largest and oldest public research universities. Tomas Diaz de la Rubia, OU vice president for research and partnerships, last week signed a cooperative agreement with…

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Plant pigment can significantly reduce blood pressure

A new paper in Nutrition Reviews finds that intake of the flavonoid quercetin can greatly reduce high blood pressure in patients suffering from cardiovascular disease. Researchers here consulted multiple studies that assessed the impact of quercetin on blood pressure and glucose levels. Quercetin is a plant pigment commonly found in many plants and foods, such…

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BU and Thai researchers find strengths and gaps in Thailand diabetes care

As Thailand transitions to a high-middle-income country, noncommunicable chronic diseases such as diabetes are on the rise. A new study by researchers from Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) and Chulalongkorn and Mahidol Universities in Bangkok identifies the strengths and weaknesses of diabetes care in Thailand’s universal health system. Published in the journal…

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Blood stem cell research

University of Delaware biomedical engineer Emily Day is working on technology that may one day replace bone marrow transplants. Currently, bone marrow transplants are used to replace damaged bone marrow in the body with healthy blood stem cells, which give rise to all blood cell types in the human body. Day, an assistant professor in…

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Hospital readmission policy did not increase patients’ mortality risk

New Haven, Conn. — The Obamacare program intended to reduce the risk of patients being readmitted after hospitalizations for heart attacks, heart failure, and pneumonia has not caused an increase in mortality risk for patients in emergency departments or observational units, according to a new report. Doctors from Yale and the University of Texas (UT)…

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With these neurons, extinguishing fear is its own reward

When you expect a really bad experience to happen and then it doesn’t, it’s a distinctly positive feeling. A new study of fear extinction training in mice may suggest why: The findings not only identify the exact population of brain cells that are key for learning not to feel afraid anymore, but also show these…

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Discovery reveals how remora fishes know when to hitch a ride aboard their hosts

Remoras are among the most successful marine hitchhikers, thanks to powerful suction discs that allow them to stay tightly fastened to the bodies of sharks, whales and other hosts despite incredible drag forces while traveling through the ocean. But how do these suckerfish sense the exact moment when they must «stick their landing» and board…

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What are the symptoms of breast cancer?

Some forms of breast cancer cause no symptoms in the initial stages, so it is crucial to attend regular screenings. As with other forms of cancer, a person’s outlook is more favorable when a doctor detects the disease early. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), the most common sign of breast cancer is a…

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