$4.9 million initiative addresses racial disparities in maternal, infant mortality

IMAGE: McClain Sampson, associate professor in the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. view more  Credit: University of Houston Despite being home to a world-class medical center, renowned physicians and high-quality medical treatment, many communities in Houston experience significantly higher infant and maternal death rates. In some areas of Harris County, rates are nearly…

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Getting closer: Finding out why the immune system attacks itself

IMAGE: Biomolecular researcher Navin Varadarajan anticipates that his data will serve as a foundation for investigating multiple hypotheses on the roles of B cells in RA and other autoimmune disorders, and… view more  Credit: University of Houston Biomolecular researcher Navin Varadarajan has published in Arthritis & Rheumatology journal a first-of-its-kind study – a comprehensive profile of…

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Healing glove reaches major milestone, earns national recognition

IMAGE: Principal investigator Muthu Wijesundara models a glove produced through the manufacturing process. view more  The revolutionary bioengineered healing glove created by researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute (UTARI) and the University of Washington has completed another key step on the road toward commercialization. Empowered by a $227,000 award from the Medical…

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Body mass index may play a significant role in the progression of multiple sclerosis

IMAGE: Being overweight and obese worsens the disease course in multiple sclerosis patients. Specific fats, called ceramides (yellow), are more abundant in the blood of patients with high BMI (left image),… view more  Credit: Casaccia Lab NEW YORK, April 11, 2019 — A newly published paper in the Lancet journal EBioMedicine identifies a link between high…

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Seoul Searching

Maybe it was the basket of radiance-promising snail sheet masks I found upon arrival to my hotel room, or the instant the mother of sustainable brand Saint Mill’s designer Myoung Yoo Suk made a beeline for me moments before her son’s show was set to begin, cheerfully offering up a Ziploc bag filled with homemade…

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Abnormal Levels of a Protein Linked to C.T.E. Found in N.F.L Players’ Brains, Study Shows

Experimental brain scans of more than two dozen former N.F.L. players found that the men had abnormal levels of the protein linked to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease associated with repeated hits to the head. Using positron emission tomography, or PET, scans, the researchers found “elevated amounts of abnormal tau protein” in the…

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