Serendipitous discovery could lead to treatment for strokes, cardiac arrest

BOSTON – In a surprising discovery, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) identified a mechanism that protects the brain from the effects of hypoxia, a potentially lethal deprivation of oxygen. This serendipitous finding, which they report in Nature Communications, could aid in the development of therapies for strokes, as well as brain injury that can…

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Researchers uncover mechanism related to severe post-COVID-19 disease in children

BOSTON — A multidisciplinary team from MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), Brigham and Women’s Hospital and other institutions have identified the mechanism of how an extremely rare but serious post-COVID-19 complication develops in children and adolescents. Led by MGHfC pediatric pulmonologist Lael Yonker, MD, researchers determined that viral particles remaining in the gut long after…

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NIH awards $4.7m to Kennedy Krieger Institute researcher for movement learning study

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded Amy Bastian, Ph.D., PT, chief science officer and director of the Motion Analysis Lab at Kennedy Krieger Institute, with an eight-year, $4.7 million National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Research Program Award (N35) to support a study examining movement learning mechanisms and how this process…

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C-Path Virtual Workshop to feature latest advances in clinical trials for T1D

TUCSON, Ariz., May 25, 2021 — Critical Path Institute (C-Path) today announced its schedule for the Design of Clinical Trials in New-Onset Type 1 Diabetes: Regulatory Considerations for Drug Development Workshop, to be held virtually June 15-16. Together with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), European Medicines Agency (EMA), and in collaboration with Benaroya…

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Building a better LED bulb

LED lightbulbs offer considerable advantages over other types of lighting. Being more efficient, they require much less electricity to operate. They do not give off unwanted heat the way old-school incandescent bulbs do, and the best of them long outlast even fluorescent lightbulbs. But LEDs are not problem-free. Questions linger over suspected links between health…

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Physician-patient gender concordance may not matter in interventional practice

While some studies suggest female patients treated by female physicians have better outcomes, there does not appear to be a relationship between operator and patient gender and outcome in patients undergoing coronary angioplasty or stenting. These are the results of a first-of-its-kind study by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Cardiovascular Consortium (BMC2) and…

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