Study: Understanding white blood cells’ defense mechanisms could lead to better treatments

Experiencing a bacterial infection? You’re generally prescribed antibiotics by your doctor. But how exactly do those antibiotics and your white blood cells work in tandem to improve your infection? “The human body’s first line of defense against bacteria are certain white blood cells called neutrophils,” says J. Scott VanEpps, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of emergency…

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Exercise may fight depression in older adults, study suggests

Rockville, Md. (January 31, 2019)–New research suggests that exercise-induced muscle changes could help boost mood in older adults. The study is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology–Cell Physiology. Exercise increases the expression of certain proteins (transcription factors) that help regulate gene expression and the processing (metabolism) of tryptophan in the body.…

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Cultural practices improve health care for Indigenous women living with violence

IMAGE: The study highlights the importance of a holistic approach towards healing for Indigenous survivors of intimate partner violence, said study co-author Roberta Price, an elder from the Coast Salish Snuneymuxw… view more  The health of Indigenous women recovering from the trauma of partner violence improves when the healing process integrates elder-led circles and other cultural…

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