Doctors turning to antibiotic alternatives to treat acne, Rutgers researchers find

Physicians are scaling back on prescribing antibiotics for long-term acne treatment in favor of a combinations of therapies, according to Rutgers researchers. The findings, published as Part I and Part II in the journal Dermatologic Clinics, surveyed studies on acute and long-term acne treatments over the past decade to identify trends. “People are more conscious…

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York University chemists invent new Lewis acidity test using fluorescence

TORONTO, April 22, 2019 – York University chemists have invented a new fluorescence-based method for accurately determining the strength of a range of Lewis acids, which could one day be used to help purify pharmaceutical drugs, improve industrial processes and explore next-generation technologies, according to a new chemistry study. Measuring the Lewis acidity of molecular…

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Study merges big data and zebrafish biology to reveal mechanisms of human disease

In a series of studies that volleyed between large databases and research in zebrafish, Vanderbilt investigators have discovered a link between vascular biology and eye disease. The research uncovered an unexpected role for the gene GRIK5, and it showcases a new paradigm for using biobanks, electronic health records and zebrafish to discover the genetic mechanisms…

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New synthesis strategy speeds identification of simpler versions of a natural product

IMAGE: Baylor University professor and chemist Daniel Romo, Ph.D., discusses research with doctoral candidate Christian M. Chaheine, co-author on new synthesis strategy. The study is published in Nature Chemistry…. view more  Credit: Photo by Roxane M. Jourdain A new chemical synthesis strategy to harvest the rich information found in natural products — organic compounds isolated from…

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Despite increase in insurance coverage for depression, growth in spending remains modest

A new investigation published in JAMA Psychiatry finds that while insurance coverage for depression has increased, treatment rates are lower than expected, indicating that non-financial barriers to patient care still remain. Jason Hockenberry, PhD, associate professor at the Emory Rollins School of Public Health, is the lead author of the study. “While insurance coverage has…

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