Blood holds key to liver regeneration

IMAGE: James Luyendyk, a professor of pathobiology in the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, has shown in a new study that the blood-clotting protein fibrinogen may hold the key… view more  Credit: Michigan State University EAST LANSING, Mich. — The liver is the only organ in the body that can regenerate. But some patients…

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Neural engineer Qi Wang recognized with NSF CAREER Award

IMAGE: Neural Engineer Qi Wang has won an NSF CAREER Award to develop new technologies for restoring and enhancing sensory functions and cognition through brain-machine interfaces. view more  Credit: Jane Nisselson/Columbia Engineering New York, NY–March 05, 2019–Qi Wang, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia Engineering, has won a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation,…

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Gene identified that increases risk of antibiotic reaction

IMAGE: Elizabeth Phillips, MD, right, Katherine Konvinse, MS, and colleagues have identified a gene that increases the risk for a severe and potentially life-threatening reaction to the commonly prescribed antibiotic vancomycin…. view more  Credit: Photo by Anne Rayner Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and colleagues have identified a gene that increases the risk for a…

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Machine learning to the rescue

The tsetse fly has wreaked devastation across large swaths of sub-Saharan Africa. About the size of a housefly, the insect transmits a parasite that can be lethal to both humans (sleeping sickness) and animals (nagana) – especially cattle. In many countries of the sub-Sahara, there are large regions where farmers cannot raise cattle; most eventually…

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At what age do you feel 65?

SEATTLE – At what age do you feel 65? A 30-year gap separates countries with the highest and lowest ages at which people experience the health problems of a 65-year-old, according to a new scientific study. Researchers found 76-year-olds in Japan and 46-year-olds in Papua New Guinea have the same level of age-related health problems…

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THOR wrangles complex microbiomes into a model for improving them

IMAGE: Bacillus bacteria, marked with green fluorescence, changed its growth pattern around other members of the THOR community, spreading around and over other bacteria. view more  Credit: Gabriel Lozano and Jo Handelsman MADISON, Wis. — “Microbial communities run the world,” says Jo Handelsman, director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “People…

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Precision drugs could unmask cancers to immune system and boost effects of immunotherapy

NHS-approved PARP inhibitor therapy found to boost the body’s immune response Drugs could be used to increase number of patients who respond to immunotherapies Treatment developed for ovarian and breast cancers could also work in some lung cancers Precision cancer drugs called PARP inhibitors have a previously unknown ability to boost the immune system, and…

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