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Research uncovers new potential target for ovarian cancer therapies

Promoting gamma delta T cell response could be an effective strategy for treating advanced ovarian cancer, according to research by an international team from Karolinska Institutet, Menoufia University in Egypt, and the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. Their work has been published in Science Translational Medicine. There are fewer than 250,000 cases of ovarian […]

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Quick to smile: Study shows speed of expression offers vital visual cues

The speed at which we produce facial expressions plays an important role in our ability to recognize emotions in others, according to new research at the University of Birmingham. A team in the University’s School of Psychology carried out research which showed that people tend to produce happy and angry expressions more rapidly, while sad […]

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Does a vegan diet lead to poorer bone health?

The vegan diet is trending currently. How this type of diet affects health is the subject of scientific studies. In a new study from the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), the bone health of 36 vegans as well as 36 people following a mixed-food diet was determined with an ultrasound measurement of the […]

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Collagen plays protective role during pancreatic cancer development

Contrary to long-held beliefs, Type I collagen produced by cancer-associated fibroblasts does not promote cancer development but instead plays a protective role in controlling pancreatic cancer progression, reports a new study from researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. This new understanding supports novel therapeutic approaches that bolster collagen rather than suppress […]

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Ancient DNA reveals clues about how tuberculosis shaped the human immune system

“Present-day humans are the descendants of those who have survived many things—climate changes and big epidemics, including the Black Death, Spanish flu, and tuberculosis,” says senior author Lluis Quintana-Murci of the Institut Pasteur in France. “This work uses population genetics to dissect how natural selection has acted on our genomes.” This research focused on a […]

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The (robotic) doctor will see you now

In the era of social distancing, using robots for some health care interactions is a promising way to reduce in-person contact between health care workers and sick patients. However, a key question that needs to be answered is how patients will react to a robot entering the exam room. Researchers from MIT and Brigham and […]

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Astrocytes derived from patients with bipolar disorder malfunction

Brain cells called astrocytes derived from the induced pluripotent stem cells of patients with bipolar disorder offer suboptimal support for neuronal activity. In a paper appearing March 4th in the journal Stem Cell Reports, researchers show that this malfunction can be traced to an inflammation-promoting molecule called interleukin-6 (IL-6), which is secreted by astrocytes. The […]