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Putting the squeeze on red blood cells

For the first time, researchers at the University of Bristol’s Blood and Transplant Research Unit, and the French National Institute for Blood Transfusion, have captured the moment a red blood cell is “squeezed” while recording the changes that allow it to deform and subsequently recover its shape. The study, published in Blood Advances, was funded […]

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The end of hair loss during chemo?

The end of hair loss during chemo? Scientists find a way to protect fragile follicles from the powerful tumour-killing drugs Hair follicles ‘bathed’ in anti-cancer drugs, CDK4/6 inhibitors, block cell division Slowed or temporarily suspended multiplication of cells at base of hair follicles Approach made hair follicles ‘less susceptible’ to chemo drugs called taxanes  Scientists […]

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How relapse happens: Opiates reduce the brain’s ability to form, maintain synapses

Exposure to heroin sharply reduces levels of the protein necessary for developing and maintaining the brain’s synapses, a preclinical study by University at Buffalo researchers has found. The development of addiction relapse is directly related to the impact that reductions in this protein, called drebrin, have on specific cells involved in the brain’s pleasure-seeking/reward pathways. […]

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The Health Benefits of Cuddling

Be honest: when was the last time you cuddled? Not the cuddling kind that leads to sex, either. Just a good old-fashioned, honest cuddle with a loved one? It’s probably been a while, right? In today’s hectic world, when “business” is worn as a badge of honor, it’s difficult to find that special time to […]