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New efficient method for urine analysis may tell us more

Human urine contains hundreds of small molecules that tell us about our health, diet and well-being. Associate Professor Frans Mulder, in collaboration with the University of Florence, has been successful in developing a new method for analyzing the components of a urine sample. Using this method, the analysis becomes both cheaper and more accurate. The […]

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Researchers estimate societal costs of the opioid epidemic

The devastating consequences of the opioid crisis are far-reaching in the United States, impacting public health as well as social and economic welfare. Penn State researchers recently collaborated to address the issue in a supplement of The American Journal of Managed Care titled “Deaths, Dollars, and Diverted Resources: Examining the Heavy Price of the Opioid […]

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Brighter possibilities for treating blindness

Advances in preclinical research are now being translated into innovative clinical solutions for blindness, a review published in the 10th Anniversary Series of Science Translational Medicine depicts. The review authored by José Sahel, Jean Bennett and Botond Roska summarizes recent therapeutic strategies for treating blinding diseases which are very encouraging. Review summary Gene replacement or […]

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How the immune system recognizes pathogens: Interaction Time

A team led by the Freiburg biologists Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schamel and Prof. Dr. Wilfried Weber conducted an experiment in which they controlled the duration of the interaction of a specific protein with T cells, a type of white blood cells, thereby showing how the immune system differentiates between self and non-self molecules. The scientists […]

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Atherosclerosis: Induced cell death destabilizes plaques

Many chronic disorders arise from misdirected immune responses. Scientists now show that neutrophils exacerbate atherosclerosis by inducing smooth muscle-cell death and that a tailored peptide inhibits the process. At LMU’s Institute for Cardiovascular Prevention, Oliver Söhnlein investigates the molecular mechanisms that underlie chronic inflammatory disorders, including atherosclerosis. These conditions are largely due to unresolved innate […]

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Gender impacts brain activity in alcoholics, study finds: Research may lead to gender-specific treatment

Compared to alcoholic women, alcoholic men have more diminished brain activity in areas responsible for emotional processing (limbic regions including the amygdala and hippocampus), as well as memory and social processing (cortical regions including the superior frontal and supramarginal regions) among other functions. In 2015, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health Alcoholism found […]

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New software aims to reduce variability in ELISA biomarker tests: Researchers developed an accessible strategy to limit issues with commercial research biomarker testing kits

A new computational approach has been developed to reduce variability in common research biomarker tests, a promising step in improving the ability of biomedical researchers and basic scientists to reproduce data and facilitate more consistent results across laboratories and long-term projects. Researchers from Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), developed […]