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Use COVID-19 lessons to battle deadly superbugs: WHO

Lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic should be used to fight the spread of drug-resistant bacteria, which kill tens of thousands of people each year, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The UN health agency warned that the world was running out of options for fighting so-called superbugs, with few new effective antibiotics in the […]

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New discovery could lead to therapies for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy

A new study, led by the University of California, Irvine (UCI), reveals how chronic inflammation promotes muscle fibrosis, which could inform the development of new therapies for patients suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a fatal muscle disease. Titled, “A Stromal Progenitor and ILC2 Niche Promotes Muscle Eosinophilia and Fibrosis-Associated Gene Expression,” the study was […]

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Parkinson’s disease: Wearable sensors to track symptoms

EPFL scientists have developed algorithms that, combined with wearable sensors, could help clinicians to monitor the progression of Parkinson’s disease and assess the effects of medications commonly used by people with this neurodegenerative disorder. Parkinson’s disease affects neurons in an area of the brain that controls movement, causing tremors, difficulty walking and other motor problems. […]

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Had facial fillers? What you need to know about COVID vaccines

Once you’ve landed that coveted coronavirus vaccine appointment, you’ll likely have to fill out a form on your medical history and whether you’re allergic to any of the vaccine’s ingredients. But there could be another question waiting for you: Have you ever had dermal filler injections? That’s because—in rare cases—people who’ve had the face-plumping injections […]

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Seaweed molecules found to aid wound healing

Scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterial Science (ACES) and University of Wollongong (UOW), in partnership with their seaweed bioinks collaborators Venus Shell Systems, have discovered that a molecular species known as ulvan aids wound healing in humans. Their research paper is the cover story on the latest issue of Biomaterials Science. Titled […]

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Study links prenatal phthalate exposure to altered information processing in infants

Exposure to phthalates, a class of chemicals widely used in packaging and consumer products, is known to interfere with normal hormone function and development in human and animal studies. Now researchers have found evidence linking pregnant women’s exposure to phthalates to altered cognitive outcomes in their infants. Most of the findings involved slower information processing […]

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Study examines antibody response to COVID-19 vaccination in patients with kidney failure

In a recent study, most patients with kidney failure who were undergoing hemodialysis developed a substantial antibody response following the vaccination with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19, but it was significantly lower than that of individuals without kidney disease. The findings will appear in an upcoming issue of CJASN. Individuals with kidney failure who are […]