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  • July 21 , 2020

    Non-invasive blood test can detect cancer four years before conventional diagnosis methods

    An international team of researchers has developed a non-invasive blood test that can detect whether an individual has one of five common types of cancers, four years before the condition can be diagnosed with current methods. The test detects stomach, esophageal, colorectal, lung and liver cancer.
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  • July 21 , 2020

    Levothyroxine doesn't improve cardiac function for heart attack patients

    Research reveals that treatment of heart attack patients for a common condition, underactive thyroid, with levothyroxine does not improve heart muscle function, so is unlikely to be of benefit.
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  • July 20 , 2020

    Scientists identify a new drug target for dry age-related macular degeneration

    Scientists at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute have shown that the blood protein vitronectin is a promising drug target for dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 years of age and older. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), also holds implicat
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  • July 20 , 2020

    Experimental drug reduces replication of zika virus and prevents microcephaly in mice

    An international group of researchers have discovered that inhibiting AHR (aryl hydrocarbon receptor)—a protein with roles in regulating immunity, stem cell maintenance and cellular differentiation—enables the immune system to combat replication of zika virus in the organism far more effectively. In experiments performed at the University of São Paulo's Biom
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  • July 19 , 2020

    Scientists supercharge shellfish to tackle vitamin deficiency in humans

    Cambridge scientists have developed a new way to fortify shellfish to tackle human nutrient deficiencies which cause severe health problems across the world. The team is now working with major seafood manufacturers to further test their microencapsulation technology, or "Vitamin Bullets".
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  • July 18 , 2020

    Precision medicine approach has successfully treated bone cancer in dogs

    Osteosarcoma, a common bone cancer in dogs, affects more than 10,000 dogs in the U.S. each year. While chemotherapy is generally effective at killing some of the cancer cells, the numerous side effects can be painful and often a subset of cancer cells exist that are resistant to chemotherapy.
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  • July 17 , 2020

    Supplements with potential to prevent Alzheimer's affect blood, but less so the brain

    ​For years, a scientific puzzle has bedeviled researchers aiming to fight Alzheimer's disease, a common and incurable form of dementia. ​ The results of numerous lab investigations and population studies support the preventive potential of omega-3 fatty acids, "good fats" found abundantly in fish. However, to date the majority of studies evaluating omega-3
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  • July 17 , 2020

    How metastatic cancer survives in the subarachnoid space

    A team of researchers working at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York has discovered how metastatic cancer is able to survive in the hostile subarachnoid space. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes RNA sequencing studies they conducted with patients with leptomeningeal metastases (LS)—a type of cancer involving m
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  • July 17 , 2020

    Blood test detects positive COVID-19 result in 20 minutes

    World-first research by Monash University in Australia has been able to detect positive COVID-19 cases using blood samples in about 20 minutes, and identify whether someone has contracted the virus.
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  • July 16 , 2020

    AC Immune Stock Catapults To Two-Year High On Alzheimer's News

    Shares of AC Immune (ACIU) surged in massive volume Thursday after the small biotech company began dosing patients with an Alzheimer's treatment. The decision follows interim data from a prior clinical study. That earlier study showed the experimental Alzheimer's treatment was safe at a lower dose. Now, AC Immune is testing a higher dose of the drug. C
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  • July 16 , 2020

    High-fat diet with antibiotic use linked to gut inflammation

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects approximately 11% of people worldwide. It is characterized by recurring episodes of abdominal pain, bloating and changes in bowel habits. IBS patients with mucosal inflammation and changes in the gut's microbial composition are considered pre-IBD.
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  • July 16 , 2020

    New antiplatelet drug shows promise for treating heart attack

    Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have developed a new drug that prevents blood clots without causing an increased risk of bleeding, a common side effect of all antiplatelet medications currently available. A new study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine describes the drug and its delivery mechanisms and shows that t
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