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New perspective to understand and treat a rare calcification disease

As part of an international collaboration, researchers from ELTE Eötvös Loránd University developed a new animal model to study a rare genetic disease that can lead to blindness at the age of 40-50. The new model could open up new perspectives in our understanding of this metabolic disease and will also help to identify new […]

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Physical therapy visit for knee injury was first step toward his quadruple bypass

James “Pete” Watt walked into a physical therapy appointment in April 2018 feeling unusually lightheaded and anxious. “I just felt off,” he said. The therapist took his blood pressure reading. It was dangerously high—200/100. “You’re not going anywhere until someone comes to get you,” she told him. Pete, who lives in Lake Stevens, Washington, called […]

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Scientists uncover mutations that make cancer resistant to therapies targeting KRAS

A gene called KRAS is one of the most commonly mutated genes in all human cancers, and targeted drugs that inhibit the protein expressed by mutated KRAS have shown promising results in clinical trials, with potential approvals by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration anticipated later this year. Unfortunately, cancer cells often develop additional mutations […]

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Brain glue’ helps repair circuitry in severe traumatic brain injury

At a cost of $38 billion a year, an estimated 5.3 million people are living with a permanent disability related to traumatic brain injury in the United States today, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The physical, mental and financial toll of a TBI can be enormous, but new research from the […]

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Gut microbiome plays role in autism

A new study has demonstrated that autism spectrum disorder is related to changes in the gut microbiome. The findings are published this week in mSystems, an open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. “Longitudinally, we were able to see that within an individual, changes in the microbiome were associated with changes in behavior,” said […]

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Carpal tunnel syndrome is not just an office workers’ condition

Researchers at Henry Ford Health System have found that workers in construction and other manufacturing jobs are more susceptible for developing carpal tunnel syndrome than those who work in office jobs. In a retrospective study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, researchers report that manual labor jobs that require lifting, gripping and […]

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Novel biomarker for glucocorticoids could help tailor treatments

Researchers have uncovered pathways involved in the body’s response to glucocorticoid treatments and identified a novel biomarker that could be used to monitor how these drugs work in patients, according to a clinical study published today in eLife. A more reliable indicator of an individual’s response to glucocorticoid drugs could be used to develop a […]