Taking out the protein garbage becomes more difficult as neurons age

Cells dispose of harmful “trash” through autophagy, a normal and necessary process in which aggregated proteins and dysfunctional structures are handled. If any part of this fails, waste builds up inside cells, eventually killing them. According to a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, as cells age, their ability to shed harmful refuse […]

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Bacteria engineered as Trojan horse for cancer immunotherapy

The emerging field of synthetic biology—designing new biological components and systems—is revolutionizing medicine. Through the genetic programming of living cells, researchers are creating engineered systems that intelligently sense and respond to diverse environments, leading to more specific and effective solutions in comparison to current molecular-based therapeutics. At the same time, cancer immunotherapy—using the body’s immune defenses to fight cancer—has transformed […]

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'The touch of my hand, as I take a pulse, could be the only touch that person experiences' – Doctor talks about the many faces of loneliness in Irish society

It has taken me many years to accept that, as a doctor, I cannot fix the problems of the world, that problems can have a purpose and that the best I can do is help alleviate distress and support each person’s efforts to live the best life they can, in a less than perfect world. Moira is 83 years old. […]

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Body glitter sold on eBay recalled as it contains dangerous chemical

Cheap body glitter sold on eBay is recalled as it contains FIFTY TIMES the safe amount of a dangerous chemical that inflames your lungs Pallets of silver glitter sold under the brand name Saffron made with antimony If inhaled, the chemical can prevent the lungs from functioning properly Make-up found to have 24.7mg/kg of substance, despite 0.5mg/kg guideline Cheap body glitter […]

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23% of young black women now identify as bisexual

Since 1972, social scientists have studied the General Social Survey to chart the complexities of social change in the United States. The survey, which is conducted every couple years, asks respondents their attitudes on topics ranging from race relations to drug use. In 2008, the survey started including a question on sexual identity. As sociologists who study sexuality, we’ve noticed […]

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Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos Share Tributes to Son Michael As He Turns 22

Kelly Ripa and husband Mark Consuelos shared sweet tributes to their eldest son, Michael, as he celebrated his 22nd birthday on Sunday, June 2. “Happy Birthday @michaelconsway ♥️ talented, handsome, smart, kind, and 22. You started this whole thing!” the Live With Kelly and Ryan host, 48, captioned a video on Instagram along with 10 gold stars. The clip, with “Nussun Dorma” […]

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US holds CBD hearing as fans, sellers await legal clarity

CBD products have surged in popularity despite confusion around their legal status . Now U.S. regulators are exploring ways to officially allow the hemp ingredient in food, drinks and dietary supplements. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration held a hearing Friday to collect information about cannabis compounds such as CBD, which is already available in candy, syrups, oils, drinks, skin […]

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WHO urges broader use of Ebola vaccine as DR Congo case numbers climb

The World Health Organization on Tuesday urged a dramatic broadening of Ebola vaccination in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the latest outbreak of the virus has killed more than 1,000 people. More than 111,000 people have already received the protective jab, through a so-called ring vaccination approach aimed at immunising every person who has been in contact with the […]

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For busy medical students, two-hour meditation study may be as beneficial as longer course

For time-crunched medical students, taking a two-hour introductory class on mindfulness may be just as beneficial for reducing stress and depression as taking an eight-week meditation course, a Rutgers study finds. The study, conducted by researchers at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is published in the journal Medical Science Educator. The researchers say many medical students would like to […]

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Exemptions surge as parents and doctors do ‘Hail Mary’ around vaccine laws

At two public charter schools in the Sonoma wine country town of Sebastopol, more than half the kindergartners received medical exemptions from state-required vaccines last school year. The cities of Berkeley, Santa Cruz, Nevada City, Arcata and Sausalito all had schools in which more than 30 percent of the kindergartners had been granted such medical exemptions. Nearly three years ago, […]

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