Stem cell differences could explain why women are more likely to develop adrenal cancer

Scientists have discovered a potential biological reason why women are more likely to develop adrenal disorders, including cancer. According to the researchers, the answer could lie in the increased turnover of hormone-producing cells found in the adrenal glands of females. The adrenal gland is a hormone producing organ that sits on top of the kidneys. The outer part, or cortex, […]

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Why Hodgkin’s lymphoma cells grow uncontrollably

Although classical Hodgkin’s lymphoma is generally easily treatable today, many aspects of the disease still remain a mystery. A team at the Max Delbrück Center led by Professor Claus Scheidereit has now identified an important signaling molecule in the biology of this lymphoma: lymphotoxin-alpha (LTA). It helps the cancer to grow unimpeded—for example, by activating genes for immune checkpoint ligands […]

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Why Abortion Access Became More Important to Me When I Came Out

After President Trump was elected, I had a miniature — read: major — breakdown, so I decided to focus on a specific issue: Abortion access. In January of 2017, I joined the board of directors at NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota, which works on everything from pro-choice legislation to running a volunteer clinic escort program. At the time, I was still in […]

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Why Rose Byrne ‘Can’t Even Think About’ Having More Children

Too much on her plate! Rose Byrne doesn’t have any immediate plans to give her sons a younger brother or sister. “I can’t even think about that, I’m so busy,” the actress, 39, told Us Weekly exclusively at the Ads-Up presents It’s Your Shout Gala on Thursday, April 25. “[My boys] are keeping me very busy. They’re physically very exhausting. They’re […]

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The anxious leg bounce: Why it happens and how to deal with it

You’re either a leg bouncer or someone who gets intensely irritated by leg bouncing. There’s rarely an in-between. Leg bouncing, also called leg tapping, leg jiggling, leg shaking, and ‘that annoying thing you do with your leg’ describes the habit of moving one leg up and down at speed while sitting. It can happen when sitting on public transport, at […]

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Why comic-style information is better at preparing patients for cardiac catheterization

Before undergoing surgery, patients must be fully informed about what the procedure entails. The complex nature of the information involved means that patients often feel overwhelmed rather than well informed. Researchers from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin have shown that patients scheduled to undergo cardiac catheterization may find comic-style information helpful. The researchers’ comic-style booklet was shown to enhance patient comprehension […]

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Why Australians are using painkillers for social and emotional suffering

George (Kev) Dertadian has always been interested in challenging the stigmatisation of drug users. The UNSW Criminology Lecturer and social researcher’s fascination with this field of research started when he read a paper by UNSW academics Professor Lisa Maher and Professor David Dixon on the cost of drug crackdowns in Cabramatta. “They found that when you crack down on communities […]

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This Is Why The First 100 Days of Your Baby's Life Are So Crucial

The early interactions a child has with their parents, siblings, grandparents, and caregivers make a lasting imprint on their brain. They influence how a child perceives the world and moves through it, setting up the brain for all future learning. Think of it like a house: If the foundation isn’t solid, the rest of the house will have problems. Brains […]

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