Sexual receptivity and rejection may be orchestrated by the same brain region

In many species, including humans and mice, the fluctuating levels of the hormones progesterone and estrogen determine whether the female is fertile or not. And in the case of mice, whether she’s sexually receptive or not. The change in receptivity is striking. Female mice shift from accepting sexual partners to aggressively rejecting them across a cycle of six short days. […]

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Microglia, Stockholm syndrome and miraculous cures in glioblastoma patients

Despite access to some of the best possible medical care in the world, Senators John McCain and Edward Kennedy both died within 18 months of their diagnosis of glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. While this deadly outcome typifies the nature of this disease, some glioblastoma patients see exceptional benefits from chemotherapy and survive beyond expectations. Why this happens […]

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Using thumbprints and vaccination records to save children’s lives

As COVID-19 vaccination efforts ramp up in developing nations, accurate and accessible vaccination records are critical for children who often lack official identification necessary for the delivery of government or medical assistance. Fortunately, the solution to this problem and the broader need for child identification has been researched for years now by Anil Jain, a Michigan State University Distinguished Professor […]

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COVID vaccines: Passports, blood clots and changing trust in government

Four in 10 people think those without a COVID-19 vaccination will be discriminated against, while around a quarter of the public have concerns about vaccine passports, according to a new study. The research, by the University of Bristol and King’s College London, also finds that three in ten people say the vaccine rollout has increased their trust in the UK […]

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FDA Approves Trodelvy, the First Treatment for Metastatic Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Shown to Improve Progression-Free Survival and Overall Survival

FOSTER CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apr. 7, 2021– Gilead Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: GILD) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted full approval to Trodelvy® (sacituzumab govitecan-hziy) for adult patients with unresectable locally advanced or metastatic triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) who have received two or more prior systemic therapies, at least one of them for metastatic disease. The approval is supported by data […]

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The Best And Worst Characteristics Of The Zodiac Sign Cancer

Anyone whose sign is Cancer is lucky enough to have been born in the summertime. Cancers are those born between June 21 and July 22 (via Allure). Cancer is ruled by the moon, which is known for its changeable nature (via i.TheHoroscope.co). While we know that the moon itself actually doesn’t change its size and shape, astrology, unlike astronomy, is all about perception, and from […]

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Spain limits AstraZeneca vaccine to 60 years and up

Spain joined other European nations on Wednesday in limiting the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine to the elderly due to concerns over links to extremely rare blood clotting. Spanish Health Minister Carolina Darias announced after meeting with regional health chiefs that authorities would limit shots to those over 60 years old. Until now, Spain has used AstraZeneca on its younger […]

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New cells harnessed to ambush and kill malaria immediately upon transmission

A change in the plan of attack against malaria—to target the infection as soon as it enters the bloodstream—has yielded exciting results for Burnet Institute scientists seeking to accelerate the development of a highly protective malaria vaccine. For decades global malaria vaccine research has focused overwhelmingly on immune responses that may block malaria from infecting liver cells, an essential stage […]

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