Researchers find promising new treatment approach for multiple sclerosis

In an animal model of multiple sclerosis (MS), decreasing the amount of a protein made in the liver significantly protected against development of the disease’s characteristic symptoms and promoted recovery in symptomatic animals, UTSW scientists report. The findings, published online today by Science Translational Medicine, could lead to a new treatment strategy for this neurological disease and other conditions marked […]

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Scientists find strong evidence that wasting syndrome is the same for all organisms

An interdisciplinary team of Dutch researchers has discovered that wasting syndrome, a severe byproduct of tuberculosis, is the same for all humans and animals studied. The discovery offers new opportunities to investigate the still insufficiently understood condition. The scientists also developed a promising method for diagnosing and possibly even predicting tuberculosis. Professor of Molecular cell biology Herman Spaink (Institute of […]

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Researchers find eating with someone else makes people eat smaller portions, but more often

A team of researchers at the University of Tokyo has found that people tend to consume smaller amounts of food when they are with someone else than when alone, but eat more often. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the group describes experiments they carried out with volunteer eaters and what they found. Prior studies […]

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Old drugs might treat COVID-19—so we’re using pieces of coronavirus to find out

Why don’t we have drugs to treat COVID-19 and how long will it take to develop them? SARS-CoV-2—the coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19—is completely new and attacks cells in a novel way. Every virus is different and so are the drugs used to treat them. That’s why there wasn’t a drug ready to tackle the new coronavirus that only […]

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Researchers find strengths and gaps in Thailand diabetes care

As Thailand transitions to a high-middle-income country, noncommunicable chronic diseases such as diabetes are on the rise. A new study by researchers from Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) and Chulalongkorn and Mahidol Universities in Bangkok identifies the strengths and weaknesses of diabetes care in Thailand’s universal health system. Published in the journal PLOS ONE, the study found that […]

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How to Play With Your Kids Even When You Find it Boring AF

First, let’s get this out of the way: Yes, you love your darling child more than life itself. Yes, you would walk over hot coals to make them happy, and yes, the sound of their laughter makes your heart swell with indescribable joy. It’s also okay (and understandable and human!) to get bored to tears with a seemingly endless game […]

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Neuroscientists find brain activity patterns that encode our beliefs

For decades, research has shown that our perception of the world is influenced by our expectations. These expectations, also called “prior beliefs,” help us make sense of what we are perceiving in the present, based on similar past experiences. Consider, for instance, how a shadow on a patient’s X-ray image, easily missed by a less experienced intern, jumps out at […]

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More than 600 people swabbed to find donor match for girl with cancer

One-year-old with leukaemia inspires 600 people to get swabbed in a bid to find her a stem cell donor after chemotherapy failed to cure her cancer Phoebe Ashfield was diagnosed in January but chemotherapy didn’t work Her only option is a stem cell transplant but her parents are not matches Their world was ‘turned upside down’ after her diagnosis at […]

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Researchers find fecal marker could help diagnose early signs of chronic gut conditions

Small molecules found in fecal matter could provide clues to the early inflammation found in chronic gut conditions, such as intestinal bowel disease (IBD), and serve as new biomarkers for diagnosis, according to a study led by the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University. The researchers found that fecal miRNA, small nucleic acid sequences, could be used as […]

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