Cytoglobin: Key player in preventing liver disease

Researchers have discovered that the use of Cytoglobin (CYGB) as an intravenous drug could delay liver fibrosis progression in mice. CYGB, discovered in 2001 by Professor Norifumi Kawada, is present in hepatic stellate cells, the cells that produce fibrotic molecules such as collagens when the liver has acute or chronic inflammation induced by different etiologies. The enhancement of CYGB on […]

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Social connection, social support and physical exercise key to overcoming adversity

David Creswell and his daughter recently bought ice skates, and on a good week, they hit the ice every couple of days. The new winter tradition is more than just fun, said Creswell, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Carnegie Mellon University’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The activity combines exercise and social interaction—two evidence-based strategies that can […]

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Blood pressure drug may be key to increasing lifespan, new study shows

Since time immemorial, people have been fascinated by ways to stop aging. Nearly every culture has stories to tell about people who lived for thousands of years, showing that extending lifespan has always been a deep desire across humanity. While modern medicine does not strive to find the fountain of youth, keen interest in promoting longevity has prompted research into […]

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Antibody Tests Are Still A Long Way From Holding The Key To Ending COVID-19

Novel coronavirus antibody tests can help determine whether a person has contracted COVID-19. COVID-19 antibodies are also being studied to determine if they could hold the key to potential treatments or vaccines. Right now, reliable COVID-19 antibody tests are not widely available, though many are currently in development. Back in mid-March, the coronavirus got me—in a subtle sneak attack. My […]

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Difficulty breathing and COPD key predictors for severe COVID-19

Shortness of breath (dyspnoea) is the only symptom of COVID-19 significantly associated with severe cases of the disease and admission to intensive care units (ICU), according to a new systematic review and meta-analysis led by UCL. The findings, published in MedRxiv as a pre-print prior to peer-review, also showed that underlying health conditions do not all present the same risk […]

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How a key brain region combines visual and spatial information to navigate

When we move through the streets of our neighborhood, we often use familiar landmarks to help us navigate. And as we think to ourselves, “OK, now make a left at the coffee shop,” a part of the brain called the retrosplenial cortex (RSC) lights up. While many studies have linked this brain region with landmark-based navigation, exactly how it helps […]

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Brain tumor organoids may be key to time-sensitive treatments for glioblastomas

Lab-grown brain organoids developed from a patient’s own glioblastoma, the most aggressive and common form of brain cancer, may hold the answers on how to best treat it. A new study in Cell from researchers at Penn Medicine showed how glioblastoma organoids could serve as effective models to rapidly test personalized treatment strategies. Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) remains the most difficult […]

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Schools, parents and grandparents hold key to unlocking China’s obesity problem

Educating parents and grandparents—as well as improving physical activity and the food provided at school—could hold the key to solving China’s obesity pandemic, according to one of the largest trials of childhood obesity prevention in the world. Over 30 million Chinese children, aged between seven and 18, are overweight or obese—placing them at greater risk of an early death and […]

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