Scientists discover way to stop spread of devastating childhood cancer

Researchers at the University of East Anglia and University of Manchester have made an important breakthrough that could lead to “kinder” treatments for children with bone cancer, and save lives. Current treatment is grueling, with outdated chemotherapy cocktails and limb amputation. But despite all of this, the five-year survival rate is poor at just 42 percent—largely because of how rapidly […]

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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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What's the best way to mask the dangers of toxic air pollution?

From supplements to shield your skin to room filters… What’s the best way to mask the dangers of toxic air pollution? Breathing in the air in some areas of the country is equivalent to smoking 160 cigarettes a year — that was the suggestion from the British Heart Foundation recently, which warned that air pollution is becoming a ‘public health […]

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Better way to interpret blood tests to diagnose pulmonary embolism

A study led by Hamilton researchers has found a new way to interpret blood test results in patients who are investigated for blood clots in their lungs, a condition known as pulmonary embolism. This new approach applies to D-dimer blood tests, which are used by physicians to rule out the presence of a blood clot. Researchers found that a higher […]

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Looking at the way we walk can help predict cognitive decline

The way people walk is an indicator of how much their brains, as well as their bodies, are aging. Scientists reporting in a special supplement to the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease (JAD) say that gait disorders, particularly slowing gait, should be considered a marker of future cognitive decline. They propose testing motor performance as well as cognitive performance in older […]

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Pediatric hematologists introduce a novel way to treat pediatric hemophilia A patients

An innovative way to treat pediatric hemophilia A patients using a combination approach has seen early success at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, with researchers from Emory University School of Medicine. Now known as the Atlanta Protocol, in a nod to where the approach was developed, the new method involves treating patients with […]

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Insight into cells’ ‘self-eating’ process could pave the way for new dementia treatments

Cells regularly go through a process called autophagy—literally translated as ‘self-eating’ – which helps to destroy bacteria and viruses after infection. When it works, this process counteracts neurodegenerative conditions such as dementia and Huntington’s Disease, by getting rid of unwanted proteins and their resultant harm to cells. But when autophagy fails or defects occur, it can give rise to such […]

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Laboratory studies identify a potential way to treat human cancers with ARID1A mutations

A new study shows that tumor cells depleted of ARID1A—a protein that acts as a cancer suppressor—become highly sensitive to anticancer poly ADP ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitor drugs after radiation treatment. The research, led by Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center researchers, could advance efforts to treat many human cancers with loss of ARID1A that are resistant to current standard treatments, […]

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