Human cells can also change jobs

Biology textbooks teach us that adult cell types remain fixed in the identity they have acquired upon differentiation. By inducing non-insulin-producing human pancreatic cells to modify their function to produce insulin in a sustainable way, researchers at the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, show for the first time that the adaptive capacity of our cells is much greater than previously […]

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Sofas and vinyl flooring are poisoning children

Sofas and vinyl flooring are poisoning children: Scientists find high levels of toxins that affect brain development in kids exposed to flame retardants Old sofas and vinyl flooring – particularly in public housing – contain hormone-disrupting toxins Kids exposed to those products were found to have high levels of toxins in their blood and urine Researchers warn these toxins can […]

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Scientists say race is not a legitimate category in medicine

‘Race is not biological, it’s a social construct’: Scientists say ethnicity does NOT determine health risks – and doctors who say so are just fueling ‘racial prejudice’ New research adds fuel to the firey debate about race and genetics Experts told a conference we should not use race as a risk factor for health They say differences between racial groups […]

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The Number 1 Reason You Should Stop Wearing Heels

Quick, what’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “bunions”? People who are slightly…older, right? Well, those little (or not-so-little) bumps don’t discriminate by age. They can pop up on anyone’s feet. But, tbh, they’re more common in women (oh, the stuff we do to our feet in the name of fashion). What are bunions, […]

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When research participation pays, some people lie: Between 10-23 percent of participants in a paid survey about flu vaccination status misled researchers about their eligibility to participate

Offering compensation can be an important tactic to attract potential participants for enrollment in research studies, but it might come at a cost. A new study conducted by researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that up to 23 percent of respondents lied about their eligibility to participate in a survey when offered payment, […]

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Am I bipolar? When to see a doctor

Bipolar disorder interferes with a person’s moods and activity level. Doctors diagnose people of all ages with bipolar disorder. However, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the average age of a person developing bipolar disorder is 25. There are many treatments available to help people with bipolar manage their symptoms. Signs and symptoms People with bipolar disorder can […]

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Mysterious Zombie disease is spreading in the USA more and more

New study shows: people are at risk American authorities currently report the strong spread of a mysterious disease dubbed by the American media as the “Zombie disease”. The Name was derived from the symptoms of the disease, because the Affected with a drastic weight loss, coordination difficulties, increased saliva flow, lack of fear and aggression. So far, only animals, predominantly […]

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Learn How Scientists are Fighting for Cures

Every day, researchers, developers, and innovators in the pharmaceutical industry are working to discover cures for some of the world’s most complex diseases. Our scientists are the cornerstone of what we do. No medicine or vaccine would be possible without their restless innovation, imagination, and dogged pursuit of cures. Below, hear from three Pfizer researchers about their drive to pursue […]

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Father has a transplant with the donor heart beating in a box

Father, 34, has life-saving transplant with the donor heart beating in a box OUTSIDE his body for five hours before the operation WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT James Walton, from Birmingham, nearly died when his aorta burst in January The father-of-one was given a new heart, which was stored remotely in a box Blood was pumped through the donor muscle in order […]

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Boime, Covey named National Academy of Inventors senior members

Developmental biologists Irving Boime, PhD, and Douglas Covey, PhD, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, have been named senior members of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). They are being recognized for their success in patents, licensing and commercialization, and for producing “technologies that have brought, or aspire to bring, real impact on the welfare of society.” […]

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