Mapping normal breast development to better understand cancer

Breast cancer is one of the most prevalent cancers, and some forms rank among the most difficult to treat. Its various types and involvement of many different cells makes targeting such tumors difficult. Now, Salk Institute researchers have used a state-of-the-art technology to profile each cell during normal breast development in order to understand what goes wrong in cancer. The […]

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Researchers enlist the cloud to wipe out malaria

The Monash scientists who developed the small game-changing device that can rapidly screen blood in minutes to detect disease-causing pathogens have now confirmed the successful operation of a cloud-based system based on spectroscopy. The confirmation is detailed in a study published today in the Malaria Journal. In recent years a research team led by Professor Bayden Wood and Dr. Philip […]

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Telescope technology used to take first accurate images of glaucoma-related eye structure

Using methods originally developed by astronomers to view stars more clearly through Earth’s atmosphere, optometry researchers at Indiana University have taken the first undistorted microscopic images of a part of the eye involved in glaucoma. The ability to clearly view this structure—known as the trabecular meshwork—could help improve treatment for glaucoma. The work is reported in the journal of Translational […]

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No difference in suicide rates between refugees and migrants

Refugees who fled to Sweden were no more likely to die by suicide than migrants who moved to the country on their own terms, according to a study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and UCL in the U.K. However, the risk of suicide for both groups increased the longer they stayed in Sweden and was after 20 years […]

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Weak immune system linked to serious bacterial infection in children

A new study has found a bacterial infection that can lead to pneumonia or meningitis is linked to weakened immune systems in children. The research suggests invasive pneumococcal disease, especially more than one episode, could be an important marker of a child having an immune deficiency. But delayed diagnosis can cause late specialist referrals and stress for families. Pneumococcal disease, […]

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Global prevalence of pediatric hypertension about 4 percent

The estimated pooled prevalence of hypertension in children is 4 percent, according to a review published online Oct. 7 in JAMA Pediatrics. Peige Song, Ph.D., from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, and colleagues conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to examine the prevalence of hypertension in the general pediatric population. Forty-seven articles were included in the meta-analysis; […]

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Better treatment for diabetic foot ulcers

People with type 2 diabetes often suffer from poorly-healing infected wounds on their feet. Using existing methods, however, it takes two days to grow a bacterial culture used to identify the pathogens infecting the wound and their antibiotic resistance—and thus to find an effective antibiotic. With the help of a new rapid test developed by Fraunhofer researchers, it will take […]

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Professor’s research underpins World Health Organization first ever report on vision

More than 1 billion people worldwide are living with vision impairment because they do not get the care they need for conditions like short and far sightedness, glaucoma, diabetes, and cataracts, according to the first-ever World Report on Vision issued by the World Health Organization. Dr. Janet Leasher, optometrist and professor of health policy, economics and public health at Nova […]

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Craving junk food after a sleepless night? Blame your nose, which sniffs out high fat, calorie-dense food

When you’re sleep deprived, you tend to reach for doughnuts, fries and pizza. A new Northwestern Medicine study has figured out why you crave more calorie-dense, high-fat foods after a sleepless night—and how to help thwart those unhealthy choices. Blame it on your nose—or olfactory system—which is affected in two ways by sleep deprivation, according to the study. First, it […]

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