June 13, 2018 The odds of being a frequent user of California’s emergency departments dropped in the two years following the implementation of major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in January 2014, according to a new study led by UC San Francisco. In a health-records study of nearly 14 million patients who visited […]Continue Reading ...
June 11, 2018 The Trump administration is refusing to defend key parts of the Affordable Care Act, essentially arguing that federal courts should find the health law’s protection for people with preexisting conditions unconstitutional. The federal lawsuit hinges on the ACA’s individual mandate, or the requirement to get health coverage or pay a penalty. The […]Continue Reading ...
There’s been much talk in the U.S. about fixing the opioid crisis. In October, President Donald Trump declared the situation a public health emergency and set up a commission on opioids. On Feb. 9, Congress finally took action by allocating US$6 billion for substance abuse treatment in the budget bill. Though a step in the […]Continue Reading ...
New research uses EEG and a specialized experimental setup to show how working memory and reinforcement learning work together as people learn to perform new tasks. Credit: Frank Lab / Brown University A new study by Brown University researchers shows that two different brain systems work cooperatively as people learn. The study, published in Proceedings […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain New tests which can indicate autism in children have been developed by researchers at the University of Warwick. The academic team who conducted the international research believe that their new blood and urine tests which search for damage to proteins are the first of their kind. The tests could lead to […]Continue Reading ...
Acute angle closure glaucoma of the right eye (intraocular pressure was 42 in the right eye). Credit: James Heilman, MD/Wikipedia In two recent publications, Northwestern Medicine scientists and international collaborators discovered mutations that cause improper drainage and a buildup of ocular pressure leading to one form of congenital glaucoma, and identified a path towards future […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University One of the most important and fraught processes in the human body is inflammation. Inflammatory responses to injury or disease are crucial for recruiting the immune system to help the body heal, but inflammation can also cause an increase in the production of thrombin, which can lead to dangerous […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain While there’s scientific evidence to suggest that your genes have something to do with how far you’ll go in school, new research by a team from Stanford and elsewhere says the DNA of your classmates also plays a role. “We examined whether the genes of your peer groups influenced your height, […]Continue Reading ...
April 28, 2018 A warm-up and cool-down period is as important in gardening as it is for any other physical activity, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). The back, upper legs, shoulders and wrists are all major muscle groups affected when using your green thumb. This spring, a new infographic from ACA suggests simple […]Continue Reading ...
Amjad Horani, MD, listens to the breathing of Azaylea Ramirez, 3, of Keota, Okla. Using cells from children diagnosed with primary ciliary dyskinesia, a genetic lung disease Azaylea has, Horani and colleague Steven Brody, MD, have figured out how mutations disrupt the clearing of the airways. Credit: Karen Elshout Respiratory infections peak during the winter […]Continue Reading ...
A new study published today found that a newly discovered gene helps grow blood vessels when it senses inadequate blood flow to tissues. The research was led by Dr. Philip Marsden (photo), a clinician scientist in the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science of St. Michael’s Hospital, and Dr. Jeffrey Man, a researcher in his […]Continue Reading ...
Targeting RGSz1 allows the dissociation of opioid addiction from analgesia and prevents tolerance by promoting beta-catenin action. Credit: Thalia Chantziara A newly identified protein can be manipulated to make opioid painkillers effective at lower doses while also muting the reward mechanism that leads to addiction, Mount Sinai researchers have found. The protein, RGSz1 (Regulator of […]Continue Reading ...
For many parents, sorting the “normal” quirkiness of childhood behaviour from the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be anxiety provoking. Credit: Shutterstock Raising a child is often one of the most challenging and joyous events in a person’s life. Watching your child grow and develop is a source of delight. However, some parents […]Continue Reading ...
Visualization of extracellular DNA in cell culture medium after treatment of CLL B cells with CpG-C. Credit: Reproduced with permission from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Researchers at Linköping University in Sweden have discovered a previously unknown warning system that contributes to the body’s immune system. Mitochondria in the white blood cells secrete […]Continue Reading ...
I guess it is too late to wish all of our readers a happy new year, but better late than never, so I hope that you all had a very happy new year. Anyway, now it is time to get back to the business of drug discovery and what better place to start than medicinal […]Continue Reading ...
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