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  1. New therapeutic target for C. difficile infection

    A new study paves the way for the development of next generation therapeutics for the prevention and treatment of Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI), the most frequent cause of healthcare-acquired gastrointestinal infections and death in developed countries.
  2. Researchers review data on reputed toxins thought to cause neurodegeneration

    Biologists and neuroscientists have published an update on the reputed environmental toxins that have been suspected of being involved in mammal neurodegeneration.
  3. How childhood exercise could maintain and promote cognitive function in later life

    People who are physically active during childhood have higher cognitive functions in later life. Participants who exercised when they were children did better on cognitive tests regardless of their current age. However, no such relationship was found between task performance and post-childhood exercise -- suggesting that exercise during childhood is particularly important for brain development and long-term cognitive health.
  4. Imaging at the tip of a needle

    Scientists have developed a new technique that could revolutionize medical imaging procedures using light.
  5. New evidence to battle drug price increases

    Two recent studies add new evidence to the impact of how drug price increases affect US patients and the overall cost of health care.
  6. Researchers find losartan is not effective in reducing hospitalization from mild COVID-19

    In a new study, researchers determined that the common blood pressure medication, losartan, is not effective in reducing hospitalization for mildly-ill COVID-19 outpatients.
  7. Science-based hiccups intervention

    A science-based intervention relieved hiccups for 92% of 249 users who self-reported the effectiveness of the tool. =
  8. Bio-inspired hydrogel protects the heart from post-op adhesions

    A hydrogel that forms a barrier to keep heart tissue from adhering to surrounding tissue after surgery was developed and successfully tested in rodents. The team of engineers, scientists and physicians also conducted a pilot study on porcine hearts, with promising results.
  9. Start-stop system of hunting immune cells

    Researchers decipher the basic biology of neutrophil swarming and now show that the cells also evolved an intrinsic molecular program to self-limit their swarming activity. The study elucidates how swarming neutrophils become insensitive to their own secreted signals that brought the swarm together in the first place. This process is crucial for the efficient elimination of bacteria in tissues.
  10. How cells 'read' artificial ingredients tossed into genetic recipe

    Researchers discovered that the enzyme RNA polymerase II recognizes and transcribes artificially added base pairs in genetic code, a new insight that could help advance the development of new vaccines and medicines.
  11. Most cancer cells grown in a dish have little in common with cancer cells in people, research finds

    In a bid to find or refine laboratory research models for cancer that better compare with what happens in living people, scientists report they have developed a new computer-based technique showing that human cancer cells grown in culture dishes are the least genetically similar to their human sources.
  12. Tug-of-war receptors for sour taste in fruit flies sheds light on human taste biology

    Sour taste does not have the nearly universal appeal that sweet taste does. Slightly sour foods or drinks such as yogurt and lemon juice are yummy to many, but such highly sour foods as spoiled milk are yucky, even dangerous. Like humans, many other animals, including insects, prefer slightly acidic over very acidic foods.
  13. Vaccination, previous infection, protect against COVID-19 gamma/P.1 variant in animal model

    In a new study using variant virus recovered from one of the original travelers, researchers in the US and Japan have found that vaccination with an mRNA vaccine induces antibody responses that would protect humans from infection with the gamma/P.1 variant.
  14. New study finds SARS-CoV-2 can infect testes

    Researchers have found SARS-CoV-2 in the testes of infected hamsters. The authors think this may represent what could occur in men with mild to moderate COVID-19 disease.
  15. Blood cancer patients with COVID-19 fare better with convalescent plasma

    A new study finds that convalescent plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients can dramatically improve likelihood of survival among blood cancer patients hospitalized with the virus. The therapy involves transfusing plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 into patients who have leukemia, lymphoma or other blood cancers and are hospitalized with the viral infection.
   
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