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A step closer to a low toxicity treatment for childhood leukemia

Newly published research carried out using synthetic human bone marrow cells is paving the way for the development of safer and kinder treatments for children with leukemia. Leukemia is the most common cancer in children under 15, with over 650 children and young adults in the U.K. affected each year. Research progress over the last […]

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Vitamin D Supplements Alleviate Depressive Symptoms In Adults

According to a meta-analysis conducted by an international team of researchers suggests that vitamin D supplementation may alleviate depressive symptoms in adults with depression. Depressive symptoms cause a significant disease burden worldwide. The therapeutic efficacy of current antidepressants is often insufficient, which is why further ways to alleviate the symptoms of depression have been sought, […]

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Researchers identify an Achilles’ heel in neuroblastoma

Neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer that develops from neural cells on the adrenal glands, accounts for 15% of childhood cancer deaths. Almost half of children with high-risk neuroblastoma harbor extra copies of the gene MYCN (MYCN amplified), the primary driver of neuroblastoma and its resistance to therapy. “Treating neuroblastoma by directly targeting MYCN has been challenging,” […]

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Researchers Develop Contact Lens That Could Help In Cancer Diagnosis And Screening

Researchers have developed a contact lens that can catch and identify exosomes, nanometer-sized vesicles prevalent in human fluids that have the potential to be diagnostic cancer biomarkers. The study led by Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation (TIBI) and the findings were published in the journal Advanced Functional Materials. The lens was designed with microchambers bound […]

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Genomics empowers vaccine makers to tackle shapeshifting bacteria

A pioneering genomic surveillance study has provided the clearest picture yet of the arms race between Streptococcus pneumoniae, the bacterium responsible for a range of illnesses such as pneumonia and meningitis, and the vaccines designed to protect against the most dominant types. A strain called GPSC10 was found to be a particular threat, due to […]

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Intravenous nutrition risks becoming the norm for athletes, despite no evidence it works

Intravenous (IV) nutrition, which used to be considered a treatment of “last resort,” is threatening to become the norm for competitive athletes, despite no scientific evidence that it works or that it is safe, warn experts in an editorial, published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. “Food first” and “no needle” messages need […]

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Cutting 1 gram from daily salt intake could ward off nearly 9 million cases of stroke/heart disease in China

A modest cut of just 1 gram in daily salt intake could ward off nearly 9 million cases of heart disease and strokes and save 4 million lives by 2030, suggest the estimates of a modeling study published in the open access journal BMJ Nutrition Prevention & Health. Salt intake in China is one of […]