Study identifies new potential target in glioblastoma

Researchers are hopeful that new strategies could emerge for slowing the growth and recurrence of the most common primary brain cancer in adults, glioblastoma, based on the results of a study published today in Cancer Research. Research led by Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) suggests the protein ID1 is critical to tumour initiation and […]

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The Cult-Favorite Sneakers That Obama, Sarah Jessica Parker, and More Celebs Love Just Launched the Cutest New Styles

By now, you’ve probably heard of Allbirds, the cult-favorite shoe brand known for making super comfortable sneakers that everyone from Sarah Jessica Parker to Barack Obama are huge fans of. And if you haven’t, it’s time to get on board and see what all the hype is about—people say the shoes really are that comfortable, and some customers have even […]

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New research suggests three profiles of communication delays in early childhood

Parenting books, magazines and apps are filled with tools to help parents keep track of their child’s developmental milestones. Parents are often particularly concerned about their child’s language and communication skills. But what does it mean if your child doesn’t meet these early milestones? New research published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics suggests that repeated delays in […]

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Seven-country study reveals viruses as new leading cause of global childhood pneumonia

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and other viruses now appear to be the main causes of severe childhood pneumonia in low- and middle-income countries, highlighting the need for vaccines against these pathogens, according to a study from a consortium of scientists from around the world, led by a team at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Pneumonia is the […]

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New knowledge on the development of asthma

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have studied which genes are expressed in overactive immune cells in mice with asthma-like inflammation of the airways. Their results, which are published in the journal Immunity, suggest that the synthesis and breakdown of fats plays an important part in the process. The job of the human immune system is to read our environment […]

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New target for drug intervention in Alzheimer’s disease identified

Scientists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have identified an enzyme in the brain that may be an intriguing target for interventions against Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The researchers suggest that the enzyme, a serine/threonine kinase known as LIMK1, may play an important role in the degradation of dendritic spines, the connections between neurons in the brain. In […]

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New framework helps gauge impact of mosquito control programs

Effective methods of controlling mosquito populations are needed to help lower the worldwide burden of mosquito-borne diseases including Zika, chikungunya, and dengue. Now, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have described a new statistical framework that can be used to assess mosquito control programs over broad time and space scales. The mosquito Aedes aegypti is the main vector for […]

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New study reveals an unexpected survival mechanism of a subset of cancer cells

Embedded at the ends of chromosomes are structures called telomeres, which in normal cells become shorter as cells divide. Progressive shortening triggers cell proliferation arrest or death. Cancer cells adopt different strategies to overcome this control mechanism that keeps track of the number of times that a cell has divided. One of these strategies is the alternative lengthening of telomeres […]

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