Model Mama! Jessica Hart Expecting First Child with Boyfriend James Kirkham: 'What a Blessing'

Jessica Hart is pregnant! The Australian model, 34, is expecting her first child with boyfriend James Kirkham, she announced on Instagram Thursday alongside a photo of her holding up a positive First Response pregnancy test. "@jameskirkham and I are officially PREGNANT," wrote Hart in her caption. "We're so super duper excited about this awesome news, especially at this time and […]

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CRISPR used to reduce symptoms of muscular dystrophy in mice models

A team of researchers from Canada, the U.S. and Sweden has found that editing a gene involved in producing proteins that promote muscle strength in muscular dystrophy mice models could reduce symptoms. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes their experiments with mice and what they learned from them. Muscular dystrophy is an inherited condition in […]

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Next-generation ALS drug silences inherited form of the disease in animal models

NIH-funded researchers delayed signs of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in rodents by injecting them with a second-generation drug designed to silence the gene, superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1). The results, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, suggest the newer version of the drug may be effective at treating an inherited form of the disease caused by mutations in SOD1. Currently, […]

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A hydrogel restores breathing after spinal cord injury in animal models

One of the most severe outcomes of spinal cord injury from car accidents, sports impacts, or other neck trauma, is losing the ability to control breathing, with patients often requiring artificial ventilation for the rest of their lives. Researchers at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) recently tested a hydrogel that releases a nerve-protecting agent at the site of […]

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Researchers use ‘League of Legends’ to gain insights into mental models

Psychology researchers have used the game League of Legends to advance our understanding of how people build “mental models—the mental tools that allow people to make use of complex systems. The researchers found that mental models are developed in three distinct stages—findings that have the potential to inform everything from workplace training to video-game development. “We create mental models to […]

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Using mathematical models to determine the best chemotherapy schedules

Can mathematical models predict how can cancer cells respond to varied chemotherapy schedules? In other words, should cancers associated with fast-growing tumors, like brain cancer, be treated using a low drug dose administered continuously, as opposed to a high drug dose given periodically? Professor Paul Newton and Ph.D. recipient Jeffrey West have developed a tool that can predict the best […]

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