Mice pass on brain benefits of enriched upbringing to offspring

Life experience may be transmitted from one generation to the next through changes in gene expression, parental caretaking Credit: Kalogeraki, Yusifov, and Löwel, eNeuro (2019) Mice growing up in a basic cage maintain lifelong visual cortex plasticity if their parents were raised in an environment that promoted social interaction and physical and mental stimulation, according […]

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Energizing the immune system to eat cancer

Abramson Cancer Center study identifies method of priming macrophages to boost anti-tumor response Credit: Penn Medicine PHILADELPHIA – Immune cells called macrophages are supposed to serve and protect, but cancer has found ways to put them to sleep. Now researchers at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania say they’ve identified how to […]

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How long do people need to be monitored after fainting?

Study reveals best ways to catch life-threatening conditions Credit: The Ottawa Hospital For the first time, physicians in the Emergency Department (ED) have evidence-based recommendations on how best to catch the life-threatening conditions that make some people faint. New research published in Circulation suggests that low-risk patients can be safely sent home by a physician […]

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Signs of memory problems could be symptoms of hearing loss instead

Older adults concerned about displaying early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease should also consider a hearing check-up, suggest recent findings. Credit: Baycrest Older adults concerned about displaying early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease should also consider a hearing check-up, suggest recent findings. What might appear to be signs of memory loss could actually point to hearing issues, […]

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Firsthand accounts indicate fentanyl test strips are effective in reducing overdose risk

Young adults who use drugs find fentanyl test strips useful, residue testing more convenient and testing at home more private, a Brown study found Credit: Stephen Crocker/Brown University PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid so potent that a miniscule amount equivalent to several grains of saltcan cause afataloverdose. Yet it’s difficult […]

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Antibodies to a retina protein to be used as a kidney cancer marker

Sechenov University together with their German colleagues suggest a new highly sensitive, quick, and pain-free method for diagnosing kidney cancer. Credit: Ed Uthman/Wikimedia Commons Sechenov University together with their German colleagues suggest a new highly sensitive, quick, and pain-free method for diagnosing kidney cancer. This method is based on measuring of the immune response to […]

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