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New model of depression outlined

November 19th, 2014
by Tania

depressionPublished in the Nature journal, a new study has determined how the brain is able to deal with stress and, when it is unable to, how it can become more vulnerable to depression.

According to the research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, this depends on a single protein type in each person's brain. Read the rest of this entry »

Obesity signaling pathway identified

November 18th, 2014
by Tania

A team at the University of Pennsylvania has shed some light on why some people are prone to becoming overweight or obese, which could help future treatment.

The research made a connection between known regulators of body mass, and how molecular pathways could play a role in learning Read the rest of this entry »

New properties of microbes in common eye infection

November 17th, 2014
by Tania
Streptococcus pneumoniae in spinal fluid. FA stain (digitally colorized). StreptococciStreptococcus pneumoniae in spinal fluid. FA stain (digitally colorized). Streptococci
(Credit: CDC/Dr. M.S. Mitchell – Wikipedia)

A team from Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology has used new genomic technology to learn more about the microbes involved in common eye infections.

Published in Nature Communications, the study demonstrates that microbes are programmed to allow the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae to stick to the surface of the eye. Read the rest of this entry »

New effective and safe treatment for rheumatoid arthritis

November 16th, 2014
by Tania

rheumatoid arthritisA new report, published in Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, identified a novel drug combination that is able to treat rheumatoid arthritis, with fewer side effects and at a much lower cost.

Doctoral researcher Diederik De Cock from KU Leuven conducted a two-year study to analyse the different impacts of a variety of drug combinations. Read the rest of this entry »

Epinephrine saves schoolchildren’s lives

November 15th, 2014
by Tania

SchoolchildrenEnabling each school to have an emergency supply of epinephrine could protect the lives of thousands of children who could suffer a serious and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction to food or an insect sting.

This is according to a new study, which is being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting. Read the rest of this entry »