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Blocking brain signals detected in the kidney could help unlock future treatments for kidney failure

Scientists have discovered an important cell signaling pathway in the kidney which if stopped, could hold the key to treating chronic kidney disease as well as other deadly conditions, including heart attack and stroke. The pathway was already known to exist in the brain, where it helps to maintain the body’s energy balance, but this […]

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Researchers uncover drivers of healthy gut maintenance

Researchers at the Francis Crick Institute have found two genes that regulate the differentiation of stem cells in the small intestine, offering valuable insight into how the body develops and maintains a healthy gut. Cells in the lining of the small intestine are replaced around every five days, the quickest rate for any organ in […]

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CICERO software enables detection of cancer-causing gene fusions

After years of development, engineering and enhancement, researchers at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have made publicly available a software system that enables better detection of gene fusions. The system, called CICERO, offers additional insights into cancers, as well as new targets for drug treatments. The latest version of CICERO was published in Genome Biology. […]

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America’s gyms are reopening and your workout will change

Gyms are finally reopening across the United States, but your workout will not be the same. Some chains are offering individual workouts while group classes are still on hold, post-workout showers will be done at home, the 6-foot rule is in place for gym patrons, and sanitizing your hands and equipment frequently is a must. […]

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Brother’s death from heart failure inspires his own fight for health

Yonas Michael didn’t know what to think when his younger brother, Daniel, kept saying he felt “funny.” “It’s like I can really feel my heartbeat,” Daniel told him. The brothers didn’t think much of it at first. Yonas was studying for a master’s degree in education at Iowa State University and Daniel had joined him […]

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Experts warn of ‘sound cannon’ hearing loss at protest marches

As Americans take to the streets to protest police brutality, they may face ear-blasting “sound cannons” that can harm their hearing. Sound cannons, or long-range acoustic devices (LRADs), were developed for the military, and now some police departments use them as weapons in crowd control. The sound they emit is greater than that of a […]

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Molecules that reduce ‘bad’ gut bacteria reverse narrowing of arteries in animal study

Scientists at Scripps Research have developed molecules that can remodel the bacterial population of intestines to a healthier state and they have shown—through experiments in mice—that this reduces cholesterol levels and strongly inhibits the thickened-artery condition known as atherosclerosis. The scientists, who report their findings in Nature Biotechnology, created a set of molecules called peptides […]