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Researchers develop a selective chemogenetic actuator to rapidly control neuronal activity and behavior

Chemogenetics is a fairly new area of neuroscience that explores the use of synthetically derived receptors and selective ligands to temporarily activate or deactivate specific brain areas. These receptors are also known as DREADDs (Designer Receptors Exclusively Activated by Designer Drugs). DREADDs are now widely used in neuroscience and biology to modify neural activity and […]

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PAD patients with depression had worse recovery, women twice as likely to be depressed

Patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) and depressive symptoms experience worse recovery especially women, compared to counterparts without depressive symptoms, one year after receiving specialty care for PAD, according to new research published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association, an open access journal of the American Heart Association. PAD is a narrowing […]

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New microrobot with in situ, in vivo bioprinting offers promise for gastric wounds

Researchers in China have taken the first step towards a new way of treating gastric wounds by using a microrobot combined with the new concept of “in situ in vivo bioprinting” to carry out tissue repair inside the body. Their study, published today in the IOP Publishing journal Biofabrication, establishes proof-of-concept for this new method […]

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Lipoic acid supplements help some obese but otherwise healthy people lose weight

A compound given as a dietary supplement to overweight but otherwise healthy people in a clinical trial caused many of the patients to slim down, research by Oregon State University and Oregon Health & Science University showed. The research, published in the Journal of Nutrition, analyzed the effects of 24 weeks of daily, 600-milligram doses […]

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Researchers utilize Human-on-a-Chip approach to model ALS pathology

A new study published today demonstrates that a technology developed at the University of Central Florida could serve as a more reliable clinically-based model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and a better screening tool for novel therapies than currently use preclinical models. The Human-on-a-Chip technology was developed by UCF Professor James J. Hickman in his […]

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Study points to health disparities among former NFL players

A career in professional football may yield an array of health benefits that extend beyond playing years: NFL players engage in vigorous training, tend to be more educated than other men in the U.S. and have higher median incomes than most fellow Americans—all factors associated with better overall health. But new research from Harvard Medical […]

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Meditation-relaxation therapy may offer escape from the terror of sleep paralysis

Sleep paralysis—a condition thought to explain a number of mysterious experiences including alleged cases of alien abduction and demonic night-time visits—could be treated using a technique of meditation-relaxation, suggests a pilot study published today. Sleep paralysis is a state involving paralysis of the skeletal muscles that occurs at the onset of sleep or just before […]