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Aug. 10, 2015
Vol. 7, No. 14
Iron-containing inflammatory cells seen in Alzheimer’s brains

Iron-containing inflammatory cells seen in Alzheimer’s brains

Using high-field MRI technology and staining techniques, scientists have located inflamed, iron-containing scavenger cells in a memory-formation structure in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients who died.

 
 
Juvenile inmates have more mental health hospitalizations, study finds
 

Juvenile inmates have more mental health hospitalizations, study finds

Depression, substance abuse and other mental health problems account for a much larger share of hospital stays for children and teenagers in the juvenile justice system than for other hospitalized adolescents.

 
DNA damage seen in patients undergoing CT scanning
 

DNA damage seen in patients undergoing CT scanning

Along with the burgeoning use of advanced medical imaging tests over the past decade have come rising public health concerns about possible links between low-dose radiation and cancer.

 
 Antioxidants help treat skin-picking disorder in mice, researcher says
 

Antioxidants help treat skin-picking disorder in mice, researcher says

Two antioxidant supplements were found to be effective in treating a skin-picking disorder in mice, suggesting they may be useful in people with the condition.

 
Physicians testified for tobacco companies against plaintiffs with head, neck cancers
 

Physicians testified for tobacco companies against plaintiffs with head, neck cancers

A small group of otolaryngologists hired by tobacco companies testified repeatedly that years of heavy smoking did not cause individual cancer cases, a new study reports.

 
Low levels of hormone linked to social deficit in autism
 

Low levels of hormone linked to social deficit in autism

In children with autism, low levels of the hormone vasopressin predict a social deficit that affects their ability to empathize with others.

 
Women’s immune system genes operate differently from men’s
 

Women’s immune system genes operate differently from men’s

A new technology reveals that immune system genes switch on and off differently in women and men, and the source of that variation is not primarily in the DNA.

 
Team links gene expression, immune system with cancer survival rates
 

Team links gene expression, immune system with cancer survival rates

Linking gene expression patterns and immune system response to patient survival rates in nearly 18,000 cases of 39 types of cancers illuminates broad prognostic correlations.

 
Dental coverage for patients with Medicaid may not prevent tooth-related ER visits
 

Dental coverage for patients with Medicaid may not prevent tooth-related ER visits

Access to dental care by low-income Americans has become the exception, rather than the rule, as fewer dentists accept Medicaid, according to a new study.

 
Stanford's heart health app launches in Hong Kong and UK

Stanford's heart health app launches in Hong Kong and UK

Updates to the MyHeart Counts app include more feedback from other users to help participants improve their own heart health and further contribute to the study.

 
Researchers link HIV susceptibility to little-understood immune cell class

Researchers link HIV susceptibility to little-understood immune cell class

High levels of diversity among immune cells called natural killer cells may strongly predispose people to infection by HIV, and may be driven by prior viral exposures, according to a new study.

 
Elusive liver stem cell identified in mice by researchers

Elusive liver stem cell identified in mice by researchers

Researchers have found a previously unknown population of cells in mice that function as liver stem cells. The finding could aid drug testing and increase understanding of liver biology and disease.

 

  

  

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