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Researchers Recreate the Adrenal Gland in a Petri Dish

A University of Pennsylvania–led team coaxed stem cells to take on the characteristics and functions of a human adrenal gland, progress that could lead to new therapies for adrenal insufficiencies.
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Restoring the Gut Walls Could Help Save Brain Function After Stroke

Pioneering research has identified a connection between stroke-induced gut leakiness and cognitive impairment and has investigated whether restoring the gut walls could save brain function.
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“Unusual” Antibody Neutralizes Zika Virus Even at Miniscule Levels

Researchers have identified an "unusual" type of antibody that can neutralize the Zika virus, rendering it undetectable in preclinical models.
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Honey Improves Key Measures of Cardiometabolic Health

A review of clinical trials on honey has revealed that it lowered fasting blood glucose, "bad" cholesterol and triglycerides, improving cardiometabolic health.
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“DNA Virus Vaccine” Created To Fight DNA Viruses

Researchers at Rutgers University have developed a novel method for vaccinating against DNA viruses – by creating a replication-deficient version of the live virus that stimulates an immune response.
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Brain Cancer Vaccine Shown To Extend Patient Survival

A vaccine that uses patients' immune cells to target brain cancer cells has been shown to prolong survival for months or even years in a phase 3 trial.
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Compound Found in Hibiscus Activates Brain’s “Resident” Immune Cell

Gossypetin – a compound found in hibiscus – has been shown to activate the microglia in the brain, which scavenge amyloid beta in the brain to prevent Alzheimer's disease.
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How Synthetic Hormones in Birth Control Affect the Rat Brain

New research from Ohio State University has investigated how synthetic hormones used in birth control including the contraceptive pill, patches and injections impact the prefrontal cortex.
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Baby’s Delivery Method Linked to Childhood Vaccine Responses

Babies born naturally were found to have higher antibody levels, compared with those born via caesarean section after receiving their jabs that protect against bacteria that cause lung infections and meningitis.
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Fentanyl Vaccine Could Prevent Deadly Opioid From Entering the Brain

An anti-fentanyl vaccine that binds to the drug to prevent it from entering the brain and causing a "high" has been shown to be successful in animal models. Researchers hope the vaccine could be used to tackle opioid use disorder.
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