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Biomarkers – News and Features

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Drug Repurposing Strategies, Challenges and Successes

In this article, we explore the evolution of drug repurposing from a serendipitous occurrence to a more formalized endeavor involving advanced computational approaches and bioengineered test beds, considering its advantages, challenges and successes.
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Gut Microbiome May Identify Cancer Patients Who Will Respond to Immunotherapy

A signature of bacterial strains in the gut microbiome may be able to identify cancer patients that will respond well to certain immunotherapy drug combinations, according to a new study from Wellcome Sanger Institute and Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute researchers.
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Simple and Fast Point-of-Care Malaria Test Developed

Rice University researchers have developed a rapid, accurate test for diagnosing malaria that is significantly faster and easier to use than traditional tests.
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Language-Processing Difficulties Are an Indicator of Cognitive Impairment

Language processing difficulties could be an additional cognitive biomarker of cognitive impairment that can precede Alzheimer's disease.
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Long-Term Cocaine Use Disrupts Communication Between Major Brain Networks

Under the direction of assistant professor of radiology Li-Ming Hsu, the research demonstrates how long-term cocaine use affects brain functions, making recovery and stifling cravings more difficult.
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Kundalini Yoga Provides Unique Cognitive Benefits to Older Women

Kundalini yoga, which focuses on breathwork and meditation, can provide several benefits to cognition and memory in older women at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.
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New Study Unveils Proteogenomics Landscape of Small Cell Lung Cancer

Researchers reported the first large-scale study characterizing the proteomics and phosphoproteomics of small cell lung cancer (SCLC) clinical cohorts, providing a comprehensive picture of the proteogenomics landscape of SCLC.
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Alzheimer’s Blood Test Performs As Well As Spinal Fluid Test

A simple blood test to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease soon may replace more invasive screening methods such as spinal taps, as research shows it performs just as well.
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High Levels of Inflammatory Protein Linked to Long COVID

SARS-CoV-2 triggers the production of the antiviral protein IFN-γ, which is associated with fatigue, muscle ache and depression. New research shows that in Long COVID patients, IFN-y production persists until symptoms improve.
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Blood Test Predicts Patient Outcome After Stroke

An ultra-sensitive blood test that reflects brain damage after acute ischemic stroke – and also predicts functional outcome. This is a discovery that is expected to be of great significance in the future.