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Metformin Use Linked to Reduced Blood Cancer Risk, Study Finds

A new study from Denmark has found that people taking the type 2 diabetes drug metformin are less likely to develop a myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN) – a rare type of blood cancer that can develop into acute leukemia.
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Arousal Dynamics Shape Visual Perception

In a new study, researchers analyzed neural activity in the visual thalamus. This is an area of the brain that receives visual signals directly from the eye via the optic nerve before processing them and passing them on.
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SAR11 Decline Unveiled With Zombie Cells and Phage Attacks

A study by re­search­ers from the Max Planck In­sti­tute for Mar­ine Mi­cro­bi­o­logy in Bre­men, Ger­many, now re­veals that at times nearly 20% of SAR11 cells are in­fec­ted by vir­uses, sig­ni­fic­antly re­du­cing total cell num­bers.
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Protein Linked to Alzheimer’s May Shape Neuron Growth

A new study has described how a protein that helps to shape the growth of neurons – contactin-4 – also interacts with a protein involved in neurodevelopmental diseases and Alzheimer’s.
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Jellyfish May Dominate a Warmer Arctic Ocean

Climate change is putting countless marine organisms under pressure. However, jellyfish in the world’s oceans could actually benefit from the rising water temperatures.
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Singing Can Support Speech Rehabilitation After Stroke

Singing rehabilitates speech production in post-stroke aphasia. Researchers at the University of Helsinki investigated the rehabilitative effect of singing on the brain.
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What Fire Ants Can Teach Us About Making Better, Self-Healing Materials

Fire ants form living rafts to keep their colony afloat in floods, and how they do this could inform the development of self-healing materials.
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New Carbon-Capture Batteries Store Renewable Energy, Help Climate

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are developing battery technologies to fight climate change in two ways, by expanding the use of renewable energy and capturing airborne carbon dioxide.
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Important Gene in the Fight Against Prostate Cancer Identified

A new study from Aarhus University finds that men with mutations in a particular gene are at greater risk of developing metastases after prostate cancer.
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Targeting Abnormally Active B-Cell Metabolism Reduces Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

Abnormally active metabolism in B cells drives pro-inflammatory responses that lead to myelin being attacked by T cells. By targeting B cell metabolism, multiple sclerosis flare-ups are reduced.
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