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Immunotherapy Opportunities Lie in Glioma Molecular Landscape
Immunotherapy Opportunities Lie in Glioma Molecular Landscape
News   Dec 11, 2018

A slow-growing brain tumor arising in patients affected by neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) may be vulnerable to immunotherapy, which gives the immune system a boost in fighting cancer.

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The Yin-Yang of Dopamine
The Yin-Yang of Dopamine
News   Dec 11, 2018

For decades, psychologists have viewed the neurotransmitter dopamine as a double-edged sword: released in the brain as a reward to train us to seek out pleasurable experiences, but also a “drug” the constant pursuit of which leads to addiction. According to a new study from UC Berkeley, that’s only one face of dopamine.

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Deciphering Mechanisms of Childhood Tumor Growth & Regression
Deciphering Mechanisms of Childhood Tumor Growth & Regression
News   Dec 11, 2018

Researchers from Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin have studied the genetic factors behind different tumor subtypes and their prognoses. Their findings enable clinicians to predict the precise clinical course of the disease, and to adapt their treatment regimens accordingly.

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Smelling the Forest, Not the Trees
Smelling the Forest, Not the Trees
News   Dec 11, 2018

Animals are much better at smelling a complex “soup” of odorants rather than a single pure ingredient, a new study by the University of Sussex has revealed.

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Statins Have Low Risk of Side Effects
Statins Have Low Risk of Side Effects
News   Dec 11, 2018

The cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins have demonstrated substantial benefits in reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes caused by blood clots (ischemic strokes) in at-risk patients. Since statins are associated with a low risk of side effects, the benefits of taking them outweigh the risks, according to a scientific statement from the American Heart Association that reviewed multiple studies evaluating the safety and potential side effects of these drugs.

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Coffee Compounds Could Team Up to Fight Parkinson’s?
Coffee Compounds Could Team Up to Fight Parkinson’s?
News   Dec 11, 2018

Rutgers scientists have found a compound in coffee that may team up with caffeine to fight Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia - two progressive and currently incurable diseases associated with brain degeneration.

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The Source of Stem Cells Points to Two Proteins
The Source of Stem Cells Points to Two Proteins
News   Dec 11, 2018

Negative feedback between HIPPO and Par complex components ensure robust lineage segregation in mice.

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New Regulators of Macrophage Pyroptosis
New Regulators of Macrophage Pyroptosis
News   Dec 11, 2018

Two enzymes, TAK1 and IKK, have been identified as important kinases involved in the regulation of pyroptosis - a highly inflammatory form of programmed cell death, which often forms part of the antimicrobial response.

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Antibiotics Generated from Wasp Venom
Antibiotics Generated from Wasp Venom
News   Dec 10, 2018

Altered peptides from a South American wasp’s venom can kill bacteria but are nontoxic to human cells.

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Researchers Show How You Can Be Tracked Through Your Location Data
Researchers Show How You Can Be Tracked Through Your Location Data
News   Dec 10, 2018

A new study by MIT researchers finds that the growing practice of compiling massive, anonymized datasets about people’s movement patterns is a double-edged sword: While it can provide deep insights into human behavior for research, it could also put people’s private data at risk.

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