Scans Show the Physical Marks of Poverty on Kids Brains Children in poverty are more likely to have cognitive and behavioral difficulties than their better-off peers. Plenty of past research has looked into the physical effects of childhood poverty, or documented mental health disparities between socioeconomic classes. Read more...
Cat in the Lab: Feline Genomes Fuel Precision Medicine When one thinks of the most popular and useful animal models in biomedical research, one thinks of mice and rats, followed by rabbits, dogs, monkeys, and so on. The domestic cat is traditionally a long way down the list. But a
Research to Explore How Genes, Other Factors Affect Cardiometabolic Disease Risk Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have received a four-year, $8.8 million grant to ramp up research aimed at unraveling how an individual’s risks of cardiometabolic diseases, such as heart disease and Type 2 diabetes,
‘Good Cholesterol’ May Protect Liver The body’s so-called good cholesterol may be even better than we realize. New research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that one type of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) has a previously unknown role in protecting the liver from injury. This HDL protects
The Future of Pancreatic Cancer Treatment: It’s Personal A decade ago, the survival rate for pancreatic cancer hovered around five percent. Today, the five-year survival rate is 10 percent. “We’ve moved into the double-digits, but there is clearly an urgent need to find better therapies to treat cancer of the
Saint Luke’s Clinical Trial Shows Improvements in Patients with Common Genetic Heart Condition Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute announced the results of a clinical trial that will impact patient care and improve quality of life for patients suffering from the most common genetic heart condition, called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM).
A Look at “Eyes on the Brain Organoids” Cell Stem Cell Paper At first glance, I thought they grew the brain organoids and the “eyes” separately and then grafted the eyes onto the brain organoids or had taken an “assembloid” approach. But no. It seems they were able to generate
A New COVID-19 Spit Test Is as Easy as 1-2-3 What if a COVID test was as easy as one, two, three? A team of researchers led by Jim Collins, a biomedical engineer at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, have created a test that detects SARS-CoV-2 infection from
New Immunotherapy Approach Wiped Out Tumors in Two Patients with Advanced Lung Cancer, Study Reports
New Immunotherapy Approach Wiped Out Tumors in Two Patients with Advanced Lung Cancer, Study Reports Drugs called immune checkpoint inhibitors have transformed treatment of many types of tumors, but metastatic lung cancer has proven more challenging: While these medications have significantly extended survival for some patients, most still do not
Acoustically Triggered Nanorobotics Hold Promise for Cancer Treatment Many incredible cancer-fighting drugs and treatments have been developed in the past few decades, and on paper, they seem like they hold the cure. Because of the way the human body is designed, however, the drugs have a difficult time actually reaching