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The Mastermind approach to brain research

The brain is a complex organ, and researching medicine to treat brain disorders is equally if not more complex. Elizabeth (Liesbeth) de Lange, Professor of Predictive Pharmacology, calls for a structured approach. “In effect, it’s like playing Mastermind.” Inaugural lecture on 22 March. “The brain has always fascinated me,” says De Lange. “This intriguing organ […]

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Research proves that Stress can trigger cancer

Stress hormones stimulate tumor cells to metastasis to Already for a long time, doctors suggest that Stress favors disease is the formation of cancer. Why this connection exists, but was, as yet, unclear. A Swiss research team has now uncovered the mechanism of how stress hormones drive cancer growth. Researchers from the University of Basel […]

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Common food additives may promote anxiety-related behavior and reduce social behavior in mice, research shows

Food additives known as dietary emulsifiers, commonly found in processed foods to improve texture and extend shelf life, may adversely affect anxiety-related and social behaviors in mice, Georgia State researchers have found. The scientists also observed sex differences in the mice’s behavioral patterns, suggesting that emulsifiers affect the brain via distinct mechanisms in males and […]

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Costs of lifesaving drugs rising faster than inflation: Study

Prescription drug prices are rising much faster than inflation rates in the United States, and patients who need life-saving medications are suffering the consequences – sometimes fatally. Newer, safer products entering the market are one reason that costs are going up, but they’re not the only one. Drug companies are also inflating the price of […]

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Research reveals machinery of a deadly childhood brain cancer

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have mapped the effects of aberrant biological machinery that drives a deadly brain cancer called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG). The research included development of a genetically engineered mouse that will offer ways to further understanding of such brain cancers, as well as a laboratory model for developing more […]