Multiple sclerosis: Inflammation of the brain barrier may play a role

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Share on PinterestInflammation of the meninges, the protective barrier of the brain, may contribute to the development of multiple sclerosis. Image credit: Dimitri Otis/Getty Images New research suggests that inflammation in the meningesprotective barrier of the brain, may extend into the gray matter and contribute to the development of progressive multiple sclerosis (MS). The researchers … Read more

Genomic Discovery Alliance Announces Founding Members of Biopharmaceuticals: AbbVie, Amgen, AstraZeneca, Bayer and Merck

Genomic Discovery Alliance Announces Founding Members of Biopharmaceuticals: AbbVie, Amgen, AstraZeneca, Bayer and Merck

Alliance aims to accelerate therapeutic development and expand the diversity of genomic data Through inclusion of multiple samples from currently underrepresented ancestors SAN DIEGO, July 18, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Illumina Inc. (NASDAQ: ILMN), a global leader in DNA sequencing and array-based technologies, in partnership with Nashville Biosciences, LLC, a leading clinical and genomics data company … Read more

The world’s largest radio telescope could reveal the secrets of dark matter, the first galaxies in the universe

A feature of light absorption by the hydrogen surrounding early galaxies could be used as a new probe into the mysteries of dark matter and how it affected the evolution of the universe during the cosmic dark ages. Scientists have long theorized that dark matter, a mysterious substance that makes up about 85 percent of … Read more

Common prescription drugs can cause depression as a side effect, experts say

Jacqui Henry, who said she now feels better than ever, developed depression after taking hormonal contraceptives for 15 years to manage the pain of endometriosis.  Photo courtesy of Jacqui Henry

Jacqui Henry, who said she now feels better than ever, developed depression after taking hormonal contraceptives for 15 years to manage the pain of endometriosis. Photo courtesy of Jacqui Henry NEW YORK, July 18 (UPI) — With some prescription drugs, treatment can be more serious than the underlying disease, as depression and even suicidal thoughts … Read more

The family comes into contact with the researchers behind Canavan gene therapy

Terence R. Fleet;  Guangpinggao;  Lori, Lee and Noa Greenwood;  and Dominic Gesler

Terence R. Fleet; Guangpinggao; Lori, Lee and Noa Greenwood; and Dominic Gessler during a visit to UMass Chan earlier this year. A Boston boy who was one of the first to receive an experimental gene therapy for Canavan disease developed at UMass Chan Medical School expressed a very special “thank you” to the research team … Read more

Neuronal Plasticity Genes Linked to Alcohol Use Disorders Neuroscience News

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Summary: A new study has discovered a link between alcohol use disorders (AUD) and the alteration of a group of genes known to influence neuronal plasticity and pain perceptions. The team used three separate animal models to identify the genes responsible for alcohol-related behaviours. They found that genes that mediate pain sensation work together with … Read more

Many patients turn to online forums to vent about SSRIs

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Stopping or changing the dosage of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may be more common than you might think, according to a qualitative study of online drug reviews. Out of 667 SSRI reviews posted on an online health forum by patients or healthcare professionals, 335 posts were about medication discontinuation, the most common type of … Read more

Attracting high schoolers to STEM with plants and creativity

The cover of a comic titled Mystery of a Monkeyflower.  It shows two young researchers standing in a field of yellow monkeyflowers.

Health in our hands It doesn’t take long to see that the curriculum born out of this collaboration offers a very different experience than the high school biology classes of yore. For starters, it has a balloon for a workbook. The cover of the comic used in a new high school science program, developed by … Read more

Do you participate in genetic studies? It could be in your genes

A nurse takes blood from a volunteer ready for storage in the UK biobank April 17, 2007, Manchester, England.

A nurse collects a blood sample of study participants for the UK Biobank.Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Researchers who analyzed a genetic study of half a million people found that participation in such studies may itself have a genetic component. The discovery, published on July 13 in Genetics of nature1it could help researchers account for some of … Read more