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  • Drug reverses signs of liver disease in people living with HIV
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    Researchers report that the injectable hormone tesamorelin reduces liver fat and prevents liver fibrosis (scarring) in people living with HIV. ... Read more »
  • New design strategy can help improve layered superconducting materials
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    Scientists have created a new layered superconducting material with a conducting layer made of bismuth, silver, tin, sulfur and selenium. The conducting layer features four distinct sublayers; by introducing more elements, they were able to achieve unparalleled customizability and a higher ''critical temperature'' below which superconductivity is observed, a key... Read more »
  • Another reason to get cataract surgery: It can make you 48% safer on the road
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    Researchers in Australia used a driving simulator to test patients' vision before and after cataract surgery. They found that near misses and crashes decreased by 48% after surgery. ... Read more »
  • More evidence linking common bladder medication to a vision-threatening eye condition
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    A drug widely prescribed for a bladder condition for decades, now appears to be toxic to the retina, the light sensing tissue at the back of the eye that allows us to see. ... Read more »
  • Brain protein promotes maintenance of chronic pain
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    Study results illuminate the potential of novel approach for the treatment of chronic pain. ... Read more »
  • Coffee bean extracts alleviate inflammation, insulin resistance in mouse cells
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    Food science and human nutrition researchers are interested in the potential of inflammation-fighting compounds found in the silverskin and husk of coffee beans, not only for their benefits in alleviating chronic disease, but also in adding value to would-be 'waste' products from the coffee processing industry. ... Read more »
  • Opioid Rx dosages drop with state law changes
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    The total amount of opioids dispensed per new opioid prescription decreased by 22% in Penn Medicine outpatient practices in New Jersey after the state passed a law limiting prescriptions to a five-day supply for new opioid prescriptions. Penn Medicine implemented an electronic health record (EMR) alert, or 'nudge,' to notify... Read more »
  • Sox9 reshapes the biliary tree in Alagille syndrome
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    Mose model shows that SOX9 gene influences the severity Alagille syndrome. ... Read more »
  • Slower walkers have older brains and bodies at 45
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    The walking speed of 45-year-olds can be used as a marker of their aging brains and bodies. The evidence was there in neurocognitive testing these individuals took at age 3 to indicate who would become the slower walkers. At 45, slower walkers have 'accelerated aging' on a 19-measure scale devised... Read more »
  • New test diagnoses Lyme disease within 15 minutes
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    Current testing for Lyme disease, called the standard 2-tiered approach or the STT, involves running two complex assays (ELISA and western blot) to detect antibodies against the bacterium, and requires experienced personnel in a lab, and a few hours to carry out and interpret. Biomedical engineers have developed a rapid... Read more »

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