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  • Drug reverses signs of liver disease in people living with HIV
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Mose model shows that SOX9 gene influences the severity Alagille syndrome. ... Read more »
  • Slower walkers have older brains and bodies at 45
    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
    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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