Redington Life Sciences News

Special Issue December 2020

In this issue: age and motivation at a crossroad, exercises to keep cancer at bay, dementia and the microbiome, linking brain disorders to waist size, the long road out of postpartum depression, what is herd immunity?, smart clothing to monitor muscles, Mayo on ‘seeing’ cancer, the future of a baby’s random choices, precision approach to pancreatic cancer, breathe deeply…with a little help, and more….

Social isolation puts women at higher risk of hypertension

Researchers are discovering that social isolation affects the health of men and women in different ways -- including placing women at higher risk of high blood pressure.

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Study helps explain why motivation to learn declines with age

Neuroscientists have identified a brain circuit critical for learning to make decisions that require evaluating the cost or reward of an action. They showed this circuit is negatively affected by aging and in Huntington's disease.

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How exercise stalls cancer growth through the immune system

People with cancer who exercise generally have a better prognosis than inactive patients. Now, researchers have found a likely explanation of why exercise helps slow down cancer growth in mice: Physical activity changes the metabolism of the immune system's cytotoxic T cells and thereby improves their ability to attack cancer cells

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Gut hormone blocks brain cell formation and is linked to Parkinson's dementia

A gut hormone, ghrelin, is a key regulator of new nerve cells in the adult brain, a research team has discovered. It could help pave the way for new drugs to treat dementia in patients with Parkinson's Disease.

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New research reveals why low oxygen damages the brain

Brain cell dysfunction in low oxygen is, surprisingly, caused by the very same responder system that is intended to be protective, according to a newly published study

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Virtual Reality health appointments can help patients address eating disorders

Research has revealed that Virtual Reality (VR) technology can have significant impact on the validity of remote health appointments for those with eating disorders, through a process called Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET).

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Cannabis reduces OCD symptoms by half in the short-term

People with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) report that the severity of symptoms was reduced by about half within four hours of smoking cannabis. After smoking cannabis, users with OCD reported it reduced their compulsions by 60%, intrusions, or unwanted thoughts, by 49% and anxiety by 52%.

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Mouthwashes, oral rinses may inactivate human coronaviruses, study finds

Certain oral antiseptics and mouthwashes may have the ability to inactivate human coronaviruses, according to a new study. The results indicate that some of these products might be useful for reducing the viral load, or amount of virus, in the mouth after infection and may help to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19

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NIH-funded study links adolescent brain differences to increased waist circumference

Finding from ABCD Study elucidates neural mechanisms that may underlie early weight gain.

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Patient Information: What Is Herd Immunity?

This JAMA Patient Page describes what herd immunity is, how it limits disease spread, and how it is achieved in a population either by vaccination or by infection and recovery from a disease

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Southampton researcher creates smart clothing to monitor muscle performance

Devon Lewis, a PhD researcher in Neuroscience from the University of Southampton, has launched his own business to further develop smart clothing that monitors and enhances muscle control to improve injury recovery and overall sports performance.

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Babies' random choices become their preferences

We assume we choose things that we like, but research suggests that's sometimes backwards: We like things because we choose them, and we dislike things that we don't choose

Postpartum depression may persist three years after giving birth

NIH study suggests women with mood disorders, gestational diabetes may have a higher risk.

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Scientists develop new precision medicine approach for pancreatic cancer

News report Scientists from the University of Glasgow are developing new ways to predict who will respond to drugs targeting damaged DNA in pancreatic cancer. Publishing their findings in Gastroenterology , the team used cells grown in the lab (cell lines) and mini replicas of patients’ tumours (organoids) to identify molecular markers that can predict which tumours will respond...

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A step toward helping patients breathe deeply

Researchers report that a protein called TL1A drives fibrosis in several mouse models, triggering tissue remodeling, and making it harder for lungs and airways to function normally.

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NIH study tests a comprehensive model intervention to reduce opioid overdose deaths in hard-hit communities

COVID-19 brings challenges, learning opportunities.

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