Air filters shown to improve breathing in children with asthma

Daily use of a fine particulate matter air filtration device can significantly improve airway mechanics and reduce airway resistance in children with asthma, according to a study recently published in JAMA Pediatrics. Xiaoxing Cui, Ph.D., of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and colleagues performed a double-blind study […]

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Eye injury sets immune cells on surveillance to protect the lens

The lens of the eye is an unusual organ. Unlike most of the body’s organs, blood vessels don’t reach the lens. If they did, they’d obscure our vision and we wouldn’t be able to see. The lack of vasculature led scientists to believe immune cells, which travel via the bloodstream, couldn’t get to this part […]

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Study confirms effective, less toxic treatment option for adults with Burkitt lymphoma

Study confirms effective, less toxic alternative to standard treatment for adults with Burkitt lymphoma In a new study, an alternative treatment regimen that is less toxic than standard dose-intensive chemotherapy was found to be highly effective for adults with Burkitt lymphoma across all age groups and independent of HIV status. In addition to being better […]

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Essential key to hearing sensitivity discovered

New research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine is shedding light on the biological architecture that lets us hear—and on a genetic disorder that causes both deafness and blindness. Sihan Li, a graduate student in the lab of Jung-Bum Shin, Ph.D., of UVA’s Department of Neuroscience, has made a surprising discovery about how […]

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High-strain exercise linked to very early pregnancy loss

In women with a history of miscarriage, higher levels of physical activity were associated with a greater risk of subclinical, or very early, pregnancy loss, according to new research at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Among women with confirmed pregnancy, physical activity and miscarriage risk were unrelated. “Risk related to physical activity is different for […]

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Research highlights immune molecule’s complex role in Huntington’s disease

More than a decade before people with Huntington’s disease show symptoms, they can exhibit abnormally high levels of an immune-system molecule called interleukin-6 (IL-6), which has led many researchers to suspect IL-6 of promoting the eventual neurological devastation associated with the genetic condition. A new investigation by MIT neuroscientists shows that the story likely isn’t […]

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Up to 60% of students in some schools vaped in past month

Vaping is most heavily concentrated in U.S. schools with a higher proportion of white students, schools in the South and West, and schools where more students smoke cigarettes, a new University of Michigan study shows. Overall, more than one in 10 American middle and high school students report having used e-cigarettes within the last month. […]

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