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Potential new biomarker for depression and bipolar disorder

UniSA scientists have developed the world’s first test to accurately predict mood disorders in people, based on the levels of a specific protein found in the brain. Links between low levels of mature brain-derived neurotrophic factor (mBDNF) and depression are well known but, until now, it hasn’t been possible to distinguish between the three forms […]

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A good time to quit: Smoking and vaping amid COVID-19

As COVID-19 infections continue to rise and cold and flu season take hold, physicians are adamantly advising patients to do all they can to remain healthy—including not smoking or vaping. Multiple studies have shown that smoking is associated with increased severity of COVID-19 disease. However, because vaping, which is the use of nicotine-containing electronic or […]

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Treatment plans, outcomes better for women with ACS and low-risk HEART score

(HealthDay)—Women with suspected acute coronary syndrome who have low-risk History, Electrocardiogram, Age, Risk factors, and Troponin (HEART) scores have more appropriate testing and better outcomes than men, according to a study published online Dec. 23 in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. Salena M. Preciado, from Kaiser Permanente Southern California in Pasadena, and colleagues analyzed 34,715 […]

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New technology reveals fast and slow twitch muscle fibers respond differently to exercise

Exercising regularly is one of the best defenses against metabolic diseases, such as obesity and diabetes—but why? It’s a question that scientists are still struggling to answer. While exercising changes the molecular behavior of muscles, it’s not well understood how these molecular changes improve metabolic health. Scientists at the University of Copenhagen have now developed […]

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Link between driver of ovarian cancer and metabolism opens up new therapeutic strategies

Mutations that inactivate the ARID1A gene in ovarian cancer increase utilization of the glutamine amino acid making cancer cells dependent on glutamine metabolism, according to a study by The Wistar Institute published online in Nature Cancer. Researchers also showed that pharmacologic inhibition of glutamine metabolism may represent an effective therapeutic strategy for ARID1A-mutant ovarian cancer. […]