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Study explains how the ‘first brain’ works in the gut

New research explains how the nervous system in the gut causes propulsion along the gut, highlighting similar behavior to other neural networks in the brain and spinal cord. Flinders University Nick Spencer with an image showing activation of the neural network in the enteric nervous system – or 'first brain' – in a live gut. […]

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Age-related muscle loss and walking abilities predict outcomes after lung cancer surgery

Lung cancer is a major global cause of mortality, reportedly accounting for 1.7 million deaths each year. The most common form of lung cancer is non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and early-stage NSCLCs can often be surgically resected. Unfortunately, some patients still experience poor outcomes after surgical resection, prompting further research on the relationship between a […]

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New exosome-coated stent repairs damaged tissue, heals vascular injury

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed an exosome-coated stent with a "smart-release" trigger that could both prevent reopened blood vessels from narrowing and deliver regenerative stem cell-derived therapy to blood-starved, or ischemic, tissue. Angioplasty – a procedure that opens blocked arteries – often involves placing a metal stent to reinforce arterial walls and […]

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Inflammatory heart disease is rare among professional athletes with mild COVID-19, study finds

Inflammatory heart disease is a rare finding among professional athletes with mild or asymptomatic COVID-19 infection, a large-scale study has found. The study, led by Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in collaboration with the major North American sports leagues and their respective players' associations, was published online today in JAMA Cardiology. Athletes […]