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New drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy clears phase 1 clinical trial testing in boys

Wed, 2019-02-20 21:00
(IOS Press) Patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) have few treatment options. Medications currently available or in development either target only a subset of DMD patients with a particular genetic mutation or cause significant side effects.
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Report offers evidence-based recommendations aimed at reducing Illinois gun violence

Wed, 2019-02-20 21:00
(Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health) Ilinois could reduce the number of people killed each year by gun violence by implementing ten policies supported by available research, according to a new report authored by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research. The center is based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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New 'interspecies communication' strategy between gut bacteria and mammalian hosts uncovered

Wed, 2019-02-20 21:00
(Case Western Reserve University) Bacteria in the gut do far more than help digest food in the stomachs of their hosts, they can also tell the genes in their mammalian hosts what to do. A study published today in Cell describes a form of 'interspecies communication' in which bacteria secrete a specific molecule -- nitric oxide -- that allows them to communicate with and control their hosts' DNA, and suggests that the conversation between the two may broadly influence human health.
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Current tools have low accuracy for predicting delayed ischemia after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage

Wed, 2019-02-20 21:00
(Wolters Kluwer Health) Both CT angiography and transcranial Doppler have limited accuracy in detecting cerebral vasospasm and predicting delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI) in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) due to ruptured aneurysm, reports a study in the inaugural edition of Critical Care Explorations, the official open-access journal of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.
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Scientists discover new type of immune cells that are essential for forming heart valves

Wed, 2019-02-20 21:00
(University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences) UCLA researchers have identified for the first time the origin of an immune cell that plays a critical role in the formation of healthy heart valves. The findings could pave the way for new treatments for heart valve disorders, which can be caused by congenital defects, aging or disease.
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