Immune cell provides cradle for mammary stem cells: Study shows how macrophages and mammary stem cells talk to each other through chemical signaling.

A new study finds that one of the toughest characters in the immune system, the macrophage, has a nurturing side, at least when it comes to guarding the developing breast. The study published online this week in the journal Science found that macrophages play an important role in maintaining the mammary gland’s stem cell niche,

MR spectroscopy imaging reveals effects of targeted treatment of mutant IDH1 gliomas

Using a novel imaging method, a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) research team is investigating the mechanisms behind a potential targeted treatment for a subtype of the deadly brains tumors called gliomas. In their report published in Nature Communications, the researchers describe using magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) imaging—which reflects metabolic rather than structural aspects of tissues—to

Levers and zippers in the cell’s ‘customs’

The passage of ions through the cell membrane is controlled by ion channels, which are protein complexes that regulate vital processes, such as the heartbeat, as well as being the target towards which many drugs are directed. Now a study by the University of Wisconsin, led by a Spanish researcher, presents a novel model to

Is Saint Kanye's twin in this pic or what?

Kim Kardashian West is one proud mama for sure — and not one to shy from sharing her life and family on social media. Yesterday, she shared a super-cuddly shot of North, 4, and Saint, 2, at bath time that reveals just how much Saint takes after his papa, Kanye West. West and Saint are

Using Tinder doesn’t result in more casual sex

Users of picture-based mobile dating apps like Tinder are generally more open to short-term, casual sexual relationships than the average person. But this doesn’t mean that the users of these apps end up with more sexual partners than non-users with the same preference for casual sex. “Apps have become the new public arena for dating.

Increasing exercise over 6-year span protects the heart

Heart failure affects about 5.7 million adults in the United States. The most salient risk factors for this condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are: hypertension, a history of coronary heart disease or heart attacks, and diabetes. Since this condition, once acquired, has to be managed for life, healthcare professionals

3 proven ways to hack your restaurant meal

Several restaurant meals are notorious for sky-high sodium levels and are-you-kidding-me calories, but treating yourself to a meal out doesn’t mean settling for poor nutrition. The American Heart Association shares three “eat smart” hacks in honor of World Hypertension Day. Outsmarting eating out has gotten easier now that many restaurants offer better-for-you items, calorie count