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Astronomy meets pathology to identify predictive biomarkers for cancer immunotherapy

Pairing sky-mapping algorithms with advanced immunofluorescence imaging of cancer biopsies, researchers at The Mark Foundation Center for Advanced Genomics and Imaging at Johns Hopkins University and the Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy developed a robust platform to guide immunotherapy by predicting which cancers will respond to specific therapies targeting the immune system. A new platform,

Prostate cancer linked to obesity

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer among Canadian men and the third leading cause of cancer death. Abdominal obesity appears to be associated with a greater risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer. This link was demonstrated in a study led by Professor Marie-Élise Parent of Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)

Using base editing to treat sickle cell disease in mice

A team of researchers from the Broad Institute, Harvard University and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has used a base editing technique in a novel way to treat sickle cell disease (SCD) in mice. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes their new technique and how well it worked when tested

‘Prescription’ to sit less, move more advised for mildly high blood pressure and cholesterol

A “prescription” to sit less and move more is the optimal first treatment choice for reducing mild to moderately elevated blood pressure and blood cholesterol in otherwise healthy adults, according to the new American Heart Association scientific statement published today in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension. “The current American Heart Association guidelines for diagnosing

Tdap vaccination tied to lower dementia risk in older adults

Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) vaccination in older adults is associated with a 42 percent lower dementia risk, according to a study recently published in The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences. Jeffrey F. Scherrer, Ph.D., from Saint Louis University, and colleagues assessed whether Tdap vaccination is associated with incident dementia. The

Enough to Wreck Their Rest: $10,322 for a Sleep Study

José Mendoza’s snoring was bad — but the silence when he stopped breathing was even worse for his wife, Nancy. The sudden quiet would wake her and she waited anxiously for him to take another breath. If too many seconds ticked by, she pushed him hard so that he moved and started breathing again. This

Don’t count on caffeine to fight sleep deprivation, says study

Rough night of sleep? Relying on caffeine to get you through the day isn’t always the answer, says a new study from Michigan State University. Researchers from MSU’s Sleep and Learning Lab, led by psychology associate professor Kimberly Fenn, assessed how effective caffeine was in counteracting the negative effects of sleep deprivation on cognition. As

4 Easy Ways to Get Blood Sugar Under Control

As a dietitian, I get a lot of questions about blood sugar; especially about what’s normal, and how to lower it. First, it helps to know what blood sugar is and why it’s not good to have it be elevated. Blood sugar is a measure of glucose (“sugar”) in our blood. A bit about glucose:

Air quality linked to increased risk of Alzheimer’s

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have found a link between traffic-related air pollution and an increased risk for age-related dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. Their study, based on rodent models, corroborates previous epidemiological evidence showing this association. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of age-related dementia and the sixth leading cause of death

How To Take Care Of A Fiddle Leaf Fig

If you’re a plant parent with a decent amount of experience under your belt, it might be time for you to branch out. While you may be scared of making common houseplant mistakes, there is a whole world of houseplants to explore beyond the Chinese Evergreen and the Jade succulent. You don’t have to stick

The 5 Best Ways to Lose Weight After 40

In your teens and 20s, it used to be that you could eat pizza every night for a week without a lot of pushback from your body in the form of extra pounds. In your 40s, not so much. Maybe you’re even eating much better now, but weight is still accumulating. It’s usually not just

How To Make Your Living Room More Energy Efficient

It’s easier than you might think to do your bit for the environment, even when you’re just spending a lazy day at home. Little changes can have a big impact, so what you do at home can be really important, and no more so than in your living room. Maybe you’re already well on your

UK to ease holiday travel ban yet keeps most quarantines

Britain announced a “first tentative step” Friday toward resuming international travel, saying U.K. citizens will be able to travel to countries including Portugal, Iceland and Israel later this month without having to quarantine upon their return. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the country’s current blanket ban on overseas vacations will be replaced on May 17

EU sceptical of US push to lift COVID vaccine patents

The EU voiced scepticism Friday over the United States’ sudden push to waive COVID vaccine patents to boost supply to poorer countries, while defending its own record as the world’s biggest exporter of doses. French President Emmanuel Macron led the charge as he arrived at an EU summit in Portugal, stressing that the bigger problem

What You Need To Know About Peloton’s Treadmill Recall

Exercise equipment company Peloton officially recalled both its Tread+ and Tread treadmills on Wednesday, admitting the products’ risks after a fight with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (via CNN). Owners of the Tread+ and Tread are shocked and appalled in equal measure, and with good reason: The treadmills’ flaws have led to more than 70