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Modeling Lungs for a New Cure

Modeling Lungs for a New Cure

How researchers are demystifying complex lung diseases using models It’s a diagnosis that stumps even the best of doctors. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis begins with a small cough and progresses over time to stop lung function—so much so, that patients cannot

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Double Trouble: Inhibiting an Inhibitor to Treat Tumors

Double Trouble: Inhibiting an Inhibitor to Treat Tumors

A Potential Treatment for Colorectal Cancers Imagine two twins who, though identical in every respect from height to facial features, differ in a single gene. One twin has it, the other does not. Yet, the cascade effect is staggering—just one

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One Neuron Remembering a Memory

One Neuron Remembering a Memory

Most people prefer sitting in a room with AC than sitting in a hot field.  Research scientist Josh Hawk and his team study the neural mechanisms behind remembering and acting upon temperature preference memories like these, except they study this

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Legionnaires’ Disease Linked to Some CT Watersheds

Legionnaires’ Disease Linked to Some CT Watersheds

In the 21st century, some believe water contamination in the United States is an issue of the past. Advancements in plumbing, sanitation, and water treatment have drastically reduced the number of diseases spread through infected water. In Connecticut, however, one

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Eradicating HIV

Eradicating HIV

One of the most pressing problems today in the effort to eradicate HIV is latency. Infected T cells may harbor the virus but lie dormant for years, making up a latent reservoir that evades the drugs, which effectively kill only

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What’s Causing that Cough?

What’s Causing that Cough?

Chances are, you’ve had a respiratory infection. From the common cold to strep throat, these infections run the gamut from mild inconveniences to near-deadly for vulnerable individuals. While viral respiratory infections are common, there aren’t any simple, inexpensive diagnostic tests

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Amygdala and Anxiety

Amygdala and Anxiety

Response to anxiety in previously institutionalized youths The amygdala is commonly known as the fear control center of our brain, but it also plays an important role in ensuring our survival by directing attention to salient stimuli. Studies have shown

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Triggering the Response

Triggering the Response

New Vaccine Delivery for a more Effective Immune Response You probably had a sore deltoid muscle after your flu vaccine this year. This is because this standard shot is delivered straight into muscle. But there’s another problem besides you getting

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Know Too Much?

Know Too Much?

The Downside of Genetic Testing for Depression Picture yourself as a participant in a study: you receive a kit containing mouthwash and a color-changing strip of paper. Sleek text on the professional label reads “Saliva Self-Testing Kit for 5-Hydroxylindoleacetic Acid.”

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Sneaking Organs Past the Immune System

Sneaking Organs Past the Immune System

How to prevent those lucky enough to receive a transplant from losing them The diagnosis comes in: patient X has end-stage renal failure. His kidneys no longer work, and he has the choice of either staying hooked up to a

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