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Finding A Needle In A Haystack: How a Yale Study Used Genetic Implications to Treat Cervical Cancer

Finding A Needle In A Haystack: How a Yale Study Used Genetic Implications to Treat Cervical Cancer

Cancer is caused by a series of genetic mutations, and an understanding of these genetic mutations in cancerous cells is crucial to the future development of cancer treatment. Cervical cancer specifically, has a particularly poor prognosis, making mutation targeted treatment

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Study Shows No Long-Term Benefit from Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

Study Shows No Long-Term Benefit from Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

Ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, makes up 20-25% of all breast cancer diagnoses in women  in the U.S. A new Yale study shows that a common intervention does not improve outcomes for women dealing with the disease.  DCIS is

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Killing Cancerous Cells: Using Genetically Engineered T-Cells to Target Tumors

Killing Cancerous Cells: Using Genetically Engineered T-Cells to Target Tumors

Cancer is estimated to affect forty percent of individuals in the United States at some point in their lifetimes. Cancer is marked by rapid, unchecked cell growth and proliferation, which has led researchers to investigate and refine cytotoxic, or cell-killing,

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Synthesizing Opioid Antagonists: A more sustainable method for creating a lifesaving drug

Synthesizing Opioid Antagonists: A more sustainable method for creating a lifesaving drug

With an increasing intensity in the nation’s opioid epidemic, the public health community has been searching for ways to manage drug addiction. Chemical antagonists have proven effective in binding to opioid receptors, thus competing with opioid agonists and blocking them

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Fighting Effects from Heat with Potassium

Fighting Effects from Heat with Potassium

People have been aware for centuries that hot weather can be detrimental to our health. Recently, a team of researchers from University of Pennsylvania and Yale University found that hot weather can also influence the effects of the medicine we

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Sensational Prosthesis: prosthetic hand with nearly human capabilities

Sensational Prosthesis: prosthetic hand with nearly human capabilities

Prostheses are artificial devices that are designed to replace missing limbs or parts of limbs and restore some of their capabilities. However, more than 30 percent of prostheses are abandoned by users because they fail to provide sensory feedback to

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The Promise of GABA: New therapeutic molecules found to treat cognitive decline and depression

The Promise of GABA: New therapeutic molecules found to treat cognitive decline and depression

Drugs that treat diseases of the brain are notoriously difficult to create. The first bar­rier to the development of these drugs is physical—the blood-brain barrier (BBB) acts as a bouncer for the brain, filtering all blood flowing in. The second

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A New Reality: VR technology treats phobias in autistic patients

A New Reality: VR technology treats phobias in autistic patients

Most people know someone with autism, whether it be a sibling, a close friend, or an acquaintance. The Center for Disease Control’s 2014 census found that one in fifty-nine children living in the US has autism—more than double the number

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Accelerating MRI: A novel sampling method to shorten MRI scan time

Accelerating MRI: A novel sampling method to shorten MRI scan time

Imagine yourself mowing a lawn. If it was a leisurely Sunday morning, you might go back and forth in neat rows to ensure that every blade of grass was evenly cut. But what if you were in a rush? You

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Blaming Bacteria: The biggest contributor to human drug metabolism isn’t human

Blaming Bacteria: The biggest contributor to human drug metabolism isn’t human

You share 99.9 percent of your genetic material with the person sitting next to you. This genetic material, or DNA, encodes the proteins your body produces and, by extension, all of your traits. However, despite your genetic similarity, your neighbor

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