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Regulating Obesity: Specialized brain cells promote fat storage in mice

Regulating Obesity: Specialized brain cells promote fat storage in mice

Obesity is an increasingly common and significant health concern that affects greater than one in three adults in the United States. It can cause numerous complications, including heart disease, diabe­tes, or cancer. Development of obesity is the result of an

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A Surprising Shield: Previous dengue exposure protects against Zika

A Surprising Shield: Previous dengue exposure protects against Zika

In Pau da Lima, the Brazilian epicenter of the 2015-2016 Zika epidemic, over seventy percent of the population was infected. Yet, across distances as small as twenty meters, there were large variations in risk of Zika infection. This differential immunity

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The (DNA) Damaging Effects of Alcohol

The (DNA) Damaging Effects of Alcohol

Acetaldehyde, a product of the breakdown of alcohol, damages the DNA of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), the cells that generate blood cells in your bone marrow. DNA damage inflicted by acetaldehyde can result in cell death and cancers like leukemia.

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Alumni Profile: Esther Choo (JE ’94, MD ’01)

Alumni Profile: Esther Choo (JE ’94, MD ’01)

Dr. Esther Choo’s work transcends the walls of the emergency room. Besides treating patients and conducting research, she also utilizes her 20K-follower Twitter platform to advocate for social equity in the medical field.

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How Genes Affect Your Flu Vaccines

How Genes Affect Your Flu Vaccines

A national study has confirmed a genetic link to our bodies’ responses to the flu vaccine. Yale Associate Professor of Medicine Ruth Montgomery explains the significance of this discovery to the future of vaccination.

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Lyme and Punishment: How Human Activity May Affect the Spread of Lyme disease

Lyme and Punishment: How Human Activity May Affect the Spread of Lyme disease

Contrary to the popular Plum Island conspiracy, Lyme disease may have origins some 60,000 years in the past.

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Timing Your Thoughts

Timing Your Thoughts

A study published in PNAS in August 2017 showed how the mistiming of someone’s thoughts may be linked to a person’s tendency to hold delusional thoughts.

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The Search: Mathematical model explains diversity in cancer cell movement

The Search: Mathematical model explains diversity in cancer cell movement

If cancer cells can’t find the highways of the body, they can’t spread and become more lethal. A mathematical model developed by Andre Levchenko and JinSeok Park of the Yale Systems Biology Institute provides a framework to explain cell migration behavior that can be implemented down the line to keep cells searching longer.

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Why is Yawning Contagious?

Why is Yawning Contagious?

Researchers at the University of Nottingham may have determined the cause of why yawns are contagious.

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Science in the Spotlight: The Telomerase Revolution

What if aging could be stopped, or even reversed? Michael Fossel, University of Michigan professor of clinical science and the author of The Telomerase Revolution, writes about the potential for aging to be reversed using the enzyme telomerase.

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