Real-time detection of cholesterol in liver-on-chip cultures of human liver cells

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In a paper to be published in the September/December 2019 issue of TECHNOLOGY, a team of researchers from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago has developed a novel microfluidic device for measuring in real-time the cholesterol secreted from liver tissue-chip containing human hepatocytes. Their innovation lies not merely in the
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Effects of linoleic acid on inflammatory response depend on genes

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The effects of linoleic acid on the human body are largely dependent on genes, a new study from the University of Eastern Finland shows. Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid. People carrying different variants of the FADS1 gene had a different inflammatory response and different changes in their fasting glucose levels when supplementing their
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Woman Develops Rare Flesh-Eating Bacteria That Ate at Her Face After Trip to Asia

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At first, the redness and bumps on Rachel Star Withers’ face could reasonably be diagnosed as severe acne. But when aggressive medication didn’t work — and the red patches broke into open sores — she knew something more severe was going on. The South Carolinian had just returned from a media tour in Taiwan and
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Urinary catheter: Uses, types, and what to expect

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This article outlines the different types of urinary catheter and provides advice on how to avoid side effects. Uses A doctor may recommend a urinary catheter for a person who has difficulties when urinating. Reasons for needing a catheter can include: a blockage in the urethra, which is the tube that carries urine out of
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Study identifies a new way by which the human brain marks time

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With a little help from HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” University of California, Irvine neurobiologists have uncovered a key component of how the human brain marks time. Using high-powered functional MRI on college students watching the popular TV show, they were able to capture the processes by which the brain stores information related to when events
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Cancer cells could be stopped from spreading by turning them into FAT

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Breast cancer cells could be stopped from spreading if they are turned into FAT cells instead Cancer cells can spread and grow by transitioning into stem-like cells  During transition, scientists have been able to coax them into becoming fat cells The therapy uses cancer and diabetes drugs which are already approved for use  Breast cancer
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Diving deeper into developmental dyslexia: Results broaden understanding of common learning disability to include alterations in lower as well as higher brain structures

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Men with dyslexia have altered structural connections between the thalamus and auditory cortex on the left side of the brain, new research published in JNeurosci reveals. The study extends similar observations of the dyslexic visual system and highlights the importance of early sensory processing for reading proficiency. Neural fibers connect a subcortical structure in the
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Cannabis study: the first Joint alters the brain of young people

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“Grey cells” in the people’s mouth as something Good: an expression of the thinking ability and intelligence. But not always it needs to be healthy, if the amount of the so-called Gray substance (GS) is increasing in the brain. This happens namely in the case of growing teenagers, the pot – even if you only
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Meghan Markle's Go-To Flats Brand Just Launched a New Zodiac Collection

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Last fall, Meghan Markle stepped out in Sydney, Australia wearing a pair of pointed toe flats from up-and-coming footwear brand Rothy’s. We immediately fell in love with the shoe, and not just because they had& the Duchess’s stamp of approval: Rothy’s signature knitted flats are super stylish, made of recycled plastic fibers, and machine-washable, so
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Promoting HIV self-testing via text message to truck drivers in Kenya

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Truck drivers in sub-Saharan Africa are especially vulnerable to infection with HIV due to contact with multiple sexual partners—often including sex workers—along their trucking routes. Accessing HIV testing can be a challenge for truckers due to their mobility and long working hours, as well as concerns about confidentiality and stigma. CUNY SPH researchers Dr. Elizabeth
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