For civilians, finding a therapist skilled in PTSD treatments is a tough task

Lauren Walls has lived with panic attacks, nightmares and flashbacks for years. The 26-year-old San Antonio teacher sought help from a variety of mental health professionals—including spending five years and at least $20,000 with one therapist who used a Christian-faith-based approach, viewing her condition as part of a spiritual weakness that could be conquered—but her symptoms worsened. She hit a […]

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Scientists engineer vascularized kidney tissue

Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) researchers have shown the feasibility of bioengineering vascularized functional renal tissues for kidney regeneration, developing a partial augmentation strategy that may be a more feasible and practical approach than creating whole organs. In the proof-of-concept study published online this month in Acta Biomaterialia journal, the scientists created a novel biomimetic, collagen-based vascular scaffold—a […]

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Blood banks could help screen for hereditary high cholesterol

(HealthDay)—More than 1 million Americans have a genetic condition that pushes their cholesterol to dangerously high levels, but many don’t know it. Now, researchers offer a possible way to get more people with so-called familial hypercholesterolemia into treatment for this potentially life-threatening problem. “The blood donor system could be a portal to understand who has genetic cholesterol problems,” said Dr. […]

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Vitamin D deficiency tied to gestational diabetes risk

(HealthDay)—Maternal vitamin D deficiency, as early as the first trimester of pregnancy, is associated with an increased risk for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), according to a study recently published in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism. Jin Xia, from the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at Indiana University in Indianapolis, and colleagues used data from the Fetal Growth Studies-Singleton Cohort […]

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Take a new view of aging

(HealthDay)—The way you view aging can affect how well you manage stress. Older people who see aging negatively have stronger (negative) emotional reactions to day-to-day stresses, while such events have little effect on the moods of adults who are more positive about getting older. Their sunny outlook acts as a buffer against little annoyances. That’s not all. People who carry […]

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Blood proteins help predict risk of developing heart failure

Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of pain, suffering and death in the United States, and despite tremendous advances in knowledge on prevention, treatment of risk factors such as cholesterol, blood pressure and obesity is not optimal. One of the goals of Dr. Christie Ballantyne’s lab at Baylor College of Medicine is studying whether novel biomarkers, in combination with other […]

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The relationship between human self-domestication and brain evolution

Emiliano Bruner, a paleoneurologist at the Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana (CENIEH) has just published an opinion paper about self-domestication and visuospatial cognition in the humans, which speculates on whether the two traits might have had reciprocal influences or shared mechanisms. On the one hand, the hypothesis of self-domestication proposes that the human being has undergone a […]

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Predicting breast cancer metastasis by cell behavior instead of genetics

Researchers and clinicians don’t fully understand why some cancers spread and others do not. What they do know is that when cancer does spread, it dramatically decreases survival rates. If physicians could predict the likelihood that primary tumors will metastasize, they would be able to choose the best treatment options for patients. However, current testing only reviews tumor genetics, which […]

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CRISPR catches out critical cancer changes

In the first large-scale analysis of cancer gene fusions, which result from the merging of two previously separate genes, researchers at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, EMBL-EBI, Open Targets, GSK and their collaborators have used CRISPR to uncover which gene fusions are critical for the growth of cancer cells. The team also identified a new gene fusion that presents a novel […]

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