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Novel research identifies gene targets of stress hormones in the brain

Chronic stress is a well-known cause for mental health disorders. New research has moved a step forward in understanding how glucocorticoid hormones (‘stress hormones’) act upon the brain and what their function is. The findings could lead to more effective strategies in the prevention and treatment of mental health disorders. The study, led by academics […]

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Early adulthood education and employment experiences play independent role in later life cardiovascular health

New research published today in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health has found that education and employment experiences in early adulthood contribute to cardiovascular health inequalities in later life, independent of occupation and family income in mid-adulthood. There are important differences in health between different sectors of our society, with those who are less […]

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Scientists reverse a key hallmark of motor neuron disease in the laboratory

Scientists at the Francis Crick Institute and UCL have studied how proteins accumulate in the wrong parts of brain cells in motor neuron disease, and have demonstrated how it might be possible, in some cases, to reverse this. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as motor neuron disease, is a progressive fatal disease that […]

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Call to increase participation of women in cardiovascular clinical trials

Women must be equally represented in heart disease research to ensure that treatment recommendations meet their specific health needs, according to a report published today in European Heart Journal. The review highlights barriers to recruiting women into clinical trials and potential solutions. Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading cause of mortality in Europe, accounting for […]

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Scientists discover inherited neurodegenerative disease in monkeys

Scientists at Oregon Health & Science University have identified a naturally occurring mutation in nonhuman primates that closely resembles a rare neurodegenerative disease in people. The discovery could lead to the development of new therapies to treat Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease and is the latest in a trove of discoveries made possible by a massive genomic database […]

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Non-recommended milk being provided to young children

More than one-third of infant caregivers reported serving at least one non-recommended milk type to their infant in the past month—most providing them daily—and the majority of toddler caregivers did not follow expert recommendations to provide only cow’s milk to their children, according to a new study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. […]

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Ovarian cancer: Potential therapeutic target identified

A gene called DOT1L appears to play a role in progression and severity of ovarian cancer, and inhibitors of the DOT1L enzyme may offer a new therapeutic approach for the disease, University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers say in a study published in the journal Oncogenesis. The need is clear—despite decades of work to develop […]