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Making the case to ensure access to egg freezing is equitable

Latest Australian data indicates that the number of human egg-freezing cycles performed each year has increased more than 1000% from 2010 to 2019. Despite this, egg freezing remains prohibitively expensive, with a single cycle costing up to $10,000. Due to these costs, individuals may delay accessing egg freezing. This, however, comes at a biological cost, […]

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Researchers identify molecule that blocks immune cells from entering and killing breast tumors

George Washington University researchers have identified a key molecule in certain kinds of breast cancers that prevent immune cells from entering tumors and killing the cancer cells inside. The paper and its findings, published today in Nature, could pave the way toward a new treatment for certain kinds of aggressive breast cancer. “During cancer progression, […]

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Bilingualism comes naturally to our brains, new study shows

The brain uses a shared mechanism for combining words from a single language and for combining words from two different languages, a team of neuroscientists has discovered. Its findings indicate that language switching is natural for those who are bilingual because the brain has a mechanism that does not detect that the language has switched, […]

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Scientists discover how our brain uses nutritional state to regulate growth and age at puberty

Scientists have discovered how a receptor in the brain, called MC3R, detects the nutritional state of the body and regulates the timing of puberty and rate of growth in children and increases in lean muscle mass. These findings, published today in the journal Nature, may explain how humans have been growing taller and reaching sexual […]

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Researchers develop a new class of CAR-T cells that target previously untargetable cancer drivers

In a breakthrough for the treatment of aggressive solid cancers, researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) have developed a novel cancer therapy that targets proteins inside cancer cells that are essential for tumor growth and survival but have been historically impossible to reach. Using the power of large data sets and advanced computational approaches, […]

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Gene therapy boosts Parkinson’s disease drug benefits

In late-stage Parkinson’s disease, the drug levodopa becomes less effective in treating symptoms because of the inexorable loss of dopamine-releasing neurons. But a new Northwestern Medicine preclinical study shows a gene therapy targeting the small brain region where these neurons reside, the substantia nigra, substantially boosts the benefits of levodopa. The gene therapy restored the […]

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Incidence of stage I non-small cell lung cancer at diagnosis up in the U.S.

Apar Kishor Ganti, M.D., from VA Nebraska Western Iowa Health Care System in Omaha, and colleagues calculated the most recent epidemiologic estimates of NSCLC in the United States using data from the U.S. Cancer Statistics database (2010 to 2017). The researchers found 1.28 million new NSCLC cases during the study period (53 percent men; 67 […]