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Placental protein makes a critical contribution to healthy fetal development

Credit: CC0 Public Domain RIKEN researchers have determined how a protein that transports essential amino acids across the placenta contributes to normal embryonic development in mammals. The placenta provides a supportive environment for developing mammalian fetuses. One of its most important roles is to supply nutrients, including amino acids, from …

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Researchers discover critical link to controlling inflammation in Crohn’s disease

Fabio Cominelli, professor of medicine and pathology at Case Western Reserve University, and division chief of gastroenterology at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. Credit: Case Western Reserve University Investigators at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine discovered that blocking interleukin-1α (IL1α), a protein that controls inflammation in the …

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Critical pediatric heart deaths drop by 24% at PC4 hospitals

Eighteen pediatric heart centers were able to significantly reduce deaths and improve care for children with critical heart conditions after committing to transparent data sharing between one another, a new study suggests. Postoperative mortality dropped by 24 percent among participating sites between 2014 and 2018, according to the Michigan Medicine-led …

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Life experience critical for managing type 2 diabetes

Vicki Helgeson, professor of psychology at CMU’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and senior author on the paper. Credit: Carnegie Mellon University A team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found that age plays a critical role in the well-being of people newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, …

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US officials predict shortages of critical hospital supplies

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Government officials are warning U.S. hospitals that they could soon face shortages of critical surgical tools and equipment because of the closing of sterilization plants. The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that the issue could result in years of shortages of hospital supplies such as …

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