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New roles found for Huntington’s disease protein

A cross-section of the striatum in a mouse brain. Loss of huntingtin protein in striatal neurons (red) causes neuron loss and an inflammatory response, shown by the infiltration of glial astrocytes (cyan). Credit: Caley Burrus, Duke University A Duke University research team has identified a new function of a gene …

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Groups publish statements on CT contrast use in patients with kidney disease

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The risk of administering modern intravenous iodinated contrast media in patients with reduced kidney function has been overstated, according to new consensus statements from the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), published in the journal Radiology. Intravenous iodinated contrast media are …

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new disease spreading in Asia revives SARS fears

Credit: CC0 Public Domain After Thailand detected its second case of a mysterious SARS-linked virus this week following confirmed cases in China and Japan, here are a few key points about coronavirus. What is coronavirus? The UN’s health agency says that the outbreak of the disease in the Chinese city …

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Obesity, heart disease, and diabetes may be communicable

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Non-communicable diseases including heart disease, cancer and lung disease are now the most common causes of death, accounting for 70 percent of deaths worldwide. These diseases are considered “non-communicable” because they are thought to be caused by a combination of genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors and …

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Study unravels new insights into a Parkinson’s disease protein

An epifluorescence microscope image shows clumps of human alpha-synuclein aggregating in the neurons of a fruit fly larva. Credit: Anderson, Hirpa, Zheng, Banerjee and Gunawardena, Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience, Jan. 2020. The image is cropped from a graphic published in the journal article, which is distributed under Creative Commons Attribution …

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Lyme disease is caused by bacteria

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Lyme disease is caused by four main species of bacteria. Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia mayonii cause Lyme disease in the United States, while Borrelia afzelii and Borrelia garinii are the leading causes in Europe and Asia. The most common tick-borne illness in these regions, Lyme disease …

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