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AQAMAN takes aim at rare neurodegenerative diseases

Left: Protein clumps (green) characteristic of polyQ diseases form in nerve cell nuclei (blue). Right: After adding AQAMAN, the clumps become soluble, making it possible for the cell to degrade the protein. Credit: CUHK A synthetic small molecule compound called AQAMAN can prevent and even reverse harmful protein build-up in …

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Report takes aim at lax Swiss tobacco rules

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Switzerland is doing far too little to rein in tobacco and nicotine use, and is especially lax on vaping rules, according to a commission report, which blamed hefty industry lobbying. Several of the world’s biggest tobacco companies, including Philip Morris International and British American Tobacco, have …

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Low-cost, portable system takes OCT beyond ophthalmology

Researchers used a new endoscopic OCT system to visualize variances in pig cartilage thickness. The image shows a sketch of a femur and processed OCT images with thin regions shown in dark red and thicker regions more yellow and white. Scale bar is 250 microns. Credit: Evan T. Jelly, Duke …

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The pathway to Parkinson’s takes a surprising twist

Senescent dopamine neurons (red) trigger a local inflammation and are attacked by immune cells of the brain, the microglia (green). Credit: Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience at The Rockefeller University In neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson’s disease, a specific group of neurons start to die one by one, causing movement …

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It takes a community to lower cardiovascular risk

Jon-David Schwalm, an associate professor of medicine at McMaster, a scientist at the PHRI and an interventional cardiologist at Hamilton Health Sciences. Credit: Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) of McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences Concerted effort by friends, family and non-physician health workers can make a dramatic difference in …

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In Ethiopia, a rehab centre takes on khat addiction

Ethiopia’s state-run Substance Rehabilitation Centre tackles khat usage, in a country where chewing the leafy stimulant is commonplace Yonas Getu Molla started chewing khat as an architecture student, when he and his friends would munch on the leafy stimulant late into the night to help them study. When they closed …

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