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Study highlights keys to helping dads be there for kids when they don’t have custody

A new study from North Carolina State University and Virginia Commonwealth University highlights several factors that play key roles in determining the extent to which fathers who don’t have custody are involved in their children’s lives—specifically in cases where the children are in “kinship care.” “A lot of work has been done on mothers and […]

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How antibiotics interact with each other

It is usually difficult to predict how well drugs will work when they are combined. Sometimes, two antibiotics increase their effect and inhibit the growth of bacteria more efficiently than expected. In other cases, the combined effect is weaker. Since there are many different ways of combining drugs—such as antibiotics—it is important to be able […]

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New 3-D printed hydrogels for T-cell growth for cancer immunotherapy

A team with the participation of researchers from the ICMAB has designed new hydrogels for culturing T-cells or T-lymphocytes, cells of the immune system that are used in cancer immunotherapy with the capacity to destroy tumor cells. These hydrogels can mimic lymph nodes in which T-cells reproduce and provide high rates of cell proliferation. Scientists […]

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Gout drug repurposed to fight heart disease

Colchicine reduces the risk of major cardiovascular events in patients with chronic coronary disease, according to results of the LoDoCo2 trial presented in a Hot Line session today at ESC Congress 2020. “Over a decade, more than one in three heart patients will have another heart attack or stroke, or die from heart disease, despite […]

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Use of fitness trackers may spur exercise in older adults with MS

Older adults with multiple sclerosis (MS) who say they use fitness trackers report greater amounts of physical activity, according to a study published online July 31 in the Disability & Health Journal. Stephanie L. Silveira, Ph.D., from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues conducted an online survey to assess patterns of fitness tracker […]

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Use of performance-enhancing substances tied to risk behaviors

Use of legal performance-enhancing substances (PES) in young adults is associated with an increased likelihood of future problematic alcohol use and drinking-related risk behaviors, according to a study published online Aug. 31 in Pediatrics. Kyle T. Ganson, Ph.D., from the University of Toronto, and colleagues analyzed prospective cohort data from the National Longitudinal Study of […]

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Strokes in babies are surprisingly common—here’s how the body rushes to the rescue

New research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine is shedding light on the development of the brain’s immune defenses—and how those defenses respond to strokes that strike one in 4,000 babies in the first month of life. The brain’s frontline defenders are immune cells known as microglia. These cells make up 10%-15% of […]