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Genetic study reveals possible shared origins of irritable bowel syndrome and mental health disorders

An international study of more than 50,000 people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) has revealed that IBS symptoms may be caused by the same biological processes as conditions such as anxiety. The research highlights the close relationship between brain and gut health and paves the way for development of new treatments. IBS is a common […]

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More deprived areas of England less likely to have a publicly available defibrillator

Public access defibrillators are disproportionately lacking in the most deprived areas of England, which are among the communities at the greatest risk of cardiac arrest, according to new analysis led by the University of Warwick. Using information from ambulances services in England on defibrillators that have been registered with them, researchers have also found that […]

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More kids to be tested for lead poisoning, but eliminating sources is key

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its blood lead reference value—the level at which children ages 1–5 are considered to have high exposure to lead. Since 2012, this threshold had been set at 5 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood; children at or above this level represented the top 2.5% […]

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Researchers identify pathway critical for the development and prevention of intestinal inflammation

Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, are chronic inflammatory diseases of unknown origin. While genetics was shown to contribute to IBD risk, only a minority of people carrying genetic risk variants develop the disease. It suggests that other environmental factors play an important role in IBD. Researchers from the Center for […]

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Mini-placentas: Promising tools for studying early pregnancy and its complications

Despite its crucial role in healthy pregnancies, the placenta is one of the least understood organs in the human body. In a new study, Margherita Yayoi Turco and her colleagues compared the two main experimental models of the human placenta. The findings suggest that 3D clusters of placental cells called trophoblast organoids are best suited […]

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Patent granted for drug candidate intended for cancer treatment

A potential new drug candidate developed by researchers at the University of Oulu, Finland, has been granted a patent in the United States. The drug is a small molecular chemical compound that is especially suited for cancer treatment. The research group, led by professor Lari Lehtiö of the Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, found […]

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Emotional instability proves key in half of the depressive traits among teenagers

Research directed by lecturers Generós Ortet and Manuel Ignacio Ibáñez, from the Department of Basic and Clinical Psychology and Psychobiology of the Universitat Jaume I, has concluded that a large part of the depressive symptoms shown by teenagers and young adults have their origin in the neuroticism/emotional stability dimension. The study has evaluated the personality […]