Monthly Archives: August 2021

Studies outlines novel strategies for detecting cancer and minimal residual disease

The latest special issue of PLOS Medicine features five studies outlining novel strategies for detecting cancer and for identifying minimal residual disease-; when a small number of tumor cells survive treatment, potentially leading to recurrence of cancer.

Structure-based model of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein reveals opportunity to halt virus transmission

Scientists have simulated the transition of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein structure from when it recognizes the host cell to when it gains entry, according to a study published today in eLife.

UMass Amherst scientist investigates how nitrogen in human milk may benefit pediatric development

David Sela, a nutrition scientist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has received a five-year, $1.69 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate how nitrogen in human milk is used by beneficial microbes in the infant gut to potentially play an important role in pediatric nutrition and development.

Study explores factors that drive older adults to start or sustain physical activity

The importance of physical activity is well recognized by both science and the public. Yet, more than 80 percent of adults in the United States fail to meet the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans,” which recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity […]

Non-traditional cardiovascular risk factors are rising more steeply among women than men

Work stress, sleep disorders, and fatigue, regarded as non-traditional risk factors for heart attack and stroke, are rising more steeply amongst women than men, according to a new study presented today at the European Stroke Organisation (ESO) Conference.

Manualized equine-assisted therapy shows promise for treating veterans with PTSD

As veterans have high rates of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and historically poor treatment outcomes and high attrition, alternative treatments have gained much popularity despite lack of rigorous research.

Study explores the interactions between gender and articulatory precision to gauge vocal attractiveness

What makes a voice attractive? The question is the subject of broad interest, with far-reaching implications in our personal lives, the workplace, and society.

New low-cost technique helps profile dynamic metabolic features from single isogenic cells

Researchers with the Single-Cell Center, Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, have developed a fast, low-cost and high-throughput technique capable of profiling dynamic metabolic features from just one isogenic sample of cells.

Modified R-CODOX-M/IVAC regimen shows promise for treating sporadic Burkitt lymphoma

Burkitt lymphoma (BL) is a highly aggressive form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) that comes in three different variants: endemic, immunodeficiency-associated, and sporadic. Of these variants, sporadic BL is most commonly found outside malaria-endemic countries and typically seen in young adults.