Monthly Archives: September 2021

A call to action for reducing health disparities and advancing treatments for Parkinson’s patients

Current knowledge about Parkinson’s disease (PD) does not reflect the diversity of people with the disease, according to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF).

Scientists find new possibilities for treatment of lung cancers in ‘never smokers’

Despite smoking’s well-known role in causing lung cancer, a significant number of patients who develop lung tumors have never smoked. While scientists are still working to understand what spurs cancer in so-called “never-smokers,” a study led by scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis demonstrates new possibilities for treating these baffling tumors.

Breastfeeding could possibly reduce a woman’s risk for postpartum depression, suggests study

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 11 and 20 percent of women who give birth each year in the U.S. have postpartum depression symptoms, which is the greatest risk factor for maternal suicide and infanticide

Study finds racial/ethnic disparities in survival of patients with childhood cancers in the U.S

A new study finds racial/ethnic disparities in survival among newly diagnosed patients with childhood cancers in the United States and that area-level socioeconomic status (SES) and health insurance contribute to these disparities.

Damaging DNA builds up in the eyes to drive blinding age-related macular degeneration

Damaging DNA builds up in the eyes of patients with geographic atrophy, an untreatable, poorly understood form of age-related macular degeneration that causes blindness, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine reveals.

Comparison of Pfizer, Moderna, J&J, AZ vaccines for neutralization titer, against Delta and other variants

Is one COVID vaccine better than the other? Four current vaccines — Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson, and AstraZeneca — are highly effective against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), but a new medRxiv* study suggests the level of protection varies.

Small sachet of fortified food-based supplement could promote healthy development of children

A small sachet of a fortified food-based supplement added to young children’s daily diets in low- and middle-income countries has shown remarkable results in preventing child mortality and malnutrition, while also promoting healthy development.

New approach reveals ‘protein partners’ that may contribute to unusual pathologies of COVID-19

COVID-19 not only causes symptoms characteristic of a typical respiratory disorder, but has also been known to trigger a wide range of other symptoms in people who had been infected, some lasting even long after individuals test negative for the virus.

Protein network map uncovers previously unknown cancer drivers

In three studies from the Cancer Cell Map Initiative, researchers uncovered previously unknown interactions between proteins that drive cancer and combined this new data to generate a map of protein pathways informing cancer outcomes.

Researchers develop nanoparticles delivering STING agonists for intravenous cancer immunotherapy

Cancer immunotherapy seeks to turn “cold” tumors into “hot” tumors––those that respond to immunotherapy––by awakening and enlisting the body’s own immune system.