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Artificial pancreas helps children with type 1 diabetes
A new artificial pancreas system, which monitors and regulates blood glucose levels, proved safe and effective in young children with type 1 diabetes.
Brain scans may help predict response to OCD therapies
Differences in brain activity seen on scans taken before psychotherapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder corresponded with responses to treatment.
How high fructose intake may trigger fatty liver disease
A study suggested that consuming high amounts of fructose may promote non-alcoholic fatty liver disease by damaging the intestinal barrier.
Treatments linked to drop in lung cancer deaths
Deaths from the most common lung cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, declined sharply after 2013, faster than the drop in new cases of the disease.
Factors that affect depression risk
A screen of more than 100 diverse factors in people’s daily lives suggested that getting enough social support and limiting how much media you use may help prevent depression.
Oral solution forms synthetic GI lining
Researchers developed a method to create a synthetic film on the surface of the small intestine that could be used to deliver drugs and influence nutrient absorption.
Multifocal contact lenses slow myopia progression in children
Children who wore multifocal contact lenses had slower progression of their myopia, or nearsightedness, over three years.
Blood tests show promise for early Alzheimer’s diagnosis
Blood levels of a protein called ptau217 were associated with damage to the brain caused by Alzheimer’s disease, and may one day help diagnose disease before symptoms appear.
Immune cells for common cold may recognize SARS-CoV-2
Blood samples taken before the COVID-19 pandemic showed that some people already had certain immune cells that recognize SARS-CoV-2, possibly because of common colds.
Potent neutralizing antibodies target new regions of coronavirus spike
Researchers identified some of the most potent and diverse antibodies discovered to date that neutralize SARS-CoV-2, targeting multiple regions on the viral spike.
High blood sugar may blunt benefits of aerobic exercise
Mice with high blood sugar levels had lower gains from aerobic exercise than normal mice. The results suggest that diet changes may be needed to get the most from aerobic exercise.
Screening drug additives for biological activity
A computational screen of more than 600 compounds listed as FDA-approved inactive ingredients found some that may warrant follow-up studies for previously unknown effects.
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