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Addiction now defined as brain disorder

Addiction now defined as brain disorder, not behavior issue. Decades of research convinced American Society of Addiction Medicine to change definition Addiction is a chronic brain disorder and not simply a behavior problem involving alcohol, drugs, gambling or sex, experts contend in a new definition of addiction, one that is not solely related to problematic…

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Low Carbohydrate Diets Increase Risk Heart for Disorder

L Important Note: This study references complex carbohydrates Low-carbohydrate diets increase the risk for atrial fibrillation (AFib), a common disorder of heart rhythm, according to a poster presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session. Researchers tracked daily carbohydrate intake in 14,000 diet records from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study…

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Aid in Alzheimer’s Study

Donated Human Brains Aid Alzheimer’s Study Using donated human brains, researchers from the Universities of Manchester, Bristol, Liverpool, and Auckland studied the differences of protein expression between healthy human brains and those with Alzheimer’s disease to produce the largest dataset of its type ever, and the data is freely available online for any scientist to…

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Placenta-on-a-chip Research

Caffeine Transfer from Mother to Fetus Studied with Placenta-on-a-Chip Researchers at Iowa State University have used “placenta-on-a-chip” technology, to see if, and how much, caffeine can cross from mother to baby. In the human body, the placenta feeds oxygen and nutrients from the mother into the fetus through the umbilical cord. A thin barrier separates…

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A New Model to Study Brain Tumors

3D-Bioprinted Mini-Brain: A New Model to Study Brain Tumors Scientists at the University of Twente in the Netherlands created a 3D-bioprinted mini model of the brain consisting of glioblastoma cells, which are the site of a very aggressive type of brain tumor, to study the interactions between immune cells and to test drugs that target…

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Hope of Restored Vision

Donated Human Eye Tissue Offers Hope of Restored Vision Doctors at the University of Edinburgh carried out the first-ever randomized clinical trial for limbal stem cell deficiency, a condition that causes blindness, using stem cells from deceased human donors to create tissue that was transplanted into patients with the disease. Researchers isolated stem cells from…

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3D-Bio-printed Tumor to Help Identify New Therapeutics

3D-Bioprinted Tumor to Help Identify New Therapeutics University of Minnesota researchers developed 3D-bioprinted vascularized tumor tissue to study the molecular mechanisms of tumorprogression and metastasis, and identify therapeutic agents and screen anticancer drugs. This in vitro model is completely comprised of human cells, making it translatable to human anatomy and physiology. Studying the effects of…

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Human Metabolism on a Computer

Human Metabolism on a Computer: B Bio-Transformer is a freely available computational tool that can predict and identify chemical, drug, pesticide, and food compound metabolites in humans and the environment. Humans encounter a large number of chemicals in the course of one day. Provided our bodies are working optimally and under the right circumstances, we…

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Reduce Risk for Gallstones

Plant-Based Diets Reduce Risk for Gallstones Researchers followed 4,839 participants and tracked diet, cholesterol levels, and gallstone incidence rates. Women who consumed a nonvegetarian diet had an increased risk for gallstones, compared with women who consumed a vegetarian diet. Women with hypercholesterolemia had almost 4 times the risk for gallstones, compared with vegetarian women who…

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Improving Mental Health

Fruits and Vegetables Improve Mental Well-Being Adding more fruits and vegetables to one’s diet improves mental well-being, according to research published in Social Science & Medicine. Researchers compared fruit and vegetable consumption and life satisfaction rates from the UK Household Longitudinal Study (UKHLS) survey results. Results showed a dose-response relationship between fruit and vegetable consumption…

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