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Human Skin Model with Neural & Immune Mechanisms Developed

Breaking research: Human Skin Model with Neural & Immune Mechanisms Developed Researchers at Tufts University developed a new, more complex human skin model, using primary human cells which have neural and immune components replicating key function of skin biology. Researchers now have a highly relevant, complete in vitro model for clinical and exploratory research involving…

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American Heart Association Study

The American Heart Association (AHA) published a study by the AHA acknowledging that a vegan diet works better than the AHA – recommended diet for heart disease prevention. Here are the study results: Vegan Diet Reduces Inflammation More than AHA-Recommended Diet Researchers randomized 100 participants with coronary artery disease to either a vegan diet (no…

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Avoiding breast cancer ~

Red and Processed Meat Cause Breast Cancer According to a systematic review published in the International Journal of Cancer, red and processed meat products increase the risk for breast cancer. Looking at 18 studies, researchers evaluated the relationship between breast cancer rates and the intake of red and processed meat. Results showed increased risks for…

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Preventing depression through diet ~

Researchers reviewed 41 studies on diet and depression occurrence and found that inflammatory diets that include high amounts of processed meats and trans fats increased the incidence rates for clinical depression. Results showed antioxidants from vegetables, nuts, and fruits help regulate emotions among other protective effects. Researchers suspect the healthful diet of vegetables, nuts and…

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New Insight into the Progression of Chronic Pain

Researchers in Brazil (D’Or Institute for Research & Education), in conjunction with scientists at L’Oréal, successfully differentiated human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSC) into peripheral sensory neurons—or the neurons that innervate our arms, legs, fingers, and toes—in the presence of skin cells. The cells were responsive to pain-causing irritants, such as capsaicin, resiniferatoxin, anandamide, bradykinin,…

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Redefining Research: Growth of Human Mini-Brains

Researchers discovered how to incorporate oligodendrocytes, an essential brain cell type, into the growth of human “miniature brains-in-a-dish” derived from stem cells. These new brain organoids can model human brain structures more accurately because the oligodendrocytes allow for the formation of myelin—the insulating coating that protect nerves—and are critical for faster relay of nerve signals.…

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Living in harmony with everything ~

Science and spirit agree: we exist in a web of interrelationships. Humanity is but one strand in the vast network of animals, plants, mountains, oceans, and air comprising our earthly home. Our well-being depends on courtesy to one another, our survival on global care.

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Omega-3 Supplements Do Not Protect Against Heart Disease

According to a review published in Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, researchers reviewed 79 studies that compared consumption of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) with cardiovascular health. Long-chain fatty acids from fish oil supplements did not protect against all-cause mortality and did not reduce the risk for cardiovascular events. Results…

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Artificial Intelligence Outperforms Doctors in Diagnosing Skin Cancer

Researchers developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) tool known as a deep learning convolutional neural network (CNN), and found it is able to diagnose skin cancer (specifically melanoma) more accurately than a group of 58 international dermatologists with varying levels of expertise. The tool was created using Google’s AI technology and was trained using 100,000…

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Computational Tool Provides 3-D Views of Molecular Processes

New Computational Tool Provides 3-D Views of Molecular Processes Affecting Human Metabolism Researchers  created a novel virtual resource called Recon3D to provide biologists with 3-D perspectives of spatially linked genes, proteins, and metabolites for analyzing molecular processes affecting human metabolism. Recon3D is currently available online through two databases: BiGG Models and the Virtual Metabolic Human database. The tool can…

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