Cell-selective nanotherapy prevents post-angioplasty restenosis, promotes artery healing

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), commonly known as angioplasty with a stent, opens clogged arteries and saves lives. Despite its benefit in treating atherosclerosis that causes coronary artery disease, this common minimally-invasive procedure still poses severe complications for some patients. Angioplasty involves inflating a balloon at the tip of a catheter to compress fatty deposits (plaques) […]

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White contours induce red hue

A color illusion that strongly induces color contrast effect has been found by a research team at the Toyohashi University of Technology Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and Electronics-Inspired Interdisciplinary Research Institute (EIIRIS). The powerful visual illusion clarified a century-old contradiction relating to simultaneous color contrast theory. Through a human psychophysical experiment, the team […]

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Smectite promotes probiotic biofilm formation in gut for cancer immunotherapy

Scientists from Nanjing University and the University of Macau have devised a new approach to extend the survival of transplanted probiotics in vivo, enhancing the efficacy of cancer chemo-/immunotherapies in mice. The paper entitled “smectite promotes probiotic biofilm formation in the gut for cancer immunotherapy,” appears online today in Cell Reports. The gut contains trillions […]

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Response to cancer immunotherapy may be affected by genes we carry from birth

For all their importance as a breakthrough treatment, the cancer immunotherapies known as checkpoint inhibitors still only benefit a small minority of patients, perhaps 15 percent across different types of cancer. Moreover, doctors cannot accurately predict which of their patients will respond. A new study finds that inherited genetic variation plays a role in who […]

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Depressed moms who breastfeed boost babies’ mood, neuroprotection and mutual touch

About 1 in 9 mothers suffers from maternal depression, which can affect the mother-infant bond as well as infant development. Touch plays an important role in an infant’s socio-emotional development. Mothers who are depressed are less likely to provide their babies with soothing touch, less able to detect changes in facial expressions, and more likely […]

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