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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From City to Rural Countryside, Study Suggests Wisdom Can Protect Against Loneliness

Over the last few decades, there has been growing concern about loneliness across all ages, particularly in middle-aged and older adults, but a new study suggests one type of intervention that wouldn’t involve relying on other people. Feeling isolated or not having an adequate number of meaningful personal connections, is consistently associated with major risk […]

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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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