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Newswise: Human fetal lungs harbor a microbiome signature

Human fetal lungs harbor a microbiome signature

University of Alabama at Birmingham

The lungs and placentas of fetuses in the womb — as young as 11 weeks after conception — already show a bacterial microbiome signature, which suggests that bacteria may colonize the lungs well before birth. How the microbes or microbial products reach those organs before birth is not known.

Channels: All Journal News, Immunology, Microbiome, OBGYN, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Staff Picks,

Released:
17-Jan-2020 12:50 PM EST
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Newswise: Pathogenic Alzheimer’s disease cascade is activated by faulty norepinephrine signaling
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    15-Jan-2020 2:00 PM EST

Pathogenic Alzheimer’s disease cascade is activated by faulty norepinephrine signaling

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Preclinical research has revealed a key missing piece of the Alzheimer’s disease puzzle. That allowed proof-of-concept experiments — using an existing drug — that dramatically reduced Alzheimer’s pathology and symptoms in mouse models, potentially offering an immediate treatment for this disease.

Channels: Alzheimer's and Dementia, Genetics, Neuro, Pharmaceuticals, National Institutes of Health (NIH), All Journal News,

Released:
15-Jan-2020 10:50 AM EST
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Newswise: Persistence of gut microbial strains in twins, living apart after cohabitating for decades

Persistence of gut microbial strains in twins, living apart after cohabitating for decades

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Using a genomics strain-tracking bioinformatics tool, analyzed two metagenomic sequencing databases from pairs of twins — one for children who were still living together and the other from adult twins, ages 36 to 80, who then lived apart for periods from one to 59 years.

Channels: Cell Biology, Digestive Disorders, Genetics, Microbiome, PLOS ONE, All Journal News,

Released:
8-Jan-2020 3:30 PM EST
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Newswise: Extra benefit from epilepsy neurostimulators — reducing comorbid neuropsychiatric symptoms

Extra benefit from epilepsy neurostimulators — reducing comorbid neuropsychiatric symptoms

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Researchers report cases of five epilepsy patients who found better treatments for deleterious neuropsychiatric symptoms like anxiety and depression using data collected — while the patients were at home — from implanted neurostimulators placed in their brains to control their epileptic seizures.

Channels: Epilepsy, Healthcare, Mental Health, Neuro, Pharmaceuticals, Psychology and Psychiatry, All Journal News,

Released:
2-Jan-2020 3:05 PM EST
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Newswise: How to stay healthy while avoiding the dirtiest places at the gym

How to stay healthy while avoiding the dirtiest places at the gym

University of Alabama at Birmingham

During the colder months, many exercise routines transition indoors, especially in gyms. However, the gym may be one of the dirtiest places you walk into. Numerous studies have shown that gyms can be covered in cold and flu viruses, as well as E. coli, MRSA and other bacteria and virus strains that can make you sick. Learn how to avoid illnesses while staying leading a healthy lifestyle.

Channels: Exercise and Fitness, Infectious Diseases, Public Health, Staff Picks,

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2-Jan-2020 12:35 PM EST
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Newswise: Cancer therapy may be aided by induced macropinocytosis, a rarely reported form of cell death

Cancer therapy may be aided by induced macropinocytosis, a rarely reported form of cell death

University of Alabama at Birmingham

A metabolic inhibitor was able to kill human cancer cells of the skin, breast, lung, cervix and soft tissues through a non-apoptotic route — catastrophic macropinocytosis. The inhibitor acted synergistically with the chemotherapy drug, cyclophosphamide, in mouse xenografts to reduce tumor growth.

Channels: All Journal News, Cancer, Healthcare, National Institutes of Health (NIH),

Released:
18-Dec-2019 2:25 PM EST
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Newswise: 75 Million-Year-Old Sea Turtle Fossil Discovery Is a New Genus and Species That Sheds Light on the Evolution of Its Modern Relatives
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18-Dec-2019 11:25 AM EST
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Newswise: 5 ways to be a healthy holiday party pro

5 ways to be a healthy holiday party pro

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Lavish get-togethers with delicious treats by the sleigh-full will abound, but will that cause your waistline to bulge as well?

Channels: All Journal News, Exercise and Fitness, Health Food, Mindfulness, Nutrition, Winter Holidays,

Released:
17-Dec-2019 10:10 AM EST
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Newswise: The smart-dumb question, a key to writing about — and understanding — immunology

The smart-dumb question, a key to writing about — and understanding — immunology

University of Alabama at Birmingham

A New York Times journalist shared his key to reporting with a UAB honors seminar class. Both the reporter and the class want to understand how — for good or for bad — the human immune system works. UAB has one of the few in-depth undergraduate immunology programs in the nation.

Channels: All Journal News, Education, Immunology, Neuro,

Released:
13-Dec-2019 10:20 AM EST
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