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Can the Way You Sleep Determine Progression of Neurological Disorders?

Sleep is a mystery that everyone encounters daily. Many generations have tried to understand its purpose and relation to behavioral health. Dreams drew the attention first, prompting interpretation of their symbolic contents based on a spectrum of theories from esoterism to psychoanalysis. In 1953, Nathaniel Kleitman and Eugene Aserinsky described periods of rapid eye movement 

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No Additional Fe’s – Iron Excess in Space

Iron deficiency is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies globally. Approximately 2 billion (~30%) individuals are anemic worldwide (10). The most common etiology of anemia is iron deficiency (ID). Interestingly, concerns surrounding iron status for astronauts in space exist on the other end of the spectrum. Evidence suggests that ferritin (storage form of iron) 

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Much Ado About Vitamin D

Like in the title of Shakespeare’s play, vitamin D is “nothing” compared to modern complex drugs; it is cheap, widely available, and even produced by ourselves. And again, like the heroes of the play, we get lost in rumors and misunderstandings of the influence of vitamin D in carcinogenesis. The role of vitamin D in 

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Nitric Oxide as a Deterrent in the Fight Against COVID-19

What is Nitric Oxide? What comes to mind when you think about nitrates and nitrites? Perhaps meat preservatives. However, throughout the last dozens of years, the importance of these two molecules have become profound through their connection with nitric oxide (NO). Nitrates and nitrites are converted into NO through the nirate-nitrite-NO pathway that starts from 

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Repurposing Existing Medications

I would consider myself to be environmentally friendly – I use a reusable coffee cup, avoid plastic straws and carpool to work. However, until recently, I had never contemplated applying these principles of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” to my work in the Breast Clinic. Therapeutic monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) targeting specific antigens or receptors expressed on the 

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Using Pigs to Evaluate Flu Antibody Therapies

Scientists at The Pirbright Institute, working closely with Inovio Pharmaceuticals, have proven that pigs can be used to determine whether influenza antibody therapies are effective. The team’s new research, recently published in the Journal of Immunology, found that a human antibody (2-12C) can neutralize the H1N1 2009 flu pandemic virus in pigs, which provides protection against 

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Elderly Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease are More Susceptible to COVID-19 Infection

Researchers at the Korea Brain Research Institute (KBRI) discovered elevated levels of ACE2 during SARS-CoV-2 entry receptor gene expression in elderly patients with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). The novel coronavirus (COVID-19), with its spread worldwide is reportedly hitting the elderly population most aggressively. Data has also shown that older people who have chronic comorbidities such as 

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