Flagging molecular biomarkers that predict biologic therapy responses in bowel disease

Thousands of people around the world suffer from chronic bowel diseases. One such common disease is ulcerative colitis (UC), which causes inflammation and sores in the digestive tract of affected individuals. Interestingly, the symptoms of UC are caused by many of the body’s natural defense biomolecules gone rogue. A few examples include abnormal elevation of […]

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Ultrasonic method improves accuracy of fetal weight prediction during pregnancy

A potential predictor of complications during pregnancy and birth is fetal birth weight. For example, macrosomia (which is defined as a birth weight greater than 4,000 grams) makes it more difficult for the baby’s shoulders to pass through the mother’s vagina, and this effect can increase the mother’s risk of experiencing vaginal tearing and postpartum […]

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After 60 years, scientists find the missing link in our body’s blood pressure control

University of Virginia School of Medicine researchers have determined the location of natural blood-pressure barometers inside our bodies that have eluded scientists for more than 60 years. These cellular sensors detect subtle changes in blood pressure and adjust hormone levels to keep it in check. Scientists have long suspected that these barometers, or “baroreceptors,” existed […]

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