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More than an anticoagulant; heparin also promotes appetite in mice
appetite control / Articles

More than an anticoagulant; heparin also promotes appetite in mice

Naturally-produced heparin is well-known for its role as an anticoagulant. Heparin is also widely used as a medication to prevent blood clotting. “In addition to its role as an anticoagulant, naturally-produced heparin has been known to affect other biological functions. In this study, we are among the first groups to investigated heparin’s potential role in … Continue reading

Device that induces a mild localized ‘fever’ could treat vascular involvement in cancer
Articles / Innovation in cancer treatment

Device that induces a mild localized ‘fever’ could treat vascular involvement in cancer

The prognosis of a cancer patient relies significantly on the ability of the surgeon to remove all the tumor, including a cancer-free boundary, leaving what surgeons call a tissue margin negative for cancer cells. But this is not always possible. Leaving tumor tissue behind reduces the patient’s chance for recovery because the unremoved tumor may … Continue reading

Next-generation probiotics might join the fight against gut bacterial infections
Articles / Gastrointestinal diseases / Probiotics

Next-generation probiotics might join the fight against gut bacterial infections

Clostridium difficile infections are the most common cause of diarrhea associated with the use of antibiotics. If these bacteria attempt to invade the human gut, the ‘good bacteria,’ which outnumber C. difficile, usually prevent them from growing. However, when a person takes antibiotics, for example to treat pneumonia, the antibiotic also can kill the good … Continue reading

A powerful, fast experimental approach identifies potentially safer substitutes for BPA
Articles / Integrated Microscopy Core

A powerful, fast experimental approach identifies potentially safer substitutes for BPA

Health concerns about bisphenol A (BPA), or BPA substitutes, have emerged because, according to a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, BPA is widespread in human populations.  BPA can leach into canned foods or bottled water, and enter people’s bodies when they consume those foods.  Further concern comes from animal experiments showing that even low-dose … Continue reading