Category: Science

Researchers convert pro-tumor macrophages into cancer killers

Researchers convert pro-tumor macrophages into cancer killers

Epithelial cancers, such as cancers of the lung and pancreas, use the ανβ3 molecule to gain drug resistance to standard cancer therapies and to become highly metastatic. In a paper published in Cancer Research,...

Don’t rush India’s health-care reforms

EDITORIAL 20 August 2019 India’s doctors and its government are at loggerheads over much-needed changes to medical education. Differences must be settled and cool heads must prevail. India’s doctors are protesting about government plans...

Machine learning models help clinicians identify people who need advanced depression care

Machine learning models help clinicians identify people who need advanced depression care

Researchers at Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University created decision models capable of predicting which patients might need more treatment for their depression than what their primary care provider can offer. The algorithms were specifically...

Targeting cell division in pancreatic cancer

Targeting cell division in pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers, with patients surviving on average less than a year once the disease has spread. There is an urgent need to evaluate more therapeutic targets. The chemotherapeutic...

Shedding light on how the human eye perceives brightness

Shedding light on how the human eye perceives brightness

Japanese scientists are shedding new light on the importance of light-sensing cells in the retina that process visual information. The researchers isolated the functions of melanopsin cells and demonstrated their crucial role in the...

How stress can curb the desire to eat in an animal model

How stress can curb the desire to eat in an animal model

Eating disorder researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) have discovered a neurocircuit in mice that, when activated, increased their stress levels while decreasing their desire to eat. Findings...

The insect that lost its homeland — and its sex life

This female Clitarchus hookeri stick insect (green) is mating with a male (brown), but some females reproduce asexually. Credit: Steve Trewick Evolution 16 August 2019 A pioneering group of stick insects that settled in...

The insect that lost its homeland — and its sex life

This female Clitarchus hookeri stick insect (green) is mating with a male (brown), but some females reproduce asexually. Credit: Steve Trewick Evolution 16 August 2019 A pioneering group of stick insects that settled in...