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Movement can help with the processing of visual information

Modern living and working environments are increasingly characterized by the simultaneous execution of locomotion and sensory—mostly visual—processing. Also, many job profiles require the simultaneous processing of visual information while walking. For example, a worker in warehouse logistics has to go to the right aisle to pick up a package, while visual information about the next […]

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Survey into animal research shows mixed feelings and greater transparency needed

A landmark survey into Australians’ attitudes to the use of animals in research has found that while a majority of the general public are supportive, this support is highly conditional and most agree there needs to be more transparency. The survey, commissioned by the Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in […]

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Study identifies new links between REM sleep disturbances and drug relapse

Relapse presents a major barrier to recovery from substance use disorders—when people begin taking drugs such as cocaine again after a period of abstinence. Sleep disruptions have long been associated with drug withdrawal and relapse. Now, a new study provides a more detailed picture of recovery-related sleep that could lead to insights for better recovery […]

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How T cells safeguard the frontline from viral infections and certain cancers

Researchers at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute) have identified how to increase the ability of tissue-resident memory T (TRM) cells to help fight viral infections and certain cancers. This discovery adds to the growing knowledge around the huge potential of T cell-based vaccines and immunotherapies. TRM cells are a type […]

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Following nature’s rules, researchers develop new methods for treating degenerative neurological disease

University of Arizona researchers have developed a new class of drugs that is able to cross the blood-brain barrier and could be used to treat degenerative neurological diseases and conditions. “Francis Bacon said it best when he wrote, ‘Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed,’” said Robin Polt, co-inventor of the new drug technology and […]

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Call to screen women for heart disease after complicated pregnancies

Women with complicated pregnancies are often unaware of their higher risk of heart disease, Australian researchers warn in a new paper published in the journal PLOS ONE. Major complications including high blood pressure, preeclampsia or gestational diabetes during pregnancy can increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease by two to three times compared to women […]

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Researchers use mathematical modeling to explain immunotherapy responses

Immunotherapies that activate the immune system to seek and kill cancer cells have greatly improved outcomes for many patients with solid tumors. There is still, however, a subset of patients who do not see benefit from this type of therapy. Currently, there are no immune biomarkers that explain how patients with similar disease and patient […]