Novel Sensors Enable Precise Measurement of Dopamine

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Summary: New sensors made from modified carbon nanotubes can visualize dopamine release from neurons with unprecedented resolution. Source: TO RUB Dopamine is an important signaling molecule for nerve cells. Until now, its concentration could not be accurately determined with high spatial or temporal resolution. A new method has now made this possible. A research team … Read more

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Shows Brain Inflammation in Vivo for the First Time

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Summary: Neuroimaging technology has allowed researchers to capture the activity of microglia and astrocytes in the brain. The researchers were able to quantify the alterations in the morphology of different cell populations involved in neuroinflammation. Source: CSIC Research carried out in the laboratories led by Dr. Silvia de Santis and Dr. Santiago Canals, both from … Read more

T cell warriors need their R & R

NASA’s Webb telescope’s cool view on how stars, planets form

T cells, biology textbooks teach us, are the soldiers of the immune system, constantly ready to respond to a variety of threats, from viruses to tumors. However, without rest and maintenance, T cells can die and make their hosts more susceptible to pathogens, Yale scientists report May 27 in the journal Science. “We may need … Read more

Why call it BA.2.12.1? A guide to the tangled Omicron family

Why call it BA.2.12.1? A guide to the tangled Omicron family

Before naming a new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, researchers assess whether it represents a new lineage in the virus family tree.Credit: National Institutes of Health/Science Photo Library For the foreseeable future, the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus will continue to evolve into new variants that lead to waves of infections. In 2020 and 2021, the World Health … Read more

Why do we watch regular people’s ordinary lives?

Why do we watch regular people’s ordinary lives?

“It allows us to engage in social comparisons, learn new things, and deal with boredom,” says Turel. “It’s easier to engage with someone more on our level than someone who’s a celebrity.” Daily vlogs also often offer a hint of surprise — it can be as minor as a change in toothpaste flavor — and … Read more

Testing for the flu can help you get faster treatment. But why is it so hard to get a rapid antigen test for influenza?

Testing for the flu can help you get faster treatment. But why is it so hard to get a rapid antigen test for influenza?

Flu cases are surging around Australia. Two years of COVID restrictions have left the population with little natural immunity for influenza and we head into the winter months with both viruses circulating in the community. Authorities are urging people to get vaccinated against the flu and dip back into their COVID prevention tool kit of … Read more

How Psychiatric Diseases Impact Sleep Health

How Psychiatric Diseases Impact Sleep Health

The interplay between sleep health and psychiatric well-being is deeply established and virtually unavoidable in affected patients. But the association is not as simple as saying that people with mental illness sleep worse, or vice versa. In the first part of an interview with HCP Live at the 2022 annual meeting of the American Psychiatric … Read more

COVID-19 Survivors at Increased Risk for Pulmonary Embolism, Respiratory Symptoms

COVID-19 Survivors at Increased Risk for Pulmonary Embolism, Respiratory Symptoms

American adults who have survived COVID-19 infection are more likely than people who have not been infected with COVID-19 to develop incident conditions attributable to the virus. Patients who have been exposed to and infected with SARS-CoV-2 are twice as likely to develop a pulmonary embolism or respiratory conditions, according to the latest Morbidity and … Read more