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Altered Immune Cells May Both Contribute to Preeclampsia and Offer New Hope for Treatment

In a new study presented today at the APS annual meeting at Experimental Biology 2017, researchers have found that the immune system’s natural killer (NK) cells activate and change in response to placental ischemia. Disrupting these altered cells seems to blunt some of the dangerous complications of the condition, including high blood pressure (hypertension) and inflammation in the mother and growth restriction in the fetus.

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4 Exciting Advances in Food and Nutrition Research

New discoveries tied to how food affects our body and why we make certain food choices could help inform nutrition plans and policies that encourage healthy food choices. The Experimental Biology 2017 meeting will showcase groundbreaking research in food policy, nutrition and the biochemistry of food.

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Spasticity, Robotics, Wearable Sensors, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Cerebral Palsy, Stroke, Neuromuscular Disorders, muscle stiffness

Sensor-Filled Glove Could Help Doctors Take Guesswork Out of Physical Exams

Researchers have developed a sensor-filled glove that doctors could wear to accurately measure muscle stiffness, known as spasticity, in patients suffering from stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and other muscle control disorders.

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Epidemiological Analysis Shows Unexpected Benefit Related to High Blood Pressure for Many with Ovarian Cancer

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An international team of collaborators retroactively examined the associations between survival among patients diagnosed with invasive epithelial ovarian cancer and those patients’ history of hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, and medications taken for those conditions. They found that while hypertension was linked to better outcomes, diabetes was associated with decreased survival.

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Stroke, Stroke Rehabilitation, Arm impairment , mobile app, Mobile App Development , health app, Health Technology, mobile technology, Occupational Therapy, Toronto Rehab, Dr. Mark Bayley, Emory University School of Medicine, Emory University, Dr. Steven Wolf

First-of-Its-Kind App Offers Personalized Rehab Therapy for Stroke Patients

A new, first-of-its-kind app is now available to support clinicians with decisions on best practice rehabilitation strategies for patients with arm impairment due to stroke.

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New Study Offers Hope for More Effective Treatment of Leukemia

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The discovery of a protein signature that is highly predictive of leukemia could lead to novel treatments of the leading childhood cancer, according to new study showing that competition among certain proteins causes an imbalance that leads to leukemia.

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Seemingly Innocuous Virus Can Trigger Celiac Disease

Infection with reovirus, a common but otherwise harmless virus, can trigger the immune system response to gluten that leads to celiac disease, according to new research from the University of Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

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Tumor Necrosis Factor Found to Directly Regulate Blood Pressure

Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research study is first to show TNF operating beyond immune system, Caution needed when administering anti-TNF medications

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x-ray free-electron laser, x-ray crystallography, Structural Biology, Blood Pressure, Sodium, Cell Biology and Physiology

X-Ray Study Reveals Long-Sought Insights Into Potential Drug Target

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Many hypertension medications currently on the market target the AT1 receptor because of its well-understood role in blood pressure regulation; they block AT1 in order to reduce blood pressure. The AT2 receptor, on the other hand, is still an elusive drug target despite multiple studies of its function. Now, researchers have solved its structure to hone in on its function. The results of the experiments were surprising in several ways. First, although both compounds were designed to block and deactivate the receptors, they left AT2 in a state that appeared to be active. In addition, although AT1 and AT2 were thought to be very similar, the pockets where the receptors bind to the compounds exhibited marked differences.

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Fruits and Vegetables’ Latest Superpower? Lowering Blood Pressure

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A new study from the Keck School of Medicine of USC links increased dietary potassium with lower blood pressure.







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