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How can botulinum toxin help with depression?

Botulinum toxin, or Botox, has shown significant effectiveness in treating a wide variety of conditions such as muscle spasms, excessive drooling, excessive sweating, and migraines. It works by weakening the nerve-muscle connection, thus relaxing the tightened muscle. However, Botox has achieved most of its popularity in... click to read more

  • Ruben Abagyan | Professor at Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, UC san Diego Health, La Jolla, CA, USA
  • Tigran Makunts | Research Associate at Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, UC san Diego Health, La Jolla, CA, USA
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Reading time 2.5 min
published on Sep 15, 2021
Eating can be a real pain in the gut

Although we need to eat to stay alive, sometimes certain foods can cause big problems and make our guts complain. In an age of misinformation, a bunch of new diets have bombarded us all with advice about what we should or shouldn't eat. From gluten... click to read more

  • Javier Aguilera-Lizarraga | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Laboratory for Intestinal Neuroimmune Interactions, Translational Research Center for Gastrointestinal Disorders, KU Leuven Department of Chronic Diseases, Metabolism and Ageing, Leuven, Belgium
Views 404
Reading time 4 min
published on Sep 3, 2021
Mild or severe COVID-19? An antibody story

At this point, we're no strangers to COVID-19, the disease caused by the viral agent SARS-CoV-2. Why some people got very sick with COVID-19, even die, while others had an only mild illness, barely even noticing they are sick, was an enigma even as the... click to read more

  • Arjun Arkal Rao | Data Scientist at ImmunoX initiative, UCSF COMET Consortium, UCSF CoLab University of California San Francisco San Francisco, USA
  • Alexis J. Combes | Group Leader at ImmunoX initiative, UCSF COMET Consortium, UCSF CoLab University of California San Francisco San Francisco, USA
Views 558
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 30, 2021
Age matters: how aging affects cancer

Aging is the main risk factor for cancer, with more than 60% of cancer diagnoses occurring in those aged 65 and above. Yet, the vast majority of cancer research that guides the discovery of novel therapeutic targets and clinical trials neglects to account for the... click to read more

  • Ana P. Gomes | Assistant Professor at Department of Molecular Oncology, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa, Florida, USA
Views 593
Reading time 3 min
published on Aug 19, 2021
SARS-CoV-2 induces a sub-optimal immune response that is permissive for viral evolution

COVID-19 has drawn our attention to the immense power of the immune system. Both when it protects us and when a virus insidiously subverts immunity and turns friend into foe. Many highly precise and orchestrated events shape the way we are protected from pathogens. Our... click to read more

  • Shiv Pillai | Professor at Ragon Institute of MIT, MGH and Harvard, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts, USA
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Reading time 3 min
published on Aug 13, 2021