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Protecting the IQ of people at risk for psychosis

One person in 2000 suffers from a microdeletion of chromosome 22 that can lead to the development of psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia, in adolescence. In addition to symptoms such as hallucinations or delusions, psychotic disorders also comes with a progressive decline in intelligence quotient (IQ). If current drug treatments are successful in containing psychotic […]

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Uterine transplant research sees positive results

Progress is being made in research into uterus transplantation. Nine children have so far been born in Sweden to mothers with transplanted uteri. But to receive a transplanted uterus, it’s necessary to find a donor yourself, and recent research at Linköping University shows that this can create challenges. Asking someone, often your own mother, for […]

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Tweaking gene therapy: Scientists experimentally boost red blood cells to aid sickle cell and other hemoglobin diseases

A series of laboratory studies is underway in the United States to improve gene therapy worldwide for sickle cell disease, a complex and sometimes deadly heritable blood disorder that dramatically affects the structure and function of oxygen-ferrying red blood cells. Sickle cell disease is a devastating disorder that largely affects people of African descent. The […]

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Anxiety motivates bystanders to intervene in bullying

Many school pupils are in daily contact with bullying—as victims, bullies or witnesses. We know that the reactions of people around them are very significant, but what determines whether or not other pupils come to the victim’s rescue? According to a group of Lund University researchers, the witnesses’ own anxiety is a crucial factor. In […]

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Strong school and family ties buffer gender-diverse teens from bullying

Strong school and family ties buffer gender-diverse teens from bullyingby Lou Corpuz-Bosshart, University of British Columbia Credit: CC0 Public DomainB.C.”s gender-diverse youth continue to face significant bullying and harassment, but a new report underlines how social supports like strong school and family relationships make a significant impact on their well-being. Researchers at UBC and McCreary […]

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Unprecedented data sharing driving new rare disease diagnoses in Europe

Unprecedented data sharing driving new rare disease diagnoses in Europeby Omar Jamshed, Center for Genomic Regulation Sergi Beltran and Leslie Matalonga pictured in front of a supercomputer and servers that hosts the RD-Connect GPAP platform. The platform is located at the CNAG-CRG facilities in the Parc Cientific de Barcelona. Credit: Centro Nacional de Análisis Genómico […]