Vanderbilt University

A novel insulin accelerant

Insulin levels rise after eating a meal, signaling uptake of circulating glucose by skeletal muscle. In individuals with diabetes this process is often impaired—a condition known as insulin resistance.

Oct 17, 2018
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Asthma's androgen connection

Women are more prone to developing asthma, particularly more severe types of asthma, compared to men. Studies have shown that the sex hormones, estrogen and testosterone, influence the mechanisms driving airway inflammation ...

Oct 17, 2018
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Stretch, inflammation and hypertension

Monocytes are known to play an important role in hypertension, although the exact mechanism remains unclear. It is hypothesized that a potential source of monocyte activation originates from its interaction with the vascular ...

Oct 05, 2018
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Fat tissue's "iron sink"

Adipose tissue, commonly called "body fat," stores excess fatty acids and supplies it back when the need arises. Finely balanced iron levels are important for the health of adipocytes, the cells that make up adipose tissue. ...

Oct 05, 2018
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New histoplasmosis risk map

Histoplasmosis is a common lung infection caused by microscopic fungal spores that reside in soil. Most people who inhale the spores don't get sick, but for those with weakened immune systems, the infection can become severe. ...

Sep 24, 2018
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