Heart cells cozy up to prevent deadly arrhythmias

Blood may seem like a simple fluid, but its chemistry is complex. When too much potassium, for instance, accumulates in the bloodstream, patients may experience deadly irregular heart rhythms.

Medical research

Transporter imbalance implicated in schizophrenia

Alterations in the balance of two chloride ion transporters may be responsible for cognitive deficits in schizophrenia, according to a Northwestern Medicine study published in Science Advances.


Supertrafficking ion channel found to be arrhythmia culprit

The potassium channel KCNQ1 plays a critical role in the cardiac action potential—the electrical activity underlying heart muscle contraction. Inherited mutations resulting in loss of channel function or gain of function ...


How teeth sense the cold

For people with tooth decay, drinking a cold beverage can be agony.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

France finds hard-to-detect COVID variant in Brittany

French authorities are investigating a new coronavirus variant found in the western Brittany region that is more difficult for tests to detect, though for now it does not appear to be more dangerous or contagious.

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