Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Understanding the spread of infectious diseases

Scientists worldwide have been working feverishly on research into infectious diseases in the wake of the global outbreak of the COVID-19 disease, caused by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. This concerns not only virologists, ...

Medical research

Statistical model improves analysis of skin conductance

Electrodermal activity—the sweat-induced fluctuations of skin conductance made famous in TV dramatizations of lie-detector tests—can be a truly strong indicator of subconscious, or "sympathetic," nervous system activity ...

Oncology & Cancer

Genome sequencing accelerates cancer detection

Oesophageal cancer is the eighth most common cancer worldwide. It often develops from a condition called Barrett's oesophagus. Existing monitoring and treatment methods are very intrusive, and many patients have to undergo ...

Medications

How antibiotics interact with each other

It is usually difficult to predict how well drugs will work when they are combined. Sometimes, two antibiotics increase their effect and inhibit the growth of bacteria more efficiently than expected. In other cases, the combined ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Urgently needed: New way to combat vaccine-derived poliovirus

A team of researchers from the U.K., Switzerland, the U.S., and the Congo has found that there is an urgent need to combat a vaccine-derived poliovirus. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes ...

Neuroscience

How many types of neurons are there in the brain?

For decades, scientists have struggled to develop a comprehensive census of cell types in the brain. Now, in a pair of companion papers, researchers at Columbia's Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute describe ...

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