Signaling switch in pancreatic beta-cells determines anti-diabetic drug effectiveness

An international research group has clarified the action mechanism of incretin-based drugs in the treatment of diabetes. The research group headed by Professor Seino Susumu included Researcher Okechi Oduori et al. (Division of Molecular and Metabolic Medicine, Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine), Professor Shimomura Kenju (Fukushima Medical University), Professor Patrik Rorsman (University of Oxford, […]

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Global study shows four-month treatment for tuberculosis as effective as six-month regimen

With everyone focused on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it’s easy to overlook the fact that there are other health threats still plaguing the world. Number one on the list is tuberculosis (TB), the disease that the World Health Organization calls the leading cause of death worldwide—some 1.5 million fatalities annually—from a single infectious agent (the […]

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Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is cheaper than Pfizer’s and Moderna’s, and doesn’t require supercold temperature

The biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has released data on what is now the third promising vaccine candidate against COVID-19—and it has several advantages over those of its competitors, Pfizer and Moderna. On Monday, AstraZeneca released interim analysis of its phase 3 trial data of 23,000 volunteers from the U.K. and Brazil. These results show that the […]

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Global study shows teenage motherhood is still high

The high rate of adolescent motherhood across developing countries isn’t shifting, with reductions either modest or absent in some regions and rising in others, according to University of Queensland-led research. The study found an urgent need for effective interventions such as sexual education, teenage health services, and national policies that promote economic growth and decrease […]

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