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Scientists discover mechanics of asthmatic bronchial spasm

By Jon Atherton The network of tubes that deliver air into our lungs, our bronchial airways, are enwrapped by strings of smooth muscle tissue believed to be leftovers from our evolutionary past. Scientists at Yale and Johns Hopkins have now discovered why these muscles can suddenly contract and lead to difficulties in breathing. So called… Read More »

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Global Health: Bit by Bit, Scientists Gain Ground on AIDS

The unnamed “London patient” — the second person apparently cured of H.I.V. — earned all the headlines. But other research released this week at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections showed that scientists are making slow but steady progress on the tactics and medicines needed to fight the epidemic, especially in Africa. Monthly injections… Read More »

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Scientists unravel genetic basis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

One third of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy cases in Finland are caused by one of the four major mutations, a new study from the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital shows. Overall, 40% of patients carried a specific or a likely mutation causing the disease, and 20% were carriers of a rare gene mutation whose… Read More »

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