The Hill – While other drugs are still in the pipeline, should we expect success? We must turn our focus on human biology and human patients, in order to improve care and delay or even prevent this devastating disease.
FireceBiotech – Researchers are developing monoclonal antibodies that can bind to abnormal metalloproteinases (MMPs) without affecting healthy versions of the enzymes. Their inspiration: camelids, a family of animals that includes camels and llamas.
STAT – Researchers found that pregnancy reshapes the brain for at least two years afterward, with strongest effects in regions of the brain that are involved in social processing and those that respond to their child’s face.
Quartz – As the number of deaths attributed to overdoses on legal opioid painkillers have quadrupled since 1999 in the US, pharmaceutical distributors have been quietly stocking pharmacy shelves with these pills in areas where addiction is the highest.
The Conversation – Given the many absurdities and contradictions in the Santa Claus story, it’s surprising that even young children would believe it. Yet research from my lab shows that 83 percent of five-year-olds think that Santa Claus is real. Why?
Quartz – Scientists are able to use brain tests on three-year-olds to determine which children are more likely to grow up to become criminals. But, though unnerving, the research is nuanced and could potentially be put to good use.
Public Radio International – The arrival of European colonists in the Americas brought smallpox and other illnesses that devastated indigenous communities. Now, research suggests that evidence of those populations’ devastation is still visible in the DNA of their descendants.