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Macrophages Play a Double Role in Cancer

By Amanda B. Keener | April 1, 2018

Macrophages play numerous roles within tumors, leaving cancer researchers with a choice: eliminate the cells or recruit them.

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Scientists are beginning to unravel the ways in which we develop a healthy relationship with the bugs in our bodies.

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Glial Ties to Persistent Pain

By Mark R. Hutchinson | January 1, 2018

Immune-like cells in the central nervous system are now recognized as key participants in the creation and maintenance of persistent pain.

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image: Infographic: Two Pain Paths Diverge in the Body

Infographic: Two Pain Paths Diverge in the Body

By Mark R. Hutchinson | January 1, 2018

The acute pain that results from injury or disease is very different from chronic pain.

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After an initial wounding, genes needed for repair remain ready for action.

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Can Young Stem Cells Make Older People Stronger?

By Shawna Williams | December 11, 2017

Small trials using younger donors and elderly recipients hint that mesenchymal stem cell transfers might reduce frailty. 

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Researchers Identify Obesity-Diabetes Link

By Catherine Offord | December 1, 2017

Exosomes produced by macrophages in fatty tissue influence insulin sensitivity in distant cell types, a study finds.

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Image of the Day: Smell You Later  

By The Scientist Staff | September 5, 2017

Scientists demonstrate that just the right amount of inflammation after an injury to a mouse’s olfactory epithelium is key for regenerating cells important for smell.

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Do Microbes Trigger Alzheimer’s Disease?

By Jill U. Adams | September 1, 2017

The once fringe idea is gaining traction among the scientific community.

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Emerging evidence links bacterial or viral infection with the neuropathology of Alzheimer’s disease.

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