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Re­search­ers dis­cover a novel gene in­volved in primary lymph­ed­ema – Medical Xpress

The Human Molecular Genetics laboratory of the de Duve Institute (UCLouvain), headed by Professor Miikka Vikkula, recently identified mutations in a novel gene, ANGPT2, responsible for primary lymphedema. Together with the Wihuri Research Institute and its di…

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The Human Molecular Genetics laboratory of the de Duve Institute (UCLouvain), headed by Professor Miikka Vikkula, recently identified mutations in a novel gene, ANGPT2, responsible for primary lymphedema. Together with the Wihuri Research Institute and its director, Professor Kari Alitalo at the University of Helsinki, the laboratories could show how these mutations cause the disease.
“The mutations result in loss of the normal function of the ANGPT2 protein that is known to play a role in lymp…

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Variation in Genes Associated With Viral Entry of SARS-CoV-2 Unlikely to Influence Morbidity – Technology Networks

To investigate clinical variability in SARS-CoV-2, a team of researchers surveyed publicly available databases of genomic variants and studied variants across multiple regional and ethnic groups in seven genes known to play roles in viral entry into host cell…

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African Americans and Latinos in the United States and ethnic minorities in the United Kingdom are disproportionately affected by COVID-19. They are more likely to develop severe symptoms and also show significantly higher mortality compared with other regional and ethnic groups.
To investigate if this disparity could be caused by genetic variation, a team of three researchers including Assistant Professor Ji-Won Lee of Hokkaido Universitys Graduate School of Dental Medicine surveyed publicly a…

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Melt Flow Testing Supports the Fight Against Covid-19 – News-Medical.Net

ZwickRoell is proud to support the production of PPE through easy-to-use and reliable testing instruments.

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ZwickRoell is proud to support the production of PPE through easy-to-use and reliable testing instruments.
Currently, ZwickRoell Mflows are being used to qualify material to be used as personal protective equipment. Polypropylene is used for spun-bound and melt-blown resins in medical face masks. While the spun-bound resin has a lower melt index, the melt-blown resin is three times as high. The Mflow can handle both materials, with accurate and reliable results. The resin will eventually end up…

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Common diabetes drug can reduce risk of major heart issues – TheHealthSite

SGLT2 inhibitors prescribed for diabetes can reduce the risk of heart conditions such as heart attack stroke and heart failure compared with placebo.

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Drugs known as sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors are associated with a lower risk of major heart problems in patients with type 2 diabetes than dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors, say, researchers. According to the study, published in the journal The BMJ, previous trials have shown that SGLT2 inhibitors can reduce the risk of heart conditions such as heart attack, stroke, and heart failure compared with placebo. But some of these trials had important limitations, making it…

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