People who identify as ‘gamers’ are more likely to be racist, sexist

A new study reveals that people who identify as “gamers” are more likely to engage in “extreme behavior” such as racism and sexism. While toxicity and radicalization have long been associated with gaming culture, the research, published last week by Take This, a nonprofit mental health organization working with the gaming industry and community, showed … Read more

Cancer, pre-pregnancy chemotherapy do not increase risk of stillbirth in adolescent and young adult women

Adolescent and young adult women who were diagnosed with cancer and received chemotherapy prior to pregnancy had no higher risk of stillbirth, according to research led by Caitlin C. Murphy, PhD, MPH, with UTHealth Houston. The study was recently published in the online version of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. There are … Read more

Clinical and epidemiological features of SARS-CoV-2 in companion animals

In a recent study posted to the Research Square* preprint server, researchers examined the clinical and epidemiological features of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in dogs and cats. Numerous beneficial effects of pet ownership, including mental health benefits, have been scientifically established. Companion animals account for 60% of all animals reported to the World Organization for … Read more

Neurocomputational model could shed light on cognitive skills development

A new study introduces a new neurocomputational model of the human brain that could shed light on how the brain develops complex cognitive skills and advance research on neural artificial intelligence. The study, published Sept. 19, was conducted by an international group of researchers from the Institut Pasteur and Sorbonne Universit√© in Paris, CHU Sainte-Justine, … Read more

Tumors generate unique, temporary cell-in-cell structures to evade immunotherapy

Scientists have shown how tumor cells evade immune therapy by generating unique, temporary cell-in-cell structures, leaving the inner cells intact and able to revert to individual tumor cells. These findings, published today in eLife, offer a new theory of how tumor cells avoid destruction by the immune system. They may also inform the development of … Read more

Humanized zebrafish could help search for MS drugs

The zebrafish serves as a model organism for researchers around the world: it can be used to study important physiological processes that also take place in a similar form in the human body. It is therefore routinely used in the search for possible active substances against diseases. Researchers from the University of Bonn have now … Read more

Epigenetic treatment may promote neuronal regrowth in spinal cord after injury

Currently, spinal cord injuries have no effective treatments; physical rehabilitation can help patients regain some mobility, but for severe cases the results are extremely limited due to the failure of spinal neurons to regenerate naturally after injury. However, in a study published Sept. 20e in the open access journal PLOS Biologyresearchers led by Simone Di … Read more

BU researcher wins highly competitive prizes to study the role of proteases in the regulation of cellular defense

Mohsan Saeed, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), has received a five-year, $2 million R35 grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, as well as a five-year, $2.5 million R01 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. It is extremely rare for an early … Read more

New insights into how the circadian clock can promote healing after traumatic brain injury

A type of brain cell that can self-renew is regulated by circadian rhythms, providing important insights into how the body’s internal clock may promote healing after traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to new research from Children’s National Hospital. Released in the last issue of eNeuro, the findings open new avenues of research for future TBI … Read more