Magic mushrooms are moving mainstream

You may have preconceived ideas that magic mushrooms are the party drugs of days past. However, in Canada and other countries, regulations are beginning to ease on these prohibited psychedelics. The impetus stems from clinical trials showing remarkable results in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and treatment-resistant depression. The question begs, when should you plan … Read more

Biology underlying pair bonding and parenting may not be dictated by oxytocin receptors, study shows

Turning a decades-old dogma on its head, new research from scientists at UC San Francisco and Stanford Medicine shows that the receptor for oxytocin, a hormone considered essential to forming social bonds, may not play the critical role that scientists have assigned to it for the past 30 years. In the study, appearing Jan. 27, … Read more

COVID vaccines and first boosters provided protection to pregnant women during Omicron surge

COVID vaccines and first boosters provided significant protection to pregnant women against severe complications and death, even after the arrival of the new Omicron variant, according to a study published this week in The Lancet medical journal. This study “demonstrates a vaccine effectiveness in preventing severe complications of severe COVID-19 of 76% following vaccination and … Read more

Activated neutrophils can become potent cancer fighters

Elevated levels of immune cells, called neutrophils, in tumors have been associated with poor outcomes in people with cancer. But a study led by researchers at Stanford Medicine has found that, in mice, these cells can be transformed from black sheep into potent cancer fighters through an injection directly into the tumor site. The treatment … Read more

Treatment to boost white blood cells may benefit patients with glioblastoma

A new study led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis reveals at least one cause of low white blood cell counts in patients treated for glioblastoma and demonstrates a potential treatment strategy that improves survival in mice. Shown are MRI scans of a patient with this type of brain tumor. Patients with … Read more

Top urologists share their insights and practical tips at “Urology on the Beach”

Desai Sethi Urology Institute brings renowned thought leaders to Miami Beach. From urologic cancers to female urology to male infertility to kidney stones and sexual health, top urologists from throughout the nation shared their insights and practical tips at “Urology on the Beach,” a conference hosted January 13-15 by the Desai Sethi Urology Institute at … Read more

Study finds autism rates have tripled among young kids: What to know

Researchers at Rutgers University looked at more than 4,000 8-year-olds in the New York and New Jersey areas. They said the sharp rise in autism rates is largely due to greater awareness, better diagnosis tools and a broader definition of autism. Researchers also noted the greatest increases in diagnoses were among affluent children, concluding that … Read more

Cancer death rates declined in the US over the past 30 years. How does Europe compare?

While Europeans only make up one-tenth of the global population, about 25 percent of all annual cancer cases occur in Europe. According to EU data, half of the population will have to deal with cancer at some point in their lives; the cumulative risk for developing any type of cancer is 49.3 percent. But a … Read more

Researchers identify an unexpected driver of cancer immunotherapy resistance

A research team from the LKS Faculty of Medicine, the University of Hong Kong (HKUMed) has identified an unexpected driver of cancer immunotherapy resistance: the harmful effect of chronic Type I Interferon signaling on tumor-killing CD8+ T cells. These findings provided new insights into the development of exhausted CD8+ T cells, which no longer effectively … Read more

Coryza, an Avian Influenza Lookalike, Lingers in Lancaster |

Avian influenza steals the headlines, but it’s not the only respiratory disease that Pennsylvania poultry farmers need to watch for. Infectious coryza has hit four farms over the past month and more than 120 since late 2018 — mostly in Lancaster County. The disease is not quite as serious as avian influenza but has similar … Read more