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Common Yeast May Worsen IBD Symptoms in Crohn’s Disease
Research
Mar 08, 2017

Common Yeast May Worsen IBD Symptoms in Crohn’s Disease

ibd, crohns disease, yeast

During the past decade, the gut has experienced a renaissance as investigations focus on the role of the microbiome on human health. While most studies have focused on bacteria, the dominant microbial inhabitants in the gut, scientists at University of Utah Health Sciences used mouse studies to show the role of yeast in aggravating the symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Their work suggests that allopurinol, a generic drug already on the market, could offer some relief. ... Read More

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Playing Favorites: Brain Cells Prefer One Parent’s Gene Over the Other’s
Research
Feb 23, 2017

Playing Favorites: Brain Cells Prefer One Parent’s Gene Over the Other’s

genetics, epigenetics, brain

It has long been thought that each copy of our DNA instructions - one inherited from mom and one from dad - is treated the same. A new study from scientists at the University of Utah School of Medicine shows that it is not uncommon for cells in the brain to preferentially activate one copy over the other. The finding breaks basic tenants of classic genetics and suggests new ways in which genetic mutations might cause brain disorders. ... Read More

Neurobiology and Anatomy
Intensive Blood Pressure Control Could Prevent 100,000 Deaths Each Year
Research
Feb 13, 2017

Intensive Blood Pressure Control Could Prevent 100,000 Deaths Each Year

blood pressure, hypertension

Researchers have projected that aggressively lowering blood pressure could help prevent more than 100,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. Experts from the University of Utah and institutions across the country built upon the landmark Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial which found that decreasing blood pressure to 120 mmHg compared to 140 mmHg reduced heart attack, stroke and death in people that were at high risk. Until now, the number of lives that could be saved was unknown.... Read More

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Genomes in Flux: New Study Reveals Hidden Dynamics of Bird and Mammal DNA Evolution
Research
Feb 06, 2017

Genomes in Flux: New Study Reveals Hidden Dynamics of Bird and Mammal DNA Evolution

genome, evolution

Evolution is often thought of as a gradual remodeling of the genome, the genetic blueprints for building an organism. But in some instances it might be more appropriate to call it an overhaul. Over the past 100 million years, the human lineage has lost one-fifth of its DNA, while an even greater amount was added, report scientists at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Until now, the extent to which our genome has expanded and contracted had been underappreciated. ... Read More

Human Genetics

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