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What Research with Mice is Teaching Scientists About Obesity and Weight Loss

Obesity is one of the most serious health issues in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 72% of U.S. adults are overweight, more than 42% are obese, and more than 9% are severely obese. Not only does obesity increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers, it also costs hundreds of billions of dollars a year. Dieting and exercise alone are rarely effective for significant and permanent weight loss, so scientists working with mice are looking for other solutions.

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Posted 8/26/2021

Researchers Work on New Ways to Prevent and Treat COVID-19

We now have several very effective COVID-19 vaccines, but that doesn’t mean the research into preventing and treating the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus has slowed down. Researchers continue to find new and innovative ways to treat COVID-19 and its symptoms, from the use of an over-the-counter dietary supplement to a wide range of new vaccine candidates.

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Posted 5/21/2021

The Importance of Diversity in Biomedical Research

Diversity is a hot-button issue these days, with organizations from police forces to major corporations taking steps to address the lack of racial, cultural, socioeconomic, and gender diversity in their ranks. Biomedical research is no exception.

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Posted 4/23/2021

Mice Studies Help Researchers Understand the Role of Sleep

We know sleep is important: it helps us rest and recharge, and not getting enough can cause all kinds of problems, from depression and difficulty concentrating to an increased risk of chronic disease. Recent research with mice has shed some light on the importance of lights-out.

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Posted 3/26/2021

What Animal Research Has Taught Us About Stress

These days we’re all very familiar with stress, but while we may know how it feels, we’re less sure what exactly causes it and the full range of effects it can have on the body and brain. Now, new research with mice sheds some light on the connections between stress, sleep, depression, immunity, and more.

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Posted 2/19/2021

Will There Ever Be a Cancer Vaccine? New Mouse Studies Point to “Yes”

When we think of vaccines, we think of a shot given to a healthy subject to prevent them from becoming infected with the disease the vaccine targets. This type of preventive vaccine has worked well for many diseases, and there are now more than 20 vaccines commonly used in the United States for diseases including polio, rabies, tetanus, measles, and now, COVID-19.

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Posted 1/22/2021

New Vaccine Technology Is Behind Two New 95% Effective COVID Vaccines

They say necessity is the mother of invention, and that is certainly turning out to be the case for two COVID-19 vaccines that have sped from research through animal testing to widespread clinical testing in record time—just one year after the SARS-CoV-2 virus was first detected in China and less than 11 months after Chinese authorities shared the genetic sequence of the novel coronavirus with the world.

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Posted 12/23/2020