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How Can the Toxic Effects of Chemical Compounds on Humans Be Predicted by Means of Crowdsourcing?
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As humans react differently to chemical substances one of the challenges for public health is to establish which compounds are harmful for whom. The research project presented in this video uses crowdsourcing as part of the DREAM challenges as a method to improve research on this topic by involving the scientific...
(Latest Thinking), 8 mins
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How Can We Improve the Response to Chronic Conditions in India?
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India suffers from a high prevalence of diabetes and raised blood pressure. In this video, PASCAL GELDSETZER presents a detailed analysis of the prevalence of both conditions in India and asks how they might be better treated and controlled. Using population-based data collected by the Indian government, Geldsetze...
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Why Are Some Genetically Caused Diseases so Frequent in the Human Population?
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(Latest Thinking), 12 mins
Why are some people more prone to sickness than others? Individual people differ in their genetic predisposition to disease. TOBIAS LENZ and his research group investigate whether historical selection by pathogens – by infectious agents – has shaped the genetic makeup of our immune system today. Their specific...
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Can Biosignatures Be Used to Develop a Reliable, Fast and Low-Cost Test for Tuberculosis?
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(Latest Thinking), 8 mins
Tuberculosis is still a major health issue and the number one killer of all contagious diseases. But while more than 2 billion people are infected with the tuberculosis agent, only 10% develop an active disease. Current diagnostic tests cannot distinguish between infected people and people with active tuberculosis...
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How Can Biomaterial Scaffolds Help to Repair Damaged Spinal Cords by Guiding Nerves to Grow Across the Injury?
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In the 1980s researchers showed that damaged nerves in the spinal cord have the ability to regrow. Chemical engineers contribute to the field of spinal cord repair by developing biomaterial scaffolds that support cell and nerve growth inside the body after an injury. In the research project explained by LAURA DE L...
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How Do Natural Killer Cells Protect Themselves and How Does the Killing Process work?
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(Latest Thinking), 13 mins
Our immune system has evolved many different cells with different functions to prevent infections. One of these functions is cellular cytotoxicity; this means that cells are able to kill other cells. Natural killer cells (NK cells) are one type of these cells that can achieve cytotoxicity. CARSTEN WATZL experiment...
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How Does Metabolism Influence the Function of Different T Cell Types?
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T cells are an important component of the body’s immune system. As ERIKA PEARCE explains, there are several types of T cells which form consecutively during the immune response and serve different purposes. Effector T cells combat pathogens from infections or tumors while memory T cells provide protective immuni...
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What is the Global Economic Burden of Diabetes?
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(Latest Thinking), 10 mins
Lifestyle and demographic changes have led to diabetes becoming increasingly prevalent in rich and poor countries alike. In this video, SEBASTIAN VOLLMER assesses the global economic burden of diabetes. Going beyond previous studies in its recognition of the differing costs relating to such chronic conditions in b...
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Which Functions Do the Noncoding Parts of Human RNA Have in Metastasis Formation of Lung Cancer Cells?
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Parts of the human RNA that are not translated into proteins may still have an important function. As SVEN DIEDERICHS explains in this video, the occurrence of the RNA gene Malat-1 makes the difference between lung cancer with and without metastasis. By first identifying Malat-1 as the molecular difference between...
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Do Financial Incentives Help Obese People to Achieve and to Maintain a Target Weight?
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By means of a field experiment, the research presented in this video tested the effects of financial incentives on the dieting behavior of obese people. As CHRISTOPH M. SCHMIDT explains, patients leaving rehabilitation clinics have been selected for the study and were given different treatments to help them achiev...
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